Important information for participating artists

Columbus Artists and Gourmet Marketplace

Frequently Asked Questions

Set up

Thursday, December 3, 2020 is set-up from Noon to 8 pm.

Thursday set-up is advised for ALL exhibitors. Exhibitors must check-in at the information booth BEFORE unloading.

Exhibitors are advised to bring their own dollies, for unloading, as none are available.

Vehicles are NOT allowed on the exhibition floor.

Exhibitors would must arrive on Friday morning, must make arrangements in advance. Set-up resumes at 7:30 am on Friday and must be completed by 9:30 am. Those arriving after 8:30 am on Friday, will NOT be permitted to set-up til Saturday.

Booth Set up: The Safety Inspector for the State of Ohio will be on site: BE SURE TO USE ONLY HEAVY DUTY ELECTRICAL CORDS AND GROUNDED POWER STRIPS. Due to fire regulations, please keep all displays within the 10’ deep booth space – THIS INCLUDES EXHIBITORS’ CHAIRS.

Tape for carpet: Tape cannot leave residue on floor – use Gaffers Tape or see EXPO Services –they have tape for carpets.

WiFi: $57.00 for three days. Search for the “Mobile Midway” wireless network on your phone or computer. Secure access is available using the encryption code “ohioexpo.” You will be given the option to sign up for a WiFi pass or log on for up to 15 minutes per day for free. Questions: Call NetSteady at 614-345-5000.

FAQs

Please be in your booth at least 15 minutes before opening. The facility will be locked for the night at 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. We will have security in the building from 6:00 pm Thursday through 9:00 pm Sunday.

Booth Sign: Please display in your booth – must be clearly visible.

Storage: Shared and behind curtained areas on West and East sides of building. If in doubt, please ask at the information Booth. Do not put inventory in front of any fire extinguishers!!

Smoking and Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited in your booth. Smoking is not allowed in the building. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DOORS PROPPED OPEN.

Change: available at the Ticket Sales Window at the main entrance during the last half hour of the show on Friday and Saturday nights. No change given on Sunday morning.

Ohio Sales Tax: 7.5%

Booth Sitting: Sign up at the Information Booth for breaks of up to 15 minutes. We will do everything we can to honor your request. If you have extra helpers who wouldn’t mind booth sitting for other artists, please ask them to stop by the Information Desk and let us know. We will have available volunteers walking through the show should you need an unscheduled break. Please understand that they may be on their way to another break but will get back to you.

Awards: Awards include: Awards for Excellence, Award for Best Booth Design and Juror’s Choice Awards. Independent juror will make all awards. Award winners receive an invitation to next year’s show, bypassing jury review.

Mailing address for artists who need packages shipped to the show:
Bricker Multi-Purpose Building (Ohio Expo Center)
717 East 17th Avenue
Columbus Ohio 43211 *Deliver to Information Booth* (We will get it to you)
Include on shipping label: -Artist Name and Booth Number

Artist Surveys: Rather than annoy you with the piece of paper that you have to fill out and return while you’re busy packing up, we will email surveys for you to complete after the show. We always appreciate your feedback!

ODC Annual Auction: Enclosed is information on our annual Spring Auction Fundraiser, which helps us continue our programming for children and families, as well as Ohio Craft Museum exhibitions. Although it seems far into the future, spring will be here before we know it, and we always appreciate donations from our Winterfair artists. Artwork in our silent auction includes information from each artist, so it’s a great way to reach even more patrons with your work. If you donated an item at the 2019 Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, we THANK YOU!

2021 Art Studio Clearance Sale: Application enclosed in your welcome packet – there’s still time for Winterfair Artists!

Tear down instructions are enclosed in your welcome – The building closes at 10:00 pm on Sunday night. Please let us know if you cannot be packed up and moved out by that time.

Important Contact Information

Roxanne McGovern
Fairs Coordinator
Ohio Designer Craftsmen
1665 W. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212

rmcgovern@ohiocraft.org

614.486.7119

ODC EMERGENCY CONTACT: After 5 pm on Tuesday, December 23, through the duration of the show (Sunday, December 8), please use the following cell phone number to contact a staff member directly: 614 625-0254.

Miscellaneous

TBA

Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Worthington
7411 Vantage Drive, Columbus OH 43235
Phone: (614) 436-7070

Use this link to book your room at the discounted rate of $82/night
by the reservation deadline date: November 27, 2019

Link to Marriot

Driving Directions and Parking

You’ll find the Bricker Building at The Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, just north of downtown on 17th Avenue off I-71.

Once you arrive at the Ohio Expo Center’s Bricker Building, signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.

 

From the North

Take I-71 South to 17th Avenue/Exit111. Turn right off exit. The Bricker Building and parking is on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.

From the South

Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Turn left off exit. The Bricker Building and parking is on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.

From the West

Take I-70 East to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Turn left off exit. The Bricker Building and parking is on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.

From the East

Take I-70 West to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Turn left off exit. The Bricker Building and parking is on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.