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Mark Zirinsky commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"Wow, I am really looking forward to this show, got a booth on one of the art plazas. Don't know if they provide tents, that would save me a few hours wrestling the tent. And on Nels advice, maybe I will stay at the Mariott. In a  few weeks…"
Feb 15
Dave Piper commented on Nels johnson's blog post Main Street Fort Worth—Killer Show even though we lost one day
"I have to be the happiest person ever to do Main Street Fort Worth.  This year, 2020 will be my 29th year out of 30.  Got rejected a couple of years ago. Don't know why but did not complain. My son and I make our sandals for twelve…"
Feb 14
Dave Piper commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"By the way... I may be the only person on earth that has done shows three years longer than Nels.  I love it when I get to visit with Nels at a show.  "
Feb 14
Dave Piper commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"I did the Cape Coral show once a few years ago.  Hated everything about it."
Feb 14
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner
"I well remember shivering on the streets of Florida in January and complaining to my friends back in Michigan that it was 55 and windy and they didn't feel bad for me at all. Thanks for this report, Nels. Good luck at Images. I know there is a…"
Jan 23
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner
"I actually did this show once, ten years ago.  Bad weather, it hurt Sales. The Show is at a park right on the intercoastal, fee is reasonable. The only negative for this show is weather. It is January on the water, it can be very cold and…"
Jan 22
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner
"Right, Kate. Thanks for that acknowledgement for Lizanne. I know she is greatly missed. Nels, is this the first time you've done this show? I believe it has a very reasonable booth fee. Right? And, is that the ocean I see at the end of the…"
Jan 22
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner
"She was the glue, there is a determined group, loyal to her, who are doing a fine job. Wish we had more shows like this."
Jan 22
Kate Hetzel commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner
"Lizanne Robinson was the artist that started the show back in the early 2000’s and put it on until she passed away from cancer in 2018.  Her motto was “no whining”.  An art show put on by an artist for artists. It was…"
Jan 22
Connie Mettler commented on Nels johnson's blog post Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner
" I believe this show was developed by an artist whose name escapes my mind momentarily, Nels. This is the kind of show that keeps you going and loving the business in between the biggies. Easy to do, close to home, inexpensive and in an area…"
Jan 22
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Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner

I attended this wonderful festival last weekend.  It is a mellow, little gem of a show.Sebastian is perched right on the Intercoastal River about 24 miles south of Melbourne on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.It has slowly developed over the years with lots of condo communities lining its roads, but it manages to keep its small village charm.  Not easily done in Florida these…See More
Jan 21
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"Cool beans, Barry!"
Jan 15
Barry Bernstein commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
""Fine artists will struggle here because the crowd does not give a rats ass about it." I've been reading reviews of this show for years on the various social network sites.  This is exactly sums up what I've read about this…"
Jan 15
Jan Herman commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"Thank you, Nels, for your review. I WAS going to apply to this show but decided not to because of distance, hotel costs (although your $99 deal was better than what I found) and large number of booths. I'm glad I did not go. You have confirmed…"
Jan 15
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"Another plus for the show. Julie, pay attention, I am saying good things about CC. The Holiday Inn gives a special discount to artists.  $99 a nite. The hotel is on the street of the show.  So book the hotel, request a spot in front of it,…"
Jan 15
Nels johnson commented on Nels johnson's blog post Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!
"Sorry for the typo in the above comment.  Too many “cans”."
Jan 15

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Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
41
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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Sebastian Riverfront Music And Art Festival—Winner,winner...Chicken Dinner

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 6:30pm 6 Comments

I attended this wonderful festival last weekend.  It is a mellow, little gem of a show.

Sebastian is perched right on the Intercoastal River about 24 miles south of Melbourne on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

It has slowly developed over the years with lots of condo communities lining its roads, but it manages to keep its small village charm.  Not…

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Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival— My first one this year—YAWN!

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 2:30pm 9 Comments

Well, this is my 46th year in the biz.

I have done more than 1500 of these art soirées.

This one I have done off and on since the 1980s.  Usually this is a decent show, can usually turn $1500-$2K but not this year.

I will say right up front that this is a perfect show for Lowend crafters and art on the stick people.

Fine artists…

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St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts, December 14-15.....What if they gave an Art Show and almost nobody came?

Posted on December 24, 2019 at 1:30pm 4 Comments

First, only do this show because you can get by with a hit or two from a Whale.

If you need 30-40 customers,like me, forget about this.

That said, here are the particulars.

The big thing that hurt was a change in the venue.  That always spells disaster.

For years this show has been held in a waterside Park, South Straub Park, right…

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Great Gulfcoast Art Festival—Pensacola,Fl—A mighty show for November shows some frightening cracks

Posted on December 19, 2019 at 1:30pm 5 Comments

I hate to write like this about a show.

But you know, I tell it like it is.

Also for all you fearful newbies who think you can never say something negative about a show..because they will blackball you.

BULLSHIT!

I never have been balled yet in 45 years of doing shows and telling about them.

When a show is messing up, I tell…

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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.

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.

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