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Bonita Springs Art Festival--the first one, in January

I am behind on my blogs, but here goes.
The good news is the fricking construction is finally done.
The whole area looks beautiful.
The bad news is that it still does not attract the base of patrons that attended when it was at the Promenade on Hwy 41.
We had great weather and the crowds were there.
Sales were spotty.
Glass artist across from me had a five figure show, painter two booths away did almost twice what the glass person did.
The key to both of them was this: they sold very expensive items.
This year, so far, I am seeing high end sales happening regularly at the shows. The low mid-range ($100-$500) is not doing so well.
Low end sales abound but there are not enough customers for all the artists there.
The sad fact is art shows care more about renting temporary 10x10 spots than they do about the art contained within.
I am afraid this is going to be a very difficult year for most of us.
Personally I made a small profit for a nearly $500 booth fee.
So did many others there.
It is a nicely run show, they advertise but the sales are not commiserate with the booth fee charged.
Frankly, I do not think it will ever change.
People with conservative, traditional Florida art have a better chance here.
So be fore-warned if you are thinking of trying this show.

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Comment by Bobby Weiss on February 8, 2017 at 11:51am

Thanks for sharing Nels, I've been thinking about when to jump in to Florida and your reviews help.

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