I had another great day yesterday at Summerfair 2013, which is an annual event held at Coney Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati. I finally met a friend, Kelley, who has been a Facebook friend for a couple of years, for the first time at this event! I only have a handful of people on my Facebook that I’ve never met…usually a friend of a friend. Anyway, we arranged a meeting time and we really clicked! She’s intelligent, warm, and as you can see beautiful!
We had a great time walking around Summerfair, which is a fine arts and crafts fair, with over 300 artists from around the Country. The event also has performers, and play areas for kids! This is their 46th year and more than 20,000 people attend to view and purchase the art! Artists apply to exhibit their art at the fair in ten categories including photography, painting, wood, ceramics, fibers, leather, jewelry and 2D/3D mixed media.
Summerfair raises money for a variety of arts opportunities, to include awards, scholarships and exhibitions to artists and small arts organizations in the Tri-State area.
We stopped to talk with some of the artists and I requested permission to photograph their art and sometimes them.
Kelley and I both enjoyed the energy and vibe of this artist…Tracy McKay. He paints with his hands…
Over the Rhine is amazing! Talk about an area of Cincinnati that has been revitalized! Just in the past year or two…so much progress has been made in turning this area into a fun, safe, historic and beautiful section of Cincinnati to visit. My girlfriend Gina and I arrived early Friday evening to walk around and enjoy the sunshine, along with warmer (50’s) temperatures. The architecture is beyond cool!
We got a late start today…left the rental at 9:45am…had breakfast in Santa Fe at the Zia Diner…nice place…good food! We parked in the free public parking lot situated about 4 blocks away from the “plaza”. The native Indians sell their jewelry/pottery under the portal of the Palace of the Governors Museum. Since I’ve adopted the mind-set of “Collect Experiences…Not Things”, I was a good girl and only bought a shirt and some essential oil lotion on the trip!
This is the oldest house in Santa Fe…we took about 5 minutes and walked through it.
I went into this Cathedral…
There are some outdoor statutes and galleries around the plaza area…
This is the work of Bill Worrell…
a local artist that my traveling companion, Kathy, is friends with. They are his signature “Shamans”!
We were invited to John Farnsworth’s house/studio. We met online through my blog, which I think is pretty cool! He’s also a local artist, who has a great spirit and personality! His home was located only about 5 minutes from where we were staying.
That evening we went dancing at La Fonda…I wasn’t feeling great…probably the drinks in Durango the night before…and the altitude!
If you want to keep costs down and get some exercise when visiting downtown Seattle, park at Amgen Co. There is a free public lot right next to the sea wall. It’s about a 40 minute walk to Pike Place Market. We got an early start and arrived to the market around 8:15am, as the vendors were setting up.
I got a photo of the “famous” fish throwing guys! The guy next to me threw the fish to the guy on the right.
The monorail was fun to take over to the Space Needle. Since it was a cloudy day…I didn’t want to go to the top.
This is a large art piece near the bottom of the Space Needle.