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Looking for the best art fair destinations? Here are "America's best art fairs" as chosen by our readers in a September 2013 survey.

The art and craft work exhibited will delight you in its variety, quality and vision. In these days of strip malls and cookie cutter chain stores, art fairs are undeniably the most interesting shopping venues left in the country.

We invite you to find a new festival this year and nominate your favorites in the comments below.

America's Best Art Fairs

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL (March 21-23, 2014)
All the artists want to be in Florida in the winter, consequently this beautiful show receives a record numbers of applicants. Survey says: "Great variety of quality artists." "The art is incredible. I travel over 1, 000 miles for this show." "Excellent quality of art, perfect climate, good mix of activities for every age and budget."

Old Town Art Fair - Chicago, IL (June 14-15, 2014 )
In the Old Town Triangle neighborhood this fair is Chicago’s favorite. Survey says: "Quality art, in a beautiful neighborhood." "The variety and quality of artists is especially good, continually changing." "The added benefit of the architecture/historic neighborhood and the walking tour of hidden gardens, makes for a very family-friendly art fair."

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, Ann Arbor, MI (July 16-19, 2014)
Survey says: "Great venue, I always see great quality and that "wow" factor." "Four art fairs together, what's not to love?" "Best mix of quality and creativity, price range and diversity of art. It just keeps getting better!" Actually ALL the Ann Arbor Art Fairs are one big event that are attached over MANY blocks of Ann Arbor. I love it!"

Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA (June 27-29, 2014)
Survey says: "Good art, good people, good food, good vibe!" "The people in Des Moines go all out to make this festival great for everyone. Intriguing kids activities, emerging artist programs, and a selection of the best artists in the country." "It's just so much fun, every year!" The artists chosen to present their work are the best I've seen."

Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL (February 15-17, 2014)
Always on President’s Day weekend on the shores of Biscayne Bay under the palm trees. Survey says: "The artists and the setting is beyond compare!" "Quality, variety and 350 exhibitors." "Everything is beautifully displayed and convenient in a beautiful waterfront setting, with great food and music too."

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by mamalyn

Bead collectors, jewelry designers
and aficionados – take note!
For the first (and only) time, the acclaimed
Bead Expo holds its annual extravaganza in the Bay Area, April 12-15 at the Oakland Convention Center
More than 180 leading bead vendors, many of them never before seen locally, will display their temptations for three full days.
• Antique and vintage beads - a dozen top dealers in rare material from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
• Contemporary art beads - artists working in glass lampwork, polymer, metals and other media

Just went to the 28th annual Art Deco

by starfodder

And Modern Expo here in Annandale Va..... Very cool.. if you are in the area.. it's well worth it...
I scored another Murano vaseline glass ashtray for my collection of Murano ashtrays..and a bitchin' Deco book holder...
Unfortunately.. I didn't have the 20k it would have taken to buy the really cool shit.. :(


by right_about_that

Time (prior to ww II) was the 'art deco' period in this country (taken from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris)
the architecture from that period is reflective of a style that used ‘new’ building materials that were not used (traditionally) in buildings – things like glass blocks, polished metals, and plastics
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