June 10, 2018 By Staff Report
Sunnyside residents will have the opportunity to come out and support local artists today while enjoying a free glass of wine in the process.
The annual Queen of Angels Art Fair, which is presented by Sunnyside Artists, will be held at the Queen of Angels Parish Hall located at 44-04 Skillman Ave until 4:30 pm.
The family friendly event is rain or shine.
The fair will showcase the work of 30 local new and returning artists, with each artist having a table to display and sell his or her work. The artwork will include ceramics, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, sculptures, photography and drawings, according to Patricia Dorfman, founder of Sunnyside Artists.
A free glass of wine from Lowery Liquors will be given to individuals who purchase a piece of artwork.
The first annual Art Fair took place in 2007 with just five artists and 75 attendees. In recent years, the event has drawn between 800 and 1,000 attendees throughout the course of the day.
Dorfman believes this is a great way for local artists to get their name out and sell their work. She added that it is also a fun time for everyone in attendance.
Firefly, a bistro cafe which opened on 45-12 43rd Ave earlier this year, will sell breakfast and food items until supplies last.
The raffles, which help finance the fair, include a beauty gift certificate from Anka Drevea, an hour of training with Tricia Somma, the “trainer’s trainer” and soccer league coach. Other local businesses have donated gift certificates of similar value.
Attendees will also receive a free, original art pin which will provide them discounts at different Sunnyside restaurant and bars during the upcoming five-week Sunnyside Artists juried show (list of participating businesses to be announced).
Sunnyside Artists does not make a profit from the event. However, a percentage of the proceeds from raffles, the lunch and the artist table fees go toward local food pantries, with the remainder going toward advertising the event and expenses.
Among exhibitors are Betty Ann Hogan, a Sunnyside Artists “George L. Lengemann Prize” winner in the “Feast” juried show, returns with air work set in Sunnyside, with her booth manned by former winner Mary Caulfield. Casey Concelmo, also a past prize winner, will be tabling as well.
First place winner of the past Sunnyside Artists juried show “My Father,” Amanda Barker, will return with original works.
Other exhibitors include Gareth Fletcher, Bruce Sharpe, Alexio Gessa, Blanca Narvaez, Tristian Goik, Meliksah Soyturk, Peter Killeen, Sheila Ross, Tony Andrea, Swann Smith, Arlene Fiorella, Meliksah Soyturk, Nuty Donikian, Kristy Castellano, Sophia Manousos, Phyllis Brachtman and Joy Vileniskis
For more information, readers are asked to contact Manny Gomez at 718-909-4806, or e-mail SunnysideArtist[email protected].