Hosted by The Sherburne Public Library
2nd Saturday in June -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gaines Park, Sherburne

7th Annual 
Sherburne Arts Festival: 
A Fantastic Walk in the Arts!

The weather was perfect and the crowds were steady and smiling at the 7th Annual Sherburne Arts Festival held on Saturday, June 9, in Gaines Park, Sherburne. By all accounts, the 1,500-plus attendees had a grand time!

Some of the highlights: Featured artist John Weeks displayed his beautiful nature art and chatted with visitors throughout the day and Katherine Hemsley thrilled kids with her balloon shapes. Speaking of kids, the children’s interactive art tent was hopping … and speaking of hopping, international performance artist Chris Clark “hopped” over quite a few squealing children in his well-received bicycle stunt presentation. Artists sold their creations, folks stopped at the food booths for lunch, Julian Button judged the SECS art, Rick West’s raptors delighted their audience, the bands played, raffle sales boomed, and Pie-Mania was a sell-out!

A big thanks to everyone who came out to support the show, which is hosted by the Sherburne Public Library. SECS student awards and raffle winners are listed below.  A special thank you to Dr. Christine Oaklander for donating proceeds of Henry Grant Plumb works to the library and to Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project.

Mark your calendar for the second Saturday in June, 2019. If you would like to be a volunteer for next year’s show, drop an email to and we’ll put you to work!

SECS Student Winners (thanks for judging, Julian):

1st Place: Madelyn Brissette
2nd Place: Abbigail Green
3rd Place: Sage Ashton

1st Place: Ryan Rivenburgh
2nd Place: Amberlyn Robertson
3rd Place: Teagan Price

1st Place: Cameron Connor
2nd Place: Curtis Bigelow
3rd Place: Anna Frost

1st Place: Garrison French
2nd Place: Riley Webster
3rd Place: Olivia Button

1st Place: Garrison French
2nd Place: Michael Doebert
3rd Place: Riley Webster

Raffle winners:
Quilt: Teresa Jones
Mirror: Steve Perrin
50/50: Kit Enscoe

Basket winners:
Kids' Ball-in-the-Hole games: Mariah Lathrop
Cats Cats Cats: Kaydance Knochenmus
Dental basket: Rebecca Nix
Earrings: Louise Perry
Book Tower, Romance: Victoria Jipson
Gift Certificates: Beate Crandall
Benedict's Vodka: Donielle Maier
Log Cabin Books: Jessica Lathrop
Maple Syrup: Bob Button
Maggie's Soaps: Maggie Buschor
Artist Basket: Mary Golly
Wine: Bruce Webster
Stage Struck Puppet: Thomas M.
Lotto Board: Kendall Saber
Kids' Fun Basket: Jacob Sulton
Rogers Center Basket: Gayle Hellert
Margaritaville: Jeff Webster
Tommy The Tiger: Tom Yerton
Book Tower, Suspense: Jeff Webster

Congratulations to all, and thanks again to our wonderful sponsors for supporting the show!


7th Annual Sherburne Arts Festival  
June 9, 2018 
(the second Saturday in June)

Download & print the application


Email for an application to participate. Cost is just $35 with your own pop-up tent, and $45 to be under SAF tents.

Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show Comes to the Sherburne Arts Festival

The Sherburne Arts Festival committee is delighted to announce that, in addition to artists, crafters, live music, a ticket auction, food, raffles, and a student art competition, the 2018 festival will feature the Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show on Saturday, June 9 in Gaines Park, Sherburne.
Over the past decade professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark has competed around the world and has entertained thousands at events like the Gravity Games, the Vans Warped Tour, New York's Times Square Parade, and even the Olympic Games.
During his high energy presentation, professional cyclist Chris Clark shares his story of growing up with a passion for cycling and how he used that passion to make friends, stay healthy, and even as an excuse to avoid the peer pressures all children face.
Each 30 minute show is a breathtaking display of balance and agility as Chris maneuvers his bike and body over his custom built ramps and obstacles, displaying the skills he has acquired in his years of national and international competitive experience. Chris even gets the audience involved by including volunteers from the crowd as part of the show.
Chris’ Athletes Who Say NO program was developed to inspire children to find an active, healthy passion and use their desire to constantly improve as a means for keeping their lives on track, making healthy decisions and surrounding themselves with like-minded friends.

