Sherburne To Hold 10th Annual Arts Festival
Published: June 8th, 2023
By: Kelli Miller

Sherburne to hold 10th annual Arts Festival Balloon Man Ron Cain creates animal balloons at last years 9th annual Sherburne Arts Festival. (Photo by Dustin Genter)

SHERBURNE — The Sherburne Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 10 located at Gaines Park in Sherburne.

The festival, organized by Show Chair Kathleen Yasas and committee members will feature a variety of works by regional artists including photography, watercolor and oil paintings, glasswork, soaps, jewelry, pet products, woodwork, ceramics, metal work, pottery and much more.

Yasas said, “The show brings the community together in Sherburne’s downtown and offers an opportunity for people to shop local, and gives the artists the opportunity to show and sell their products.”

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“The communities favorite part of the festival is probably the artist-crafters, but they also like the special exhibits,” she added.

“This is the first year we are having a juried show and we expect it to grow in future years. The festival pays for itself through sponsors and artist-crafter fees, with a small profit each year,” said Yasas.

The Sherburne Arts Festival will recognize Smyrna photographer Lee Ingraham, he will be honored as the featured artist and located in the artist tent. Ingraham is a premier photographer and his photos have been shown in many festivals, shows and galleries. His work has received several Gallery Choice Awards and he was also published as a finalist in outdoor photographer and digital photography.

An interactive children's art tent will exhibit art work from Sherburne Earlville Central School (SECS) students and judged by artist and historian member Julian Button, who is a highly accomplished mixed-media artist.

Mad Brook Mobile Art Studio will host a Paint with Me class from 2 to 3 p.m. in the big magenta tent. The class is beginner friendly and open to the public with no pre-registration needed. The cost is $35 per person with all materials provided.

Dan the Snakeman is bringing his unique collection of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates and delivers thrills and chills to children and adults alike while also sharing his vast knowledge of reptile wonders.

DJ Mike McCann returns with music and Ron Cain will return to create free balloon animals for the attending children.

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Attendees can also participate in raffles and auctions to win from a plethora of gift baskets donated by local businesses and residents. Also, Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) board members and art show committee members donated items. All proceeds will benefit the Sherburne Arts Festival.

Last but not least, look for the soiree of foods offered. Yum Yum Shack to sell their unique egg rolls and Rome Fried Dough will be selling their creations of fried dough, popcorn and sundaes. The Sherburne Rotary will provide treats such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and cotton candy.

The festival is sponsored by Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, The Herbert H. and Mariea L. Brown Charitable Trust, Meeting Management Associates, NBT, Golden Artist Colors, Gloria C. White & Associates, Lok-N-Logs, West Hill Ranches, Chi-Chi's Hair Salon, Earlville Opera House, New Your Central Mutual, Wells Horton, and Carol Anne Ebert.

The festival is a revival of the original art show that started in 1947 by local artist Mariea L. Brown.