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Happenings in my neighborhood - Lakewood Arts Festival

Updated on June 19, 2011
Tents of art awaiting perusal
Tents of art awaiting perusal | Source

The Lakewood Arts festival once again did not dissapoint. There was so much talent that it was hard to choose who to highlight. Here are a few that stood out.

Artist Kevin Knuckles

Kevin D.. Knuckles had more on his mind this day then selling his art. He was also fundraising for his daughther Miss Malia Knuckes. Miss Knucles is a ten year old beauty that is a survivor of an affliction called Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). Mr. Knuckles was selling a peice of art he created of a little girl playing a piano to assist in medical expenses.

SJS is a condition that comes from a severe allergic reaction to medication, most commonly penicillin. The results for this young lady are respiratory problems, 2nd degree burns on 60% of her bod, inverted eyelids with ingrown eyelashes, light sensitivity, sever dry eyes and dental issues. With having had 16 eye and 4 dental surgeries the medical cost have mounted. But her fathers worries don't end there as she is loosing her sight and is in needof a PROSE. This Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem device is a custom contact lens that covers the entire eye.

PROSE is a pioneering treatment developed by The Boston Foundation for Sight. Please help Kevin Knuckles with your donations to MailiaKnuckles Fund > The Huntington National Bank > 6134 Dunham Road > Maple Heights, Ohio 44137. You can also donate by credit card, debit card or PayPal account at

Carl - The Sandman

Carl's floral sand sculpture

Not everyone gets to play in sand as a side hobby, but Carl does. A professional sand sculpture artist, he dazzled everyone with his talents.

Princess Beatrice of York may be single handedly making a statement with her unique hats, but for Barbara Walters of Hats Fashionista 4 U, making a statement with hats is her personal business. Located at 114 Big Creek Cr --> Concord, Ohio 44077.

There were so many more wonderful exhibits to view. If you missed the Lakewood Arts Festival make a point of going next year as there is something for everyone and you won't be disappointed.

Summer has begun and there isn't a shortage of events to attend. One cannot go to all of them, but choosing one per weekend will insure that you have a most fabulous summer.


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    • Carlon Michelle profile image

      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      I am humbled by your praise Denise. It is much appreciated.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Carlon-what a cool hub. First, b/c I love street fairs. Second, b/c you took the time to explain the disease that was mentioned in your hub and third, b/c of your humanitarian efforts to help Kevin with his fundraising. Rated useful/interesting and awesome.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are some really talented artists. I love the sand sculpture and the paintings by Mr. Knuckles. I had no idea what SJS before this. Wow. I hope his daughter gets the medical help needed.