Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
Ann Arbor is known for hosting one of the country's largest juried art fairs each July. The streets transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats, and a variety of sidewalk sales. It covers an area so large that the fair creates its own shuttle bus system so that visitors need not walk too long in the sweltering heat that usually accompanies the festivities. If you can't make it to town that weekend or simply do not like crowds, the Ann Arbor Art Center is like a microcosm of the festival. Within its galleries flooded with natural light are juried and non-juried works from the finest regional artists and craftspeople displaying a myriad of works from media ranging from painting to fibers to metal to jewelry.
Since 1909 it has served as a hub and resource for creatives past and present. Enter the space and you are treated to the best examples of what regional artists have to offer in a myriad of media. Through a glass wall, you can also observe a class in progress.
In summer, an annual rotating Instructor's Exhibit celebrates the artists who make the center's Education Department thrive. Artists represent a wide variety of art mediums and applications, including painting, mixed media, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, encaustic, fiber, and photography.
The studio is open seven days a week. If you have the time and plan ahead, you can unleash your own creative side by enrolling in a class such as pottery, painting, jewelry making, or dyeing wool. Although some classes are part of a series, others are one-day workshops that allow you to complete a project in a single session.
The Ann Arbor Arts Center on Liberty Street is a short walk around the corner from the Literati Bookstore. The two places often collaborate on cultural events and offerings.
Cover image courtesy of Ann Arbor Art Center.