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Call for Artists: The Guild of Artists & Artisans 2012 Spring & 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 2012 spring and summer shows. The Guild's fair applications can be found at Spring Birmingham and Crocker Park and the  have deadlines of January 31, while Levis Commons and Fall Birmingham's deadlines are February 1.

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,


31st Annual Art Birmingham - May 26 & 27

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.

Deadline: January 31


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


7th Annual Crocker Park Art Fair - June 9 & 10


Crocker Park, in Westlake, Ohio, will host the 7th 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.

Deadline: January 31



8th Annual Levis Commons Art Fair - August 18 & 19

Held on the streets surrounding this popular shoppingLevis Commons
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.

Deadline: February 1



Common Ground's 38th Annual Birmingham Street Art Fair - Sept. 22 & 23

Formerly known as "Art in the Park"

Common Ground's Birmingham Street Art Fair, originally known as Art in the Park, continues as one of Michigan's premiere art events. 2012 finds the fair celebrating its 38th 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:

Deadline: February 1



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