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Calling all artists: this year’s Shad Fest Art Auction needs you!

One of the highlights of the year in Lambertville is the annual Shad Fest.  This street festival-meets fundraiser has been planned and executed by a committee of volunteers since 1981.  Four blocks of downtown Lambertville will become the temporary home for artists and specialty vendors on April 28th.

Named in honor of the annual shad run, when the largest fish in the herring family – the American Shad – migrates from salt water to fresh water to reproduce,  the festival has grown from a local celebration to an award-winning regional event.

Part of the festivities includes the annual Shad Fest Auction, which serves the dual purpose of funding scholarships for local art students and celebrating local artists.  Since 1981, this event has raised over half a million dollars in scholarship funds for local art students. This year’s auction will be held on April 29.

Calling all artists!  Now is the time to submit your art.

“3 Shades of Shad” by Jennifer Chase

To all artists who haven’t heard of the Shad Fest Art Auction or who haven’t yet participated in this inspiring project, consider donating a work of art to this season’s auction.

IMPORTANT!  All work must be made on or directly affixed to official Shad Fest Art boards, provided by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce.  The group has 20 large boards and 250 small boards available.   Boards can be picked up at Sojourner, 26 Bridge Street, Lambertville.  Read the below details to learn how to qualify for a large board.

Deadlines to submit finished art

  • April 9 (for display in store windows and online)
  • April 23 (to be considered for live auction)

all late submissions will automatically be placed in the silent auction

Other Details

Large Boards (20 in total)

  • 5 will be distributed to top selling artists from last year’s auction
  • 15 will be distributed by lottery to working artists with a 3-year exhibition history.

Lottery winners’ work will be featured in social media promotions for the auction.  The registration deadline is March 12th.  Winners will be notified on March 15. To register to be included in the lottery here.

250 small boards (11×17 inches)

  • 80-100 will appear in a live auction, juried by a committee of 3 local arts professionals
  • 100-150 will be featured in a silent auction


The 2018 Shad Fest Art Auction Steering Committee includes Lauren Rosenthal McManus, Graham Preston, Jane Wesby, & Amy Coss.



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