Festival attracts artists, dancers

Sunday, September 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:01 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

Local artists at this weekend’s Columbia Festival of the Arts found that although they may not be profiting as much as they would at a different location, they still enjoy the festival.

“This is a good fair, it is fun to attend,” said Sandy Smith of Columbia, who was at the festival selling functional pottery.

Smith said she doesn’t make as much money in Columbia because people know they can see it or buy it somewhere else nearby. She said she finds fairs in places such as Colorado and Chicago to be bigger moneymakers.

Columbia artist Kay Foley said displaying her art locally is less physically demanding than shipping her art to a festival located further away. She also said she enjoys seeing all the people she knows at the festival.

But Foley said there’s a great advantage to being a new artist at a festival. She travels with her collages to 15 to 18 shows a year in the Midwest and typically makes more money at fairs outside Columbia. The festival continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown.

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