The Corn Hill Arts Festival Unveils the 2016 Commemorative Poster

2016 Arts Festival Poster

Rochester, NY, June 8, 2016 – The Corn Hill Neighbors Association and ESL Federal Credit Union are excited to announce that the 2016 commemorative poster for the 48th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival was unveiled earlier today. Festival Chair, Joanie Fraver and Faheem Masood, President/CEO of ESL, lead the unveiling ceremony at ESL’s corporate headquarters.  This is the third consecutive year that the locally owned financial institution has been the presenting sponsor of the festival.

“The poster unveiling is a long standing tradition,” says Fraver, Chairperson of the 2016 Corn Hill Arts Festival. “It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate and thank those who support the Corn Hill Neighbors Association and make the Festival possible.”

Rachel Cordaro, a full-time painter and textile artist, was selected to create the artwork for this year’s poster.  The painting features her signature flower motifs framing a quaint Adams Street house. 

“A historic home in Corn Hill with whimsical, cheery characteristics was the inspiration behind this painting,” says Cordaro. “I combined untamed vines, lively colorful poppies and black-eyed susans to surround and enchant the house.”

Art has been an important part of Cordaro’s life since early childhood. She now lives and works in Rochester with her husband Cordell Cordaro, who was the 2010 Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Artist.

Each year, an artist is carefully chosen to design and create the image featured on the annual poster. The poster artwork serves as a snapshot of life in the Corn Hill neighborhood, reflecting the spirit of the Festival.

“In addition to supporting the development and livelihood of local artists, the Corn Hill Arts Festival has helped preserve and celebrate of one of Rochester’s most treasured neighborhoods,” said Faheem Masood, President/CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union.  “ESL recognizes that the arts are truly a vital contributor to enhancing our quality of life in the Greater Rochester community.  “We are pleased to lend our support, once again, as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Festival.”

In addition, Mr. Masood announced the winners of the Color Corn Hill Contest. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were decided based on the number of public votes received. Each winner was awarded an ESL Visa Gift Card. The winning artwork will be displayed at the ESL Hospitality Tent at the Festival this year.

In celebration of the Festival’s rich history, ESL and the Corn Hill Neighbors Association will be showcasing a retrospective of commemorative posters, dating back to the very first poster created in 1969. Posters will be on display throughout Monroe County at each of ESL’s 20 branches for visitors to enjoy.

The 48th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival welcomes more than 375 original artisans, 26 live music acts, The 8th Annual Emerging Artists Expo, The 4th Annual Fairy Houses Tour and new this year a Classic Car Show along with international food vendors and food trucks. The Festival is July 9th and 10th, 2016 in the historic Corn Hill Neighborhood and is free. The grounds will be open from 10a.m. to 6p.m. on Saturday, and 10a.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

For more information on The Corn Hill Arts Festival, please visit www.cornhillartsfestival.com.

The Festival’s media kit can be found at http://www.chafmedia.com/.

Visit Rachel Cordaro online at rachelcordaro.com.

Funds raised during the Corn Hill Arts Festival through sponsorships, vendors and exhibitors are disbursed by the Corn Hill Neighbors Association for a variety of community needs. Festival funds are also used for protecting and promoting the historical character and beauty of the area. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association encourages cultural diversity, and strives to foster good relations not only within the neighborhood, and its surrounding communities as well.

 

2015 CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 3RD ANNUAL FAIRY HOUSES TOUR

The Corn Hill Neighbors Association is excited to present the winners of the 3rd Annual Fairy Houses Tour which took place at the 2015 Corn Hill Arts Festival on July 11 & 12, 2015.

Over 65 original Fairy Houses were submitted to the Tour by individuals, teams and families for visitors to the Festival to view. Over 7,000 people toured the display and voted for “The People’s Choice Award”. This year’s winner is the Marshall Family for their intricately designed house.

Utilizing a carved out tree stump, this three story house delighted visitors with a table set for six replete with bowls of berries. The living quarters boasted a fireplace with a stone chimney and a spiral staircase leading to the third floor nursery. The Marshall Family also enjoys designing “fairy frocks”.

In addition, nine winners in three categories, “Most Whimsical”, “Best Use of Natural Materials” and “Most Unique” were chosen. Builders used a variety of natural materials including gourds, seashells, maple saplings, bark, stones, oak tree seedlings, and various dried fauna.

These beautiful houses were on display at The Strong National Museum of Play.

Funds raised during the Corn Hill Arts Festival through sponsorships, vendors and exhibitors are disbursed by the Corn Hill Neighbors Association for a variety of community needs. Festival funds are also used for protecting and promoting the historical character and beauty of the area. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association encourages cultural diversity, and strives to foster good relations not only within the neighborhood, and its surrounding communities as well. For more information on Corn Hill or its Festival, please visit www.cornhillartsfestival.com

For more information and photos of the houses, please go to:

http://www.chafmedia.com/.

