Kathleen & Charles Tesnakis Take Best in Show at the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseJune 10, 2017
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kathleen & Charles Tesnakis, fiber artists from Troy, NY, took home $2,000 and the Best in Show award today at the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival. The Tesnakis, located at booth 025 on Rich Street, will be selling their award-winning work, along with more than 250 other artists from across the nation, and the world, at the Columbus Arts Festival powered by American Electric Power and produced by the Greater Arts Columbus Council this weekend.
Eleven other artists also won awards today. Award winners were chosen by an on-site panel of local arts experts. In addition to cash prizes, artists received a glass sculpture award created by Columbus artist Lawrence Tuber.
Award winners will be invited to participate in next year’s Festival. Award winners are:
Jurors’ Choice, 3-Dimensional ($1,000 each)
—Anne Bisone, fiber (Milwaukee, WI, booth 167M)
—Nicario Jimenez, 3D mixed media (Naples, FL, booth 163M)
—Alissa Renzetti, 3D mixed media (Columbus, OH, booth 136C)
Jurors’ Choice, 2-Dimensional ($1,000 each)
—Lorri Honeycutt, photography (Austin, TX, booth 113R)
—Gloria McRoberts, fiber (Watertown, TN, booth 317W)
—Bruce Peeso, painting (Monson, MA, booth 322W)
Merit Award ($500 each)
—Jera Lodge, jewelry (Philadelphia, PA, booth 204M)
—Karen Mulier, fiber (London, OH, booth 249M)
—Kate Morgan, 2D mixed media (Columbus, OH, booth 241M)
Best Presentation ($500)
—RC Sanford, wood (Strongsville, OH, booth 043R)
Best Emerging Artist
—Julie Davis, (Westerville, OH, booth 143C)
Launched 56 years ago as the “Downtown Festival of the Arts” on the Ohio Statehouse lawn, the Columbus Arts Festival showcases the best visual arts, music, poetry and local food for three days each summer to a crowd of about 400,000 each year. Live music, great food and a relaxed, gallery-like setting provide the perfect ambiance for browsing and buying the best selection of art. This year’s Festival attracted more than 1,000 artist applicants from across the country for the coveted 250 + spots.
Photos of the winners are available upon request.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Blue Moon, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, Columbus State Community College, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DLZ, G&J Pepsi-Cola, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Grange Insurance, Hopper Cart, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IKEA, Kroger, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, Nationwide, Oakland Nursery, The Ohio State University, PNC, Safelite, Svedka, Toyota, Vintage Wine, The Westin Columbus and White Castle. Media sponsors include ABC6/WSYX and FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org