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Thursday, Septerxiber 7, 1"972,

Page Four THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, September 7, 1 972

a myriad of
local galleries

On Jessie Forsythe's desk is
an abstraction in a glass box,
which, a note explains, was cre-
-ated when her grandson drop-
ped his model car on the stove.
She is the owner of Forsythe,
Gallery, the oldest gallery in
Ann Arbor, located ab)ve the.
Post Office in Nickels Arcade.
There is a certain conservative
quality about the gallery, al-
though it is true, as Forsythe
emphasizes, -that works vary
from the "realistic to the non-
objective." The gallery has more
variety in media t han m o s t
private galleries in town: photo-
graphy, ceramics and sculpture,
as well as painting and prints.
Nevertheless, with the possible
exception of the model ear, there
are few displays that could be

called daring. Forsythe stresses
that the gallery is "very much
interested in draftsmanship and
craftsmanship" as well as crea-
tivity. A child can make a good
work of art, she says, but it's .an
accident. Art that is shown must
be good, substantial pieces by
professional artists.
She rejects the idea of., art
being created for the moment,
or standards of art which may
not prove durable. "W~e haven't
jumped from one fad to ano-
ther," she says, giving as exam-
ples of fads pop, op, and hard-
edge art.
The gallery does a lot of work
decorating offices and4banks, be-
sides its private sales, Forsythe
says, adding that she wants stu-
dents and people who just want

io look to feel free to come to
the gallery.
Further downtown is the Py-
ramid Gallery, younger and less
comfortably established. It is a
rather sparce gallery, with a
large hardwood floor and white
walls. It becomes more relaxed
because people at the gallery
are quick to talk to you, offer
to discuss the paintings with
you, and begin calling you by
your first name.
They are very antagonistic to-
ward any elitism in art. "Art is
fun; it should be enjoyed, by
just people," director Marty
Nyrkkanan says. The galle'ry
would like to reach people be-
yond the small percentage who
have traditionally bought art.
A large part of the gallery's
business comes from what they
call the Gallery Exchange Pro-
gram. The Idea of the program
is. to give people a chance to
learn what kind of art they en-
joy. Under the program, mem-
bers take home different paint-
ings or , prints every month,
keep them in their home, and
get some feeling for what it is
they like or dislike about them.
Essential to the idea of the
gallery is that it should genuine-
ly represent a wide range of
art styles. Nyrkkenan says a typ-
ical member of the prograin will
> start out choosing the more real-
istic pieces, but by six months
will be taking home and apprec-
iating contemporary geometri-
cal and abstract works. The gal-
lery looks at the program as edu-
cational as well as a means to
sell art.
The Lantern Gallery does no,
aim at any particular type of
clientele, but the people w h o
come there are generally people
who, "know what they're looking
for," one of the two women who
own the gallery, Alice Simsar,
explains. They are "looking for
what's happening currently in
The art shown at the Lantern
is consistently more modern
than any of the other galleries.
Simsar describes it as "V e r y
contemporary and yet not to the

Two Ann Arbor galleries deal
in rather specific kids of art.
The Judlo Gallery, in the base-
ment of Logos Bookstore, deals
primarily in arts and crafts, es-
pecially arts and crafts by South-
west American Indians. It is ore
of the few private galleries in
Ann Arbor which will show stu-
dent work.
The gallery is now restricted
in size by the children's book
section of the bookstore, and thus
seems more like a shop than a
gallery. But it is still a v e r y
interesting shop, and particular-
ly authentic. Most of the col-
lection was chosen by an anthro-
pologist in the Southwest. There
are blankets, weavings, jewelry,
Navaho sand paintings and pre-
Columbian ceramics.
All the art in the Collectors
House of Art is concerned with
wildlife. They deal largely in
limited edition prints, the work
of five artists. The pritns are for
the most part very realistic pic-
tures, sometimes a neat carefully
detailed bird in the Audobon tra-
dition, sometimes a tiger's head
or an elephant peaking over the
jungle bushes. They also sell es-
kimo sculpture and little copPe2
enamel birds on branches, made
in Michigan. The gallery attracts
a lot of natural science students
and people who just like the out-
Pleasant viewing can often-
times also be found at the Uni-
versity's Museum of Art, located
in the Alumni Memorial Hall
on State St. and S., University
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cause they could never count on pus for the past 25 years will

