Brightly colored sculptures by Metal Aesthetics, owned and designed by Tracy and Jennifer Rutherford in Adrian, Michigan, catch the eye of visitors to the 2017 Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair in Veterans Memorial Park.

Brightly colored sculptures by Metal Aesthetics, owned and designed by Tracy and Jennifer Rutherford in Adrian, Michigan, catch the eye of visitors to the 2017 Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair in Veterans Memorial Park.

File photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair returns Sept. 15-16

More than 100 booths featuring paintings, jewelry, pottery and more

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 10, 2018

 This year’s fair is set for Sept. 15 and 16 in Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

This year’s fair is set for Sept. 15 and 16 in Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

File photo by Kristyne E. Demske

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With painters, jewelers, potters and more across more than 100 booths, the 31st annual Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair will have something for everyone.

The fair returns to Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16. 

Organizer Sara-rose Melby said that the St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee, Historical Society and the Lakeside Palette Club will be among the organizations represented at this year’s fair, along with the Friends of the St. Clair Shores Library and St. Clair Shores Rocks. Children will be able to paint rocks at the fair, which was very popular in 2017, Melby said. 

Plenty of artists will be demonstrating their craft at the fair as well, she said. A chainsaw artist will be showcasing his technique throughout the weekend, and children can make hands-on pottery with Jax Pots. There will also be henna artists, caricatures, and children can make fairy gardens as well as take part in other crafts provided by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Children will also enjoy a visit from Anna and Elsa, from “Frozen,” at noon Sept. 16.

Melby said there will be a “plethora of food,” including kettle corn, nuts, lemonade, ice cream, pizza, “butterfly chips” and hoagies. 

“We are so excited for this year,” she said. “It’s our 31st annual art fair, and we’re just so elated to have everyone be a part of it this year.”

Artists include painters; jewelers; those who work in pen and ink; artists who work with marble, metal, glass and oil paints; as well as coin carvers and even someone who paints on clothing. 

“There’s a little bit of everything this year,” Melby said.  

Mike Henderson, of Eastpointe, is one of the artists coming to this year’s fair with his electrified wood. Using wires and probes connected at either end of a piece of wood, he can burn a design that looks like lightning, he said. 

“It’s kind of like playing Zeus a little bit,” he said. 

The artwork he creates with his girlfriend, Olivia Thompson, is all made on materials the couple has collected from Michigan’s outdoors. 

“It sounds weird to put water, wood and electricity into the same area that you’re standing in, but I do it,” Henderson said. “I wear thick rubber gloves and thick rubber masks.”

He said he’s excited to return to the fair this year because visitors are so supportive of the artists.

The annual event benefits the Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program, and Miss St. Clair Shores Hannah Dell and St. Clair Shores Outstanding Teen Isabella Vesprini will be on hand throughout the weekend as well. Dell will sing the national anthem Sept. 15, and Vesprini will sing it Sept. 16.

Melby said that the purpose of the fair is to raise money for the scholarship program. 

“These girls this year, they are amazing,” she said. “Hannah’s platform is #yesgirlscan, promoting healthy minds and bodies. Isabella’s is music matters, all about the importance of music education. She’s amazing. 

“These girls are like a living testament for their platforms.”

Veterans Memorial Park will be closed Sept. 14 for setup for the fair.

Anyone with questions can contact sararosemelby@ymail.com or call the art fair hotline at (586) 298-2788. Parking and entrance to the fair are free.