Topics discussed include:
  • Helmet / sports safety
  • The importance of having an active hobby
  • Avoiding drugs and alcohol to reach your potential
  • Finding friends who support your active lifestyle

Following the speaking portion of the program, Chris shows the audience what is possible with hard work and dedication with a demonstration of the skills he has developed in his years of national and international cycling competition. Kids see first-hand what can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and by leading a healthy lifestyle.
Following the show, audience members will have the opportunity to meet Chris, get free autographs and find out how to enter to win a free bike, courtesy of Schwinn!

Artists and crafters may request an application to participate at, or may download an application at

John Weeks Honored as Featured Artist at Sherburne Arts Festival

By Brian McDowell

On a prominent wall in John Weeks’ Baldwinsville apartment hangs a sign announcing the works of his father, Edwin James Weeks, who created the lovely paintings and illustrations that surround it.
The mini-gallery is not surprising, as his father’s work was a huge influence on John’s own pursuit of nature paintings. His father came to the U.S. from England as a teenager.
“He was in his mid-40s when I was born, the last of six children,” Weeks says. Edwin worked as a commercial artist in Rochester, creating advertising illustrations for Bausch & Lomb, Kodak, and other notable clients.
 “He set up a studio in our house in Albion, New York, and I watched him work from a very early age,” John says. “It was a great education.”
John Weeks is well known around the state as a nature artist, and acrylics and scratchboard are his preferred media. He also works in pen-and-ink and watercolors. His works have been displayed in libraries and art galleries all across New York State.
This year’s featured artist for the Sherburne Arts Festival (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 in Gaines Park), John is looking forward to returning to Sherburne to display some of his artwork.
The 92-year-old Baldwinsville resident was the original director of the Rogers Environmental Education Center when it opened in 1968 as the state’s first interpretive center for the New York State Conservation Department. His visit this June will coincide with a ceremony honoring him and other people who made Rogers what it was during its first 50 years.
Weeks remembers his time in Sherburne fondly and is excited and humbled by his selection as this year’s featured artist. 
“I’m absolutely delighted, because Rogers and Sherburne are pretty important to me,” he says. “We really loved Sherburne. It was a great place to live.”
In the early years when Rogers was still being planned, Weeks illustrated his vision for Rogers in a series of pen-and-ink drawings of the main building, the walking trails, and the vistas that he imagined would greet future visitors. The illustrations helped land the funding that got the center started, and they bear a strong resemblance to what the place would eventually become.
Those very illustrations live on as note cards and greeting cards he had printed years ago. And there are wildlife paintings by the dozens — deer and birds, forest creatures of all kinds, and even some depictions of snow leopards and other exotic animals he may only have seen on nature shows but captured beautifully nonetheless. Some of his art work was recently on display at the Baldwinsville Public Library, the latest in a series of shows he has hosted across New York State.
            The Sherburne Arts Festival is in its seventh year in Gaines Park, a reinterpretation of the original Sherburne Art Show begun in 1947. Artists and crafters from around New York State are invited to show and sell their work and may download an application at

            New this year: the festival will welcome the Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show. Chris performs around the country inspiring children and young adults to find an active, healthy passion and to use their desire to constantly improve as a means for keeping their lives on track, making healthy decisions, and surrounding themselves with like-minded friends. Go to for a preview of Chris’ performance.

FOOD VENDORS: Email for an application to participate. Cost for food vendors to set up is FREE. Exclusivity offered on a first come, first served basis. Number of food vendors capped at ten (10) in 2018.

One of the best things about festivals of any kind is the food! This year, we'll have on hand the following culinary delights:

  • Mexican food (from Bueno Taco)
  • Pizza (from Gypsy Girl)
  • Subs (from Stella's)
  • Ice cream (from Gilligan's)
  • Burgers & dogs (from Stewart's)

  • Philly cheese steaks
  • Chicken in pita
  • Sausage & pepper sandwiches
  • Kettle corn
  • Cinnamon-glazed nuts
  • Cotton candy
  • SnoCones

Keep an eye on this site for a continuing list, and remember ... if you're a food vendor, set-up and participation are free AND we offer exclusivity. There's still plenty of time to sign up if you sell food not on the list above. Drop an email to for an application.

Artists and crafters from Central New York and beyond gather in Gaines Park for a day of art, shopping, live music, festival food, and good fun. The day includes a huge ticket auction, special raffles, a student art competition, a kids' interactive art tent, and much more. Admission is free to the public. Watch this space for more details!

Sun & Fun: Sherburne Arts Festival a Hit!

