The second annual A2 Artoberfest is happening this weekend in Downtown Ann Arbor. The event will stretch across the entire city with more than 100 jury-selected artists, and is a more intimate companion to the city’s Summer Art Fair.
New this year, adults 21 and older will be able to sip and stroll, enjoying cocktails and brews provided by local companies like Rivers Edge Brewing Company, Brew Detroit and Drafting Table Brewing Company.
Also happening this weekend is Ann Arbor SPARK’s a2Tech360. The SPARK Creativity award, in partnership with a2Tech360, celebrates artists using technology in their artmaking process. Visitors at the fair will vote on the winner.
The fair will feature performances on Saturday, Oct. 8 from local musicians like acoustic duo REVERIE from 1-3 p.m. and DJ Batz from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The entertainment will continue on Sunday, Oct. 9 with Ann Arbor School of Rock kicking things off at 10:30 a.m. and indie/R&B musician Reina Mystique performing from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sarah Gelsanliter is the co-owner and operator of One Acre Ceramics in Milan, Michigan. Gelsanliter spent a year living in Japan, visiting studio potters throughout the country, and traveling to Korea, China and Thailand. Her work is influenced by Asian art, Japanese brushwork and arts and crafts design.
She and Allison Buck of the Guild of Artists & Artisans stopped by CultureShift to talk about this year’s event.
Photos courtesy of Allison Buck/Guild of Artists and Artisans.