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Page Four


Wednesday, July 20, 1977

Page Four THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, July 20, 977


Hundreds of people push their way through the crowds
during last year's fair.
Awaiting the Art
It is somewhat humiliating to-publicly admit I have never at-
tefded the famed Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Unfortunately, ex-'
tenuating circumstances, such as last year's impacted wisdom
teeth, have continually sidelined me during the event.
Actually, I do not feel completely deprived by my lack of pre-
yious Art Fair experience. Detailed reports from the scene have
filtered my way annually, creating vivid images of most-likely-
exaggerated Art Fair incidents on my impressionable mind.
THIS YEAR though, I will observe the happening' firsthand. I
will no longer base my opinion of the Art Fair on mere heresay. I
will seek, and find, the perfect truth. I am wild with anticipation.
HOW IDYLLIC it wilt be. No one will ask if I have any spare
change, strangers will not bum cigarettes, parking will be abundant
and the masses will remain fresh-smelling no matter how riot it
gets-just as I have pictured.
Wild times will undoubtedly abound. Sources have confirmed
that flocks of wild men and women will be whooping it up at
swinging parties and hot Ann Arbor night spots. Oh, can it all be
When ly sociallife is not rocketing to incredible heights, I may
in fact, visit some of the artists' booths I hear pop up around town.
See AWAITING, Page 20

This is one of the energetic artists from the Senior Citizens Art Guild, busily at work in her art
class. Each student will be permitted to display, three framed pictures, as well as contribute 15
unframed ones to their "bin."
Elderly offer art from the heart

For most of the artists dis-
olaying their work at the Art
Fair, a tale gives them a feel-
ing of accomplishment, and a
few extra dollars in their pock-
ets. For the artists in the Senior
Citizen's Guild, a sale means
much more.
All of the artists belonging to
the Guild are retired, and for
some, their art is the most im-
portant thing in their lives.
"For some of them, it's their
main thing in life, said their
art teacher, Kristin Hermanson.
"They get so much out of it.
Their pride is very involved in

Hermanson's class, which she
describes as "very intense",
meets once a week.
"I enjoy it so much!" exclaim-
ed Alice Kellett, who has been
taking lessons for three years.
"I don't think I'll ever stop." If
I didn't paint, I think I'd spend
an awful lot on art. I love pic-
tures so much,"'
Ida Kemp is a newcomer to
the art scene. Although she has
only recently begun the class
she is one of Hermanson's most
prolific students. Kemp has al-
most 100 pictures stacked in her
"I started taking lessons in
art 'cause it was something I.
always wanted to do," she ex-
plained. Kemp said she never
drew much when she was young-
er because her mother was con-
cerned with wasting paper.
Helene and Jack Schwartz are
a "young" couple in their 70's,
who enjoy painting to the ut-
most. The only problem they en-
counter is finding the time to
paint while keeping up with their
volunteer work, rose growing,
and opera attendance.
Helene Schwartz explains her
love of art this way.

"It is the dessert of the meal.
The topping on the cake."
The Schwartz's paint many
pictures of flowers because the
models are so readily available
to them.
"As the floweru come out in
our garden, I paint them," said
Hermanson's artists basically
paint landscape scenes and
flowers. They seldom do any-
thing abstract or modem art.
"They just want to deal w;ith
beauty right now," said Herman-
son. "They really don't want to
think about anything that's bad
or heavy."
Hermanson claims that many
people at the Art Fair are sur-
prised by the high quality of her
artist's work.
"People come in and say, it's
really art!' For the most part
people just love it," she said.
"It's the kind of thing that the
average man on the street who
doesn't know all that much
about art, but knows something
when he likes it, will buy."
Along with other artists, Her-
manson's students must also
take criticism.
"Some snob will come in and
See SR. CITIZENS, Page 20

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& Meatballs or Sausage
during the fair.
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