As a former band and color guard member, a writer, and -- when the spirit moves me -- a painter (albeit not a very talented one), I appreciate the importance of art in the life of humans. So much of our every day is taken up with work and cleaning and dog-tending and financial maneuvering that I think we often forget that sometimes we need to set all the necessary chores aside and just let creativity flow.
On Saturday, June 9, 2012, The Sherburne Public Library will host an art show in our village. Plans for the event include the showcasing (and sale) of art and crafts by local artists, photography, student exhibitions, food vendors, music, and a children's interactive tent, where youngsters will be invited to express their artistic creativity in a make-and-take format. The Sherburne Arts and Crafts Family Festival is a reincarnation of the art show once enjoyed by our town, and will be held, as that one was for many years, in our sprawling and beautiful Gaines Park. While the show will be a fundraiser for the library, our long view is to bring back to Sherburne an annual family-oriented, community festival where kids of all ages will be encouraged to shut off their computers and their cell phones and stroll the Gaines Park sidewalks to admire, purchase, and make art.
If you are an artist, crafter, musician, food vendor, or sponsor who would like to take part in what promises to be a fabulous day of imagination, innovation, and good old-fashioned fun, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below. We're putting together our list of participants now, and we want you!