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Kalamazoo Art Fair a community celebration

by Deanne Puca

May 19, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Kalamazoo Art Fair.
Kalamazoo Art Fair
KALAMAZOO--Bringing people together with great art is the focus of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art's 60th anniversary Art Fair held downtown Friday and Saturday, June 3-4.

Ceramics, fiber art, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture highlight the event, which is held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bronson Park. Visitors can also enjoy live music, a beer garden, T-shirt design contest and more.

The second oldest art fair in the United States, it traditionally kicks off summer in Kalamazoo.

This year, the fair is host to high-quality juried art works by more than 200 artists. It offers $4,500 in prizes, spans two days that overlap with other community activities, and is expected to attract more than 60,000 visitors.

Most of the artwork displayed is for sale, and prices vary from a few dollars to several hundred dollars or more.

Sponsored by the John E. Fetzer Institute Fund of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, proceeds from the fair support free-admission programming at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

For more information, visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts online.