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Jay Snyder sells Columbus' Riverfront Art Festival

The Riverfront Art Festival will receive new direction this year with the guidance of former producer
(COLUMBUS) – Riverfront Events is proud to announce the acquisition of Columbus’ Riverfront Art Festival as the event enters its sixth year. The organization is looking forward to bringing a new flavor and dynamic to the festival, while maintaining its tradition of excellence in artistry.
Former festival producer Jay Snyder is pleased to see his legacy is in good hands. “After founding this event and seeing it through its formative stages, I can think of no organization better equipped to build upon our achievements,” said Snyder. “I am confident that Riverfront Events will carry on our traditions and offer an exceptional experience to artisans, collectors and fans alike.” Although Snyder will no longer oversee the day-to-day details of the event, he will stay on in an advisory role in coordination with Riverfront Events, the event owner and producer, to ensure the show’s transition into new ownership is a seamless one.
Riverfront Events is excited to embark on this new journey with Snyder. The organization’s management has an extensive history of successful event production in the Columbus area and the Riverfront Art Festival will undoubtedly be no exception. “The opportunity to take a solid, standing event and build it into a cornerstone of Columbus’ event and artistry scene in the next couple of years is our plan, and definitely within our capacity,” said Mike Collins, President. “We envision this festival as being one of the pillars of Columbus’ Bicentennial Celebration in 2012.” Collins is also President of Promotions One, Columbus’ largest producer of major events.
“We’re pleased that the Riverfront Art Festival will continue to grow and be a significant part of the cultural landscape in Columbus,” said Jami Goldstein, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Events at the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “The festival is an excellent opportunity for Central Ohio residents to interact with high quality local and regional artists of various disciplines.”

Join us for the 2011 Riverfront Art Festival September 30 through October 2, when Genoa Park will play host to more than 150 local and national artists of the highest caliber, featuring a variety of fabrications and designs from fine oil paintings to functional pottery and textiles. While the heartbeat of the festival is the amazing selection of visual artists, the park also features a waterfront amphitheater, which will host our most incredible musical lineup ever - including two nights of WaterFire performances!
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Art applications for this event area available at Show dates are September 30-October 1.

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Comment by Robert Wallis on May 16, 2011 at 3:10pm
I'm really at a quandry on this one. I thought the show was a good one, but the sales went down from the first year I did it to the second. Nice location and good set up, just not enough buying customers. I hope it takes off.
Comment by MICHAEL ALAN STIPEK on May 20, 2011 at 7:58am
It's in a great location, part of where the Columbus Arts Festival was for many years before it moved "inland" to its current location.  Is the problem one of not enough advertising?  The dates are good, cool and drier weather that time of year.
Comment by Robert Wallis on May 23, 2011 at 3:51pm
I thought about going for it again in spite of myself, but it's a moot point. They changed the date to the same weekend as St. James. Takes care of that one. meh :-/


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