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In June the 54th incarnation of the yearly 57th Street Art Fair brought 300 artists and craftspeople-and thousands of would-be patrons-to Hyde Park. Here's some of what they saw and bought.


Each year the fair's organizing committee commissions a poster from a local artist or designer. The 2001 design by Joseph Gilbert was also available as wearable art (below), a neon-green souvenir T-shirt.

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PHOTO:  Street arts

While a street musician fiddled (above), fair goers snacked at the Ray School PTA's annual fund-raising "Picnic in the Park" (below), and New Mexico jeweler Michelle Heath (second below) plied her fiery trade.

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PHOTO:  Street arts

PHOTO:  Street arts

Once a graduate student in anthropology at Chicago, Valerie Hector (above) has studied beaded textiles from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian and American Craft.

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The fair's pavilions crept north along Kimbark Avenue, attracting visitors from Hyde Park, all over the city, and beyond-including a cat-owning lover of the arts (above).



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