A2 Artoberfest celebrates handmade crafts this fall

The event will stretch across Ann Arbor with over 100 jury-selected artists, and is a more intimate companion to the city’s Summer Art Fair.

silver rings and necklaces on display with gourds at A2 Artoberfest

Jewelry on display at A2 Artoberfest.

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.

Ann Arbor Artoberfest
Artist booth at A2 Artoberfest.

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.

Local partners such as the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, TeaHaus and Mindo Chocolate will also be coming out to the streets to provide activities and creative projects for fairgoers to enjoy.

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.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.