Summer is in full swing and that means it's time for the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, which is one of the largest in the country drawing over a half a million visitors each year.
The fair kicked off yesterday and runs through Saturday and so far the crowds have been solid despite the fact that there has been a high threat of severe storms and a high heat advisory.
Vendors are fighting the heat with fans blowing in their tents and the fair has a number of areas where visitors can take a moment to cool off including a Kalahari Resorts misting station.
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is composed of four different fairs spread out across downtown Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair; Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original; Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair; and, the State Street Area Art Fair.
The event will feature a wide variety of art media, including 2D and 3D-mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry and works in metal, stone and wood.
Every year the festival features four artists.
This year those artists include John Booth of Minnesota, digital painter, Geoffrey Harris of South Carolina, painter Gina Krawez of Alabama and Sean Brown of Colorado who specializes in ceramic and mixed media jewelry and art.
The fair also features a art zone for the kids, a artist demonstration area, three entertainment stages with live music performances and the Kalahari will present African-themed activities throughout the event.
Parking and getting to The Ann Arbor Art Fair is more convenient than ever this year with the addition of a shuttle on the north side of Ann Arbor, at Huron High School.
Shuttle service continues to be available at the Maple Village Shopping Center, Briarwood Mall and Pioneer High School.
Shuttles leave every 10-15 minutes, and the cost for round trip shuttle service is only $3 with children five and under riding for free.
The Ann Arbor Art Trolley is also once again in service with stops throughout the city.
Fairgoers can ride all day for only $1.
The fair is open tomorrow from 10 am to 9 pm and from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday.