The sea of white tents that sheltered original works of more than 350 artists for the Uptown Art Fair has been calmed, and threatening summer storms avoided the area until late on Aug. 3 — long after the Uptown Art Fair had been called another annual success.
Though busy traffic has filled Hennepin Avenue once more, the road’s weekend traffic was pedestrian — an assortment of fair goers that ranged from young families with strollers and sunscreen, to couples, artists and volunteers identified by bright red “Artitude” shirts.
Artitude in the City was the fair’s theme, and the creator of the annual commemorative print was local artist Marni Tobin. Her booth was located on Hennepin in Calhoun square and her commemorative painting — inspired by the nightlife in Uptown — wasn’t the only work that brought attention to her booth. The larger attraction was another commissioned work called “Thirteen Flowers” that honored the victims of the I-35W Bridge collapse, whose first anniversary coincided with the first day of the fair.
In addition to stopping for cheese curds and other fair fare, passersby paused to admire Tobin’s serene painting and remember that art fair and anniversary alike, reflect the community of both Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota as a whole.