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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Applications now available for the 2017 Sterlingfest Arts & Crafts Show

The city’s Art Commission today announced that Artisan and Fine Crafter Applications are now available for the 2017 Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair, slated for July 27-29.

Artisans and crafters have until April 7  to complete and submit an application for the 2017 Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair, held at the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center.  Festival rules, fees, and other guidelines are included in the application document. 

For the first time since its inception 37 years ago, Sterlingfest will feature two new artist areas.  The “Sterlingfest Kids Art!” Program is for children and teens ages 2 to 18 years old and will allow them to exhibit their original, handcrafted artwork.  No buy-sell artwork is permitted.  The second new area is “Sterlingfest New Artist” Program.  This area invites first-time artists to Sterlingfest to apply.  Deadline for new artists is April 7; the Kids Art application deadline is May 30.

Renowned as one of Michigan’s best-run and best-attended festivals, (including earning the Detroit News’ “Michigan’s BEST Summer Festival” title), Sterlingfest’s combination of arts & crafts, music and food means three days of sun-drenched, summertime fun every year.  Now in its 37th year, Sterlingfest mixes the tradition of an arts & crafts fair with a jazz and blues stage, a Suds’n’Sounds stage, Kidzfest children’s activities and entertainment stage, a family midway, local restaurateurs and a main concert stage.  Applications for interested restaurateurs and food vendors are also now available.

Visitors to the arts & crafts show browse and purchase exquisite sculptures, watercolor paintings, striking photographs and many other unique hand-crafted items offered by juried exhibitors. The Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair is set in a street fair-like setting at the heart of Sterling Heights, Michigan – the picturesque Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center campus. Artists show and sell their work with a backdrop of lively music from the jazz and blues stage. Visitors to the arts & crafts fair stroll past the city’s historic Upton House, by a water lily studded fountain and along the Sterling Heights sculpture walk, featuring the city’s public art along with a “SterlingScapes” exhibit of large-scale outdoor sculptures from cutting-edge Michigan artists. 

The 2017 Sterlingfest schedule of events features a variety of great music to keep visitors entertained, including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment.  Plus, free fun activities for the kids allow mom and dad to take their time in the arts & crafts fair.  Attractions, such as evening concerts, promise to draw upwards of 120,000 people from throughout metropolitan Detroit to the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair.

Applications for the 2017 Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair are available for download at the fair’s official website: www.sterlingfest.info. Artists and crafters can also request that a hard copy be mailed to their address by calling the Sterling Heights Community Relations Department at (586) 446-2470.

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