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/