Summerfair Has Canceled its May Art Fair at Coney Island

One of the nation's oldest continuous art fairs has decided to cancel its May event because of COVID-19

Summerfair - Photo: Provided by Summerfair
Photo: Provided by Summerfair

Launched in Mount Adams in 1968, Summerfair is one of the country's oldest continuously running art fairs.

But this year, the fest is canceling its Coney Island event, slated for May 29-31, due to safety concerns around COVID-19.

“After talking with many artists and fair organizers and considering the health and safety of both our artists and our guests, we have made the tough decision to not have Summerfair at Coney Island this year,” said Jayne Utter, managing director of Summerfair, in a release. “We are, however, looking at a number of opportunities for our guests to find and purchase from their favorite Summerfair artists.”

Typically, more than 300 artists from around the country are selected to participate in the juried art fair, which includes works ranging from ceramics and photography to sculpture, jewelry and painting. More than 20,000 visitors attend to both view and purchase art.

Summerfair says that their year-round events, including the AIA awards, Small Arts Organization awards, Emerging Artists awards, high school scholarships and Summerfair Select exhibition, will continue as usual.

You can also purchase this year's collectible favorite Summerfair poster from artist Anne Shannon "soon" at

If you are an artist who has already been accepted to show at the event, you'll be contacted regarding your deposits and return for next year. The dates for 2021 will be June 4-6 at Coney Island.

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