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Hope, Meet Reality: Bad Weather Again Dogs Seawall Show (Aug. 25-26, 2012)

This business keeps you humble.

Coming off two strong weekends in Rehoboth Beach, I was eagerly awaiting this past weekend's Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth, VA.  Rarely have I seen more positive "buzz" among artists for a show's pre-event communications, ease of setup and parking, and the immense respect artists are accorded during the event. 

And the weather forecast, viewed three days out, looked fantastic: clear skies, temps around 80.  I had every reason to think this would…


Added by Geoff Coe on August 27, 2012 at 11:55am — 5 Comments

Good Karma in Rehoboth Beach DE (Aug. 6-7 and 13-14, 2012)

Some of my earliest summer memories are of the time I spent with my family in Rehoboth Beach, DE, so I was happy to finally have a chance to do the 39th Annual Rehoboth Art League Members' Outdoor Show.  It's one that many of my Northern customers have been urging me to do for several years now.

It's a one-or two-weekend show (your choice), and…


Added by Geoff Coe on August 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Not much love in Loveladies NJ: July 21-22, 2012

2:40 PM Saturday

Well, I made a public commitment to return to Long Beach Island Center for the Arts & Sciences in my  2011 review of this show, when it was 104 degrees on Saturday…


Added by Geoff Coe on July 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Status Quo in Haddonfield: July 14-15, 2012

I reviewed the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts show, put on by Marcy & Barbara Boroff of Renaissance Craftables,last year.  Rarely have I done a show two years running with such carbon-copy result. The show is held along two streets (Kings Highway and Tanner Ave.) that comprise the bulk of Haddonfield's business district. Haddonfield is a lovely, well-kept, history-rich Jersey-side…


Added by Geoff Coe on July 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Under the Radar (and the Broiler) at the "Under the Oaks" show, Currituck NC

A mid-week show can be a nice bonus paycheck, assuming that it doesn't prevent you from doing shows on the weekends fore and aft.  So when I heard about this small (100-artist) show in Currituck, on the Outer Banks of NC, on June 20-21 (Wed.-Thurs.), I figured it was worth a shot, even when I couldn't book a show on the following weekend that made logistical sense.  There is lots of money in the Outer Banks, where hotel rooms can, and do, fetch upwards of $175 a night in…


Added by Geoff Coe on June 25, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Economic Benefits of the Arts

Here's a link to an interesting article about a study that purports to show the positive impact of arts on the community.  Although this article (from the Ft. Myers, FL News-Press) takes a local slant, if you read the story you'll see that this is a nationwide study.  

Here's a link to a…


Added by Geoff Coe on June 11, 2012 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Dodging Beryl: Hilton Head Island (May 26-27, 2012)

This is the first time I've done this relatively new (4th-year) Howard Alan show on Hilton Head Island, SC, which I booked because:

1) AFI member Lori Kay raved about it;

2) The Florida alternatives for the weekend looked impoverishing;…


Added by Geoff Coe on May 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Atalaya (Huntington Beach SC) or Neptune Festival?

These two shows are both being held on the weekend of Sept. 28-29-30.  Any opinions on which is the better show?  Neither is particularly expensive; both are attractive from a travel/intinerary standpoint. 


Added by Geoff Coe on April 12, 2012 at 3:42pm — 7 Comments

"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

"The Festival for the rest of y'all": Downtown Stuart: Feb. 25-26, 2012

Well, Naples National was certainly the big dog this past weekend, and even I looked forward to hearing how everyone made out (feel your pain, Jon; good work on your sales and post, Nels).

Not everyone could take a ride at the Naples merry-go-round, of course.  And for some of us, that meant taking the ride up I-95 to Stuart, for Howard Alan's 22nd installment of the Stuart Art…


Added by Geoff Coe on February 27, 2012 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

A Dickens of a show: Jupiter ArtiGras, Feb. 18-20, 2012

Well, I was going to start this post with the time-honored "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." opening, but in my journalism days, that lead would get your copy shredded faster than a mushroom in a lawn mower.

But if I COULD bring myself to write that, it would be an appropriate way to describe this most schizoid of shows.  Impeccably organized, with amenities galore for…


Added by Geoff Coe on February 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

Right on the Number: Coconut Point Art Festival, FL (Feb 11-12, 2012)

As I sat down for my early Saturday morning coffee and morning paper, I couldn't miss the sticker slapped on the masthead of Saturday's Fort Myers News-Press: "THIS IS THE BIG ONE...COCONUT POINT ART FESTIVAL." 

"We'll see," I said, hopefully, as I quaffed the dregs of my Starbucks.  For the first time in its six-year history, this top-shelf Howard Alan show faced stiff competition from a…


Added by Geoff Coe on February 13, 2012 at 9:00pm — 21 Comments

Hobe Sound (Feb. 4-5, 2012)

After a six-week homestand doing shows in and around Fort Myers, my winter schedule finally kicked me out of the house and sent me three hours east to Hobe Sound, on Florida's so-called "Treasure Coast."  Couldn't be a better place for a show than that, right? 

This was a very good, but not great, show for me last year, with good crowds and lots of buyers of smaller bird photographs (only one…


Added by Geoff Coe on February 6, 2012 at 6:30pm — 11 Comments

FRIDAY SETUP for Hobe Sound

Just learned that if you're doing Hobe Sound this weekend, there's now an "unofficial" early setup anytime after 2:30 Friday.  (No security will be provided Fri. night, so this is at your own risk, per the Howard Alan website.

Particulars can be found in the "Space Numbers" section for the show. 

Added by Geoff Coe on February 3, 2012 at 9:55am — 4 Comments

Did anyone do St. Armands or Edenfest last weekend?

Wow, second week in a row with no unprompted show reviews (other than, of course, Nels).

I've heard second-hand reports that the St. Armands show was well attended and sales were pretty good. 

I walked Edenfest on Saturday, but not long and hard enough to write a review.

What's the scoop? Let's hear from a few folks, please.

Added by Geoff Coe on February 1, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

The band's playing, but no one's dancing: How did everyone do Jan. 21-22 ???

Three shows that I know of this weekend just in Florida: Hot Works' Boca Raton show, and Howard Alan's shows in Indiatlantic and Delray Beach.

Anyone want to get the ball rolling with a writeup on their show?  Make it brief if you must; others will fill in the gaps. 

Added by Geoff Coe on January 23, 2012 at 8:51pm — 9 Comments

"Channeling My Inner Tim Tebow?": Cape Coral Festival of the Arts (Jan. 14-15, 2012)

This was the 28th annual installment of this community staple, run by the Cape Coral Rotary Club.  It's extensively advertised in local media, well supported by local businesses,  and (with the notable exception of the 2010 event, which was held in bone-chilling cold and rain), it always pulls a large crowd.  And it did this year, too, despite stiff competition from the more upscale Bonita Springs National Art Festival held about 35 minutes' drive south. 

The shows are different in…


Added by Geoff Coe on January 16, 2012 at 11:00am — 19 Comments

Happy Campers at Estero Fine Art Show (Jan. 7-8, 2012)

(Note: I've reviewed the background, location, and demographics on this show several times.  You can read more here.)

Patty Narozny's "Hot Works" shows at Estero are always a pleasant part of my schedule.  And while the…


Added by Geoff Coe on January 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

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