Art on the Square retains No. 2 ranking in art fairs nationwide

News-DemocratJanuary 9, 2014 

Art on the Square is held in downtown Belleville each May.

— Art on the Square, an annual art fair in Belleville, has again been ranked No. 2 in the nation for Fine Art Shows for 2014 and improved its ranking in the fine craft category.

The downtown fair moved from No. 4 to No. 3 in the nation for Fine Craft Fairs for 2014, according to the Art Fair SourceBook.

The distinctions announced this week mean the show continues to be in the top five art shows in the country for the ninth year in a row.

The La Quinta Arts Festival in La Quinta, Calif., was first again in Fine Art and moved from second to first in Fine Craft.

The ranking is based on the average of sales of each artist in the 2013 show reported to the Nashville, Tenn.-based magazine.

The 2013 Art on the Square, which took place from May 17-19, brought in nearly $1.2 million in sales, according to event organizers.

Barbara Yankee, of the SourceBook, said the show had an average net of $10,800 per each of the artists after deducting any entry fees and daily expenses.

The number is based on the responses of about a third of the 105 artists who participated in Belleville, Yankee said.

The 2012 show yielded $1.1 million in sales and had an average net of $10,025 per each artist who reported to the SourceBook.

Patty Gregory, executive director of Art on the Square, said in a news release: "We are excited to be able to once again bring a nationally ranked art show to our community. We are grateful to all of our sponsors who have supported us for the past 13 years, as their generosity has allowed us to distinguish ourselves as a premier art venue."

Gregory also thanked the show's patrons, artists and volunteers.

The 2014 show is from May 16-18. To honor the city's bicentennial anniversary this year, the event might include a film festival about Belleville.

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