Strolling along sidewalks and admiring the talent of local artists at summer art fairs is something I look forward. Our local Edina Art Fair kicks off the season in early June. Then follows the Powder Horn Park Fair and the Uptown Art Fair in early August.
I’m drawn to outdoor garden decor. What can I say? I love adding yard art throughout my gardens. This Faerie House is one of my favorites. I purchased it years ago at the Edina Art Fair.
The Arboretum Art Crawl in mid-August is a great way to visit the Arboretum and enjoy local artists. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a 1137 acre horticultural garden and arboretum. It’s a lovely destination any time of year for the entire family.
There are several artists we seek out every year to see what’s new. Artists Frank and Bell Barr’s colorful Faerie Houses are a must-see attraction. You’ll fall in love with the unique clay, copper, and steel details. They have been creating Faerie Houses since 1997. I personally own several because I can’t decide which one I like best. It’s fun to move them around our yard and stick them in potted planters throughout the seasons.
Outdoor garden decor or funky yard art is usually my focus, but there’s something for everyone at these summer art fairs. You’ll never know what’s just around the corner. There’s eye candy galore to enjoy and make you smile.
You’ll find a variety of pottery, excellent photography, unusual jewelry, hand blown glass and oil paintings. This pottery caught my eye.
Most summer art fairs also have music and a diverse offering of foods to choose from. Your children will love the leisurely pace. Be sure to find the face painting booth and flavored snow cones.
These fairs provide local artists an opportunity to show off their talents and also provide an opportunity to stay connected with your community.
From small fairs with under 25 artists to the larger events with over 375 artists, art fairs are a great summer tradition. What’s your favorite local art fair?