A2 Artoberfest celebrates craftsmanship this fall


Tia Graham

The second annual A2 Artoberfest is taking place this weekend in downtown Ann Arbor. The event will span the entire city with over 100 artists selected by the jury, 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 beers provided by local companies such as Rivers Edge Brewing Company, Brew Detroit and Drafting Table Brewing Company.

Artist stand at A2 Artoberfest.

The Ann Arbor SPARK a2Tech360 is also happening this weekend. The SPARK Creativity Award, in partnership with a2Tech360, celebrates artists using technology in their artistic creation process. Show visitors will vote for the winner.

The fair will feature performances on Saturday, October 8 from local musicians like the acoustic duo REVERIE from 1-3 p.m. and DJ Batz from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The fun will continue on Sunday, October 9 with the Ann Arbor School of Rock kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and indie/R&B musician Reina Mystique performs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Local partners such as the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, TeaHaus and Mindo Chocolate will also hit the streets to provide activities and creative projects for visitors.

Sarah Gelsanliter is co-owner and operator of One Acre Ceramics in Milan, Michigan. Gelsanliter spent a year in Japan, visiting pottery studios all over 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 from the Guild of Artists & Artisans stopped by CultureShift to talk about this year’s event.

Photos courtesy of Allison Buck/Artists and Craftsmen Guild.

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  • 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.

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