Ann Arbor Art Fair Brings New Dates, Artists

BTL Staff
By | 2016-06-23T09:00:00-04:00 June 23rd, 2016|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions and one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation. Each year, thousands of artists compete for a limited number of spaces in one of the four art fairs that make up The Ann Arbor Art Fair. For the first time in the 57-year history of The Ann Arbor Art Fair, the art fair will open on a Thursday (July 21) and end on a Sunday (July 24).
“Over the years the art fair has evolved into one of Michigan’s greatest summer traditions and expanded to over 1,000 competitively juried artists covering 30 city blocks,” said Karen Delhey, art fair spokesperson. “To help leverage its popularity and to accommodate the crowds, we have moved the date.”
More than 500,000 are expected to visit Ann Arbor over the four-day event to enjoy and purchase a wide range of media including painting, drawing, glass, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and more, not to mention the chance to enjoy Ann Arbor in the summer time. Visitors will be treated to artist’s demonstrations throughout the event, art activities for all ages and three-stages full of music and dance performances. There will be artists demonstrations, activities for children and three stages full of music and dance performances, including Art Fair After Hours on Saturday, July 23.
For four days in July, the streets of Ann Arbor transform into an art lover’s paradise to experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of shops featuring sidewalk sales. From Thursday July 21 to Sunday July 24, 2016, thousands of art enthusiasts will turn out and enjoy engaging with these artists, experiencing their artwork, and embracing the chance to enhance or start their own collection, experience the music and art activities, and explore the eclectic Ann Arbor shops and restaurants. The event is an art lovers destination of original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of shops featuring sidewalk sales.
Some stand out artists include Alice Ham (Berkley, Michigan), Robert Farrell and Debo Groover (both of Florida).
Event times are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Downloadable guide, map, parking options, activities schedule and more can be found at http://www.theannarborartfair.com. Festival apps are available for iPhone and Android.

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