            [SHERBURNE, NY] – The weather was perfect, the art was inspiring, the food was delicious, the music was toe-tapping, the special exhibits were exciting, and the people were many … the 6th Annual Sherburne Arts Festival on Saturday had something for everyone and did not disappoint.
            The arts festival committee extends sincere thanks to all who joined us in Gaines Park for a wonderful day of viewing art, buying art, and making art. Special thanks to the following volunteers: Mike Drahos (who portrayed T.H. Matteson in such fine fashion), Julian Button, Tom Morris, Mike Mettler, Janet Horton, Riley Webster, Jeff Webster, Ben Khoury, Zach Sampson, Brandi Harmon, Sarah Cole, Jessica Czachowski, and Bill and Jackie Craine. We also extend thanks to the wonderful SECS art teachers, Colleen Law-Tefft and the library staff, everyone who donated a basket for our ticket auction and a pie for Pie-Mania, the folks from the village who keep the park beautiful, and of course the artists and crafters who have made this one of the most exciting art shows in Chenango County. Mark your calendars for 6/9/18, the second Saturday in June.

Winners of the ticket auction were:
·         Pie-Mania Apple Pie Basket: Eileen Fetzko
·         Benedict’s Wine & Liquor Basket: Rowena Krum
·         Area Gift Certificates Basket: Cindy Riedi
·         Log Cabin Books Basket: Megan Knapp
·         Wine Tasting Basket: Nancy Braches
·         Hodge Podge Basket: Tobie Hess
·         Chef’s Basket: Beate Crandall
·         Cat’s Meow Basket: Bob Pinney
·         Cats Cats Cats Basket: The Bigger Kids
·         Earrings Basket: Jim McDaniel
·         Southern Tier Pet Nutrition Basket: Charlie Mastro
·         Kids’ Vacation Basket: Robin Leinbach
·         Book Tower #1: Megan Knapp
·         Book Tower #2: Sue Webster
·         Dental Basket: Jim McDaniel
·         Lotto Board: Angela Jones
·         Bruce Webster Sofa Table: Kendall Saber (you broke a lot of hearts, Kendall!)

Winners not present at the time of the drawing may pick up their prize at the Sherburne Public Library.

The People’s Choice Favorite Artist ($100 cash prize) went to Judith Hand, and the People’s Choice Favorite Crafter ($100 cash prize) went to Maggie Fitzpatrick.

Winners of the SECS student art were:

1st Place: Julian Sofranko
2nd Place: Grace Leonard
3rd Place: Jennalyn Kwasnik

1st Place: Michael Doebrel
2nd Place: Brooke Hailston
3rd Place: Jessica Beaudoin

1st Place: Korbin Brooks
2nd Place: Paige Losee
3rd Place: Ashley King

1st Place: Garrison French
2nd Place: Kegan Kane
3rd Place: Elizabeth Bachman

Best in Show
1st Place: Michael Doebrel
2nd Place: Riley Webster
3rd Place: Emily Stanton

Thanks to Golden Artist Colors and Herbert H. and Mareia L. Brown Memorial Trust Fund for their contributions to student prizes.

Last but not least, THANK YOU to our 2017 sponsors:

Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund (Platinum Sponsor)
Herbert H. and Mariea L. Brown Charitable Trust Foundation (Gold Sponsor)

Acee Agency
Benedict Corporation, Norwich
Benedict's Wine & Liquor, Sherburne
Cat's Meow, Sherburne
William Craine, Sherburne
Curtis Lumber, Sherburne
Cut Above Hair Salon, Norwich
Family Dentistry, Norwich
Greg & Shelley Fuller, Sherburne
Golden Artist Colors, New Berlin
Harmon's Painting, Sherburne
Dr. David & Lauren Haswell, Erieville
Irmin Mody Real Estate, Norwich & Sherburne
Joe & Vinny's Pizzeria, Sherburne
Log Cabin Books, Hamilton
Maggie’s Soaps, Hamilton
Mastro Farms, Smyrna
NBT, Sherburne
Nelson Family (Maple Products), Smyrna
Pillow & Pantry B&B, Sherburne
Preferred Mutual Insurance, New Berlin
Rose Tenney, Sherburne
S&S Feed, Smyrna
Sherburne News, Sherburne
Southern Tier Pet Nutrition, Sherburne
Top Variety, Sherburne
James F. Taylor, Attorney at Law, Sherburne

Bruce Webster, Sherburne
Sherburne Arts Festival, 10am - 4 pm, Saturday June 10!

