June 18, 2014 By Christian Murray
More than 800 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 12:00 pm to 5 pm and featured the works of 35 Sunnyside and Woodside arts.
The artists set up tables inside the hall, where they displayed and sold their art.
“We were thrilled with the turnout,” said Patricia Dorfman, the founder of SunnysideArtists, who said it took 26 volunteers to put the event together.
Popular artists included Ann Cofta, who sold tiny beaded sculptures of apartment building water towers and roller coasts; Gareth Fletcher, an oil painter, who sold paintings of local scenes and store fronts; and Tricia Healy, who sold large abstract oil paintings.
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, selling from $50 to around $1,000 worth.
The event, titled Queen of Angels Art Fair VII, 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.
Ona Whitman, who has worked the door for all seven events, said: “We had 74 people [when we started] and thought it was a big crowd.”
Attendees were able to buy food for $5, which was provided by Bliss 46 Bistro, DeMole, Bar 43, Dazies and Murphy’s Lobster Grill.
However, with the big crowd, all the food was all gone by 4 pm.