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Nels johnson's Blog – January 2018 Archive (4)

Images Art Festival—A perfect way to end the month

First off, after Images, I am 30% ahead of sales in 2017.

And 2017 was a killer year for me.

Let us just say “Nels-ism” is purring along.

Second.  Ellen and me are moving to NSB in October.

NSB stands for New Smyrna Beach, perched on the Atlantic just below Daytona.

Images Art Show is there.

I can hear the crying and wailing already, “OMG!, They are leaving Ybor.”


Our neighbor made us an offer we could not turn down. And, how many…


Added by Nels johnson on January 30, 2018 at 4:01pm — 6 Comments

Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now

Ellen and I live in a historic, almost century house, in Ybor City which is a historic district on the east side of downtown Tampa.

First a little history lesson, then we will get to the reason for “Reefer Madness.

Martinez Ybor was a Cuban  who brought the cigar industry from Key West to Tampa in the late 1890s.

Thus the area w live in is a historic district. It is a mix or retail, lots of bars and a lot of old historic homes and new condos.  Lots of young people live…


Added by Nels johnson on January 17, 2018 at 10:08pm — 6 Comments

Bonita Springs Art Festival—I have seen better and I have seen worse

This is a two day show (last weekend) with a Friday setup.Everybody has ample rear storage room.

The booths are setup in a rambling pattern with no definite pattern for crowd flow.

Booths down by the river are kind of cut off from the main flow, and a lot of the crowd never makes it there.

Bonita Springs is just north of Naples and slightly south of Estero on the Gulf  Coast.

It is an affluent area with lots of golf…


Added by Nels johnson on January 17, 2018 at 9:25pm — 6 Comments

First show of the new year—Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue.

It was good and I made money.

it was colder than you know what. Setting up in the low forties while handling cold metal parts sucks.

Naples Art League runs this annual show on the first weekend after New Years.

Setup is early Saturday morn with 300 artists jockeying for Position, it sucks too.

But that is what you tolerate in order to make mucho moola here.



Added by Nels johnson on January 11, 2018 at 1:28pm — 4 Comments

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