57th Street Art Fair’s Art Buying Boot Camp Gets Art Lovers in Shape for this Year’s Fair Season

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If you are like many over-scheduled Chicagoans, your summer weekends are already starting to fill up. When art fair season finally rolls around, you may find that you have limited free time left to browse your favorite artists—not to mention little extra cash.  To help art lovers make the most of art fair season, 57th Street Art Fair introduces “personal shopping” for fair goers—Art Buying Boot Camp. Open to the public Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th and Boot Camp participants can register online at www.57thstreetartfair.org.

“Boot Camp benefits both new and seasoned art buyers wanting to maximize their art-buying experience,” says Jay Mittlestead, camp leader with the 57th Street Art Fair.  “Considering today’s economy, with more people choosing to redecorate over scrapping and starting over, buying art can be an affordable part of any redecorating plan that helps to freshen the look of a room.”

Art Buying Boot Camp offers a private tour through the art fair with art-buying experts who can help you make the most of your time and your art fair experience. Art experts answer questions such as “What is the best price for a piece?” “What size art piece fits my space?” and, “How can I get creative with a small budget?”

Started 63 years ago by some of America’s most ground-breaking artists, the 57th Street Art Fair changed the way many artists and art lovers access art. The oldest juried art fair in the Midwest; 57th Street gave some of Chicago’s most well-known artists their start, and continues to have the honor of hosting critically-acclaimed and internationally-recognized artists.

The 57th Street Art Fair takes place this weekend, on 57th Street in the beautiful and historic Hyde Park neighborhood, and art lovers will be able to visit and enjoy more than 250 artist booths this year including glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics or fiber. Like the art-buying boot camp, the Art Fair itself is FREE and open to the public. For more information, you can visit www.57thstreetartfair.org.

The seasoned veterans of the 57th Street Art Fair have also written a common sense  “Art Fair Do’s an Don’ts” list  . The list is so handy, we had to make it a post of its own.

Public transportation options – Metra station at 57th St. or the CTA bus 6 or 28 at Stoney Island and 57th St., 173 Lakeview Express and the 192 from the downtown trains. Parking is available at 55th and at the Midway Plasiance parking facility between Dorchester and Ellis.