The Corn Hill Arts Festival

By Crissi:

The Corn Hill Arts Festival is one of the best attended festivals every summer in Rochester.  For two days the residential neighborhood of Corn Hill – located about one mile north of the University of Rochester campus – is shut down and its streets become a festival concourse.  Over a quarter of a million people attend the event each year.  The art vendors that participate must apply to showcase their crafts.  The most impressive artists are chosen, and they then compete for awards for best craftsmanship.  Each year over 500 different artisans from around the country line the streets of the Corn Hill neighborhood selling their unique creations.  Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 marked the 41st Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival. 

Images The artisans at the festival represent a wide variety of crafting skills including: knitting, sewing, photography, painting, sculpture, glass working, jewelry making, brass and iron sculpting, soap making, pottery, woodworking, and textiles. 

This year my favorite new addition was the emerging artist section.  Here newer, less established artists were given the opportunity to sell their limited quantities of one-of-a-kind novel creations.  The artists’ talents displayed included colorful oil canvas paintings, interesting hand-made sculptures, and bags and accessories made exclusively from recycled materials.  The creativity and ingenuity of the emerging artists was a highlight of the weekend.

A festival is not complete without food and entertainment.  Some of the best foods in Rochester host booths during the festival such as Simply Crepe’s sweet creations and Dinosaur BBQ’s delicious BBQ meals.  In addition, there are four stages erected around the neighborhood with music and entertainment for the whole family.  If art does not interest you, there is plenty more to do at the Corn Hill Art Festival.  Be sure not to miss the festival next year, it is held annually the weekend after the 4th of July Holiday.

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