Summerfair draws over 20,000 despite dismal weather

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Summerfair Cincinnati organizers brought the 46th Summerfair to a close on June 2 after seeing large crowds pour into Coney Island, despite dismal forecasts.

Organized by Summerfair Cincinnati, a non-profit arts organization located in Anderson Township, the event attracted approximately 20,000 visitors to see more than 300 exhibitors from across the country and a variety of entertainment acts.

The Fair serves as Summerfair Cincinnati's primary fundraiser of the organization's year-round support of the arts in Greater Cincinnati.

"Fair volunteers and organizers were inspired that art enthusiasts flocked to Summerfair and our Little Black Dress event, despite some questionable weather in the forecasts," said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. "We were all so ecstatic to see such large crowds come out to support our artists. And, the weather ended up being just fine.  Many of our Facebook fans referred to it as "the best fair ever." Summerfair truly would not have been possible without the dedication and support of our artists, volunteers, vendors and patrons. We are looking forward to begin planning for Summerfair 2014."

In addition to selling art during Summerfair, artists' work was judged by a panel of artists and arts educators with backgrounds in the respective categories of Summerfair: ceramics, drawing/printmaking, glass, jewelry, leather/fiber, metal/sculpture, wood, painting, photography and 2D/3D mixed media. Artists in each category were selected to receive first, second and third place awards, as well as honorable mentions.

The first place winners for Summerfair 2013 are as follows:

  • Best of Show: Nicario Jimenez of Naples, Fla.
  • Metal/Sculpture: Nicario Jimenez of Naples, Fla.
  • Jewelry: Robert Trisko of St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Ceramics: Don McWhorter of Carrollton, Ga.
  • Drawing/Printmaking: David Frohbieter of Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Painting: Seung Lee of Cathedral City, Calif.
  • Photography: Chris Maher of Lambertville, Mich.
  • Wood: Souphong Manikhong of Sacramento, Calif.
  • Glass: Dan Barnes of Lexington, Ky.
  • Fiber/Leather: Beth Erlund of Morrison, Colo.
  • 2D-3D Art: Margaret Lutrell of Knoxville, Tenn.

The Summerfair Ashley Award was given to Summerfair artist Michal Adams of Cincinnati. This special award memorializes long-time Summerfair volunteer Ashley Heil Oehler. Oehler succumbed to Inflammatory Breast Cancer in August of 2011 after fearlessly battling the disease for more than two years. The award is given to a local artist and is selected by Summerfair volunteers.

For more information, call the Summerfair Cincinnati office at 513-531-0050 or visit Summerfair online at

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