A heartfelt “Thank You” to Volunteers and Artists

_MG_4589The Bellevue Renaissance Art in the Park Committee wants to thank all the artists and craftsman that made the 14th Annual Art in the Park event possible. The event chair, Barry Baker, and the committee extend a gracious thanks to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly before, during, and after the event; help shaping it into the wonderful event it has become. This year Jen Ruschman received the Art in the Park volunteer award for all of her years of hard work as the volunteer coordinator and as an amazing leader. Please join us in thanking the following people and organizations for their generous support: the event major sponsors including The Party Source, Brandicorp, WNKU, and a LIFT grant along with sponsorships and support from The Friends of Bellevue, Becca Moix, and Buona Vita and support from the Bellevue Eagles, Gigi Enterprises, Avenue Brew, Barry Baker, Jon Rawe/, Fastsigns of Cincinnati, Heidi & Matthew Bohman, Tim Wilhelm, The B-List, Lucky Rabbit Studio, Ken Swinson, Charlie Cleves, Art Machine, St. John United Church of Christ, and the City of Bellevue.

Even with some rain we had a gorgeous and busy day in the park and along historic Fairfield Avenue. Patrons had the opportunity to meet artists and craftspeople and purchase items they created while enjoying the beautiful Bellevue Beach Park. The Gazebo was filled with great music provided by Ben Walz, Drew Dog, and belly dancing and drumming with Tallulah’s Belly Dance Studio.

Congratulations to the winners judged by Billy Holodnak, Christine Mayhew, Emily Brandehoff, Carolyn Dieringer and Kurt MayhewIn the category of Fine Craft former resident Bethany Kramer received first place with Tom Dietrich winning second, third place went to Trish MeLennan and the Honorable Mention was given to Kelli Fisher. The Fine Art first place winner was Jackie Slone, second place was Sheila Sweeney, third place went to Marianne Ziemer, and the Honorable Mention was given to Betsy Balzter. This year we had a tie so two People’s Choice awards were given. The recipients were Brian and Emily Harmon along with Sheila Sweeny.

Thank you for supporting locally-made art, craft, food, beer, and wine! It keeps our community thriving and unique.


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