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Call for Artists: The Guild of Artists & Artisans Spring and Summer Art Fairs

Bringing art to the community and the community to art. That's the mission of the Guild of Artists & Artisans. The Guild, which has been a force in the art fair world for more than 40 years, is best known for its award-winning Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. Guild events have a reputation for excellent advertising, attendance and artist amenities.

You can apply online right now for the Guild's 2011 spring and summer shows. The Guild's fair applications can be found at and are open through midnight EST on February 28, 2011.

If you need any assistance in setting up your JAS profile, or have any questions about the Guild and its events, contact the Guild -- 734.662.3382 or You can learn more about the Guild and its events by visiting its web site,

1.  May 14 & 15 - 30th Annual Art Birmingham


Held in Birmingham, Michigan, in the heart of affluent Oakland County.


Art Birmingham will be in the streets around Shain Park, downtown Birmingham's newly and extensively redesigned city park.  The park is conveniently located in the center of this favorite urban downtown and features all new and welcoming pathways and beautiful landscaping.  As the downtown center, the park is surrounded by convenient parking for artists and fairgoers. 

This highly respected event will showcase 190 juried artists.  Last spring brought more than 120,000 visitors to downtown Birmingham.   The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center continues to produce this event in association with the Guild of Artists and Artisans.   



P.S. Many reviews on this show at, search for "Birmingham" in the Show Reports.



2.  June 11 & 12  - 6th Annual Crocker Park Art Fair

Crocker Park, in Westlake, Ohio, will host the 6th Annual Crocker Park Fine Art Fair in June. The event will feature 130 juried fine art and fine craft artists. Admission is free, as well as parking for both fairgoers and artists. The fair is Crocker Park's most respected and best attended event; more than 100,000 fairgoers attend each year. 
A popular destination, Crocker Park is the $400 million innovative outdoor lifestyle complex just 12 miles from Cleveland. It features a sophisticated mix of national retailers and eclectic local favorites plus restaurants, cafes, a multi-screen movie theater, beautiful luxury apartments and office space - all together in a congenial neighborhood of parks and tree-lined streets. Crocker Park is an extremely popular destination for families of all ages. Community support for the complex and its events is excellent and growing.
Event advertising will be featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Jewish News, Westlife and the Crocker Park Press. Print advertising will be supplemented with radio advertising on WCLV, WCPN, WMJI and WDOK.


3.  July 20-23 - 42nd Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

The Guild's flagship event, started in the heyday of the art fair startups, continues its popularity with artists and fairgoers alike.

The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is one of four official partner fairs that comprise the award-winning and highly respected Ann Arbor Art Fair. More than 600,000 people attend the event each year. The Summer Art Fair is located in the heart of Ann Arbor stretching from its charming downtown to the campus of University of Michigan. 
The Summer Art Fair has 375 artist booths. It consistently appears in Sunshine Artist Magazine's annual best shows listing and was recently named to the top 25 shows in sales by Art Fair SourceBook.
The Ann Arbor event receives exceptional media attention and is covered not only by local and regional media, but consistently gains the attention of media throughout the Midwest and beyond. You think you are part of the art fair business? Not until you've participated in this important rite!


4.  August 20 & 21 - 7th Annual Levis Commons Art Fair

Held on the streets surrounding this popular shopping destination in an upscale area outside of Toledo, Ohio, the Town Center at Levis Commons, a unique "open-air lifestyle experience,"  features sophisticated shopping, superb dining and entertainment and is located in lovely Perrysburg, Ohio. It's the perfect setting for an exceptional art fair. Parking and admission are free. The event features 130 artists.  More than 35,000 fairgoers attend each year.
Event advertising will be featured in daily and community newspapers and magazines, including the Toledo Blade, the Toledo City Paper, the Toledo Free Press, Perrysburg Messenger Journal and more.  Print advertising will be supplemented with radio advertising. The number one radio station in the Toledo area, K100, has been and continues to be the major media partner for the event. 



5.  September 17 & 18 - 4th Annual Crocker Park Fall Arts Fest

Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio, hosts the 4th Annual Crocker Park Fall Arts Fest, September 17 - 18.

The event celebrates the change of season with art, music and dance. The focus of the event will be 99 juried artist booths on Crocker Park's Main Street, its elegant central avenue. Parking and admission are free. Community support for the complex's events is excellent and growing. Exhibitors can expect 80,000 fairgoers to attend the Fall Arts Fest. 



6.  September 24 & 25 - Common Ground's 37th Annual Birmingham Street Art Fair  

Common Ground's Birmingham Street Art Fair, originally known as Art in the Park, continues as one of Michigan's premiere art events. 2011 finds the fair celebrating its 37th year of bringing outstanding and original artworks to a welcoming community. The event will be a stand out on South Old Woodward, the celebrated gateway to downtown Birmingham. The event features 190 juried artists in this sophisticated and dynamic setting. 

Read this review at by a participating artists:






Contact The Guild if you have questions about our events or need assistance with the application procedures, 734.662.3382 ext, 101, or We look forward to your application.

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Comment by Linnea Lahlum on February 27, 2011 at 10:07pm

Connie, I just saw that you said the spring Birmingham show now has 190 artists. This is smaller than before, right? Art Fair sourcebook lists it at 242 artists. Has it been the smaller number since the Guild took it over (2010)? Thanks!


Comment by Connie Mettler on February 28, 2011 at 10:06am
Lin, these are the figures they provided me. What I am thinking is that because they are taking the show back to the park that there isn't as much space, and I believe (correct me if I'm wrong folks) that the spaces are going to be only on the perimeter, not in the park as in years past, so this would eliminate spaces also.
Comment by Linnea Lahlum on February 28, 2011 at 6:35pm

Thanks, Connie. I did it both in the park for a number of years  and on the street last year. To me, on the street, it looked like a LOT of artists. But when it’s all in 2 long rows, it does tend to look like that. When it was in the park (and around) it was too crowded anyway.  


I liked the street; just so much easier to set up.  Plus in the park, if you got an inner location, your sales suffered. The customers said they liked it too. They knew they were not going to miss anyone.



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