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Salem, Oregon -- what's up with the art fairs there?

I receive these "google alerts" about art fair stuff every day and in the last few weeks there have been several about the Salem Art Association's and its exclusiveness, not allowing local artists into their big event (and anyone who has been in this business awhile knows this old story, "they don't want local people in the show") but there seems to be something big roiling out there.

I know at least two ArtFairInsiders made the trek from Georgia to Oregon to participate (on the Ann Arbor dates) and really hope they did well. I believe there are people from Oregon who participated also. We'd love to hear from you. But I wouldn't be writing this if I hadn't seen this headline today:

Let's Turn this Fiasco into a MoneyMaker! Instead of backing down, the Salem Art Association announced plans to hold ANOTHER art fair — this time to pay homage to the Mid-Willamette Valley's great ...what's up with this?


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Comment by sandhi schimmel gold on August 2, 2010 at 10:24am
I have participated in this show - I'm in Arizona. I must say, the setting is exceptional, the volunteers really take care of the artists. I thought there was a good mix of local and national artist.
Comment by Connie Mettler on August 2, 2010 at 12:49pm
Here is another article from the Salem news. I always find it helpful to read what the "locals" have to say about their events: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100802/OPINION/8020326/1050

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