Ann Arbor Art Fair returns July 15 with more than 600 artists, some COVID protocols

It’s Michigan’s ultimate outdoor summer art bonanza: three art fairs with more than 600 artists in one downtown area.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair, considered the largest juried art fair in country, returns to downtown Ann Arbor on Thursday and runs through Saturday. Originally canceled earlier this past spring for the second year in a row because of state COVID restrictions, organizers changed course in late May after guidelines changed and the show is now on.

There will be some changes this year — about a third fewer artists so organizers can spread out the ones they have and the festival timeline has been shortened from four days to three — but the art fair that “people know and love” will be pretty much the same, said Maureen Riley, executive director of the Ann Arbor Steet Art Fair, The Original.

“The thing about the art fair and what’s new every

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Tennessee Valley Museum of Art opens exhibition featuring work of artists from across nation

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. — A new exhibition opened Tuesday at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia. It’s being described as a glimpse into the future of art.

The name of the exhibition is Emergence, and it features the work of 45 different artists from across the nation.

Earlier this year, the museum put out a call for digital submissions as it was looking for artists with unique style—artists with something important to express who are pushing the creative process to the breaking point.

A panel of jurors selected the artwork in the show through an online blind judging process. The jurors also chose three choice award winners with close ties to The Shoals.

“There’s a lot of themes about what artists are going to be exploring post COVID, there’s a lot of themes of resiliency and

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McMullen Presentation Highlights New England Artists

The McMullen Museum of Art hosted its second virtual presentation of the year from its Into The Collection series on Feb. 25. McMullen manager Rachel Chamberlain and assistant director Diana Larsen led this event featuring New England artists. 

Museum director and Boston College art history professor Nancy Netzer’s museum studies students prepared hypothetical exhibitions featuring pieces from the gallery’s collection. They examined five individual pieces, each student selecting their own painting of intrigue.

Larsen began the evening discussing painter Philip Leslie Hale. Hale studied art in Boston and New York before journeying to Paris in 1887, where he spent summers in Giverny with his good friend and fellow painter Theodore Earl Butler. Butler was also the son-in-law to Claude Monet, whose Impressionist landscape paintings influenced Hale’s own artistic style. 

“His paintings exhibit the characteristic bright light and broken brushwork of French Impressionism as well as plein-air subject matter,” Larsen said. 

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Artists create meaningful art at The Green Art House

Richard Stergulz, co-founder of The Green Art House and painting fundamentals instructor, teaches techniques in painting to student Linda Herzog at the Fallbrook workshop studio. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

The Green Art House in Fallbrook was started with a twofold purpose in mind: to provide a teaching facility for artists of all levels and styles to create whatever they wanted and to be eco-friendly while doing it. Richard Stergulz and Leslie Sweetland co-founded the nonprofit about eight years ago with a vision to offer classes and events that promote art, art awareness and art education while encouraging and promoting public interest and understanding of art in its variety of forms.

Along with teaching art classes at the center, Stergulz is the Southern California host for an Australian-based YouTube art program called “Put Some Colour in Your Life!” that is hosted there by the program’s CEO, Graeme Stevenson.

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