Magazine takes shine to fest
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:18
File photo. Shelby Golden, left, looks over Old Patagonia Pottery by artist Marty Frolick. 9/12/09 (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Black Swamp Arts Festival's art show has again earned top 100 honors from "Sunshine Artist."
The festival is ranked 55th in the magazine's listings of Fine Art and Design Shows for 2009. The rankings are determined by reports from artists participating in shows. The main factor in the ranking is sales.
Despite an ailing economy the festival's art show slipped only two places, having been ranked 53rd last year.
Also listed in the magazine's top 100 shows is the Crosby Festival of the Arts in Toledo, which ranked 56th. It had been raked 51st last year.
"Sunshine Artist" is the premier publication aimed at artists and artisans who exhibit in art fairs.
In its FastAudits report on last year's show, the magazine said:  "Artist treatment, awards and management all received glowing reviews. It's no wonder this show is a regular on our 200 Best list." The magazine has a separate ranking for Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows.
The magazine continued that despite sales being off as they have been "too often lately," the artists appreciated the "art-savvy buyers" who attended.
File photo. Little Cow entertains at the Huntington Bank building in 2009. 9/12/09 (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
This is the second time this year the magazine has bestowed an honor on the festival. The 2009 poster received an honorable mention in Sunshine Artist's poster competition.
The juried art show at the festival includes 112 booths. The festivals also holds the Wood County Invitational with 40 artists and an exhibit and sale devoted to students in Bowling Green State University's School of Art.
This year's art show runs Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street, Bowling Green. The festival begins  at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 with music on the Main Stages in the city parking lot behind Panera's and Sam B's restaurants. The festival also features a family area with children's craft activities and performances on Saturday and Sunday.

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