Hey, it's been awhile. Despite being very busy, I have had a dearth of interesting stuff to put on the blog (like that's stopped me before) Well, that has ended. The Ann Arbor Art Fair is here!! I stepped across the street bright and early this morning and waited for the bus to take me downtown.A bus is mandatory as trying to drive or park anywhere near is migraine inducing. Once past the shows on Main, Liberty, State, etc. I headed to the original show and the most prestigious - the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair on N. University. This show is now in it's 50 year. My first stop was to stop by the booth of Lynn Whipple a mixed media artist. You will recognize her stuff. You have seen it in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Cloth-Paper-Scissors, and Fiber Arts Magazine. She had a great Flag that took up one wall of her booth. It is a collage of paper, photographs and a salvaged quilt. Fantastic.We commiserated about the loss of Home Companion. Sigh.
Across from her booth was Hill Auditorium and the Ann Arbor Pottery Guild that sets up shop there every year.My friend Dorie has some of her pottery there.Next was another interesting take on the American Flag. It is by Brad Devlin of Louisville Kentucky.
There was another theme at this year's fair that called out to me..... dresses.
These painting/collages are by Katherine Allen-Coleman.
These sculptural dresses are by John Petrey of Chattanooga Tennessee. Awesome.The most fun thing I saw was this fabric collage at Chris Roberts-Antieau's booth. She is a local artist and you have probably also seen her stuff around. She has a distinct look. This collage of Neil Diamond has Neil wearing a shirt made of fabric designed by Tula Pink!!! Tula's fabric sure gets around. Her stuff was also featured in some room decor on the show Monk. Tula's famous.
On my way back home from the art fair I walked by many, many retail booths selling stuff. I have been on a 3 year mission to buy a Michigan sweatshirt. I want one that A) is 100% cotton, and B) is without a HOOD. You think it would be easy in Ann Arbor. You would be wrong.T-shirts - yes. Hooded sweatshirts by the gazillion - yes. These dang kids and their hooded sweatshirts! And in closing, what would the art fair be without these.2 more days of this folks. Head on over. My photo's hardly do the artists justice. Please click on the photos to get a better view!
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