This was last weekend. A Paragon show in North Straub Park beside the Museum of Art.
This show had lots of visibility. Right on Beach Drive, across from all the happening restaurants. There is a steady vibe here of people enjoying themselves-- and enjoying the art.
It was my second time doing this show. Only 126 artists. Easy peaszy setup. On Sunday, tear it all down then get your van. Most people were out in an hour.
You can set up a day before, very leisurely. I got to sleep in my own Ybor bed, so did Ellen who was beside me.
Booth fee just under $400. Good advertising. Lots of good art and craft at the show, did not see much buy-sell. Plenty of regulars in all mediums who inhabit our circuit nationally.
That said, we all made some money, but not enough of it. Saturday was the day of overall sales being real good. Sunday, the high end sellers had a better day then the rest of us.
So far this year I get a sense that the general public is very rattled by the political atmosphere. You can see them rising to the surface, almost ready to go home with the work. Then they put it back and walk away. They just cannot pull the trigger.
I saw it happen over and over again. So far, my sales are off by about 40 per cent over last year.
I am not alone in this respect.
I am afraid we have not seen the last of this phenomenon.
John Leben you are one lucky man. Hope you can keep it up.
This is a sweet little show, I just hope Bill Kinney (Mr. Paragon) does not kill the golden goose.
Two weeks from now, he is putting on a seafood-craft festival in the same area. The locals will start thinking, "Oh it just those people in the white tents, ho hum, no reason to buy now, they will be around again." Bill, take a lesson from Naples. Can you smell, or spell, over-proliferation.
There was an event held in the week before. They used tons of sand(which Bill had no control over) which ended up covering almost one half of the pedestrian walkway on one of the aisles. People got stuck there, it was not pretty.
I would do the show again. It is a great venue for an Art Show.
This week I will be at Heathrow next to Lake Mary. Be staying with my good bud Steve Vaughn. Pray for us, sales could be kind of slim.