2015 Corn Hill Arts Festival Entertainment

The 47th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival, presented by ESL Federal Credit Union, will be held on July 11-12, 2015. The Festival is a Rochester tradition that celebrates art in a variety of mediums. This year’s Festival will have a renewed emphasis on music, featuring 28 performances on four stages throughout the two-day event.

The 585 Magazine Avery Mall Stage features two solo performances by emerging artist Lindsey Saunders. Lindsey is known for crafting acoustic, original music. Her performances across the country have received critical acclaim, most notably at SXSW and The Sundance Music Festival.

On the Labbatt Blue Light Gazebo Stage, Hank & Cupcakes, a Brooklyn, NY based indie

duo, will perform. The band is popular for their fun, electro-pop sound and as noted in the Huffington Post, “The most fun you will have listening to any band in the new year.”

On The Valley Cadillac Main Stage, this year’s don’t miss performance comes from Funky BluRoots. The band mixes original music with unique cover arrangements by artists such as The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robben Ford, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana.

The complete lineup and details are available on our Entertainment page.

2015 CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW AND EXCITING UPDATES

The Corn Hill Neighbors Association and ESL Federal Credit Union are proud to present the 47th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival. Recognizing artists in a variety of mediums, this year’s Festival places a focus on musical arts.

The Festival will take place July 11 and 12 in the historic Corn Hill neighborhood and will feature hundreds of artists, four stages of continuous live music and the Emerging Artists Expo. This unique, family-friendly event is one of the largest all volunteer run festivals in the country

“What started as a street arts festival has become a celebration of the arts and our community that has transformed and preserved one of Rochester’s most treasured neighborhoods,” said David Fiedler, CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union. “ESL and the Corn Hill Arts Festival both recognize that the arts enhance our quality of life in the Greater Rochester community, making it a great place to live, work and raise a family. ESL is pleased to lend our support, once again, as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Festival.”

With a renewed focus on the musical arts, this year’s festival will feature 28 free performances across four stages throughout the two-day event. This year’s must-see performances include Indie group, Hank & Cupcakes; solo artist, Lindsey Saunders; and the highly anticipated Funky Blu Roots. For a complete list of performances, please visit www.cornhillartsfestival.com.

The 7th Annual Emerging Artists Expo, presented by MVP Health Care®, will feature the works of 25 first-time exhibitors, aged 16 to 25, who will display and sell their artwork for the first time at the Festival. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the winning artists.

The Corn Hill Arts Festival will also be hosting The 3rd Annual Fairy Houses Tour event. The author/illustrator of The Fairy Houses series, Tracy Kane will also be present at the Festival. She has created books and videos that popularized the building of Fairy Houses across the country and around the world. Kids can meet a Fairy and participate in fun activities in our Community Area.

New this year, the Festival, in conjunction with the Cycling Alliance and Bike MS will offer a free, supervised bike corral. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association invites people to experience the area by bike and promotes eco-friendly transportation. For more information regarding parking and bus routes, please visit http://cornhillartsfestival.com/information/shuttle-service-parking/.

JIM MOTT FEATURED ARTIST FOR 2015 CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL

The Corn Hill Neighbors Association unveiled the 2015 Corn Hill Arts Festival Commemorative Poster this afternoon during its annual ceremony.

Corn Hill Arts Festival 2015 Poster by Jim Mott

The event was attended by neighborhood residents, area business leaders and special guests, including, Mayor Lovely Warren and ESL Federal Credit Union CEO David L. Fiedler. ESL is the presenting sponsor of the Festival.

This year’s poster was created by Rochester native, Jim Mott. As a highly regarded artist with national recognition, Mott participated in the Itinerant Artist Project (IAP), exchanging art for hospitality across the US and Canada. Touring for a total of 14 months since 2000, Mott has stayed in dozens homes across 35 states and 3 provinces, producing more than 600 paintings of the American landscape.

The poster image entitled, “Atkinson Night Walk” places the viewer on an evening stroll.

“Night brought out a sense of mystery. It was an improvisation on a theme meant to suggest the enchantment you can feel in Corn Hill when the mood catches you,” explained Mott. “There was something cozy, but exotic about it, a sense of being slightly in a different time.”

Mott’s artwork and signing will be available on commemorative merchandise at the 47th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival. The Merchandise Booth is located at the Frederick Douglas and Adams Streets intersection.
“The Corn Hill Festival is an important part of one our city’s most vibrant neighborhoods,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “Festivals are critical to our city’s quality of life and our ability to create jobs. Jim Mott’s poster for this year’s festival celebrates life in Corn Hill with a peaceful walk down Atkinson Street.”

Funds raised during the Corn Hill Arts Festival through sponsorships, vendors and exhibitors are used by the Neighbors Association for a variety of community needs, including protecting and promoting the historical character and beauty of the area. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association encourages cultural diversity, and strives to foster good relations not only within the neighborhood, but throughout surrounding communities as well. For more information on Corn Hill or its festival, please visit www.cornhillartsfestival.com.

The Festival’s media kit can be found at http://www.chafmedia.com/.

Visit Jim online at www.jimmott.com.