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Ed Collins
  • Columbus, OH
  • United States
  • Wood (dominoes , mainly)
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Ed Collins replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Flats Festival for the Arts experience?
"I did the first year of the festival. At that time, there was an admission charge of $10, I believe. Attendance and overall crowd energy seemed low. I felt we were just a diversion for the people entering the show to go to the various bars and…"
Aug 3
Ed Collins commented on Britt Hallowell's blog post Flats Festival of the Arts - Cleveland (August 18-22)
"I also was at this show and generally agree with Britts comments. A few additional comments: When I applied early spring, it was stated that they were negotiating for artist rates at area hotels; the rates never materialized. The rates for area…"
Aug 26, 2016
Ed Collins commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Columbus Arts Festival, early June
"I concur with Nels observations about this show. I was on Rich Street east of the river; sold very few bigger ticket items-thank God I sold a good many yo-yos.  If I didn't live in Columbus (OH, not IN) I would have second thoughts about…"
Aug 5, 2016
Ed Collins commented on Karen Holtkamp's blog post Columbus, IN Art Fest, June 25-26
"Moral: If you want to kill a show, put it in Columbus."
Jul 3, 2016
Ed Collins commented on Karen Holtkamp's blog post Columbus, IN Art Fest, June 25-26
"The first Columbus "Chautauqua of the Arts" (the name was a trademark apparently) in 1994 was dismal-maybe 8-10K attendance vs the 50K+ that would usually attend Madison. Sales were also dismal. With my rose-colored glasses, I…"
Jul 3, 2016
Connie Mettler left a comment for Ed Collins
"Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Ed. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members…"
Jul 3, 2016
Ed Collins commented on Karen Holtkamp's blog post Columbus, IN Art Fest, June 25-26
"Unfortunately, despite Columbus Indianas' architectural reputation, it is a cultural sinkhole. Just ask any old-timer about what happened after Columbus lured the Madison, In "Chautauqua of the Arts" to Columbus (back around 1994)…"
Jul 1, 2016
Christina L. Towell left a comment for Ed Collins
"Hi Ed, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining us and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun!  Thanks and continued success."
Jul 1, 2016

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Your Medium
Wood (dominoes , mainly)
Years in the Art Fair Business
28
First show ever
Delaware Ohio -May 1988
What is your website?
http://woodyoyos.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to go places one would not necessarily go to otherwise; sometimes it is a pleasant surprise.
Best show ever and why
1990 Columbus (Ohio) Arts Festival-big crowds who wanted to buy. Even though lots come for the food and entertainment, the sheer numbers assured the sales.
Worst show ever and why
Several come to mind-a leader being "Chautauqua of the Arts" after it moved to Columbus Indiana from Madison IN in 1994. Despite the beautiful park that could have easily held 50 to 100 thousand visitors, we were lucky if 5000 came. I did it the following year thinking it would get better after the first year-it was worse! What little crowd attended walked around looking as if they had never seen a decent art festival before. To sum up, Columbus IN has great architecture, but is a "Cultural Sinkhole". When you've done shows as long as I have, I've seen several of these!
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I got it after a major show a few years ago, I assume AFI must use shows contact lists.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I believe the most important part of the newspaper is the comics.

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At 9:29am on July 1, 2016, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Ed,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining us and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun!  Thanks and continued success.

At 11:31am on July 3, 2016, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Ed. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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