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Okay, it's Sunday and Mother's Day, what am I doing sitting here with my laptop? First of all, I have
promised myself
only one hour today, secondly my kids are in Los Angeles. But in checking my email I found this really good story about the Laumeier Sculpture Park's art fair in the St. Louis suburbs:

We're buying everything," Terry Ross said, showing off a photograph taken in Zion National Park by Rick Preston. "We're doing our part."

After a rough couple of years, vendors on the art fair circuit say more buyers such as the Rosses are opening up their wallets.

I know that photo of Rick Preston's -- it is fabulous! But what about that attitude of the buyers? Whoopee!

Above photo copyright by Christian Goodin in the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Here's the rest of the story by Georgina Gustin:
Spending is up at Laumeier Art Fair

Here's hoping Sunday's news from Laumeier is just as good!

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Comment by Nels Johnson on May 9, 2010 at 9:01pm
Connie, just talked to Steve Palmer, glass artist from Minnesota, who was tearing down at Laumier. He said, for him, the show sucked big time. Last week at Brookside, he made big bucks. Talked to all my buds up in Saugatuck tonite--they were scrapping ice off the windshields this morn. Talked to Terri Causey and Bill Sargant, who did Mayfaire "Bake by the Lake" in Lakeland. it sucked too. Too hot, too little of a crowd, too little of sales. Oh my God! I am starting to blog like Munks. That is very scary. nels
Comment by Linda Anderson on May 9, 2010 at 9:09pm
I'm approaching 2010 with expectations of similar sales as 2009. Unemployment figures still way too high and we (this economy) is far from being close to improving.... I'm thinking it will be years yet. I have however altered my event schedule, trying new marketing approaches etc. Some shows will do better than last year, some the same. Rolling with the flow......
Comment by Nels Johnson on May 9, 2010 at 9:35pm
Simple, stay away from shows in Michigan--the state is radioactive, the only show worth doing in that entire state is Krasl, because it is fueled by Chicago money. I am running ahead of this time last year. Simple cure. When times get tough for Nels, I spend more time shoooting, and less on the golf course. Works for me everytime.
Comment by Nels Johnson on May 9, 2010 at 9:36pm
Also, low end sales $30 and under, are up as expected, but I see a big jump in $150 range for sales this year. High end, $450 and up is holding its own.
Comment by Andie Freeman on May 10, 2010 at 11:56am
I can say for my part, I live near Laumeier and very much would have gone to this art fair, but didn't know it was going on. I have however heard tons of ads for the Belleville, Il. Art on the Square (and seen lots of billboards) and will definitely be there to check it out.


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