Our favorite 20 photos from Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI – With the three-day festival come and gone, MLive/The Ann Arbor News

ANN ARBOR, MI – With the three-day festival come and gone, MLive/The Ann Arbor News photographers are taking a moment to reflect on coverage of Art Fair 2021.

The annual art festival once again drew hundreds of vendors and thousands of guests to downtown Ann Arbor July 15-17, making up for its cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19, and bringing the city back into its usual summer swing.

Many artists said on Thursday, July 15, that they had their best-selling opening day in years – perhaps due to attendees eager for an opportunity to mingle in public post-pandemic. As in years past, rain arrived on Friday, July 16, to momentarily put a damper on the event, but customers and vendors alike returned Saturday, July 17, for a successful conclusion under sunny skies.

As always, the keystone of Ann Arbor’s summer season of festivities yielded bright, colorful visuals. Check out the moments below for a photographic recap of 2021′s Art Fair.

Visitors flow down Liberty Street at Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 17, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Barbara Spraul shows off her acrylic-laden paintings in sunlight for a customer outside her booth on North University Ave. during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Thomas LeGault, from Plymouth, paints live from his booth on Main Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021. “I do paint fast even when I don’t have to. I have a rhythm and a speed,” said LeGault. “This is about number seven today.”

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Natalie Monroe from Brighton sells her jewelry during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Monroe collects wildflowers, dries them, presses them, then preserves them in a resin.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Customers browse booths on Main Street during Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor N

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Ann Arbor’s Violin Monster performs at the corner of Main and Liberty during Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

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A chalk drawing by artist David Zinn for a scavenger hunt at Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 17, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Anna Bailey, left, and her husband, Nathanael, pose for a portrait outside of their booth on Main Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Bailey originally made furniture until she realized she could use the scrap wood to create art. Now Bailey Builds has become a family business.

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Shay Church, from Kalamazoo, sells various forms of functional pottery on Main Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair on Saturday, July 17, 2021. “We throw cups and bowls on a potter’s wheel and we do slip casting. Everything is meant to be used on a daily basis like coffee cups, bowls, plates, and growlers,” said Church. Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsAlyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 continues despite heavy rain

Vasil Ivanov stands beside his glass figurines on Main Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Friday, July 16, 2021. ???I hope people still come, we???ve spent a lot of money just to be here,??? said Ivanov. Unless the fair gets struck with 40 mile per hour winds, Ivanov says he will be at his booth for the rest of the day.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 continues despite heavy rain

Richard McCollum removes water that???s gathered above the entrance to his booth on Main Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Friday, July 16, 2021. McCollum creates wooden cooking utensils.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 continues Friday

Umbrella-toting customers browse as rain falls on Liberty Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Friday, July 16, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

John Tebeau, left, and Colleen Newvine, right, from Brooklyn, New York lounge on hanging furniture on Main Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021. ???We were fantasizing about a life in which we had a front porch,??? said Newvine. ???If we ever get a front porch again, we???re definitely buying this!??? Said Tebeau.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 continues Friday

An artist wrings water from the roof of their tent on Main Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Friday, July 16, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

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Visitors flow down Maynard Street at Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 17, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Ken Orton poses in his booth on North University Ave. during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021

Visitors browse booths on North University street at Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 17, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor N

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Marty Kubicki greets guests at his booth during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Kubicki makes his porcelain artwork by carving a scene in wax, casting it in plaster and then filling the mold with fine porcelain, creating a translucent piece of artwork called a “lithophane.” The technique dates back to the 1800s.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor N

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 kicks off on Thursday

Jason Parsley places flowers in a piece of ceramic artwork at his booth during Ann Arbor Art Fair 2021 in Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Parsley, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has attended the art fair for three decades and says Thursday was one of his best-selling days in his time there.

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Micheal Miller sells painted, wooden flowers made from basswood, with his family on Liberty Street during Ann Arbor Art Fair on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Miller describes his work as “contemporary, modern, a little bit funky, and eccentric all rolled up into one.” “My wife is a painter. We saw two dimensional flowers and off of that, we got into making our three dimensional art pieces,” said Miller. Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsAlyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

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