The Sherburne Arts Festival is this weekend! Please come down to Gaines Park (2 East State Street, next to the Sherburne Public Library) on Saturday, June 10, for shopping, eating, raffles, a pie sale, and fantastic live music. And don't forget the special exhibit inside the library with "T.H. Matteson" talking about his artwork.

Visit our artists and vote on your favorite -- $100 cash prize to the People's Choice Best Artist or Crafter.

Jean Barnhart, painted glassware
Stacey Borst, dog collars, leashes, bandanas, treats
Nancy Braches, Hilltop Pottery

Anne & Paul Brittenham, reclaimed wood
Sam Bros, illustrations and figurines
Jimi Button, photography
Priscilla Blydenburgh, jewelry & herbal products
Terrie Camenga, upcycled products, garden art
Tracy-Ellen Carr, crafts
Chenango Arts Council
Ronald Coloton, spoon jewelry & wind chimes
Margaret Fetzko, art instruction
Maggie Fitzpatrick, soap, body butter & scrubs
Christie Fox, clay pots, painted pots, metal flowers
Vickie Fry, food items
Shawn Fry, photography of nature
Susan Gage, gemstone jewelry
Karen Glasbergen, jewelry
Judith K. Hand, watercolor and prints

Nicole Hubbard, beaded jewelry
Linda Humiston, crochet & knit
Bob Hunt, driftwood crafts, benches, lamps, tables, clocks
Lee Ingraham, photographyHarold & Audrey Johnson, chair caning demonstration
Hope Kicak, jewelry & accessories
Carol Lukovich, pine needle baskets
Stephanie & Louis Marquette, jewelry
Rich & Kimberly Maykish, scrollsaw woodworking, yarn crafts
Brian McDowell/Log Cabin Books, publishing
Michael Mettler, oil & acrylic
Carol Milliman-Estes, fudge
Courtney Niederer, silver jewelry
Vicki Newkirk, primitive crafts & needle felted animals
Rebecca Nix, crochet (mermaid dolls and mermaid blankets)
Christine Oaklander, works of Henry Grant Plumb
Grace Pinney, hand-crafted signs
Tina Pudney, art instruction
Cindy Riedi, jewelry, dragon eggs, turned wood
Rogers Environmental Center
Sherburne Library
Sherburne Rotary, quilt raffle
Patricia Ryan, stained glass
Lorrie Scheuerman, acrylic, painted furniture, quilting
Nancy Simerl, sculpture: wire, paper, paint
Alan Smith, glass jewelry
Joan Smith, solar lights, electric lights, primitive d├ęcor
Mike Tefft, publishing
Jim Verelli, hand-crafted flutes
Michele Villante, garden items
Noreen Wessels, Thirty-One Gifts (direct sales rep)
Jane White, olive oil soaps, lotions, bath bombs, soap decks
Michelle White, jewelry & wooden jewelry boxes

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The flowers are blooming, which means it's that time of year to sign up for the Sixth Annual Sherburne Arts Festival! Just $35 with your own tent, $45 to be under SAF tents. 

This year's highlights:
  • 60+ Artists & Crafters showing and selling their work
  • Live on stage: The Nate Gross Band & Tumbleweed Gumbo
  • Master Falconer Rick West
  • Caricature Artist Jim Coon -- FREE caricatures for attendees
  • Out-the-Cage Pet Mobile
  • SECS student art exhibit, with prizes
  • Kids' interactive art tent
  • "Living museum" with "T.H. Matteson" giving tours and talking about his work
  • Fabulous food
  • On art show eve, Susan Blakney of Westlake Conservators will give a free lecture at the Sherburne Public Library on art conservation
Are you a food vendor? If so, we want you! Set up for free and enjoy exclusivity. 

Artists, crafters, and food vendors -- send an email to for an application to participate. The June 1 deadline is approaching, so don't delay!

Sherburne Arts Festival 2017: Saturday, June 10

Music in 2017:
The Nate Gross Band and
Tumbleweed Gumbo
Live on Stage

Special exhibit back in 2017:

Jim Coon, FREE caricatures for show attendees

Mark Your Calendar!

Calling all artists and crafters ... The Sixth Annual Sherburne Arts Festival will be held on the second Saturday in June, 2017. Just $45 to be under the SAF tents. Have your own 10'x10' tent? Even better ... cost is $35 (no increase from 2016). Email today for an application form, or click on "application to participate" link at the right, save the form to your computer, print, fill out, and mail with your check made payable to Sherburne Public Library.

