Now in its 59th year, the Ann Arbor Art Fair is a Midwest tradition that draws nearly half a million attendees to Ann Arbor for the 4-day festival. Comprised of four award-winning art fairs, the Ann Arbor Art Fair has a footprint spanning 30 city blocks in the downtown area. The 2018 festival will take place Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22.
There is something for everyone when it comes to the wide array of art available at the Ann Arbor Art Fair: ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, 2D and 3D mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. The price points range from less than $50 to more than $10,000, there is a multitude of art at accessible prices. Art aficionados will appreciate the skill, time and care that goes into each work of art.
Open the public and free to attend, the Ann Arbor Art Fair features more than 1,000 juried artists from around the country. In addition, there is an array of artist demonstrations, art activities for all ages, three stages with live performances, street performers, and amazing shops and restaurants. Ann Arbor is always a great destination, but especially during Art Fair.
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
Marvin Blackmore - Colorado artist, Marvin Blackmore, creates intricute, hand-etched pottery. This is Blackmore's 15th consecutive year participating in the Ann Arbor Art Fair His pieces range in price from $20,000 to $100,000. Blackmore sells out his work every year. Find Blackmore at Booth NU803 on North University. blackmorepottery.co
Jeff Condon - Grand Rapids artist, Jeff Condon, creates vibrant, slightly abstracted drawings in pastel and oil bar. This is his third year participating in the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Find Condon at Booth IN236 on Ingalls. facebook.com/JeffCondonArtist
Meghan Riley - New York artist, Meghan Riley, creates light, structural jewelry that is fabricated from flexible stainless-steel cable mixed with fine metals and stones. Meghan reinterprets unexpected materials such as miniature bridge cabling, industrial ball chain, electrical wire, safety pins, and pairs them with precious metal and semiprecious stones. Find Riley at Booth NU814 on North University. meghanpatriceriley.com
State Street Art Fair
William Kwamenah-Poh - Artist William Kwamenah-Poh was born in Ghana and moved to the United States when his father came to teach history in Alabama. He now lives in Savannah, GA. Kwamenah works in opaque water color known as, gouache. His pieces illustrate diverse communities and cultures. Find Kwamenah-Poh at Booth MA335 on Main. williamkfineart.net
Wayland House - North Carolina artist,Wayland House, creates thought-provoking woodblock prints. House integrates woodblock printing procedures with watercolors, colored inks, collages and cut-outs. The subject matter often depict West African village landscapes. His imagery is created from his travels and life experiences. Find House at Booth LI420 on Liberty. waylandhouseart.com
Ann Arbor South University Art Fair
Rick Lowe - Florida artist, Rick Lowe, has a unique take on the resin movement. He uses paint with a resin-infused substance creating works of art with depth, dimension and complexity that cannot be fully captured in a photograph and must be seen in person to appreciate. Find Lowe at Booth numbers SU864 & SU866 on South University. rickyloweart.com
Carlos Montanaro - California artist, Carlos Montanaro, uses vintage timepieces and artifacts to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. His pieces reveal the mechanical aspects of the items, showcasing them in a brand-new way. Find Montanaro at Booth SU912 & SU914 on South University. http://rewindjewelry.com
The Guild's Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
Alann J. Boatright - Flint Artist, Alann J Boatright, is a self-taugh painter. His paintings are purposely filled with distractions, bright colors, found objects and funny situations to cleverly hide their real meaning. Boatright paints robots involved in everyday situations, such as working, relaxing or playing. His art is featured in this year’s poster for The Guild’s Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. Find Boatright at Booth LI118 on Liberty. artsillustrated.com/alann-j-boatright-artist
Justin and Melanie McKenney - New York husband and wife artists, Justin and Melanie McKenney, are inspired by nature. They create handmade functional pottery molded from real fruits and vegetables, art they call Vegetabowls®. They do lip-casting and plaster mold-making with actual fruit. Each bowl is hand-painted with non-toxic, food-safe glaze. Find the McKenneys at Booth LI226 on Liberty. vegetabowls.com
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