Letter: Arts fair is not predatory

My name is Scott Fetzer and I have been a resident of Aspen and the valley for 30 years. I produce the Aspen Antiques, Jewelry, & Fine Arts Fair at the Aspen Ice Garden at the beginning of July, annually. I have been in the business of antiquities for most of my life and am a highly reputable antiques dealer.

For over 14 years, we have continually upgraded the Fair and every year is a huge success, bringing in thousands of dollars to the local community and appealing to repeat vendors, dealers, locals, and visitors alike. Our event is by invitation and our clientele prefer the exclusive, no-hassle environment, where exhibitors of the world’s finest art, antiques, and jewelry are brought together under one roof, rather than that of a pressured, watchful eye of retail stores. It has become a valuable part of Aspen’s summer season.

We have continued to encourage local businesses in these categories to become involved. The opportunity to be a part of this special event has been presented since its inception. Our event is not predatory, as was stated in the Sept. 11 article printed in the Aspen Daily News, and does not siphon off visitors and shoppers from the downtown area. Rather, our event adds to their businesses.

I am holding a seminar for local Aspen retailers and citizens on Friday, Oct.7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Aspen Square Hotel Conference Room to discuss the Fair and the trend in the buying of fine antiques, jewelry, and art. I encourage all to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Scott Fetzer