June 11, 2013 By Christian Murray
Sunnyside, Queens: More than 1,000 people turned out to attend an art fair held in Sunnyside on Sunday.
The event, organized by SunnysideArtists.org, took place at the Queen of Angels parish hall from 1pm to 5 pm and featured the works of 35 Sunnyside and Woodside arts.
“We were thrilled with the turnout,” said Patricia Dorfman, the founder of SunnysideArtists. “This was the best year yet.”
Attendees entered the parish hall where the artists had set up tables and were selling their work.
Popular artists included Ann Cofta, who sold tiny beaded sculptures of the Sunnyside Arch and apartment building water towers. Paul Ker, a photographer, also generated some buzz with shots of the No. 7 train station. Meanwhile Don Soules’ photography, which featured scenes from all over the world, drew many people to his table.
All of the artists sold some of their work, with most generating about $200 in sales. However, one artist sold about $2,000 worth. All the artists were satisfied with the exposure the event provided them with.
The event, titled Queen of Angels Art Fair VI, was non-denominational. However, Father Brian Dowd who provided the free space and promoted the event heavily, said he was proud that the church got behind it and saw it as a great way to promote the neighborhood.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer showed up later in the day and bought a print from Tristian Goik, who sold prints of his street-scene drawings.
Attendees were able to buy food for $5, which was provided by Bliss 46 Bistro, Salt & Fat, DeMole, the Sugar Room and Nodus. However, with the big crowd, all the food was all gone by 3 pm. Popular dishes, such as Bliss 46 Bistro’s shrimp scampi with linguine, sold out fast.
Local businesses also sponsored the fair. Lowery Liquors donated a free glass of wine to those who made a purchase. Other sponsors included the Turkish Cultural Center, Pronto Car Service, Queen of Angels church, Sunnysidepost and The Woodside Herald.
All the artists came from our community! Great show, Great Talent, Sunnyside/Woodside should be proud!!!!!
They should have done this for the entire weekend or two weekends in a row.
It was absolutely wonderful. All positive. The generosity of those who put on the fair seems boundless, and I thank them.
There was lots of good art on display. Glad to hear the artists were able to make a few sales. Cheers to Father Dowd for providing the perfect venue.
i am sorry i had to miss it…i wish it was up for the whole weekend.
how bout the rose and shine mural guy!? Did he have a table? or is he on his way back to Paris?