Art Festival Cracks Down on Exhibitors

June 12, 2011 Updated Jun 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

June 12, 2011 Updated Jun 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) Thousands of people crowded into downtown Buffalo for the 54th annual Allentown Art Festival.

Organizers pride themselves on providing the public with good quality art and a chance to meet the artists face-to-face.

To maintain their reputation, the producers of the art show, The Allentown Village Society, strictly enforce rule violations by artists.

Artists must sign a contract promising to be "present with their exhibits and display both days."

This year, four exhibitors were shut down and organizers say that over 15 jewelry artists will not be allowed back next year.

Violations this year included the sale of store bought items, the sale of non-authorized items, and artists not being present during the Arts Festival.

Allan Ditton Pottery, from Albany, was one of the exhibitors that was kicked out.

Owner and artist Allan Ditton tells Eyewitness News that his paraplegic wife had spiked a fever around 102 degrees. Ditton sent his business partner in his place so he could stay home and take care of his two small children.

"You understand that you are taking food out of the mouth of my children," Ditton told organizers.

President of the Allentown Village Society, Mary Myszkiewicz, says "of course it makes us feel bad."

"You hate to not believe people but there are so many that try and 'con' us because there is a big show in Chicago at the same time."

Myszkiewicz adds that allowing exhibitors to send representatives is not fair to the many other artists who weren't able to get a spot in the Allentown Art Festival.