4th Avenue Street Fair kicks off

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Fourth Avenue Street Fair is officially in full swing -- and will be underway throughout the rest of this coming weekend. More than 600,000 people are expected to come through the event by it's closing, Sunday evening.

Vendors, showing off and selling pieces of art, crafts, and more goods to fair-goers.

One of those vendors, Tai Taeoalii, here in Tucson for his ninth fair. 

"Comparing it, the amount of people that come is way higher than any other show that I do across the country," he said. "As far as a rating system, it rates up as one of the fun shows that I just like to do every year."

He's a ballpoint pen artist, with a different, unique style of work.

"Most of my work I think is oppression based," he said. "But there's always a silver lining in my work, because I'm a positive person and I try to see the best side of everything."

With that, he understands his art may not be universally appealing. But he explained he can tell -- immediately -- when someone connects with his work.

"There's an energy that you can definitely feel, when someone senses this is so different but powerful," Taeoalii said. "And I've always kind of existed in that realm."

Stephanie Brown, one of the many other artists there, has a very different style. She makes custom metal creations.

"From start to finish, it can take me a week," Brown said.

Making her art used to just be a hobby for her, as she worked as a waitress in a restaurant in Sierra Vista. However, they began to hang her pieces on the wall of the restaurant, and that's when she said it all just took off.

"I started doing custom pieces and then we started doing the fairs," she said. "This is my first time at 4th Avenue."

She hopes to sell all of her pieces by the end of the weekend -- which she said is going very well after day one.

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