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2013 Ann Arbor Art Fair expands, adds new park-n-ride location
Resorts to bring its Safari Adventures, Bichini Bia Congo Dance
Theater and more
BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
crowds at last year's South University Art Fair in Ann Arbor, Mich.
ARBOR, Mich. -- An estimated crowd of 500,000 plus will
descend on the University of Michigan central campus for the 2013
Ann Arbor Art Fair, which kicks off on Wednesday and runs through
Saturday. More than 1,100 artists will be displaying their works
making it one of the largest art fairs in the nation. For the first
time ever, the Summer Art Fair will be connected to the South University
Art Fair adding a few more blocks to the event. In addition, a new
park-n-ride location has been added to Huron High School this year.
Kalahari Resorts will have a major presence at the art fair with
its Safari Adventures, Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater and a cooling
featured artists include: Geoffrey Harris of Lexington, S.C. at
the 54th Annual Street Art Fair, Gina Krawez of Fort Payne, Ala.
at the 46th Annual State Street Art Fair, John Booth of Minneapolis
at the 44th Annual Summer Art Fair and Sean Brown of Denver at the
14th Annual South University Art Fair. They are all featured on
the cover of the official art fair guide published by Art Showcase
Magazine. Also, their official event posters will be available for
purchase at the respective art fairs.
have a couple of new things this year that I want to let everybody
know about," said Maureen Riley, executive director of the
Street Art Fair. "We have a new Northside park-and-ride shuttle
for all of our visitors from Wayne and Oakland county that have
not had the convenience of a park-and-ride shuttle and the ease
that it provides. We have now added one at Huron High School with
easy access from U.S. 23, just take the Geddes Road exit. You can
hope on the Trinity Northside Trolley."
How will this
year's Ann Arbor Art Fair be different from the last few years?
year, there's many, many new artists and returning artists have
new works," she added. "I don't think the art fair ever
is stagnant. There's always new works to look at. We have a new
feature this year that is the Kalahari Resorts misting station.
They are bringing things to keep our visitors interested in Kalahari
Resorts from actual animals to Congolese Dancers and information
about their theme parks and African-themed waterparks."
more about the large-scale street painting that will be going on
during the run of the art fair.
a Detroit-based artist named Taurus Burns, who is recreating Botticelli's
Birth of Venus. It should be very amazing to watch him
work. He'll start when we start the fair on Wednesday and it will
be completed by the time we close on Saturday. We'll watch Birth
of Venus come to life before our eyes."
Riley said the
four art fairs have worked together more this year than in the past.
been working hard to be more collaborative for the last few years,"
the executive director explained. "For the first time this
year, an unexpected change, it led to a slight modification in our
footprint. So for the first time, we all four touch. The traditional
AATA shuttle stop that's on South University had to be relocated
a block further south on State Street because of construction and
that meant that we extended our footprint a block south on State
and connected the South U. Art Fair directly to State Street."
are coming from the farthest away to display their works at the
Street Art Fair?
two artists that are coming from Japan. That is certainly the furthest
that we've ever experienced. I'm not sure about the other three
fairs, but Japan is pretty far."
from Koganei-shi,Japan will be located at Booth 209 and Takashi
Yamashita from Tokyo will be at Booth 221 at the Original Street
Since the economy
is bouncing back, how would you say that will affect the art fair?
hope it affects the art fair positively," she added. "We
are seeing a trend in the industry this summer. Artists are reporting
that sales are up from what they've been at the last few years.
In fact, we actually had a couple of artists that had to withdraw
from the show because they don't have any work left from successful
shows that have preceded us."
Can you tell
me more about some of the bands that will be playing there?
three stages: the Art Fair Main Stage, there's the iSPY Stage and
then there's the Fountain Stage in the Street Art Fair," the
executive director explained. "The Fountain Stage is the area
that I'm involved with. It's a community and acoustic stage. We're
really proud that we present the opportunity for area organizations
and musicians to play before the public that isn't often available
to them. For instance, the Washtenaw Community College Dancers and
we have the Cottonwood Cloggers and we have Daycroft Montessori
School. We present an avenue for them for folks to really show their
talent. Boy is there some talent out there."
there will be some artist demonstrations again this year.
an extensive demonstration program where on the hour, every day,
our artists demonstrate their creative process," Riley said.
"It's everything from photography to jewelrymaking to woodworking
and more. It's actual artists that are participating in the art
fair and in the Potter's Guild that demonstrate how to do what they
How will that
be different from the art activity zone?
art activity zone, you actually get to do the art activity. Unlike
the demo area where you're watching and learning from the artists,
in the art activity zone, you'll get the chance to get your own
hands dirty whether its making clay project or a sculpture or a
sculptural relief with MOCAD or a large-scale flower with the DIA.
You get a chance to make these items and take them home with you."
Are both of
those activities free of charge?
the most part they are," she added. "The 2Clowns Face
Painting does ask for a donation. But the rest are all free."
The 2013 Ann Arbor Art
Fair kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 and runs through Saturday,
July 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
information about the Ann Arbor Art Fair, visit www.artfairs.visitannarbor.org
or download their iPhone app here.
credit: The Ann Arbor Art Fair
the first time ever, the Summer Art Fair will be connected to the
South University Art Fair. In addition, a new park-n-ride shuttle
has been added at Huron High School.
by Sandro Botticelli c. 1486
Burns will recreate Botticelli's Birth of Venus as a large
scale street painting at the festival.
credit: Safari Adventures Animal Park
Resorts will bring its Safari Adventures, Bichini Bia Congo Dance
Theater and more.
credit: Jacobs Media
here to download the official Ann Arbor Art Fairs app for iPhones.
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