Ann Arbor Summer Art Fairs

My business trip to Ann Arbor serendipitously coincided with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fairs.  
I walked through on my morning walk to work and surveyed row after row of white vinyl covered booths waiting for an audience.
I managed to leave work at a reasonable time in the evening and spent an hour exploring the festivals.  I was a bit surprised to see the 'Best Psychics in Town' at the art fair, but hey, I'll roll with it.
I continued up State Street and soon realized that art is only one small component of this festival.
Everything from Hawaiian inspired dresses...
...to sandals were on offer.  It was the perfect place to shop for my upcoming vacation in Hawaii!
I cringed when I saw this sign offering 'Offical' souvenirs.  Yikes!  Send in the spelling and grammar police, please!
The festival was backstopped by the some of the beautiful buildings on the University of Michigan campus.
I did eventually find an avenue of stalls featuring fine art.
I smiled when I saw this 'Made in Ireland' booth.  I'll wait until I return to Dublin to purchase Irish goods but I'm glad my friends and colleagues in Ann Arbor will have the chance to partake.
The festival also featured art in the shadow of art as booths lined the street in front of this modern sculpture.
Good old-fashioned carnival food was also on offer including Elephant Ears.  I wasn't sure what these were but quickly learned that they are basically deep fried dough in a thin floppy form.  I managed to avoid temptation and continue on my way.
I did stop for something only slightly more nutritious -- a slice of Cottage Inn Pizza and lemonade.  It was the perfect dinner combo on a hot humid evening.
I passed a line of ants marching along the streets of the festival.
Once again, the backdrop of local buildings (in this case, the Michigan Theatre) was striking.
Fine art met street art on one sunny corner.
One final thing I noticed was that the choice of materials of construction and items for sale was a bit puzzling for a heat wave.  One group of artists built their booth out of sheet metal.  That couldn't be comfy in 100 degree heat!
Winter caps anyone?  In the summer, I think most people in Ann Arbor would like to forget about winter.  I wonder how their sales trended in the 100+ degree heat.
The Ann Arbor Summer Art Festivals are definitely worth a look if you're in town.  Window shopping is fun but there is also ample opportunity to get a head start on that Christmas shopping -- when a winter cap might not be such a bad idea.

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