Summerfair painting a portrait of the new normal

The 54th annual Summerfair Art Show and Competition runs on Coney Island through Sunday. Summer is back with another sizzle. The post-COVID-19 season shines in a familiar glow of the landscape. Thousands like Sherry Sturgill and Skylar Vernon enjoy the show and the artists, but also the opportunity to be outside and show their smiles. “It’s very special because we weren’t outside. This is our first outing since Covid, ”said Sturgill. After months in quarantine, thousands made their way through Coney Island, rummaging through Summerfair’s artwork and basking in the warm tones of summer. “I’m glad to be out of the house with my family,” Vernon said. Artists like Pauline Sullivan Everett said this summer season was a special renaissance. Everett called it a rebirth into this new normal. “I’ve been in the studio for 18 months because of the quarantine,” said Sullivan Everett. Artist Richard Borden said the collage of people is a living canvas that inspires new work that he has missed. Jane Utter is the longtime director of Summerfair. Last year the show was a drive-through experience. This year she was happy to welcome guests personally. “It’s fantastic to see smiles again,” said Utter. “Everyone was hiding behind their mask.” After having been with the show for over 50 years, Utter knows art when she sees it. She said she was seeing art everywhere this summer. “We have the art, we have the food, we have the entertainment and the audience is just wonderful,” said Utter. Summerfair runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 10 for adults. Children under the age of 12 are All proceeds support local artists and grants.

The 54th annual Summerfair Art Show and Competition runs through Sunday at Coney Island.

Summer is back with another sizzle. The post-COVID-19 season shines in a familiar glow of the landscape. Thousands like Sherry Sturgill and Skylar Vernon enjoy the show and the artists, but also the opportunity to be outside and show their smiles.

“It’s very special because we haven’t been outside yet. This is our first outing since Covid, ”said Sturgill.

After months in quarantine, thousands made their way through Coney Island, rummaging through Summerfair’s artwork and basking in the warm tones of summer.

“I’m glad to be out of the house with my family,” Vernon said.

Artists like Pauline Sullivan Everett said this summer season was a special renaissance. Everett called it a rebirth into this new normal.

“I’ve been in the studio for 18 months because of the quarantine,” said Sullivan Everett.

Artist Richard Borden said the collage of people is a living canvas that inspires new works that he has missed.

“In fact, we’ve never seen a crowd like we saw when the gates opened and everyone was excited to leave,” said Borden.

Jane Utter is the longtime director of Summerfair. Last year the show was a drive-through experience. This year she was happy to welcome guests personally.

“It’s fantastic to see smiles again,” said Utter. “Everyone was hiding behind their mask.”

After having been on the show for over 50 years, Utter knows art when she sees it. She said she was seeing art everywhere this summer.

“We have the art, we have the food, we have the entertainment and the audience is just wonderful,” said Utter.

The summer festival lasts until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 10 for adults. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds support local artists and grants.

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