2023 marks the 51st annual Glen Lake Woman’s Club Art Fair, a juried Art Fair with over 90 artists carefully selected to represent a wide variety of one-of-a-kind art pieces for sale at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. The Art Fair features artisans in many mediums including pottery, painting, textiles, woodworking, and jewelry. Each year, thousands of people shop for that unique piece of art, either for themselves or for a special gift. The event takes place at the Glen Arbor Township Hall from 10am to 4pm.
Meg DeJager, Art Fair co-chair states, “I am involved in the Glen Lake Woman’s Club Art Fair because of the high quality art provided by the juried vendors during such a fun day for the entire community. With free admission, the vendors offer a wide variety of styles and price points for every shopper.”
Ruthy Bolton, co-chair of the Art Fair, volunteers for this special event because the Art Fair provides scholarships for Glen Lake High School students as they continue their education at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. DeJager also noted that vendor booth rentals, popcorn and bake sales, lunch, Club jewelry booth, and auction items all provide funds for the student scholarship fund.
The Art Fair is a popular event in the community, often making this the busiest day of the year in Glen Arbor. Many shoppers return to visit the booths of their favorite artists or to explore the artwork of new vendors. Dozens of Glen Lake Woman’s Club members, supported by family friends and members of the Empire Lions Club all volunteer to make sure the day runs smoothly for both vendors and community members.
Since 1980, the Glen Lake Woman’s Club has awarded $307,110 to 240 students with both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year scholarships to Northwestern Michigan College. The scholarships are announced at the Glen Lake High School Honors Night in May.