Attendees stroll the Shelby Township Art Fair  Saturday, Aug. 10.

Attendees stroll the Shelby Township Art Fair Saturday, Aug. 10.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Shelby art fair showcases masterpieces

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 12, 2019


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township was full of interesting art and delicious pies this past weekend during the township’s annual art fair.

Shelby Township invited national and local artists to showcase their artwork for attendees to view and purchase.

This was the 36th year that Shelby Township hosted its art fair, and this year it took place Aug. 10-11 on the township’s municipal campus at 52700 Van Dyke Ave.

The Shelby Township Art Fair was hosted by the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department.

Besides art, the fair included unique products from Michigan-based businesses, family-friendly entertainment and delicious fair food. From carved wood to soaps, the art fair had hundreds of booths with things to see.

Mother and daughter Darlene Wolff and Kaleana LeGrand, who own a home-based business called Adeline Studio in Shelby Township, brought their handwoven items to the art fair to sell. They use a loom to make their products.

“We started this a few years back, maybe 10 years ago or so, as a family business to work together. We create handwoven items, purses and jewelry,” said LeGrand.

“It’s just something fun for the two of us to do together. This is just one more aspect of mother-daughter. We have been in the art show about eight years. We very much enjoy this show,” said Wolff.

While live music played at the township band shell located across from Township Hall, attendees strolled the campus.

A pie-judging contest took place for the second year, and many members of the township took part in judging which pie was the better pie for a chance to win a feature on a future episode of “Living in Shelby Township” on Shelby TV, one free park pavilion rental and the holiday cover feature in the fall 2019 edition of the township newsletter, Fountain.

Each of the pies was judged on presentation, creativity and taste.

There were crafts and activities in the kids corner, strolling circus performers and Brouhaha’s Imagination Playground. The playground was new this year and used different foam shapes for kids to play with and build. A dunk tank allowed attendees to hit a target and sink a volunteer into a tank full of water.

Also new this year, the Shelby Township Art Fair and the Shelby Township Downtown Development Authority had the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out program throughout the campus and the DTE Mobile Command Unit, a 40-foot-long rapid response vehicle designed to deploy quickly to storm-related outages.

The DIA program featured art displays throughout the campus.

Joe Youngblood, from the Parks and Recreation Department, said the event had a great turnout and great weather.

“Our amazing staff has the grounds in phenomenal shape. I would say we are going to have record crowds out here this weekend. We have set up the grounds in a little different style The kids end is on the opposite end and it’s been a huge hit. It’s (the event) a great way to bring the community together and see everyone having a wonderful time. The weather could not have been any better,” said Youngblood.

He said they usually get about 10,000 to 15,000 people over the weekend.

“We are excited to be tasting all the pie because it looks wonderful.” he said.

The fair also included the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee’s Recycled Art Competition, which showcased art made out of trash in an effort to promote recycling and living green.

The Shelby Township Fire and Police departments also attended the event. The Fire Department brought its smokehouse and a bounce house. The Shelby Township Police Department showcased its mobile education unit, which recreates the bedroom of a teenager to show people what to look for and where to look when it comes to narcotics.

They also had fingerprint kits for children to fill out in case of an emergency.

Kayla Sutter, from Shelby Township, who was part of the Youth Law Enforcement Academy program with the Police Department recently, got to help out at the art fair by helping other children with the fingerprint kits.

“There’s an ink strip and then the packet, and you put down information. I did this earlier this week during the National Night Out event. I get to do it because I am a graduate of the youth academy,” she said.

“I’ve been to the art fair, and I really like it. It’s fun. I’ve been here probably four or five years, and I like looking at the stuff. There is a wire words thing and they make your name in wire. I got a fake tattoo done of a flower, and I looked at a picture booth and came with my parents,” Sutter said.