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Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 10:34 a.m.

Art on the Farm in Dexter Township ready to celebrate 8th year

By Lisa Allmendinger

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Items for sale at a previous Art on the Farm event in Dexter Township.

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In its eighth year, Art on the Farm in Dexter Township, will feature about 30 artists and is expected to bring up to 2,000 people from across the state and throughout the Midwest to the rural township outside the Village of Dexter.

Begun by Lauren Kingsley and her husband, Jack Spack, Jr., both artists, the annual event takes place the last Sunday in October each year. It started as a small gathering of some of the Kingsley’s artist friends.

This year, the event takes place Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 12075 Island Lake Road. Parking and admission are free.

“Every year, it gets more popular through word of mouth,” Kingsley said. “Some people tell me they do all of their Christmas shopping at Art on the Farm,” she said.

And each year, there are new faces exhibiting. Among this year’s newcomers are Mike Hettinger, who will bring “his floorcloths and furniture" and James Edward Hady, "a photographer with a distinct vision,” Kingsley said.

The vendors will set up inside several barns for the show.

Exhibitors will include ironsmith John Rayer and Doug Fraleigh of Fraleigh’s Nursery, who will display his handmade canoes.

The Hillrays, a local blue grass band, will play during the event, according to the website.

For a list of all the artists, click here.

For more Dexter area stories, visit our Dexter page.

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T-shirts and other textile products for sale at a recent Art on the Farm. This year's event will be Oct. 30 in Dexter Township.

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Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 11:59 a.m.

A good chance to buy local for the holidays! Better to spend your here than buying garbage made in China/Malaysia/Thailand/Vietnam. Chances are those manufacturers don't support your business.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : noon

oops, "better to spend your dollars here..."


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 10:46 a.m.

Looks like a fun place to be on a Sunday -- best wishes to all artists and fine crafts persons at the event.


Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 4:08 p.m.

where's the fine art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 4:22 p.m.

It's there, you just have to come out to see it! Beautiful paintings, pottery, mixed media, etc. (:

Lauren Kingsley

Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 11:35 a.m.

The fine art is scattered in among the fine craft, if that is a question (there was no question mark). Come see!