Shelby Township opts to host virtual art fair this year

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 20, 2020


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township has announced that it will be hosting its annual Shelby Township Art Fair in a virtual format for its 37th anniversary this year, due to COVID-19.

The virtual art fair site,, will go live July 29 until the end of September and will feature the ability to browse through individual artist profiles with links to shops and contact information.

Each year, the Shelby Township Art Fair features nationally renowned artists and a large number of local artists exhibiting their works.

Many of the artists’ works include paintings, pottery, jewelry, wood, glass and other art forms.

The fair is a popular attraction during the summer in Shelby Township.

“The Shelby Township Art Fair is one of our community’s favorite events,” Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Director Joe Youngblood said in a press release. “It always made for a special weekend on our municipal campus, so it was heartbreaking not to host it this year. I want to thank Pam Marshall from my office, Erin McBain from the Community Relations Department and the Art Fair Committee, for keeping this tradition alive online. I know it means a lot to our artists and even more to our community.”

The Shelby Township Art Fair also features many traditions, such as live music, crafts and activities in the Kids’ Corner, the Better Pie baking contest and circus performers.

“Along with world-class artists, our art fair is always an interactive event that lets our community enjoy creating,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “I’m very grateful that Christian Financial Credit Union is sponsoring the coloring contest to give our young residents a chance to enjoy that part of the art fair this year.”

According to the township, another interactive way for patrons to enjoy the virtual art fair is through the township’s Solid Waste and Recycling Committee’s Recycled Art Competition. This online contest is a chance to turn trash into something beautiful and submit it to be displayed at shelby

Entries will be posted at and voted on by art fair patrons. Winners in three age groups, children 12 and younger, teens 13-17, and adults older than 18, can take home cash prizes.

In order to be entered in the Recycled Art Competition, entrants must use exclusively recycled materials with the exception of glue, staples and nails. Entries with photos and completed entry forms are due Aug. 12 and can be submitted via email to Entry forms are available at

Another opportunity to engage in the Shelby Township Virtual Art Fair comes with a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Patrons can select their favorite artists at the event and vote for them. All votes in the People’s Choice contest also enter the voting patron in a contest to win an art fair prize package.

For the People’s Choice Award, the art fair will award five $50 Visa gift cards courtesy of Christian Financial Credit Union to randomly selected voters. The exhibitor voted the People’s Choice will receive a free booth for the 2021 art fair.

“The People’s Choice is a way for the art fair to say thank you to our patrons for supporting the artists and us during these difficult times,” Youngblood said. “Many artists depend on fairs for their living, and it means a lot that our community is offering them a chance to showcase their abilities and creations.”

For more information on the Shelby Township Art Fair, follow the Shelby Township Art Fair on Facebook, visit or call (586) 731-0300.