June 8, By Michael Florio
Hundreds of Sunnyside residents came out Sunday to support this neighborhood’s artists.
Sunnyside Artists, a non-profit group comprised of about 200 members, hosted its 8th Annual fair Sunday and nearly 700 people attended to see the work of 30 local artists at Queen of Angels church.
The most popular items that sold were drawings, ceramics and oil paints, according to Sunnyside Artists found Patricia Dorfman. Other artwork at the fair included sculptures, acrylic painting, and photography,
Tristian Goik, a Sunnyside resident, sold 20 of his drawings. Jessikah Ann, a fellow Sunnysider, sold multiple pieces of her ceramic art.
“I had no idea this art fair was so popular. I wish I’d come sooner,” Ann said. “This is the best I’ve ever done at an art fair.”
Every person who bought a piece of art received a free glass of wine provided by Lowery Liquors.
While some artists didn’t sell many pieces, the fair provided them an opportunity to display their work.
“I have not sold much but I am enjoying the enthusiasm about my work and having a good time,” Honglip Gang, a Sunnyside oil painter and waiter by night, said.
Jennifer Frisbie had her oil painting “Betty” on sale for $650, and had a buyer interested in putting it on layaway and paying it off over time, according to Dorfman.
There were prizes raffled off. The most popular prize was a cake that looked like a handbag, donated by Juan Arache, of the Sugar Room.
“It looked so real people actually thought it was a handbag,” Dorfman said.
Another popular raffle item was Versace perfume donated by Family Pharmacy, according to Dorfman.
Manny Gomez, the president of Sunnyside Artists, said he was pleased with the turnout despite the fair typically being attended by about 800 people.
“The nice weather might have attracted people do other things…so we were thrilled with the turn out,” he said.