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

Mainsail Art Festival—Still Killer Show for most

Mainsail was last weekend at a waterfront park in downtown St. Petersburg,FL.

This is my hometown, although I live across the bay in Ybor City.

St. Pete has blossomed.  

There are trendy restaurants and galleries everywhere.

Tall high rise condos sprout up faster than you can say “Jimminy Cricket”.

There are a lot more monied people running around town.

Some of them actually buy…


Added by Nels johnson on April 25, 2018 at 2:07pm — 4 Comments

Apollo Beach—they call it the Manatee Art Festival—I call it toast

This Show was the second weekend in March, same time as Vero.

Do not waste your time with this show, it is a loser for people trying to sell art.

A little background.

Apollo Beach is about 30 minutes South of my Ybor house. I have used it as a bailout show whenever I do not get in Vero.

I have done it for more than 10 years and could usually grind out $1500-$2000 and I slept in my own bed.…


Added by Nels johnson on April 18, 2018 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Houston Bayou Art Show—Finally, something good to talk about

This Show was on the last full weekend in March.

They finally got their act together and limited the show to 300 artists. That meant nobody was stuck on an outer loop where half the attendees never walked.

We had excellent cool weather, decent crowds, about 15000 total.

Most artists made 6-10x their booth fees.

This is a three day show with no evening hours.

You can setup either on Wed. Or Thursday before the show.

At teardown, you can scrum with the…


Added by Nels johnson on April 17, 2018 at 2:06pm — 4 Comments

Sante Fe CC Art Show, Gainesville,FL—A total waste of time

Have done this show since the early eighties.

Used to be a strong $3-4K show.

Not anymore, can barely break a grand.

This is a huge college town teeming with young professionals.

You would think they would support the arts.  They do not.

Crafts have a better chance here.

I saw very few 2-D pieces go by this weekend.

You have too many artists for too few buyers.

Do not waste your time unless you live close to it.

Added by Nels johnson on April 14, 2018 at 1:50pm — 5 Comments

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