ShadFest™ Poster Art Display & Auction

Friday, April 19th at 6 PM
Live Auction begins at 3 PM on Sunday, April 21st.

Original Art: Poster Art Display & Auction

Each year local artists donate original works of art, which the public purchases through an auction to fund two $10,000 scholarships given to local students pursing a college degree in the fine, performing or culinary arts.
The posters will be on display Friday, April 19th, at 6 pm; and Sunday, April 21st, at 3 pm. A Silent Auction will be open during these times. On Sunday at 3 pm, the Silent Auction will close. While the Silent Auction is open, you will be able to get a head start on the Live Auction by previewing the posters, pre-registering as a bidder and leaving an absentee bid. During the Silent Auction and preview Friday night, artists’ prizes will be awarded at 7 pm.
A Live Auction will begin Sunday at 3 pm. Sunday’s live auction is a lively event lead by Suzanne Perrault, star of Antiques Roadshow and co-founder of Rago Wright Auctions, and by Mayor Larry Keller of New Hope. They are ably assisted by Lambertville’s own Shad Queen. There will be singing and dancing. The fun takes place at:

First Presbyterian Church, 27 N. Union St, Lambertville, NJ

All proceeds from the ShadFest™ Art Auction go to the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund.

If you are an artist, we would love to have you participate. Watercolors, oil paintings, collage, quilting, acrylic paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry, and more are all welcome. Each art work is created on a standard 11 x 17 archival quality board. The board can be picked up at Sojourner, 26 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ everyday between 11 am and 6 pm. There are 225 boards available. Boards must be returned by April 22, 2024.

If you are an art lover, we need you to buy art! Decorate your home, your office, your garage, your garden and fund the next generation of artists in the Delaware River Valley.

All posters sold are original works of art generously donated by local artists. Each year we all work together to raise enough money to award The Jim Hamilton Memorial Shad Festival Scholarship. The scholarship consists of two $10,000 scholarships to two high school seniors going on to pursue a degree in the fine, performing, or culinary arts. Jim Hamilton was a co-founder of the Shad Festival and a community activist who worked tirelessly to make Lambertville a better place.

If you are a graduating senior who lives in the South Hunterdon High School or New Hope Solebury High School districts going to college and pursing a degree in the fine, performing, or culinary arts, you are eligible to apply for the Jim Hamilton Memorial Scholarship. Click Here for More Information.
This scholarship has been given significant financial support from the Friends of Ely Park, a non-profit founded by Mr. Hamilton for the purpose of revitalizing Lambertville’s only dedicated green space and to make it safer, more welcoming and user-friendly.

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