Nearly 2,000 people gathered outside to peruse art, sip craft beer and wine, and soak up the sun at the Sienna Art Festival before the end of the year.
The Second Siena Art Festival attracted over 50 artists from across the region who exhibited original paintings, photographs, drawings, jewelry, ceramics and more. In addition, student artists from schools in the region participated. The event raised $ 5,000 for A Shelter for Cancer Families, which is celebrating 20 years of stability, shelter and support for families seeking cancer care.
“The weather was sublime and just perfect for a relaxing day in the great outdoors,” said Allison Bond, Sienna Marketing Director. “We are delighted to have so many students participating. The artwork of adults and young people was impressive. Being able to support the mission of A Shelter for Cancer Families was a happy bonus. “
Mature artists participated in a jury-judged art exhibition judged by Lani Anderson. The Best of Show winner was Abdul Basit. Robert Wilkins won first place; Elizabeth Barrow, second; Sudha Iyengar, third; and Norma Richter and Rupa Munish, honorable mention.
Student artists entered a People’s Choice competition. Addison Harris won in the elementary school category and Madeline Walsh took top honor among college artists. Aditya Rajan won in the high school category.
In addition to browsing and purchasing artwork, event goers enjoyed seeing chalk artists at work. Make-up artists and balloon artists entertained the young guests, who also got to visit the Imagination Station tent to create their own art. A variety of food trucks and breweries were also available.
“We could not have hosted an event of this magnitude without the help of our generous sponsors, many of whom are building homes in Siena,” said Bond.