Well, after doing more than 1500 art shows in 42 years, I finally did my first Howard Alan show.
"Gee Nels, didn't you say they could put the epitaph on your tombstone,'He never did a Howard Alan show'".
Well, times are a changing.
First off, I did three art shows in January with a combined total of over $1200 in booth fees that did not even return me a gross of $5000 for the month.
Second, I had come back rejectedly from Ft. Myers the weekend before. I was supposedly numero uno on the waitlist. I showed up early Saturday morn along with six others. They had one open spot, did not get it because it was by a photographer. As I drove back home to Ybor I stopped for breakfast. On AFRs was a post made on Friday evening where a photographer said he got in off the waitlist that night. So much for being number one. Also a good friend of mine, a well known photographer, mentioned that he had been told he was,too, number one on the waitlist. I guess some of our art show directors do not think we talk about these things on social media. Hmmm, are you reading this missus assistant show director.
Thirdly, I had booth fees due in another 12 days that totaled over $1500.
Oh, and my biz checking account was down to $455.
Nels, please tell us about Dunedin.
Thought you would never ask.
Dunedin was a 30 minute ride from my house in Ybor. So with a booth fee under $300 and no hotel to pay for, "I said, WTF?"
Got there very early and ended up getting a primo spot by the Pinellas bike trail. Had a corner, nice.
Had a great breakfast at Kelly's Restaurant on Main, the avo- veggie omelet with a spicy salsa was killer.
Refreshed and ready, I said, "bring on the crowds."
They came, and came and came--all day.
Sales came with them too. I actually had conversations with people who were looking for art to put in their homes and business offices. How refreshing. I had not had any conversations like this at my previous three shows--Naples, Bonita and New Smyrna.
I sold three nice originals and also a large 30x40.
By 5 pm I was a very happy camper. So we're a lot of other artists. It was a good crowd with energy. Howard delivered the goods.
That night I roomed with my bud, Steve Vaughn at the Pier 60 hotel, high up on the ninth floor with the roof bar just above us. Somehow as only Vaughn can do it, he got us comped there.
We ate wings, quesas and a Cuban sandwich, oh we may have had a few adult beverages. The view was outrageous.
Next morn we arrived early so Mr. Vaughn could get his van into "Position A."
I took him to Kelly's for breakfast, least I could do.
Sunday's crowds were not quite as great as Saturday, and sales were not as substantial.
Overall, it ended up being a good show. Definitely, a ten times the booth fee.
I give HAE productions, especially under Helalyne, major kudos. Sorry if I misspelled her name.
Onto Artigras this weekend, I will give a report.