The Corn Hill Arts Festival Unveils the 2016 Commemorative Poster

Top Quote The Corn Hill Neighbors Association and ESL Federal Credit Union reveal the 48th annual Corn Hill Arts Festival poster and artist. End Quote
  • Rochester, NY (1888PressRelease) June 09, 2016 - The Corn Hill Neighbors Association and ESL Federal Credit Union are excited to announce that the 2016 commemorative poster for the 48th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival was unveiled earlier today. Festival Chair, Joanie Fraver and Faheem Masood, President/CEO of ESL, lead the unveiling ceremony at ESL's corporate headquarters. This is the third consecutive year that the locally owned financial institution has been the presenting sponsor of the festival.

    "The poster unveiling is a long standing tradition," says Fraver, Chairperson of the 2016 Corn Hill Arts Festival. "It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate and thank those who support the Corn Hill Neighbors Association and make the Festival possible."

    Rachel Cordaro, a full-time painter and textile artist, was selected to create the artwork for this year's poster. The painting features her signature flower motifs framing a quaint Adams Street house.

    "A historic home in Corn Hill with whimsical, cheery characteristics was the inspiration behind this painting," says Cordaro. "I combined untamed vines, lively colorful poppies and black-eyed susans to surround and enchant the house."

    Art has been an important part of Cordaro's life since early childhood. She now lives and works in Rochester with her husband Cordell Cordaro, who was the 2010 Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Artist.

    Each year, an artist is carefully chosen to design and create the image featured on the annual poster. The poster artwork serves as a snapshot of life in the Corn Hill neighborhood, reflecting the spirit of the Festival.

    "In addition to supporting the development and livelihood of local artists, the Corn Hill Arts Festival has helped preserve and celebrate of one of Rochester's most treasured neighborhoods," said Faheem Masood, President/CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union. "ESL recognizes that the arts are truly a vital contributor to enhancing our quality of life in the Greater Rochester community. "We are pleased to lend our support, once again, as the presenting sponsor of this year's Festival."

    In addition, Mr. Masood announced the winners of the Color Corn Hill Contest. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were decided based on the number of public votes received. Each winner was awarded an ESL Visa Gift Card. The winning artwork will be displayed at the ESL Hospitality Tent at the Festival this year.

    In celebration of the Festival's rich history, ESL and the Corn Hill Neighbors Association will be showcasing a retrospective of commemorative posters, dating back to the very first poster created in 1969. Posters will be on display throughout Monroe County at each of ESL's 20 branches for visitors to enjoy.

    The 48th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival welcomes more than 375 original artisans, 26 live music acts, The 8th Annual Emerging Artists Expo, The 4th Annual Fairy Houses Tour and new this year a Classic Car Show along with international food vendors and food trucks. The Festival is July 9th and 10th, 2016 in the historic Corn Hill Neighborhood and is free. The grounds will be open from 10a.m. to 6p.m. on Saturday, and 10a.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

    For more information on The Corn Hill Arts Festival, please visit

    The Festival's media kit can be found at

    Visit Rachel Cordaro online at

    Funds raised during the Corn Hill Arts Festival through sponsorships, vendors and exhibitors are disbursed by the Corn Hill Neighbors Association for a variety of community needs. Festival funds are also used for protecting and promoting the historical character and beauty of the area. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association encourages cultural diversity, and strives to foster good relations not only within the neighborhood, and its surrounding communities as well.

    CONTACT: Elaine Lennox, Corn Hill Arts Festival Media Relations
    Mobile: 585.292.0496, elennox ( @ ) archercom dot com

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