Help support The Guild and our artist community during this time of need.
For over 50 years, the Guild of Artists & Artisans has focused on helping professional artists make a living. From our early beginning on the Diag at the University of Michigan, to today producing seven annual fine art fairs and the recent addition of a fine art gallery and shop, the Gutman Gallery.
These programs not only connect the artists to art lovers near and far, but they also boost the local economies, and serve as free educational and cultural events for the community.
During these trying times, we have had to cancel one Art Fair and postpone another. Additionally we had to close the doors to our Gutman Gallery. These circumstances have severely impacted our income.
With the outlook for large scale events uncertain, which is the primary focus of The Guild’s programming, the Guild is facing a dubious future necessitating our staff to pivot and find new ways to support the artists we serve. The Guild has already run its first virtual art fair on April 3rd, resulting in several sales for artists and virtual tips for participating musicians!
The Guild also launched its online gallery shop, introducing the site in late April, thus allowing the community to enjoy and purchase art from the current exhibition as well as the gallery shop while the brick and mortar shop is closed.
The Guild continues to explore numerous ways to virtually support its artists by connecting them to learning opportunities, providing marketing opportunities, connecting them with buyers, and educating the community of the importance of supporting artists.
We're pivoting to continue to achieve our mission, but without the essential program income we rely on we need your help! Your gift will help provide immediate financial support so we can continue to produce brand new virtual programs to connect our artist community to the tools they need to succeed and endure to bring you Fine Art Fairs in the future! Help keep The Guild strong and healthy so we can continue to serve our artists and the larger community.