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Sales and attendance up for Crosby Festival of the Arts

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Artists who set up shop at the Crosby Festival of the Arts at the Toledo Botanical Garden this year say sales were great.                        

In fact, according to glass artist Kelly Crosser-Alge, "This is the best in ten years...sales were great!" Not only were sales good, but she took home a first-place prize at the juried art show. "It makes you glad as an artist, because you work so hard and your whole income rests on a few days."

Kelly owns Modern Ancient Glass in Findlay. Her work ranges in price from $50 to $3,000 dollars, depending on the piece. "Sold a couple of big ones last night and a lot of smaller ones. So, home I went and my husband was very happy."

Pottery artist Jill Tortorella came in from Illinois to set up shop at the festival, just as she's been doing for the last eight years. She says her sales were up more than 30%.  "I keep making new things, so when the collectors come up, they have something new to pick from."

Sales weren't the only thing on the rise, attendance spiked as well. Nearly 20,000 people came for the festival.  Marketing and events director Matt Killam said, "The weather has certainly been a help to that. We have great artists this year, a great turnout. We are really pleased."

 So are the artists, they say they will be back next year for more.

 

 



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