THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Vvednesday, July 16, 1975
Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, July 16, 1975
The Street Fair:
its summer finest
By PAULINE LUBENS the bulk of the participants
Weavers, photographers, paint- come from other parts of the
ers, potters and a variety of country.
other artists will line South Unm-Brunvand maintains that the
extravaganza is "not an ama-
versity and half of East Univer- teur show - these are profes-
sity under the shade of their sional arts and crafts people.
white-canopied ten-by-ten booths This is how they make their
as the 16th annual Ann Arbor living."
Street Fair swings into gear to-
day. THESE participants are ap-
After a painstaking four or parently the cream of a crop of
five hours of hammering and nearly 1,000 applicants .who are
nailing, they can now settle filtered through a juried selec-
back and take care of business. tion system employed since 1963.
They will show and sell their.- The potential exhibitors sub-
artwork each day and evening mit slides of their work to the
until Saturday at 5 p.m. when selection committee and the
they will close shop and go screening process begins there.
home or move on to another After an artist is juried in one
art fair. year he or she may detour the
system the following year and
THE CITY will obligingly de- be automatically invited back.
tour traffic around the fair to Since 1959 the Ann Arbor
make room for the crowds of Street Fair has drawn patrons
patrons who come to touch, into the streets under .the hot
look, accept and reject. sun to mingle, enjoy the re-
According to Richard Brun- freshments from the food stands
vand, coordinator of this year's and to poke through the wares
Street Fair, 20 per cent of the of both artists and businesses.
325 artists hail from Ann Arbor
or elsewhere in the state, but THE AFFAIR was originally
THE TEN BY TEN white canopied booths line South and East University, their shelves brim-
ming with a myriad of artwork. The patrons come to poke through the wares of artists whose
mediums range from glass blowing to weaving.
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conceived by the South Univer-
sity Businessmen's Association
to coincide with the annual Ann
Arbor's Summer Bargain Days.
Brunvand hails the, conception
as "an attempt to create a
quality showing of summer
crafts." He insists the stress on
quality and aesthetics remain
This emphasis is embodied in
a warning Brunvand issues the
artists: "If you return year
after year with the same stuff,
you'll soon be out of the show.
You must show that you are
"WE COOPERATE whole-
heartedly with the other art
growing with different tech-
niques and art forms."
TO INSURE this, juries tour
the booths daily during the fair
to evaluate each artist's per-
In his eight years of involve-
ment, he claims he has watched
it grow "from a quaint art fair
to the fair it is now with a thou-
"We have been swallowed up
by our own success and now
bear the brunt of the criticism
that we are growing too large."
This criticism prompted the de-
velopment of the present jury
system. "We decided not to
grow in size but to grow in
quality," Brunvand says.
fairs but we do not want to lose
sight of our philosophy," he
Consequently, the Street Fair
has remained independent of the
coinciding fairs.. Its booths have
kept their $25' price tags while
still managing to finance the en-
tire event aided only by contri-
butions from the South Univer-
sity Merchants Association.
The only problem the coordin-
ators of the Street Fair have
found is the appearance of
"poachers." These are people
who are not official participants
in the Street Fair but set up
their own booths either on the
Diag or other areas.
WHILE WILLING to under-
stand the financial problems
these free exhibitors may have,
Brunvand maintains that their
numbers are growing out of
hand and may force an end to
the Street Fair in lieu of city
and University policies against
selling on certain property with-
out a license.
The officials of the Fair have
thus far declined to employ po-
lice but have preferred to mere-
ly "politely" ask the extra ex-
hibitors to leave.
The Ann Arbor Street Fair
comes and gose like any other
As woodcarver Carl Wesen-
burg, a participant in fifteen of
the sixteen Street Fairs says,
"Everyone's tired by the end,
but by fall or winter the ex-
citement starts all over and
we're quite ready by this time."
He concludes, "There's a
great fellowship. I look forward
to it each year-we all do."
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