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The Return of the Snake Alley Art Fair

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The Art Center of Burlington could not host an in-person Snake Alley Art Fair last year due to the pandemic. So Executive Director Tammy McCoy is stoked for a return to normal this year.  

“Absolutely. Yes. We are ready and looking forward to having our event,” she said. “It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year and it’s a huge opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy the arts.”

The Snake Alley Art Fair will be held Sunday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The organization held a virtual art fair last year. All the money raised from last year’s sales went directly to the artists.

McCoy said around 65 artists will participate this year. Their works will include:

  • Paintings and drawings
  • Textiles
  • Wood working
  • Metal work
  • Pottery
  • Glass
  • Jewelry

In addition, six emerging artists will be set up on Snake Alley.

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Signed copies of this year's poster will be available for purchase.

“These are new or younger artists who are starting out,” McCoy said. “(The emerging artists) can be high school or college age but they can also be adults that are just starting out as an artist. It’s anyone who’s emerging as an artist.”

The fair will also feature a children’s free art activity, live music, and food vendors.

And for something a little bit different, McCoy said people can play a bit of miniature golf at the fair.

“We have miniature golf holes that we always set up. Each of these holes were designed individually by an artist,” she said.

McCoy said Ann Klingensmith designed this year’s art fair poster. McCoy said a limited number of signed prints will be available for $250 apiece. The money generated from selling the posters will go to the art center. 

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