Shelby Township will host its annual art fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 a.m. to  5 p.m. Aug. 11 on the township’s municipal  campus at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. The fair will feature national and local artists.

Shelby Township will host its annual art fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 on the township’s municipal campus at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. The fair will feature national and local artists.

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Shelby Art Fair to feature unique artwork, a little competition

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 29, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It’s that time of year again, when Shelby Township invites both national and local artists to showcase their artwork for attendees to view and purchase.

In its 36th year, the Shelby Township Art Fair will return from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the township’s municipal campus at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. The fair is hosted by the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department.

“The Shelby Township Art Fair is one of my favorite community events. It always brings something special to our municipal campus,” Joe Youngblood, the parks, recreation and maintenance director, said in a press release.

Exhibitors will offer artwork, crafts, unique Michigan-made products, family-friendly entertainment and fair food.

Live music will be playing at the township band shell, located across from Township Hall. There will be crafts and activities in the kids corner, strolling circus performers, and Brouhaha’s Imagination Playground. The “playground” is new this year and has different foam shapes for kids to play with and build.

Also new this year, the Shelby Township Art Fair and the Shelby Township Downtown Development Authority will be hosting the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out program and the DTE Energy Mobile Command Center, a 40-foot rapid response vehicle designed to deploy to large-scale storm-related outages and significant equipment damage.

Lynn Wilhelm, a Shelby Township trustee and a liaison for the Parks and Recreation and Solid Waste and Recycling committees, shared her thoughts via email on the art fair returning for another year.

“I can wholeheartedly say that the art show is sure to be fantastic again this year. The family-friendly event offers something for everyone including food, entertainment, jewelry, handmade crafts, fabulous works of art and more! The staff dedicates many hours to create a great experience for our residents and guests.

“I am especially excited about the Recycled Art Contest. This year, we welcome and thank the Utica Shelby Rotary Club as our official sponsor,” she said.

The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee’s Recycled Art Competition will showcase art made out of trash in an effort to promote recycling and living green. Competition entries will be voted on by art fair attendees, and the winners will take home cash prizes.

Prize categories are youths (12 and younger), teens (13-17) and adults (18 and older).

Entries are due Aug. 6 and can be submitted via email to shelbyprm@shelbytwp.org or by visiting the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. Entry forms are available at shelbytwp.org/rec.

The Shelby Township Fire and Police departments will be on hand with the Fire Department’s smokehouse and a bounce house. The Police Department will be showcasing its mobile education unit. The unit looks like the bedroom of a teenager, “Chadley Cooper,” and serves as an educational resource for parents, teachers and community leaders about what to look for and where to look when it comes to narcotics.

“My favorite part of the art fair is the way it brings the community together,” Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said in a press release. “Whether it’s the local artists, the Recycled Art Competition, or our firefighters and police officers meeting citizens, it’s great to see everyone at the fair.”

Early on in the event, attendees are encouraged to check out the information station for a free swag bag while supplies last. Attendees can also stop by the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township’s Aktion Club craft fundraiser and the giant coloring mural.

Parking and entry to the event will be free, and a complimentary shuttle bus will also be available at the Community Center at 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page, www.shelbyartfair.org or call (586) 731-0300.

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