The Westside Art Hop, Michigan’s quirkiest Art Fair/Art Walk in Ann Arbor, is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Easily walkable, the art hop has venues between 2nd St. and Eberwhite Woods, mostly housing two or more artists – the largest with about 11 exhibitors is at Gretchen’s House Childcare Center, 700 Eberwhite Blvd.
“It’s artists supporting artists by holding a twice-yearly art walk rooted in the local community,” says Sophie Grillet. “We present high quality art and hand-made crafts for sale to the public in a festive atmosphere. Walk around the delightful West Side, meet the artists and find your own unique artwork.”
Westside Art Hop is a local art walk in neighborhood homes, studios, porches, garages and yards. In a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere, you can stroll around and explore artwork ranging from cards and gifts at $3 or $4 up to spectacular fine art at $500 or more.
Choices include paintings, photography, blown and fused glass, metal and wood table-top sculpture, mosaics, fine jewelry, tile work, kaleidoscopes, pottery, hand-made chocolate, wearable and decorative fiber arts including scarves, quilts and strange but wonderful crochet sculpture.
Westside Art Hop presents a diverse but mostly local group of artists, whose work is juried to ensure quality. This year they have partnered with several local businesses who are offering deals to Art Hop visitors. They will be providing stickers for our patrons to claim their ice cream scoops, drinks, barbecue meals or discount framing deals.
“We want to support artists and help them thrive,” said Grillet. “We keep the event low cost to participate, while maintaining high quality juried work to attract good art buyers. We aim to raise the art profile of Ann Arbor to match and exceed our public image. We invite you to become part of our Artist community.”
The West Hop Facebook page has much more including the chance to win a $25 coupon from Downtown Home and Garden.
Ann Arbor’s first Westside Art Hop was in December 2012, begun by Sophie Grillet, Laila Kujala, Larry Nisson and Susan Major, and was a rousing success with hundreds of attendees visiting seven homes representing 15 artists.
The event has blossomed, organized by Grillet, and supported by Lucie & Larry Nisson, with over 50 artists expected to display their work on Saturday.
The aim of the event is to provide artists with a low cost opportunity to show their work to the public. Art Hop relies completely on the generosity of their neighbors in allowing artists to use their porches, yards and garages to set up their stands. If the weather cooperates even a little, it always proves to be a very popular and enjoyable event.
Any interested local or visiting artists who would like to take part next time, or kind neighbors who might host an artist in May are encouraged to visit WestsideArtHop.com or contact WestsideArtHop@gmail.com for more information.
Look for WestsideArtHop on Facebook including venues, artists and pictures of their work, as well as on Instagram and Twitter @WestsideArtHop and at WestsideArtHop.com. The next Art Hop is tentatively planned (to fit around Michigan Home games) for Oct. 20.