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Old Town Art Fair, Named Best In The Country, Kicks Off In June

By Mina Bloom | April 22, 2016 6:15am
 The Old Town Art Fair is now in its 67th year.
The Old Town Art Fair is now in its 67th year.
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Courtesy/Old Town Triangle Association

OLD TOWN — It's a special year for the Old Town Art Fair, which kicks off in June: The fair, now in its 67th year, was named best in the country.

The fair will bring 250 juried fine artists to the Old Town Triangle area selling everything from paintings and sculptures to prints and jewelry on June 11 and 12, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Artists are chosen by a panel of experts, including gallery owners and museum curators.

Donations of $10 are encouraged at the main gate at Lincoln and Wisconsin avenues.

This year, the hundreds of volunteers and artists have an accolade to celebrate: The fair was voted best in America by ArtFairCalender.com's readers in an October 2015 survey.

"We're thrilled that Old Town Art Fair was voted the No. 1 art fair," said Vi Daley, former alderman of the 43rd Ward and the fair's chairwoman.

Daley said the fair draws artists from all over the world — not just Old Town, which was once home to a funky arts district. 

In addition to buying and viewing art, folks can take a garden walk through more than 50 gardens throughout the landmarked Old Town Triangle district. There will also be a children's corner with arts and crafts and other activities, live music and food from local eateries.

About 30,000 people come to the fair every year.

For Daley and fellow organizers, the recent recognition is a testament to the power of volunteerism and Old Town's thriving art community.

For more information about the fair, visit the website.

Old Town Art Fair Poster

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