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

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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

Special exhibits back in 2017:

The Art of the Bird, Master Falconer Rick West


Out of the Cage Pet Mobile

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.

Arts Festival Clowns win 1st Place for Floats in Pageant of Bands!!

We're excited to report that our fantastic clowns -- who took part in the 2016 Pageant of Bands parade in Sherburne on Saturday to help promote the June 11 Sherburne Arts Festival -- won 1st place for floats! Thanks so much to our lead clowns, Lee Perrin and Roxanne Roberts; to participating clowns Laura Christensen, Karole Christensen, Kathleen Christensen, Jenni Larcher, Candy Hamilton, Susana Schwartz, and Randy Muth; to Vince Yacono for providing the clown car; to Sally Ewen for the beautiful costumes; and especially to our little clowns, who made the parade so special this year (oh yes, thanks to the pony, too!).

Food Wonderful Food!

Summer festivals are so much fun for so many reasons. The artists with their beautiful paintings and photography and sculptures, the crafters with their wood and jewelry and soap and fabric. There are the special exhibits -- student art, kids' activity tent, animals, featured talent -- along with the music and raffles and auctions. But something important has been left out of this list: the food.

Living in a small town like Sherburne means food choices are sometimes limited. This year at the 5th Annual Sherburne Arts Festival we're working hard to bring interesting food to Gaines Park to make the festival even more fun and inviting. Come on down to the park on June 11, visit the artist booths, get a free caricature from artist Jim Coon, listen to Rabbit in the Rye on stage, tour the SECS student tent and the very special exhibit honoring cartoonist Randy Glasbergen, examine a hedgehog up close and hold an owl on your arm, then sit yourself down in the food tent with something special from our 2016 food vendors ... or take a bag of food home for the family. A list of those providing culinary delights this year follows. See you under the tents on June 11 in Gaines Park, Sherburne!
  • Bella's Crepes (delectable savory and sweet crepes)
  • BnB Kettle Corn (what's a summer festival without buttered popcorn and lemonade?)
  • Cotton Candy & Sno-Cones (just what it sounds like, plus mouth-watering Hawaiian ices)
  • Gilligan's (the creamiest of ice cream from the spot voted a "must visit" in Central New York)
  • Lost Bikers (BBQ, BBQ, and more BBQ!)
  • Stewart's ('dogs and burgers and all the fixins) 
If you're a food vendor and would like to participate in this year's show, drop us an email at You can't beat setting up your food truck at the Sherburne Arts Festival ... it's free!!


2016 Sherburne Arts Festival
Saturday, June 11
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gaines Park, Sherburne

Music by Rabbit in the Rye
Featured Artist: Cartoonist Randy Glasbergen (1957-2015)

email for artist participation form and to sponsor this event