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| Shadyside 2002
The real show is on Walnut Street and always has been
there. Howard Alan was invited to take the show over five years ago when
the merchant association got tired of the existing promoter. The old
promoter then moved
to a street three blocks away and worked with the Ellsworth Avenue
merchant association (actually only because Howard Alan turned them down
when they asked him to run both shows) until they finally threw him out
after last year. The Ellsworth Avenue merchants association purchased
mailing list and from what I understand, Carole King, the new director, got some technical advice from
the Craftproducers director and from Howard Alan's public relations
person. The two shows are completely different but are working together
now and it will improve in the future when they set up a shuttle to move
the public between the shows starting next year. This year they split
local advertising with a series of billboards around the city.
The old promoter who was now thrown out of both shows
started a third show, driving distance, not walking distance from the
other two shows and NO ONE SHOWED UP. A news clip on the local NBC station
showed the artists gathering around the promoter saying he lied to them
promising 150,000 people when the attendance was non existent.
the news clip interview with the disgruntled artists
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| Here's a quote from the Pittsburgh
article linked below:
After the 2001 festival, D'Alessandro and the
Ellsworth Avenue Business Association parted ways. D'Alessandro said
he didn't want to be restricted by businessmen anymore. Jim Schneider,
president of the Ellsworth Avenue Business Association, said the rift
was caused because of six or seven bounced checks, totaling $6,000,
that D'Alessandro had written to the association and never made good
In addition, Schneider said, his association was unable to get a
permit for this year's festival until it paid $3,000 to the off-duty
police officers who had worked security last year, money that was
supposed to be paid by D'Alessandro.
The major differences between the two shows are that the
Ellsworth Avenue show has a mix of crafts, antiques, commercial booths and
a Sunday farmers market. Howard Alan has his usual selection of quality
Here are links to the articles in the Pittsburgh papers:
Saturday "Low turnout spurs some artists to leave festival"
Sunday: "Shadyside Arts Festival 'disintegrates'"
Monday was much more positive:
| Three Rivers Arts Festival 2002
Here's one I haven't done in two years after doing it
consistently for about 20 years. They had stopped advertising about 12 or
13 years ago and it took it's toll on the lack of local attendance. We did
see TV advertising this year and the food vendors reported a record take,
but I'm still hesitant about it.
| A Fair in the Park (in Mellon Park,
I only did it once before and had to leave after the first
day due to a family emergency but I'm trying it again this year. Because
it's a guild show, there are very few spaces available for non guild
members. I was told that only 39 people were accepted out of 250 that
applied for the non guild spaces.
Two years later
I've now done the show twice since creating this web page. This is an easy
to do, well run art show in a local affluent neighborhood. In 2003 I had
my best show of the thee times I've tried it and am looking forward to
doing it again.