Between 25,000 and 30,000 guests attended the 2008 St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the three-day Festival attracted more than 200 artists and craftspeople from across the country to its campus grounds in Westlake.
In addition to the artwork situated along the half-mile walking track, the Hospital offered free health screenings, performances from local cheer and dance groups and musicians, the WDOK Fifth Third Bank’s popular 102,000 Mega Money Machine and the opportunity to donate blood with LifeShare Community Blood Services. On Sunday, a special outdoor Mass was celebrated under the festival tent with St. John Medical Center Father Chaplain Father Elmer Marquard.
Despite a few rainstorms, festival-goers were more than satisfied with the opportunity to browse and purchase a variety of media including jewelry, wearable art, stained glass, basketry, ceramics, watercolors, oils, photography and more. Admission was free and open to the public, but visitors generously donated 4,000 pounds of food items that will be donated to local food banks.
“St. John Medical Center is a perfect location to host this type of venue,” said Cliff. J. Coker, President of St. John West Shore Hospital. “This event affords us an opportunity in which to thank the community for its ongoing support.”