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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.

This year I did $600 on Saturday and zero on Sunday.I do not know why the lettering turned slanted. Just go with it.

One big problem for this show is that they do not know how to target the more affluent communities that are adjacent to the show.

Instead we get people from very poor areas South and they have little disposable income.

The committee who runs this show is the local Arts Alliance. It used to be run by the Chamber of Commerce.

in my humble opinion, the Chamber did a far better job.

The Alliance is clueless about how to run a good show.

Stay away from this one it is not worth the time if you are trying to sell good art.

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Comment by Kathleen J. Clausen on May 15, 2018 at 11:57am

Sorry Nels.  It feels worse to do bad on a familiar show than to not do well on a new one.

Comment by Connie Mettler on April 20, 2018 at 12:21pm

Too bad you're moving away, Nels. You could get on that Arts Alliance board and show them how to run a show! Bet you could turn it around. Probably you won't do it next year because you won't be able to sleep in your own bed. I hope you're keeping your average show sales rating up and looking forward to the rest of the season. What's the next goodie on your agenda?

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