Art Hop brings 69 artists to 40 venues on the west side of Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI – The bi-annual Art Hop comes to the west side of Ann Arbor October 16-17.

The Art Hop, which began in 2012, takes participants through Ann Arbor’s westside homes to see a variety of local artists. The event takes place twice a year – once in summer and once in autumn.

This year, 69 artists take part in around 40 venues, which are typically verandas and garages hosted by local residents and organizations. Participating artists use a variety of media, including woodblock printing, glasswork, and painting, among others.

“We have a lot of different media,” says co-founder and organizer Sophie Grillet.

The various venues are arranged so that attendees can take a circular route around them, Grillet said.

The Art Hop was originally created to give artists an inexpensive way to exhibit and sell their art. The Art Hop application fee is anywhere from $ 40 to $ 55, depending on whether an artist is new or returning.

“We wanted artists to be able to do something inexpensive,” Grillet said.

The artists are also hosted by local residents, so no tent is required.

“That means people can also attend who can’t afford to go to an art fair,” added Grillet. “It’s nice to be there for these artists.”

Although the event is mostly outdoors and all artists must be vaccinated, the Art Hop encourages attendees to wear masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Westside Art Hop is open on October 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on October 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the event website for more information or check out a map of the venues in the days leading up to Art Hop.

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