Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Focus On Artists

Jul 18, 2014

One of Ann Arbor's four art fairs is marking its 45th anniversary this year.  It's not just the weather that officials with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair are celebrating.

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
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They're celebrating all of the artists that are showing wares in the 45th version of the fair.  

Executive Director Max Clayton says she loves walking by the booths and seeing the mix of art including jewelry, glass, ceramic, metal, paintings, and photographs.  Clayton encourages visitors to talk with the artists especially those in photography that have gone through major changes over the last decade.  She says, "Have them explain their process and how it's changed over the years.  The technology has changed, the ingredients, the chemicals have changed.  It's been a very, very interesting, sometimes a dilemma for the artists because they've had to learn to do things very, very differently."

Clayton says the four art fairs work well together because each organization is committed to quality artists.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.