The Corn Hill Arts Festival Unveils the 2017 Commemorative Poster

Rochester, NY, June 9, 2017 – The Corn Hill Neighbors Association and ESL Federal Credit Union are excited to announce that the 2017 commemorative poster for the 49th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival was unveiled earlier today. Festival Chair, Bill Kelly and Faheem Masood, President and CEO of ESL, lead the unveiling ceremony at ESL’s corporate headquarters.  This is the fourth consecutive year that the locally owned financial institution has been the presenting sponsor of the festival.

“We are excited to unveil this year’s commemorative poster – the 49th in our festival’s history,” says Bill Kelly, Chairperson of the 2017 Corn Hill Arts Festival. “ Each year, an artist is carefully chosen to create a poster that reflects their vision of life in the Corn Hill neighborhood and the spirit of the festival. This is not only a beloved tradition, but a way to celebrate the festival’s mission to provide an opportunity for talented arts and craftspeople to exhibit and sell their work.”

This year’s poster design was created by Ryan Martin, a 2016 Emerging Artists Expo participant. His painting features a bold, modern and energetic interpretation of the homes in the Corn Hill community.

“I used my rapid and energetic painting style to reflect the vast history and energy of the Corn Hill Arts Festival,” said Martin.  “And, I chose a broad color pallet to give a vibrant and unique character to the architecture that is featured.”

This commissioned artwork will become the iconic image that is not only featured on the annual poster, but also on clothing, wine bottles and other festival merchandise.

“For 49 years, the Corn Hill Arts Festival has played an integral role in supporting the development and livelihood of area artists,” said Faheem Masood, President/CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union. “It also has helped sustain the growth and preservation of one of Rochester’s most treasured neighborhoods. ESL Federal Credit Union is pleased to lend its support as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Corn Hill Art Festival.  It is a vital contributor to enhancing our quality of life in the Greater Rochester area.”

Also at the poster unveiling event, ESL formally announced its Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Sweepstakes. Now through the conclusion of the festival, each of ESL’s 20 branch locations will be displaying the 2017 poster art. Members of the community are encouraged to stop into their local ESL branch and enter to win one of 20 signed, Plak-it-style posters.

For more information on the Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Sweepstakes visit esl.org/postersweepstakes/

The 49th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival welcomes more than 350 original artisans, 25 live music acts, The 9th Annual Emerging Artists Expo, The 5th Annual Fairy Houses Tour and new this year, The Stokoe Farms Express Train. Visitors can also enjoy international food vendors, food trucks and two beer and wine gardens. The Festival is July 8th and 9th, 2017 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.

Click here to download a PDF of the 2017 Poster Art.

Martin graduated from Providence College in 2014. He has since moved back to Rochester and works out of his studio in the Station 55 building, located next to the Rochester Public Market. And while he continues to do commissioned paintings, an emerging passion of his is designing and creating handcrafted clothing.

To learn more about Ryan Martin and his work, visit http://www.ryanmartincollection.com/.  

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/.

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, but surrounding communities as well.

About ESL Federal Credit Union

Founded by George Eastman in 1920, ESL Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with $6.1 billion in assets. The locally-owned financial institution employs more than 735 people in Rochester, New York, and includes approximately 330,000 members worldwide.

The company has now appeared on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for six years (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, and 2010). Access to the credit union includes 20 branch locations and more than 40 ATM locations, locally-based telephone and Internet chat centers, and online and mobile banking channels. The company is headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street in Rochester and can be found on the Internet at www.esl.org.

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