Cathedral Fest spotlights art
If you go

Friday, September 25, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON -- When Cathedral Fest began four years ago, it consisted of an art show and a soft drink - hot dog booth.

Today, the festival has grown to include a street fair, arts and crafts, more than a dozen food booths, a juried art show, exhibits, performing artists, a puppeteer and a singing group. The festival is designed to showcase the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption as the center of the community.

  • What: Cathedral Fest 1998
  • When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 12th Street and Madison Avenue.
  • Admission: Free.
  • Information: The Cathedral: 491-2060; The Carnegie: 491-2030.
  • The free festival, sponsored by the Cathedral Foundation Inc., is Sundayfrom 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 12th Street and Madison Avenue. Last year, about 2,200 attended.

    The "Vision IV" Juried Art Exhibition, which starts today and runs through Oct. 9, is held in conjunction with the festival. It is one of the more popular attractions.

    "It is growing into a major exhibition," said Ellen Zahorec, a Cincinnati studio artist and chair of the art exhibition. What started as a local exhibition now includes participation from states east of the Mississippi. This year, 226 works were submitted by 106 artists, she said.

    "It's a very popular event. One reason is because there is nothing like it in the area, for sure. . . . There will be a variety of pieces, from abstract to realistic -- and, I think, something for everybody," she said.

    The exhibition can be seen at Howard Hall in the cathedral, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. The exhibit deals with themes of spiritual, sacred, holy and religious works, she said.

    New at this year's festival is a floral art show, which will include six exhibits inside the cathedral.

    Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy "peasants and merchants" strolling around Cathedral Square. Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism will perform duels with swords as part of a re-enactment.

    Berry Mang, executive director of the Cathedral Foundation, said volunteers will begin setting up for the festival at 3 p.m. Saturday. Madison Avenue will be closed from 3 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday from 11th to 12th streets.

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