Art Activities, Music, and more!

Summer Sounds – Stage on Main

The Stage on Main is presented by DTE, featuring one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark, a non-profit organization presenting the best of traditional and contemporary live music in downtown Ann Arbor over 300 nights each year. At The Ark, performers and audiences connect in a state-of-the-art listening room for an intimate music experience. We’re excited to bring live music each evening of the fair to the Stage on Main at the corner of Main and William in the Palio lot.  Stop by and join one of the best street parties of the year!

Ki5; Anna Tivel & Jeffrey Martin

Lauren Blackford; Tailen Toliver

2023 Performance Schedule:

Thursday, July 20

4:30-5:15pm – Ann Arbor Music Academy
 – Natalie Mae The Ark logo
7:30-8:30pm – Sons of the Never Wrong The Ark logo

Friday, July 21

Elevate the Mic: Performers Uniting for Social Progress with Prison Creative Arts Project

11am – Youth Arts Alliance & Staying Power
12pm – Voices of the Underheard with Laitr
1pm – MI Citizens for Prison Reform
2pm – AFSC Band
3pm – In and On Our Own Terms

The Ark 

6-7pm – KI5 The Ark logo
7:30-8:50pm – Jeffrey Martin w/ Anna Tivel The Ark logo

Saturday, July 22

Amplify and Washtenaw Community College Stage Takeover

11amLauren Blackford

11:30am Tailen Toliver

12pm Entrepreneurship Center Lightning Round

12:30pm – DJ Roxx

1pm Graham Rockwood

1:30pm – DJ Roxx

2pm – Mekhi Mitchell and The WTMC Music Society

2:30pm – Entrepreneurship Center Final Round

3pmWashtenaw Community College / Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble

4:30pm-5:30pm – Out Loud Chorus

6-8pm – Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective and Blueshouse The Ark logo

LOCATION: Corner of Main & William in the parking lot next to Palio Restaurant

LIVE Mural Painting with Keith Bynum Presented by ModuGo

Keith Bynum; Previous mural by Bynum; As seen on HGTV’s Bargain Block, Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas pose in front of The Zen House.

Watch local artist and star of HGTV’s Bargain Block, Keith Bynum, transform a storage container into a work of art as he paints a mural live during this year’s Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair! You can also purchase original works of art from Bynum and Evan Thomas in their booth on Main Street. Mural painting and storage container presented by local storage container company ModuGo.

ARTIST BIO: Home renovation expert, designer, and artist Keith Bynum stars in HGTV’s series Bargain Block along with his partner, builder, carpenter, and photographer Evan Thomas. The pair work together in Detroit to buy as many rundown and abandoned houses as they can on a single block and renovate them into artful and affordable properties. Keith, known for making his own furniture and art to bring his designs to life, often finds inspiration in unwanted items, salvaged materials, and remnants from previous projects. Art for Keith is often about transforming what would be waste into something usable and beautiful.

Evan Thomas, with a PHD in physics and known for his methodical approach, started his photography journey with the home interiors of the pairs’ renovations. In fact, most photos you see starting from season 1 of Bargain Block were taken by Evan. What began as a way to capture the beauty of Keith’s designs has now grown into a passion for photography.  Now, Evan has merged his love of nature and photography with his recent “Up North” collection.

Both Keith and Evan’s Art can be found in their retail store Nine Design+Homes and at booth MN368 at his year’s fair.

You can learn more about Bynum and Thomas here:

BYNUM HOURS: Friday 10AM – Noon

LOCATION: Liberty Street between Ashley + Main Street

Contemporary Canadian Inuit Art

Feheley Fine Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition celebrating contemporary Canadian Inuit art. Artists featured hail from across the Canadian Arctic from the Inuit regions of Nunavut, Nunatsiavut (Newfoundland & Labrador) and Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). This exhibition includes a diverse range of artwork – from sterling silver teapot sculptures to coloured pencil landscape drawings – which explore Inuit ways of making and being in the contemporary moment. Artists Michael Massie and Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona will be present throughout the exhibition to discuss their work.

About Feheley Fine Arts

Feheley Fine Arts is synonymous with excellence in the field of Inuit art. With over 60 years of experience, the gallery is now situated in the historic St. Lawrence Market area of downtown Toronto. It is one of the last remaining commercial galleries in the world devoted exclusively to traditional and contemporary art from the Canadian Arctic. Its collections range from exquisite small sculptures dating from the mid-twentieth century to paintings and drawings by today’s sought after contemporary artists.

Meet the Artists!

Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona

Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona, a multidisciplinary Inuit artist from Ottawa, showcases her cultural heritage and expresses her biracial identity through ceramics, prints, graphic art, wallhangings, and knitwear. Inspired by her grandmother Victoria Mamnguqsualuk and great-grandmother Jessie Oonark, Kabloona adds a modern, feminist touch to traditional Inuit imagery.

Michael Massie

Labrador-based artist Michael Massie (b. 1962) makes work that reflects his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. An incredible silversmith, Massie has achieved international renown for his inventive sculptural works that skillfully combine stone and metal. Both the materials and themes in Massie’s work draw from the artist’s own Indigenous and European heritages, such as his coveted ulu teapot works. Every work is as conceptually complex as it is beautiful as each comes with a unique story informed by personal, communal, and global themes.

LOCATION: CultureVerse, 309 S. Main Street

Chalk the Walk with David Zinn

Chalk the Walk is presented by The Guild of Artists and Artisans, featuring Ann Arbor’s own world-renowned Artist David Zinn. Recognized globally for his clever and improvised chalk street art, Zinn will be creating his original temporary chalk work live during the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair event. Sidewalk chalk will be available during all fair hours so that fairgoers can join in on the creativity and add their own mark on this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair.

HOURS: 1-3PM Thursday, July 20 & Saturday, July 22 [in case of rain these may be rescheduled to Friday, July 21]

LOCATION: Near the corner of Liberty and Fifth Ave. in front of the Post office

Humanize the Numbers – in partnership with Prison Creative Arts Project; Presented by Michigan Radio


The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is excited to partner with The Prison Creative Arts Project once again this year to bring another impactful exhibition to this year’s fair, Humanize the Numbers. Humanize the Numbers presents the perspectives of men in Michigan prisons, lifting up the voices of those who have been silenced by the criminal legal system. This exhibit reveals the faces and stories of those in prison, as they reclaim their humanity through the freedom not normally allowed in prison.

Exhibition conceptualizer and UofM professor, Isaac Wingfield, was recently awarded the 2023 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for his work on this exhibit.

LOCATION: Corner of Liberty & Main Street

Paint the Town – July 18th

This signature event marks the 2023 Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair with a kick off event for the community on Main Street. Come Paint the Town in preparation for this year’s Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair with creative art projects with local artist, Asha Jordan, inviting the community to collaborate on chalking the streets and painting canvases, a celebration of the performing arts with live music, and a chance to enjoy Ann Arbor’s culinary delights with the restaurants offering a special summer drink to be enjoyed in Main Street’s social district.

Come out and Paint the Town to be a part of this year’s Art Fair.

Asha Jordan is an Ann Arbor local artist. She has found her purpose in helping people as a creative through art. An Advocate/Activist for artists of color. And has been a visual artist for over 20 years mastering all mediums from Conte Crayon to Acrylic Paintings – Murals to Live Paintings.

Asha will be leading the community in an Interactive mandala piece. The mandalas are a fun way to get everyone involved in creating a masterpiece together! Don’t miss the chance to win this piece of art made by the community that will be raffled off during the event.

HOURS: Tuesday, July 18, 2023 6-9PM

LOCATION: On Main Street in Ann Arbor