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Posted on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 : 10:58 a.m.

826 Michigan offers in-store Robot Art Fair

By Jenn McKee

Though you might not realize it, the inaugural Robot Art Fair is happening now inside the Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair Shop — a storefront just east of Main Street for 826 Michigan, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for kids.

The Robot Art Fair offers robot-themed T-shirts and paintings, as well as robot-head lamps, and appealingly fun miniature robots.

“These guys are so cute,” 826 Michigan program director Amy Sumerton said of the miniatures by a local artist known as “Deets.” “She just very recently started making these, so she brought some in because she heard about the (Robot) Art Fair, and then I fell kind of madly in love with them. So these will be in the store (after the Fair ends) for sure.”

Of course, it’s been hard to get the word out to fairgoers that there’s more art to be experienced inside 826.

“I’ve been saying that we should hire volunteers to just stand in the store and look at stuff,” said Sumerton. “We’ve talked about having people scheduled to walk around the store and laugh really loudly at everything.”

Here’s a glimpse of what’s available at the Robot Art Fair:

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.