Fair Thee Well
The record-setting number of artists who applied for booth space at the 43rd annual Metris Uptown Art Fair, which descends on Lake and Hennepin in Minneapolis from August 4 to 6. Total number of spots up for grabs at the state’s premier plein-air fest: 350. The juried fair will feature handmade objects by exhibitors from around the world.
Value of the biggest-ticket item that’ll be for sale at this year’s Uptown Art Fair. In the interest of avoiding a gawker delay, we won’t name the artist or location. (Think large. Think sculpture. Think second mortgage.)
Estimated crowd size at last year’s Uptown Art Fair. Overall. Over the course of three days. It only seemed like there were that many people in line in front of you at the deep-fried cheese curd stand.
$5 to $2,000
Projected price range for artwork at the 15th annual Powderhorn Art Fair, set for August 5 and 6 this year. Some 60,000 people visited last year’s juried show, which helped raise $30,000 for projects in and around Powderhorn Park.
Number of bur oak trees that’ll shade visitors at the seventh annual Loring Park Art Festival August 5 and 6. The annual juried fair will spotlight works by 140 exhibitors—and offer hands-on activities through the Art in the Park Program from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Number of boardings last year on the Target Art Hop, the free bus service that transports patrons between the three big Minneapolis fests. This year, Metro Transit will run four articulated buses during Saturday and Sunday art-fair hours. Known for making impulsive, larger-than-life, $40,000 purchases? You’re probably not much of a bus person anyway.