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Kiwanis 2014 Arts and Crafts Fair

The 29th Annual Kiwanis Art and Craft Fair will be held on:

Sunday, September 7th, 2014 – 11 am to 5 pm on Wooster Pike in the center of historic Mariemont.

Free parking and admission

Exhibitors will be showing a wide variety of unique original Arts and Crafts ideally suited for home or office decor, gifts and collections.  There will be unusual toys, Christmas/ Halloween/ Thanksgiving gift items, jewelry, dolls, baskets, wood/ metal/ textile/ ceramic crafts and a variety of paintings and photography from artists in four states. Many of the items will be available at no other location

Food, drinks, and other facilities are close by.  Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Scholarship fund for needy and academically worthy college bound seniors.  Come, and be amazed by the hundreds of fascinating items.  For more information please call Matt Nickum at 561-2291 or visit our website at:

To advertise in the Arts and Crafts Fair booklet, or to donate to the scholarship fund, follow the directions contained in the following PDF files.

Kiwanis Booklet

Kiwanis Scholarships

Barn Event: Draw What you Love

 “Draw What You Love”  A New Drawing Class for ages 12+ taught by Deborah Ridgley  

barnEmail2Deborah Ridgley (shown at right) teaches this after-school drawing class for ages 12 through high school. “Draw What You Love” will have you drawing all of your favorite things, your favorite objects, your pets, your best friend, even yourself. Working either from your favorite object or your reference photo, you will learn the basics of drawing, composition, values, and design.


barnEmailTo register, email Deborah at



What’s so Special about the Mariemont Kiwanis?

Kiwanis LogoSince its founding in November 1965, the Kiwanis Club of Mariemont has played an active role in community life with its mission to “serve the children of the world.” Its first president was C. Richard Heena and many other notable Mariemonters have chaired Kiwanis including Willian R. Ebelhar, Clarence Erickson, Ralph H. Smith, Arthur R. Arend, Albert A. Nelson, Rich Ewald and Paul Imhoff. Its most recent outgoing President is Barb Anderson.

Kiwanis International has over 8000 Chapter in over 82 countries. In the Greater Cincinnati area, the Mariemont Club is one of the largest and most active.

It is noteworthy that Mariemont Kiwanis was instrumental in starting the MariElders Center and has donated to it for many years. For at least 25 years, the Mariemont Kiwanis sponsored the fireworks display that was held annually on Labor Day during the times when Labor Day spelled the end of summer and the start of the school year.

The Kiwanis supports International efforts to eradicate the disease of Tetanus and collects glasses for reconditioning to send to underdeveloped countries.

To develop leadership skills and foster community service, Kiwanis supports ‘Builders Clubs’ at the elementary school level and the ‘Key Club’ at the Mariemont High School.  These organizations recruit a large number of energetic students that are actively involved in a range of community services.

Scholarships for needy high school seniors are the main beneficiary from the hard work and effort that goes into Kiwanis’ fundraising activities. In the past 13 years, deserving students received over $154,000 in scholarships enabling many Mariemont High School students to go to college who otherwise would not.

The Kiwanians engage in primarily three fundraising activities. Throughout the Holiday Season, they sell containers of almonds, pecans, cashews and mixed nuts at many locations including the local commercial banks, MariElders Center, Mariemont School programs and social functions. Through considerable effort, the nut sales generate about $3,000 per year.  A golf outing in the spring attracts about 15 foursomes and draws upon prizes donated by local businesses. This fundraiser raises about $5,000 annually. Finally, the main fundraiser is the fall “Arts and Crafts Fair” that is held in the heart of Mariemont and attracts over 100 exhibitors from around the region. Over 2000 visitors examine and buy the wares making this the largest Mariemont charitable event of the year. Through a raffle, advertising in the event program and space rentals, this event raises between six and seven thousand dollars annually and is the keystone to the Chapter’s ability to carry out its mission. Until seven years ago, the Mariemont Police Department graciously afforded security guards without charging the Kiwanis Club for the “Arts and Crafts Fair.” Curiously, since then following the Mayor’s instructions, the Police Department has charged the Kiwanis Club over $4,000 in the aggregate for security guards.

The Mariemont Kiwanis is always welcoming to new members. The weekly meetings are held on Tuesdays at the Mariemont Elementary School cafeteria, where at 7:30 AM a continual breakfast is served followed at 8AM by the meeting.  Week over week, the quality of presenters is excellent. Click on this link for more information about Mariemont Kiwanis and you may visit this Web site,, for the monthly calendar listing of scheduled speakers.

Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Pastel Seminar September 21th-22st

Portrait Seminar by Marlene Steele:
“Getting aHEAD in Pastel”

Another great workshop from the
Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati



1pm – 5:30pm

Experience the making of a portrait in pastel from start to finish Learn to see and analyze shapes and edges.

Special exhibit of examples and critique.

Limited class size with personal instruction. Supplies not included.$225.00 fee, includes model costs.

To register: Send $50.00 deposit payable to Woman’s Art Club to Janet Vennemeyer 9238 Tag Drive, Cincinnati, OH  45231

One of Marlene’s Pastels above, and Visit Marlene’s website here

List of supplies available with registration and deposit received.

Workshop takes place at
Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center “The Barn”
6980 Cambridge Ave. Mariemont, OH  45227

Annual Kiwanis Arts and Crafts Fair Sunday, September 8th

The 28th Mariemont Kiwanis Annual Arts and Crafts Fair is to be held on Sunday, September the 8th between 11 AM and 5 PM on Wooster Pike.  This year’s fair will feature more than a hundred exhibitors from across the Tri-State area.  This event will help Kiwanis fund its scholarships for Mariemont High School Seniors. We give thanks to the Village of Mariemont in helping us in this project.