​ In the Fall of 2013, a group of artist friends got together and discussed how to offer an event where they could sell their work and where local people could buy handcrafted art from local artists and craftspeople. We decided to start a collective open studio event, which would be spread across several venues in Utica. We called it the Utica Uptown Downtown Art Fair, and held the inaugural fair on Thanksgiving weekend. We were very pleased with the turnout at that first fair, and with how many local artists and craftspeople have joined in. So, enjoy being able to shop locally and support your artsy and crafty neighbors. We very much appreciate your support!​.