Dana Keating-Marziale, a New Albany-based artist who specializes in pet portraits, won the Best of Show award July 23 at the 18th annual Lazy Daze of Summer arts and crafts festival.

Dana Keating-Marziale, a New Albany-based artist who specializes in pet portraits, won the Best of Show award July 23 at the 18th annual Lazy Daze of Summer arts and crafts festival.

Keating-Marziale was one of more than 50 exhibitors who displayed their work at the festival, which was held on the lawn and streets surrounding the Grandview Heights Public Library.

The festival is presented by the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council and serves as the organization's main fundraiser.

This year's festival was cut short by about 45 minutes due to the threat of a thunderstorm.

"It had been so hot all day and we feared a storm was on its way, so we hurriedly wrapped things up and started packing everything up at around 5:15 p.m." said Jeri-Diehl Cusack, an arts council board member and Lazy Daze co-chair.

"As it turned out, we didn't end up getting rain until later that night," Cusack said.

But exhibitors and festival visitors suffered all day from the high temperatures.

"I'm sure it held down attendance some," Cusack said. "We're just so appreciative of everyone who came and stuck it out through some horrific heat."

In addition to the Best of Show, five honorable mentions were also named by festival judges.

They were:

Grandview residents Michael Hughes and Tracy Garrett, whose booth featured craft items including specialty pens and bottle stoppers created by Hughes.

Kate Morgan, last year's Best of Show winner. Morgan is a Columbus-based artist whose work includes 2D mixed-media pieces and paintings.

Mike Dexter of Grandview with his graphic prints created in the black letter art style of Mexico. Dexter, who has created the poster for every Lazy Daze festival, was a first-time exhibitor.

Wood craft maker Jeffrey Johncox, who makes turned bowls.

Love 2 Make Jewelry, a group of jewelry makers from the Cincinnati area.

Hughes and Garrett also won the People's Choice Award, selected by the vote of festival-goers.

Among this year's exhibitors was Kathy Maur of Marion. Maur makes and sells soaps using goat milk through her Gallifrey Farm business.

Maur said she became interested in raising goats and making soap from their milk after learning about the process through her children's participation in the 4-H program.

"I really enjoy coming up with the molds for the soaps," she said. "There are so many shapes of soaps you can use. It's fun to come up with new ones."

There is also an almost unlimited variety of scents that can be created for the soaps, Maur said.

"Probably the one people seem to like the most is oatmeal milk and honey," she said.

The all-natural soaps made using goat milk have a big advantage over most of those bought in stores, Maur said.

"The chemicals in the soaps you buy at the store can make your skin dry and itchy," she said. "With my soaps, you get clean, but you don't get all dry and itchy."

Uhrichsville, Ohio, resident Deborah Patterson displayed the serving trays she makes out of old beverage bottles.

An interior designer, Patterson has sold the bottles through her Unique Bottle Serving Trays business for five years.

"I'm always on the lookout for antique bottles," she said. "They work a lot better than more modern bottles."

It probably takes more effort to find bottles than to actually make the serving trays once she has them, Patterson said.

"I'm always contacting bars and restaurants to see if they have any bottles I can use," she said. "I get bottles from friends and business associates and at flea markets."

Patterson removes the labels before melting the bottles in an oven, a process that takes about 20 hours. She then reapplies the labels.

"People really seem to like them," she said. "They make nice gifts and are wonderful conversation pieces."

This year was the second time Patterson was invited to participate in the Lazy Daze festival.

"It's such a great event," she said. "I've been involved in a lot of festivals, and none of them treat the exhibitors as well as Lazy Daze."

It's the community's support that makes Lazy Daze such a success, festival co-chair Ruthanne James said.

"We couldn't do this without all the help and support we get from the community, our sponsors, the library and the city," she said. "Their support means so much to us."