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Big Turnout For Sunnyside/Woodside Artists

Photo: Steve Harris Photography

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, 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, 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, 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.

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REAL neighborhoods are helped by preservation, so they don’t turn into tacky dumps and out of control development. PEOPLE want to live in attractive places that have some respect for the past.

Mike Novak

This is what REAL neighborhoods are all about…THE PEOPLE…not just the cold, lifeless brick and mortar that “preservationists” enamor themselves with.

Mary Caulfield

Thanks to all those who sponsored the fair. I thoroughly enjoyed it and bought pieces from four or five artists. And there were more I wished to have bought.

Patricia Dorfman

thank u for story! The “fine art fair at queen of angels” is just that — belongs to them, too. It costs the church money. Without the church continuing to allow us to do this every year and supplying not only the venue but the overhead and set up and strike labor, we would not be bringing this to the community. maybe art at chartres got started this way 🙂


Wonderful event, enjoyed it very much. Thumbs up to Queen of Angels church for providing the perfect venue.


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