The Artthuer- Thuringia’s annual art fair- turned twenty years old this past year! The three day-long fair is the largest art festival in Middle Germany and showcases some of the best locally made art in the state of Thuringia. The Artthuer is not only a great place to buy local art, but also an opportunity to learn more about locally produced art. At the festival, artists and art-lovers alike network and connect over their shared love of art.
The Thuringian Association of Fine, who organizes the fair every year, invited “From Strangers to Friends” students to a tour of the festival. That Sunday afternoon, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, we met in front of the fair. It was very crowded, and we had to wait in a long line just to get into the festival hall. Thankfully, it was well worth the wait.
Once inside, Dr. Angelika Steinmetz-Oppelland gave out group a bilingual tour, in German and English, of the art exhibits. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that there are several, well-respected international artists within Thuringia. All in all, it was a very informative and entertaining afternoon- after the tour we made a toast, either with cups of coffee or glasses of wine, to the joy of art and international friendship.