Ice cream bowls by James Guggina featured at the 2009 Coolidge Corner Arts Festival
Saturday, June 6 marked the 31st Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. Held at the Devotion School at 345 Harvard St., the annual event not only showcased some of the area's most remarkable artists and craftsmen, but also helped Brookline residents in need.
Over 70 artists participated in this weekend's festival, which ran from 10 in the morning until 6 pm. Featured works included 2-D, ceremics, fiber, glass, jewelry, photography as well as other media. In addition to new and emerging New England artists, the Festival also featured works by those who are nationally recognized.
"Each year we continue to be pleased by the growing quality of the artists and craftspeople who apply to our Festival,” says Sue Stein, owner of Fire Opal, juror and one of organizers of the festival. “This year we were able to offer visitors as many as 40% new faces in addition to their favorites of years past.”
The 2009 Susan Lichter Jury Prize was awarded to James Guggina. Judges felt his work best exemplified the highest level of both art and craft and embodied the spirit of CCAF committee member, Susan Lichter in whose memory the award was created. In recognition of this award, Mr Guggina's pieces were featured in all 2009 CCAF promotion materials.
Local merchants & business people organize CCAF
The CCAF was coordinated and managed by a group of local merchants and business people. The organizing committee consists of :
Arts Festival Partners with Food Festival
For the second year in a row, the Arts Festival partnered with the Coolidge Corner Food Festival. Participating restaurants provided tasting portions of three items.
Net proceeds from the Food Festival were for the benefit of the Brookline Food Pantry. While the Festival raised roughly $4,500 for the pantry last year, this year's proceeds were even larger, despite current econmomic conditions. Commercial Areas Coordinator, Marge Amster, announced that this year's event should net around $6,500.