One Day Left for Ann Arbor Art Fair(s) – Be There!

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Lucky me, on Thursday my friend Barb and I spent an exhilarating day in Ann Arbor shopping, visiting and eating. Here’s the story.

The easy way: drive to Briarwood Mall, off of I-94 at the State Street exit. Ride the shuttle bus to the fair, $2 roundtrip.

Easy way to get to the fair

Easy way to get to the fair

Just when you think you have seen enough art and art fairs you are deposited in this wonderful place. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair never disappoints. We didn’t have time to see all the art, but here are some favorites.

Painting by Glenn Payne

Painting by Glenn Payne

Imagine a young person enjoying the art fair!

Imagine a young person enjoying the art fair!

Sculpture by James Eaton

Sculpture by James Eaton

Pottery by Michigan artist John Herbon

Pottery by Michigan artist John Herbon

As she walked away I heard this woman say, “that’s what I like about art fairs, the artists are so helpful and friendly.”

Painter Kathleen Eaton from the Chicago area

Painter Kathleen Eaton from the Chicago area

Sculpture by David Bryce from N. Egremont, MA

Sculpture by David Bryce from N. Egremont, MA

The Street Art Fair Plaza

The Street Art Fair Plaza

For twenty-eight years my partner, Norm Darwish, and I participated in one or another of the Ann Arbor fairs. Out of nostalgia we revisited our space:

Photography booth now occupied by Mark Mowen, leather worker

Photography booth now occupied by Mark Mowen, leather worker

It was great running into many old friends, including the sheriff himself

Sheriff James Eaton - policing the art fair being caught out by Barb

Sheriff James Eaton - policing the art fair being caught out by Barb

Great to see Joe Henderson looking well after his illness. Welcome back, Joe!

Great to see Joe Henderson looking well after his illness. Welcome back, Joe!

The happiest people of all were the shoppers, there in large numbers and carrying out all the goods.

A big sale for artist Kathy Sheldon from Wyoming, MI

This shopper needs a few more hands

Looks like it was a good day for artist Kathy Sheldon from Wyoming, MI–two big pieces left the fair as I was walking along (above and below).

Happy and looking for more

Happy and looking for more

Heading home

Heading home

Getting a hug from dear old friend David Bigelow from Ozark, MO

Getting a hug from dear old friend David Bigelow from Ozark, MO

Very happy shoppers fill the shuttle with their purchases and promise to return next year

Very happy shoppers fill the shuttle with their purchases and promise to return next year

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3 Responses to “One Day Left for Ann Arbor Art Fair(s) – Be There!”

  1. Barbara Burkhardt Says:

    Great coverage of a great set of Fairs! Fabulous photos.

  2. Annette Morrin Says:

    Hi Connie,

    What a great photo shoot of walking the Ann Arbor Art Fairs! It sure puts a positive spin on the shows. Of course there is always the good, bad and ugly
    and there is plenty of complaining, but who needs to hear that!

    Sorry we didn’t see your smiling face. Chris and I moved to Main Street this year after over 20 years on State. We liked it, no we loved it. It was not the
    like the old days but what is? We were both happy enough with our show,
    next week it is on to Art on the Rocks in Marquette hopefully to see a new market and a little R&R

    Hi to Norm we miss seiing him!

    Annette

  3. Constance Mettler Says:

    Hi Annette,

    I saw you and Chris on Main Street but you were both busy with customers, a happy sight for sure. Main Street is much more artist friendly way in the way of comfort–parking nearby, good restaurants (many choices) and restrooms a plenty. Plus, really important during the hot July days, shade at least half the day.

    Have a good trip North. Sounds good to me.
    Connie

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