It’s been 48 years since the first annual Flint Art Fair took over the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Since then, the family-friendly event has grown considerably, with officials predicting a turnout of 170 artists and 10,000 visitors at this year’s fair on June 20-21.
“It’s just this iconic event that kicks off summer in Flint,” says Tracey Stewart, the event’s coordinator. “When you see the Flint Art Fair coming, you know it’s summertime.”
A few things to be on the lookout for this weekend include:
1. The works of featured artist Anni Crouter. A Chicago-native who grew up on a farm in rural Michigan, Crouter has made a name for her lifelike paintings of both domestic and wild animals. In 2013, she took second place for her Polar Expressed paintings at ArtPrize, and is competing in this year’s competition as well.
2. The sounds of the Young Musicians Community, a nonprofit organization teaching youth about music in Lapeer County. The 2nd Degree Burns and 3rd Degree Burns will play alternating sets throughout the day on Saturday. “They put together these rock ‘n’ roll bands that tour around the state, so the kids can get some real world experience in venues like this,” Stewart says. “I think the art community will be really receptive to it.”
3. Interactive play at the art activity booth. Kids and adults alike can take part in a variety of crafts, including face painting, sand art and making peonies out of coffee filters.
The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for senior citizens (65+), children (12 and under) and FOMA members.
Also, all exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts will be free and open to the public during the two-day event.
For more information, visit www.flintartfair.org/event-details.
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