It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, one of them at least. If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about The Ann Arbor Art Fair. From July 17-20, the vibrant streets of the University of Michigan and the surrounding downtown area will be decked out with over 300 artist booths from across the globe. With all of its cutting edge, reality-bending, and traditional creations, The Ann Arbor Art Fair has been known to attract an eclectic crowd of over 500,000 attendees from across the nation that reflects the essence of Ann Arbor’s diversity. Whether you are a traditional art lover or have more of an eye for the abstract, anyone who frequents any of the four award-winning fairs will surely be in for a treat! In addition to its fine merchant displays, The Ann Arbor Fair will have your taste buds in a frenzy from savoring the deliciousness of the visiting food vendors from across the nation. But wait...there’s more! Not only is The Ann Arbor Art Fair an extravaganza for the art lovers of the world, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for us bargain shoppers to stock up on the latest trends. Visiting independent boutiques, as well as local merchants, host one of the most anticipated blow-out sales of the year, with prices that can’t be beat. What better way to spend those extra few bucks you found in your jeans while you were doing laundry last week?!
If you’re in the Ann Arbor area, there are more than enough reasons why you should go out and visit The Ann Arbor Art Fair. Dating back to its inception in 1960, The Ann Arbor Art Fair has upheld its mission to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation for the fine arts and crafts by creating a space that fosters the connection of the artist with the Ann Arbor community, as well as the general public. For more information about The Ann Arbor Art Fair and this year’s featured artists, visit their website at www.artfair.org. Want to see the impact Michigan research has on the Art Fair? Check out the UM Bioartography booth to see science and art as one!