Tremont Festival Gathers Residents & Visitors to Celebrate Art, Dance, Music & Culture

Sep 24, 2015

Amid rain and sunshine, over the course of the weekend of September 19th & 20th, approximately 15,000 visitors and residents attended the 2015 Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival in Lincoln Park. The Festival is an annual celebration of the region’s art, dance, music, and culture.

Sixty-seven juried artists were eligible for consideration by the jurors for the Festival’s top prizes. The Jurors include: Amanda Lee, Steve Mastroianni, and Rob Hartshorn. After extensive preliminary  review of the artists’ visual images during the summer months, the jurors again reviewed the participating artists on Saturday, September 19th on the basis of objects  presented for sale. The jurors’ criteria included: artistic excellence, uniqueness of vision and imagination, and diversity of media.

The jurors selected:

First Place: Deborah Woolfork of Solon (Fine Jewelry)

Second Place: Tom Jackson of Stow (Oil Paintings

Third Place: Jennifer Couch of Akron (Fiber)


Jurors’ Selection for Excellence:

Guangsen Wang of Lakewood (Watercolor Paintings)

Jim Lanza of Cleveland (Wood/Photography on Wood)

Jessica Kayse of Cleveland (Fine Jewelry)

April Couch of Akron (Mixed Media/Wood)


54 Community, Cultural, and Children’s groups participated—as did  16 food vendor organizations and 17 performing arts groups. In addition to the Target Mainstage, the Festival hosted a Children’s Stage. Free trolleys sponsored by Sparx City Hop brought many visitors on Saturday to the Festival and the neighborhood.

Now growing strong in their fifth year with the Festival are the vendors of the Tremont Farmers Market village (15 participated this year) led by Farmers Market manager, Jim Votava. The Farmers Market Stage (in its fourth year) presented excellent musical entertainment for diners.

New for this year is the Tremont Artists Gallery presented by the Tremont Arts Committee along with Rob Hartshorn and Giancarlo Callichia. The Gallery Pavilion featured the work of 19 local Tremont artists—and focused Festival patrons’ attention on Tremont’s thriving local art scene.

Again this year, many artists (our thanks to them!) donated items for the annual Art Raffle. Many residents and visitors were delighted by their wins, and the raffle raised over $1,500 to benefit the Festival. This summer, The Treehouse Bar and the Tremont Farmers’ Market, hosted a Party in August as a fundraiser for the Festival and the Farmers’ Market Stage. Lounge Kitty provided awesome entertainment along with Sunny Ting of Ty Fun Bistro.

Jim Votava designed the Festival Program, served as Logistics Coordinator, and Graphic Designer of ads. Barbara McKay selected the Main Stage performers. Dennis McNulty and Scott Rawlings of Slate Grey provided Stage and Sound Management. Electrical support came from Mike Giancaterino of M.L.G Construction. Dedicated volunteers included Scott Nagy, Cory Riordan,  Stacia Naoum, Merrick House and Tremont West Staff and Board members, Gail Long and Zach Schiller, Shelby Holmes, Jim Little & Leah Sharkey, Bob Bucklew, Marcia Leslie, Dan Leamon, Irene Bellomo, Brooke Deines, Angelica Pozo, Nancy Dix, Rachel McGill, Jean Brandt, Nancy Roy, Allison Zeleniuch, Lorraine Thwaite, Emily Petersen & Amanda,  Barbara Mullaly, Chuck Fidler, Crystal Gunter, Sister Corita Ambro, Frank and Susan Scialabba and the folks of the  St. Augustine Hunger Center, and neighborhood residentsScott Rosenstein served for a 14th year as Festival Project Manager. Our thanks to all participants, volunteers, our jurors, & all our sponsors!

The Festival is presented by Merrick House, Tremont West Development Corp., and Cleveland Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman. The Festival is sponsored by the contributions of the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the citizens of Ohio through Ohio Arts Council. Media Sponsor s are WKSU—89.7 and Scene Additional support is provided by Target Corporation,  Tremont Farmers Market, Tremont ArtWalk, Renewal by Andersen, Horizon Education Centers,  Tremont Trek, and Sparx City Hop.

Sponsors of Merrick House programming include “Dollar Diner” Healthy Restaurant sponsor ArcelorMittal as well as Molina Healthcare.


back to news