Art Fair is Here, It's Upon Us.

July 16, 2008 | 826 Blog Post

Have you ever noticed that, no matter how mild and lovely the weather is in the weeks leading up to it, once Art Fair actually takes over Ann Arbor, it immediately becomes incredibly hot (Yes, it’s in the nineties today!), humid (Have you ever walked through soup? Now’s your chance!), and stormy (Reports just came back that some sort of monsoon is on the horizon.)? We have. And you know what? We can’t help but love it! This is our first year downtown during Art Fair! To celebrate this momentous, sunny, hot, thirsty, about-to-be-soaked, art-on-a-stick-inspired occasion, we’ve got lots of ways for you to come say hello.


Stop in and check out our Silent Art Auction! The auction takes place now through Friday from 10am to 9pm, and Saturday, July 19, 10am to 5 pm. Items include:

  • A handmade chair made 100% out of corrugated cardboard! Special thanks to Pro-Pak Industries located in Maumee, OH.
  • Digital series of prints by locally known mixed media artist Elizabeth Raggett! Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited in many areas throughout Ann Arbor, including the Ann Arbor Art Center.
  • Local fine art photograper and WCC professor Terry Abrams has donated a photographic print showcasing his unbelievable skill in light and composition!
  • Mod screenprints, robot artwork, oil paintings, photographs, and more!

And please join us for Mojitos, savory snacks, and the last exciting moments of the auction at our Closing Reception, Saturday, July 19 at 5:30pm, with final bidding at 7pm.


We have a Make-Your-Own-Button Station, t-shirts, books, friendly faces, and, of course, water. We’re stationed in the nonprofit sector, booth 26. We’ve got the green umbrella and the robot-bedecked curtain.


In addition to, you know, robot supplies, robots, blinking lights, robots, and robots, we’ll also be staging a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Tournament. A fifty-cent buy-in lets you battle the clerk. Winners AND losers get special Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em buttons, so, win or lose, you pretty much win. We also have a Reallyverylongstory happening out front. Basically we’ve got a typewriter and a long roll of paper, and we are letting passersby come up with everything else. At last glance, it involved Art Fair, meeting someone at a chocolate shop, and realizing that the twenty-three candies eaten were actually laxatives. Stop by and add to the story! We also have a Make-Your-Own-Paperbot activity for kids of all ages!

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