Camilla Macfadyn's booth at the 2011 Coolidge Corner Arts Festival

Camilla Macfadyn’s booth at the 2011 Coolidge Corner Arts Festival

This past Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, the grounds of the Devotion School played host to both the 33rd Annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival and the 4th Annual Brookline Food Festival.  The weather was perfect and it seemed most of Brookline was in attendance.

Over 80 artists participated this year, showcasing their skill in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, photography, painting, woodworking and more.  The free event was open to the public and featured nationally-recognized and up and coming regioinal artists alike.

Each year, the Festival awards the Susan Lichter Jury Prize, in memory of late committee member Susan Lichter.  This year’s winner was Tammi Rodrig of Happy Art Studio.  As the award winner, several pieces of Tammi’s work – earrings, bracelets and necklaces – were showcased in the Festival’s promotional material.  Tami uses a combination of silversmithing,  painting and found objects to create her unique pieces of jewelry.

Organized by local merchants and businesses, the CCAF was lead by a committee that included Lisa Clark of Brookline BankLea Cohen of Hammond Residential Real Estate, Mike Kerstein of Simons Shoes,  Jennifer Hill of JHill Design and Sue Stein of Fire Opal.

While the Arts Festival was in full swing, the Brookline Food Festival ran at the same location from noon to 4 p.m. Local favorites, including The Fireplace, Zafigs, Party Favors, JP Licks, Naked Pizza and the Meat House provided tasting portions of some of their favorites. Tickets for the tasting were sold for $2 each with the net proceeds going to the Brookline Food Pantry.

Catie Hayes, Edtior