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2011 ANN ARBOR ART FAIRS: July 20 - 23, 2011
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~~ FOUR JURIED ART FAIRS IN DOWNTOWN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN ~~

 

WATCH: Ann Arbor Restaurant Owners Depend on Boost in Business During Art Fair Week to Remain Profitable

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from downtown Ann Arbor about two weeks from the kick off of the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Local restaurants depend on the increased traffic during art fair week to remain profitable for the year. It is often their busiest week of their whole year. Watch for interviews with Gordon Loll (Owner, The Arena Sports Bar & Grill), Jim Michos (Owner, The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant) and Steve Gavas (Co-Owner, Parthenon Gyros Restaurant). The art fairs will take over the streets of Ann Arbor from July 20 - 23, 2011. [7.3.11]

Everyone's a Townie at the 7th Annual Townie Street Party!

Help us celebrate all things local at the Townie Street Party! This kick-off event for the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair features live music, food, drinks, and free art activities with your fellow Townies on Washington between Thayer and Fletcher. The Townie Street Party will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring The Ragbirds, Dick Siegel & the Brandos, and Alison Lewis & The String of Ponies. Monday, July 18th, 2011, 5 - 9:30pm [7.7.11]

Ann Arbor Art Fair to Boast More Than 1,100 Artists Throughout The Streets Of Ann Arbor On July 20-23, 2011

More than 500,000 people are expected to flock to the streets of Ann Arbor this summer for the 52nd Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair. Art lovers will have the opportunity to meet artists from throughout the world from a variety of art media including 2D and 3D-mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry and works in metal, stone and wood. “We are thrilled to present each of these artists who have been selected by an independent jury, consisting of professional artists, professors and gallery owners, said Maggie Ladd, director of the South University Art Fair. [7.9.11]

Download: Official Map of all Four Ann Arbor Art Fairs [PDF]

AmericaJR.com is featuring complete coverage of the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs. The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority provided this map to explore all four Ann Arbor art fairs: The Original Street Art Fair, The Guild's Summer Art Fair, The South University Art Fair and The State Street Area Association Art Fair. Find out where the music stages will be and where to get food. Look at where to park your car or take the shuttle. Download and print off a copy and take it with you to the fair! [7.13.10]

Get the iPhone App for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs take place across 30 blocks of downtown Ann Arbor, MI. This app helps you navigate the friendly streets – guiding you to the artists, the entertainment, the restaurants, the activities, and more. The app features: interactive map, searchable database of visual artist, searchable database of live music performances, listings of local restaurants and businesses, transportation and parking information and more. Developed by Jacobs Media (www.jacapps.com). [7.14.11]

Ann Arbor Farmers Market offers Wednesday evening hours through September

Are you looking for a different farmers market experience? Are you looking for something to do with your family in the evenings? Would you like to include fresh and locally grown ingredients in your meals? T he new Wednesday Evening Farmers Market is just the answer. Next Wednesday’s opening of the Ann Arbor Art Fair provides an especially ideal opportunity to make a stop at the market in Kerrytown. [7.15.11]

LISTEN: Exclusive Interview with Maureen Riley, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo spoke one-on-one with Ann Arbor Street Art Fair Executive Director Maureen Riley. What are some highlights of this year's Street Art Fair? How will this year's art fair be different from last year? Is there more of a collaboration this year between the four fairs? Who are some of the bands that will be providing entertainment this year? Has the state of the economy affected the art fair at all? Which artist is coming from the farthest away to sell their works at the art fair? Learn about the new iPhone app and much more. [7.16.11]

Download: The Art Showcase Magazine about the Art Fairs [PDF]

Check out the official event guide for the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs. This is the exact replica of the magazine that will be passed out to attendees at the fair. Inside you will see a description of all four Ann Arbor Art Fairs and see the music line-up as well. In addition, read about other activities, dining options and a map of the four art fairs. There is also a complete listing of every single artist participating in this year's Ann Arbor Art Fairs. [7.17.11]

PREVIEW: What to Expect at the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fair By Jason Rzucidlo

More than 1,100 artists from all over the world will be displaying and selling their art pieces at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. That's 100 more than last year. It is made up of four unique art fairs: the original Street Art Fair, the Summer Art Fair, the South University Art Fair and the State Street Area Art Fair. In addition, there will be three stages featuring musical entertainment of almost every genre. If one gets hungry, there will be plenty of food to eat throughout the art fairs. [7.18.11]

PHOTOS: 7th Annual Townie Street Party at Ingalls Mall

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE in downtown Ann Arbor for the 2011 Townie Street Party. It serves as the annual kick-off event to benefit the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. There was live music, food, drinks and free art activities. It all took place on North University between Thayer and Fletcher. Musical performers included Danny Kline, Chris Mills and Relics. In addition, there was a private bar with complimentary refreshments and wine tasting. [7.19.11]

Getting Around: Art Fair Parking and Shuttle Information

Check out this page for information on getting around the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fair. Learn about the new Art FAir Trolley and the AATA Park & Ride Shuttle. Trinity Westside Park is also offering a shuttle service. You'll also hear about the downtown parking structures that will have spaces available for you. We're here to help you take the hassle out of attending the Ann Arbor Art Fair. [7.20.11]

WATCH: Interviews with artists at the 2011 South University Art Fair

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE in downtown Ann Arbor for the 2011 South University Art Fair. Watch for interviews with wood artist Carol King from Lupton, MI; glass artist James Wilbat from Deerfield, IL; and photographer Scott Matyjaszek from Rochester, NY. Find out what they have to offer at their booths. What are the prices ranges from lowest to highest? How long does it take to make the art pieces? How are sales so far? Find out in this great video. [7.21.11]

