June 21, 2012 By Christian Murray
More than 800 people attended the Queen of Angels Fine Art Fair on Sunday to view—and purchase–the works of about 40 local artists.
This was the fifth annual event put on by SunnysideArtists.org, a group that invites Sunnyside and Woodside artists to display and sell their items at events like these. This year, the artists showcased oil, acrylic and water-color paintings; collages; drawings; small sculptures; photography and prints.
“We had some new artists, and a few ‘edgier’ pieces,” said Patricia Dorfman, the founder of SunnysideArtists.org, who was selling her own photography and drawings. “This fair [‘Art Fair V’] was harder to get into because of greater demand.”
There was no entrance fee for attendees and there was food offered at a modest price. Bar 43, Dazies, De Mole, the Sugar Room and Nodus provided food and Lowery Liquors offered a free glass of wine to art purchasers. The profits from the food — about $500 — were donated to local food pantries.
Many of the artists entered into a competition, called “Feast at Salt & Fat”, where the participants judged one another’s work. Betty Ann Hogan was judged by her peers as the winner with an oil painting. The top art works from this competition are currently on display at Salt & Fat (41-16 Queens Blvd) through July 29.
Manny Gomez, the president of SunnysideArtists.com, said the artists were lucky the weather on Sunday was so good. “Since so many artists wanted to attend, we had to put the food tables outside to make room for them.”
Dorfman and Gomez noted the contribution of Queen of Angels Church. Pastor Brian Dowd donated the space at no cost.