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Geoff Coe's Blog – March 2012 Archive (3)

"Sales are uncertain in election years": Explain?

I've just read for the umpteenth time a post that mentions that "sales are uncertain in election years."  I had just gotten started in this business in 2008, so I don't have any data with which to assess this statement.  But thinking back on the, oh, 10 or so election years since I actually a) had a job; and b) spent money, I can't recall a single time when I actually considered the outcome of an election before making a purchase of art, automobiles, gasoline, groceries, or anything…


Added by Geoff Coe on March 14, 2012 at 12:54pm — 5 Comments

The Business of FL Art Shows

I was just about ready to pitch today's Fort Myers News-Press when I saw this article on the front page that analyzes why FL tourists visit the Sunshine State and what lures them.  According to the article, visitors who are drawn by arts events are fewer than others (such as recreation), but they spend more money.

Read the article here.

Added by Geoff Coe on March 9, 2012 at 5:02pm — 5 Comments

Surviving Venice: Mar. 3-4, 2012

High winds hit Howard Alan's Venice show hard overnight, as reported elsewhere by Barry Bernstein and Nels Johnson (with great contributions from others).   It didn't stop the show in Venice, though it made Sunday morning startup a bit complicated for some. 

The show was quite well attended both days (very warm and humid on Saturday). This town supports the heck out of this show in all weather--the "vibe" is more like a Rotary show than a big art festival. Although the pockets aren't…


Added by Geoff Coe on March 5, 2012 at 11:58am — 9 Comments

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