WATCH: Interviews with artists at the 2011 State Street Area Art Fair

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE in downtown Ann Arbor for the 2011 State Street Area Art Fair. Watch for interviews with fiber artist Karla Staley from Tinley Park, IL; sculpture artist Jodi Causey from Sarasota, FL; and mixed media artist Lea Alboher from Sonoma, CA. In addition, watch for a short performance by pianist Mr. B. Find out what they have to offer at their booths. What are the prices ranges from lowest to highest? How long does it take to make the art pieces? How are sales so far? [7.22.11]

WATCH: Interviews with attendees at the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE on the University of Michigan central campus for the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Watch for interviews with attendees Denise D. from Lake Orion, MI; Susan Redmond from Canton, MI; Craig Brann from Ann Arbor, MI; and Nicolas Fougere from Nice, France. In addition, watch for a short performance by the White Ravens. What are their thoughts on this year's art fair? What did they buy? How were they holding up with the extreme heat? Find out in this video. [7.23.11]

PHOTOS: 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs Artist Booths, Food and Entertainment

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE on the University of Michigan central campus for the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Look for photos of everything the four art fairs have to offer. There are pictures of paintings, drawings, jewelry, leather, ceramics, glass, prints, clothing, accessories and much more. Just about every type of art you can imagine is inside. Here's a look at some of the 1,100 artists that were at the four festivals. In addition, you'll see photos of musicians Nathan K, White Ravens and Mr. B. [7.24.11]

REVIEW: Sales are mixed at the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fair, most artists indicate By Jason Rzucidlo

The Ann Arbor Art Fair wrapped up on Saturday, July 23 with some artists going home happy and other artists disappointed. The weather was the best on the first day with unbearably high temperatures on the second day and light rain showers on the third and fourth days. Attendees typically look over all the booths on the first two days, then come back to make their purchases on the final two days. Some fair goers still decided to purchase art and keep it a part of their lives despite Michigan's struggling economy. [7.27.11]

LAST YEAR'S COVERAGE >>

Visit our complete coverage of the 2010 Ann Arbor Art Fairs

You'll see articles, pictures, videos and interviews from all four of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs!

2011 ANN ARBOR ART FAIR EVENTS SCHEDULE

 

Performances at The Fountain Stage

 

Wednesday, July 20th

10 a.m. - Carillon Bells

11 a.m. - Queen of Scots Dance Academy

12 p.m. - Axis Music Academy

1 p.m. - People Dancing & Movement Artist's Guild

2 p.m. - Dan Kim and the Blueberry Incident

3 p.m. - Michael Malis Quartet

Thursday, July 21st

10 a.m. - Carillon Bells

11 a.m. - PURe Dance Ensemble

12 p.m. - Michael Mills Quartet

1 p.m. - O'Hare School of Irish Dance

2 p.m. - Dr. Geoffrey Stanton

3 p.m. - WCC Dancers

Friday, July 22nd

10 a.m. - Carillon Bells

11 a.m. - Cottonwood Cloggers

12 p.m. - The Anderson Quintet

1 p.m. - Daycroft Treble Makers

2 p.m. - Hobbs/Imberski Dance Exchange

3 p.m. - Fiddlers ReStrung

Saturday, July 23rd

10 a.m. - Carillon Bells

11 a.m. - Ann Arbor for the Performing Arts Jazz Band

12 p.m. - Michigan Ballroom Dance Team

1 p.m. - Axis Music Academy

2 p.m. - Dance Collective

3 p.m. - Blank-Walbridge Duo

 

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Music Schedule

 

Wednesday, July 20th

6:30 p.m. - DJ Meph

8 p.m. - iamdynamite

Thursday, July 21st

5 p.m. - DJ Gennetics

8 p.m. - DJ x10sive

Friday, July 22nd

5 p.m. - JWPP

6:30 p.m. - Sharky and the Habit

8 p.m. - Dragon Wagon

Saturday, July 23rd

11:00 a.m. - Hampshire

12:30 p.m. - Perth Elliot

2 p.m. - Jennifer Smith

3:30 p.m. - Bluesmatic

 

South University Art Fair Music Schedule

 

Wednesday, July 20th

3 p.m. - Chris Good

3:30 p.m. - Gun Lake

4:15 p.m. - Appleseed Collective

5:30 p.m. - Funktion

7:30 p.m. - Mike Shea (Ella Riot), Jamie Register, Brennan Andes (Macpodz), Randall Moore (Ragbirds), Dan Bennett (Nomo), Laith Al-Saadi, Jesse Clayton (Macpodz) and Ross Huff (Macpodz)

Thursday, July 21st

3 p.m. - Nathan K

3:30 p.m. - White Ravens

4:15 p.m. - Wolfie Complex

5:20 p.m. - Khalid Hanifi

6:40 p.m. George Bedard & The Kingpins

8 p.m. - October Babies

Friday, July 22nd

3 p.m. - Nicole P'Simer

3:30 p.m. - Katie Lee

4:15 p.m. - Hannah Winkler

5:20 p.m. - Blake Jake & The Carnes

6:20 p.m. - Stepdad

8 p.m. - Marc Broussard

Saturday, July 23rd

12 p.m. - Lake Folk

1:15 pm. - Steve Springer

2:30 p.m. Shari Kane & Dave Steele

4 p.m. - Third Coast Kings

 

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