On May 14, 2020, the City Council of Shell Lake voted to cancel the Shell Lake Art Festival in the Shell Lake City Park for July 4, 2020. The force behind this decision is there is no way to control social distancing in the park. Therefore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is with a heavy heart that the 2020 Shell Lake Art Festival has been canceled.
In these unprecedented times, the safety and health of our artists, attendees, and volunteers is our top priority. While the future curve of this pandemic is uncertain and July is still several weeks away, the risks associated with moving forward are considerable. As artists, we understand the impact that COVID-19 has on many of our artists’ travel and exhibition plans for the summer.
If all goes as planned, next year’s Shell Lake Art Festival will be July 3, 2021. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you are all safe and well.
A huge thank you is owed to our artists, who have been incredibly patient and responsive amidst the uncertainty. Please be sure to support these artists and others in your community as we continue this fight together.