Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 5th, 2022 to attend one of the most revered art exhibitions in the Cincinnati area, March 16th.that Annual Northminster Fine Arts Fair.
The art fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Finneytown at 703 Compton Road.
Presented annually since 2006 (with the exception of last year’s hiatus due to COVID), the art fair offers 42 regional visual artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell works of art that include unique, limited-edition pieces conceived and perfected by the artist’s own hands and Created in the artist’s studio.
Rich Schafermeyer, member of the Presbyterian Church of Northminster, director of the annual event and artist himself – one of two original members who are still involved in the organization along with fellow artist Barb Smucker – describes how the art fair came into being.
“Northminster Church members wanted the arts event to be a celebration of God-given talent and invite the community into our home,” he explains.
Barb Smucker added that as a member of Northminster Church and longtime Arts Fair Committee volunteer, she looks forward to reopening Church doors for the annual event on the first weekend in February.
Color graphics by Tom Croce
“It is uplifting to see all of the fine arts and crafts fill the halls and meeting rooms of our church,” says Smucker. “Color, texture and beauty are exactly what we need in February. Watching the public enter our buildings, enjoying the interaction with the artists and each other, is a wonderful opportunity for our church to support our fellowship. “
The judged art exhibition is judged on quality, variety and affordability and consists of painting, photography, drawing, fiber art, wood art, fabric art, jewelry, ceramics and glass. As in previous years, there are children’s activities such as pottery, a raffle for artist donations and a fair trade section with international handicrafts, jewelry, chocolate and coffee. Participating artists are also invited to demonstrate their creative process during the show.
Other common features of the art fair include live music and a partnership with Visionaries + Voices, the organization based in Northside and Tri-County that provides representation, studio space, materials and support to over 140 visual artists with disabilities. As a rule, artists and V + V employees also take part in the art fair.
Due to COVID and Omicron, masks will be required during the event and other procedures may be put in place to provide a safe environment for artists and visitors. Although gourmet lunches and goodies (including the famous cinnamon buns) are usually sold as a popular part of the show, it remains to be seen this year whether food can be offered safely.
For more information about the Fine Arts Fair at Northminster Presbyterian Church, call 513-931-0243, email [email protected], or visit the Facebook page of the art fair.