Artoberfest brings local artists and food vendors to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Artists and Craftsmen Guild will host its first A2 Artoberfest fine arts fair in early October, featuring 100 artists, shows, and food vendors, among other activities.

Although the event was originally scheduled to take place last year, it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Karen Delhey, executive director of The Guild, said the event is meant to be a “fall celebration of the arts.”

“It’s also partly to bring attention to this part of the city,” she said.

Artoberfest will take place on Fourth Avenue from East Huron Street and East Kingsley Street and on Ann Street between Main Street and Fifth Street.

The Guild’s Gutman Gallery, located at 118 North Fourth Avenue, will be included in the festival and will host a free printmaking activity. Participants can bring an object to stamp with one of three artist-designed manhole covers used in Ann Arbor or create their own stamp.

The festival will feature 100 different artists from across the Midwest, although a “normal” year is closer to 150, Delhey said. To increase security protocol due to the coronavirus pandemic, artist booths will be set up in pairs spaced 10 feet apart.

Ann Arbor-based artists include fiber artist Leigh Hollmann, photographer Paul Christopher James, jeweler Anne Monheit, and ceramic artist Margo West, among others.

The fair will also feature food vendors and several adult beverage vendors including Ann Arbor Distilling Company, Bløm Meadworks and Graham + Fisk’s Wine-in-a-can.

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The A2 Artoberfest Fine Art Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 9 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 10. The fair is located on North Fourth Avenue between East Huron Street and Kingsley Street and on Ann Street between Main Street and Fifth Avenue.

Find more information online here.

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