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Nels johnson
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  • New Smyrna Beach, FL
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Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post No Title
"Making Rock Album themed work"
Jul 28
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Nels johnson's blog post No Title
"Are you working on Music themed art right now?"
Jul 27
Jacki Bilsborrow commented on Nels johnson's blog post No Title
"Keep busy.  Keep your mind off things you can't change.  That helps the time to pass quickly."
Jul 27
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post No Title
"No shows but I am working hard making new art"
Jul 27
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Jul 27
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows
"No, I have three shows scheduled for Sept. Who knows if they will happen. When I do a show, here are things I will do to hopefully be virus protected. I am shooting pics of signs that ask you to wear a mask.  I will put them on my booth. Will…"
Jul 9
Patricia Zabreski Venaleck commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows
"Nels, But my big question is——- Have you done any art fairs???  What are the sales like?  Most of mine in Mich have cancelled."
Jul 7
PHILIP JEFFERSON commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows
"Another good way is that I brought a box of hospital thin blue gloves. I put a pair on to pump gas or to pay or sign, (with their pen) for something. Here in Delaware it is law that a mask is worn in every place you go into, and that's Great!…"
Jul 7
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows
"Thanks, Nels, this is important first hand information for all of us.  I really like the paper towel or wipe for the gas pump idea and will utilize it next time we get gas.  These are scary times and we can't be too careful.…"
Jun 26
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Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows

Since the virus and quarantine most of us have not done much traveling long distance like you would normally do to get to a show.Ellen and I live in New Smyrna Beach, seven months, and Saugatuck,MI the rest.So every  May we pack up stuff and do a 1400 mile trip using two vans and pulling a UHaul trailer with my van.This year because of the virus we left a month later.Also Ellen left her van behind and rode with me.lSo the situations we encountered while getting gas, eating out at restaurants…See More
Jun 24
Jan Herman commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"I am planning an email campaign to my art show customers and contacts in early September. I want to explain what they can expect at my booth, and to ask them what would make them comfortable about returning to art shows. And, of course, ask about…"
Jun 23
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Those are great ideas, Nels.  You've obviously given this some thought."
Jun 23
Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Nels, thanks for the feedback on Ft Worth. Seems most of my shows this year have 2 things in common: a) in the top 15 shows, and b) cancelled. Just when you think you are on a roll.  Your point about weather at shows is taken. In my trimline…"
Jun 23
Ken Conner commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"An excellent article and comments.  We all have so much to consider about a future with a virus.  I am sorry to have to add this, but another thing to prepare for is the election.  I foresee that no matter who wins emotions may be…"
Jun 23
S Brian Berkun commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Another thought, it seems that the plastic shield that you have to work around every time you need to come out from the back would be more easily mitigated by wearing one of those plastic shield do-hickies (cough guard) that you can then remove more…"
Jun 19
Ellen Paquette commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Very helpful post AND comments! How about handling money, credit cards and phones/devices for signatures for card sales? I can't figure out how this could be done safely. I already use lots of hand sanitizer and clean my phone throughout the…"
Jun 19

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Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
45
First show ever
Waimea falls art fair,Oahu hawaii
What is your website?
http://Www.nelsjohnsonphotographer
What are the best things about art fairs
The artists
Best show ever and why
Kansas City--they had mucho money
Worst show ever and why
Not going to say-it hurts too much to remember
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
John stillmunks
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I used to be a pirate

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Part Three: Musing about the future of art shows—-Info on how to travel to shows

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

Since the virus and quarantine most of us have not done much traveling long distance like you would normally do to get to a show.

Ellen and I live in New Smyrna Beach, seven months, and Saugatuck,MI the rest.

So every  May we pack up stuff and do a 1400 mile trip using two vans and pulling a UHaul trailer with my van.

This year because of the virus we left a month later.

Also Ellen left her van behind and rode with me.l

So the situations we encountered…

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Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 11:33am 15 Comments

I have thought seriously about what it is going to look like when they finally let us exhibit again in the Covid era.

I am a photographer. So presently I show my work in framed images on the wall and then a table with two matted print bins and a small table with a box for my 16x20 mats. 

The two bin table hold 8x10 mats and 11x14 mats.  I print on paper.

I have Lightdome tent with Propanels.

My booth usually has two skinny panels in the front where I display six,…

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Looking ahead at the summer art shows and musing about what has happened since the shutdown in March

Posted on June 14, 2020 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

My last show was Vero Beach when they closed us down on Friday the 13th in March.

Since then I have had 12 shows cancelled, including Winter Park, DesMoines, Mainsail and Woodlands/Houston.

I figure I have lost more than $40K in sales.

Took me seven weeks to finally be eligible for unemployment in Florida.

I am about $2K in debt to companies I owe for materials like frames, matboard and photo papers which were bought in anticipation of the sales I expected to…

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At 12:22pm on June 22, 2018, Connie Mettler gave Nels johnson a gift
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Thank you, Nels, for referring Seth Vandable to Art Fair Insiders.
At 8:48am on October 27, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hey Nels,

Welcome back!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks for subscribing and best wishes for continued success.

 
 
 

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