Multiply your fall colors and enjoy high quality art and crafts on the West Side of Ann Arbor at the annual Westside Art Hop, a local art walk in neighborhood homes, studios, porches, garages and yards on Saturday, Oct 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere, you can stroll around and explore artwork ranging from cards and gifts at $3 or $4, to spectacular fine art at $500 and up. Choices include paintings, photography, decorative and functional glass, metal and wood table-top sculpture, mosaics, fine jewelry, tile work, kaleidoscopes, practical pottery, hand-made chocolate, wearable and decorative fiber arts including scarves, quilts and strange but wonderful crochet sculpture.
Westside Art Hop is proud to present a diverse but mostly local group of artists whose work is juried to ensure quality. The group is partnered with several local businesses offering deals to Art Hop visitors (see map https://westsidearthop.com/art-hop-map). There will be stickers for patrons to claim their deals.
Westside Art Hop is easily walkable, with venues between 2nd St. and Eberwhite Woods, mostly housing two or more artists – the largest with about 10 exhibitors is at Gretchen’s House Childcare Center, 700 Mount Vernon Ave, 48103. Art Hop maps are available online and local street signage provided a few days ahead. Parking is easy, on street or at Eberwhite or Bach schools – more options on the map online.
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 Sophie Grillet, and supported by Lucie & Larry Nisson, with over 50 artists expected to display their work this Oct 20 in 17 different venues.
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 the 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.
CONTACT & INFO Any interested local or visiting artists who would like to take part next time, or kind neighbors who might host an artist in October are encouraged to visit http://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.
The following Art Hop is planned to take place May 2019.