uac offers place
for student artists

its repeatable value. A student
may do one oil painting but
when finished never use oils
So UAC began searching for
places to house a gallery and
eventually found a spot in the
Union. A number of people
pitched in to help with con-
struction, but with so much
ground breaking work to do, the
opening had to be delayed twice.
Now the gallery is quickly
moving ahead -- and almost
breaking even, an incredible
feat for any gallery four months
old. Besides the normal dis-
plays they have had demonstra-
tions on the potters wheel, the
wood lathe, and in batiking and
glass blowing.
The Art Print Loan which has

now also be permanently in-
stalled in the student gallery.
Through this system, over 500
reproductions of well known
works of art can be rented for
a semester at a price ranging
from 25c to $3.00.
The displays are open to'any-
one who fills out an applica-
tion form and submits their
work to the five member review
Or you can do volunteer work
at the gallery, accepting and
checking applications, display-
ing the art work, and hope-
fully learning such skills as
matting and framing. As <the
financial situation improves
the gallery hopes to trafn their
help in many of the displaying


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A short woman with long
hair loosely pulled back walked
into the University Activities
Center (UAC) Student Gallery
asking for information about
batiking. She was doing a group
project with a class of sixth
graders and needed to know
how to mix the waxes, stretch
the cloth and stop the pencil-
ed .design from disappearing
after the first dying.
She found Don Mattson,
manager of the Student Gallery.
Explaining the problems of such
a project, he suggested that
each student do an individual
project to save time and tem-
The cooperation and en-
couragement of that encounter
perfectly illustrates the main
goal of the student gallery: to
supply a place and materials to

feet of floor space and 3000
square feet of wall space, the,
artists have eight moveable
platforms and spotlights to
highlight their work.
Displays range from pottery,
jewelry, megeival dresses and
swirling colbrful hand woven
banners to photography, etch-
ings, wire sculpture and blown
glass. And the collection is ex-
panding, as any form of art or
craft is acceptable. The gallery
would particularly like, more
sculpture and leather work.
Mattson says that another
primary objective of the gal-
lery is to "make the Union more
of a student union" by supply-
ing a gathering place for stu-
dents to enjoy.
Mattson, who has a B.A. in
Art History, lived as an artist
in Ann Arbor for six months
before getting involved in start-
ing the gallery.
It all began when a number
of galleries in the community
expressed an interest in seeing
an outlet for student artists.
Student art was too risky for

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stimulate cree
er new ideas.
Located on
the Michigan
lery has disp
tists since it
ary. Besides

ativity and discov-
the first floor of
Union, the gal-
layed over 80 ar-
opened in Janu-
the 4000 square

a place
for arts
The Creative Arts Workshop,
when completed, p r o m i s e s to
provide space, supplies, and a
cross - fertilizing atmosphere of
ideas and4 skills to anyone de-
sirous of doing art.
The workshop is part of the
Washington Street Community
Center, 502 E. Washington, which
also shelters such agencies as
the People's Free Clinic, Ozone
House, and Drug Help.
The arts workshop area is ex-
pected to be finished by the be-
ginning of the fall semester, ac-
cording to Robin Giber, coordi-
nator of the project. When the
Daily talked to her in July, how-
ever, "human energy, materials,
and money" were still needed to
finish the job.
The Community Center re-
ceives limited funds from the
U.S. Dept. of. Health, Education,
and Welfare (HEW) and the city,
but\ depends also upon private
donations of money, supplies,
equipment, and time. HEW and
the city regard the Center's ac-
tivities as a, "preventative pro-
gram to keep the kids off the
streets and provide a positive
outlet for their energy," accord-
ing to Giber The real possibili-
ties for the community, however,
are "limitless." The arts work-
shop will be able to "provide
space and tools" to young artists
who are unable to afford a stu-
dio and equipment of their own
and will be a place' for people to
"teach each other skills."
Plans for the workhop include
a darkroom and a ceramics
shop, facilities for silk screen-
ing, sewing, leatherworking, off-
set printing, carpentry, and can-
dlemaking as , well as supplies
for drawing 'and painting. The
ballroom adjoining the workshop
area will be used for music, the-
atre, and dance. The workshop
is "a seed place," a'dds Giber.
"Anyone who has, an idea can
get it started here if it's at all
The Center sponsored a smaller
arts workshop this past summer
which although "limited by
space," managed to offer a few
classes in such things as leather-
working, painting, and batiking.
When the workshop area is
f i n al y completed, "scheduled
workshops" in various areas will
be planned. Facilities will still
be available for people to use on
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