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Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 20 to 23

Ann Arbor, July 18, 2011: The Townie Street Party commenced the 52nd Annual Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, taking place on Monday on E. Washington between Thayer and Fletcher Streets. It featured art, music, children’s activities, and food.

Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the Original of the now four award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Together, the fairs attract over 500,000 attendees from across the United States.  The Original Fair was named the Number One Art Fair in the country by AmericanStyle magazine readers survey (October 2004) and has made the Top Ten Fairs and Festivals list every year since.  

Its mission is to “increase public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that connect artists, the Ann Arbor community and the general public to their mutual benefit, culminating in a top quality juried street art fair.”

The Street Art Fair is set on North University Avenue and on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus, amidst elegant architecture and beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkways, including the landmark Burton Carillon Tower.

As part of this year’s Community Art Project, CommuniTree, led by local artist Leslie Sobel, the community will be constructing a giant woven tree sculpture out of old unused phone, computer and electrical cords. Bring your cords to the Townie Street Party and add them in yourself! You can continue to help build this piece at the Art Fair, Wednesday, July 20th through Friday, July 22nd from 1pm to 4pm at AnnArbor.com on E. Liberty. The tree sculpture is to be auctioned off by the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair upon its completion.

This year’s featured artist is Julie Fremuth, who is a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in History and Fine Art. According to the art fair’s website, “for over twenty years she has been a paper and book conservator at the William Clements Library. Julie’s work has been strongly influenced by her handling and awareness of centuries-old books, paper, and printing. She uses collage and washes to build layers, and uses line to express energy and sensitivity. She uses portraiture to honor the human spirit and illustrate dynamics and tensions around human interactions.”

The art fair’s director is Maureen Riley.

This year’s poster and t-shirt designs include empty pairs of pants to suggest the human character and presence without a literal figure.

The fair runs through July 23, 2011.

On the Internet: http://www.artfair.org/ 

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