Food vendors are welcome and are admitted on a first come, first served basis. Unlike other local events we offer our food vendors exclusivity and free set up. Contact if you are a food vendor and would like to participate in the 2017 show.

This year's featured artist will be T.H. Matteson (, and will include a "living museum" of his life and work.

Visit Gaines Park in Sherburne on June 10 for music, shopping, art exhibits, food, student art, kids' interactive tent, and very special events for the whole family. Join us for the fastest growing (and favorite) art show in Chenango County! It's a great day in Sherburne!!

Sponsored by and all proceeds to The Sherburne Public Library.

5th Annual Sherburne Arts Festival a Hit!

            The weather was threatening – in fact, just around 10 when the 2016 arts festival was about to start, it was really threatening, with heavy rain, lightning, and thunder. There was talk of vendors leaving and of calling off the whole show. And then … the storm moved on, the weather cleared, and Gaines Park enjoyed a beautiful afternoon full of sun, warm temperatures, and lots of people (including lots of kids) having fun. In fact, one vendor approached the art festival organizers and said, “This is the best show I attend. Please invite me back!”
            This year the student art tent was alive with talent. Thanks to Julian Button for judging, and to Golden Artist Colors and Henry Drexler for prize donations. Winners were:

                        1st Place Kendall Stackhouse
                        2nd Place Hailey Callfield
                        3rd Place Maggie Crandall

Painting:          1st Place Riley Webster – #13 
                        2nd Place Rachel Ryan – Midnight
                        3rd Place Karlee Houch – Marty

Photography:   1st Place Melanie Sines – Society
                        2nd Place Abby Knochenmus – Sunrise
                        3rd Place Julian Sofanco – Jamin
Sculpture:        1st Place Riley Webster – Sneakers
                        2nd Place Angel Sheely – Galaxie Dragon
                        3rd Place Kyle Cross – Hand Eye

Drawing:         1st Place Karlee Houch – Ian
                        2nd Place Jessey Lynch – Audacity
                        3rd Place Abigail Mullin – Jellyfish

Best in Show (cash prize)
                        1st Place Karlee Houch – Homeless
                        2nd Place Janelle Van Dauber – Audrey
                        3rd Place Abby Knochenmus – Sunrise

Best in Show (Golden Artist Colors prize)
                        1st Place Riley Webster – Nova
                        2nd Place Rachel Ryan – Rachel, Molly, Jessica
                        3rd Place Riley Webster – Vitae

The People’s Choice Crafter Award ($100 cash prize) went to Shore Fusion of Virginia; the People’s Choice Fine Artists award went to Jimi Button of Sherburne. Patty Mattson won the hand-made quilt donated by Lynn Morris, and Gabrielle Rippey won the Henry Grant Plumb watercolor donated by historian and Plumb expert Dr. Christine Oaklander.

A big thanks to sponsors, who along with the wonderful artists and crafters make the show possible:

Apron Strings Country Store
Benedict Corporation, Norwich
Benedict's Liquor Store, Sherburne
Chenango Arts Council Decentralization Grant*
Chi Chi's Hair Salon, Sherburne
Craine Family Foundation, Sherburne
Cut Above Hair Salon, Norwich
Henry Drexler
Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund
Empire Wireless, Sherburne
Harmon's Painting
Sally Ewen, for the clown costumes
Herbert H. & Mariea L. Brown Foundation
Maggie Fitzpatrick, Maggie's Soaps
Fuller Family
Glasbergen Family
Golden Artist Colors, New Berlin
Dr. David & Lauren Haswell, Sherburne
Joe & Vinny's Pizzeria, Sherburne
Log Cabin Books, Hamilton
Irmin Mody, Realtor, Norwich
Tom Morris, Family Dentistry, Norwich
NBT, Sherburne
NYCM Foundation, Sherburne
S&S Feeds, Smyrna
White House Cabinet Shop, Sherburne
Vince Yacono/Yacono Plumbing & Heating, Sherburne

Special thanks to volunteers Janet Horton, Mark Perrin, Tom Morris, Mike Mettler, Marty Mettler, Tom Fagan, Riley Webster, Jeff Webster, Bruce Webster, and Brian McDowell. And of course, thanks to Rabbit in the Rye for a great performance.

*This project is made possible with public funds from the Chenango Arts Council’s Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.