Show was last weekend in a wealthy Orlando suburb.
Les Slezneck convinced the Rotary Club to run this show til 10 PM on Friday, and 9 PM on Saturday. God knows why.
Big awards attracts big time artists, the show has 150 exhibitors, and all of them are good.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the crowd it attracted.
This is a long-standing show, and in its day, sales sizzled.
Ah, those are the days my friend.
I showed up Friday morn for setup and found out I was the only artist in the show who got to set up on a downhill ski slope. Yep, 25 degrees downhill. My sales ended up being more downhill than that--in fact, they were pretty darn near invisible.
On Friday in four hours I did $400, I was ecstatic. Saturday, in 11 hours I made three sales for $120, Sunday, I topped that with a whopping $165.
Luckily I got to stay with my favorite photographer (besides me and Edward Weston) Steve Vaughn.
He always sells,he has the Golden Touch. Well, even the Great Vaughn did not sell. Tells ya something.
Good thing was I got to mooch off him and wife Rene's wine collection. We properly drowned our sorrows each nite.
Let us do a little analysis now.
This show should work.
Lovely location around a lake. Night time is very romantic with all the booths lit up. Yep, the Rotary gives ya free electric. Also free bottles of water, and a free breakfast every day.
Small show, only 150 competitors. Notice the noun I used. We are all rivals for the diminishing dinero these days.
But, very few people came, and very fewer bought.
It was advertised. There was ample signage everywhere. But most of us were lucky if we learned $1K. Pathetic.
Ok here is why it may be the way it is.
There were three shows on in the general area--one in Kissimmee and one on in Lake Mary.
There was a big car show on that weekend.
The thing is,on any given weekend in Florida there are a gazillion special events going on. A ribfest, a blues fest, a flower show,beer feasts, car feasts,perfects, they just keep getting more and more.
We are just those guys (and girls, a maybe a few transgenders) in those white tents. If they miss us this week, they know you will be somewhere else next week. There is no longer an incentive to buy now.
Welcome to Art on the Street in 2015.
It isn't pretty.