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12075 Island Lake Rd.
Dexter  Michigan  48130
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Emily Tennyson
A farm in the southeast Michigan countryside is a rustic backdrop for a one day, juried art fair.

Four miles outside of Dexter, a rural town 15 miles west of Ann Arbor, a small farm provides a autumnal setting for a one-day juried art fair the last Sunday of October. The windy dirt road leading to the farm curves through dusky cornfields, and evergreens shimmer on the horizon. At the farm, only a single white bed sheet bearing the simple Art on the Farm marks the two weathered gray barns housing the show. Local Girl Scouts serve as parking assistants, and there's no charge for parking or admission. From the parking in the cornfields, it's a muddy, atmospheric stomp to the barns. We had our hopes up when we came, given the unique setting, so were disappointed to find that the quality of the vendors is uneven. Forgettable fleece mittens and crystal bracelets compete with evocative oil landscapes and quaint birdhouses. Of course, the flip side of that unevenness is a low-key, something-for-everyone atmosphere. This isn't a snooty event, and being out in the countryside on a late-autumn afternoon, eating cookies by a campfire and listening to live bluegrass music is fun, even if you don't buy anything.

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