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

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.