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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, July 16, 1975

M&M PRODUCTIONS Presents
e ta ick4 The Fre
a por
By TRUDY GAYER
T h e fifth a n n u a l Uni-
sity of Michigan Artists and
Craftsmen Guild Free Arts Fes-
tival is in its final preparation
stages. On July 16-19, from 10
. a.m. to 10 p.m., some 550 art-
ists and craftspersons will dis-
play, demonstrate and sell their
work on East University and
Main Street.
by "The newest addition to the
fair is the expanded three
Harey Schmidt blocks on Main Street," said
.& Tom ones Chris White, the full time co-
AT THE ordinator for the festival.
CAMPUS INN THE EXPANSION on Main
July 9-12 & 1 6-19 will hopefully make the fair
July 9, 10, 12--12:30 Luncheon-$7.00 bigger and better, said White
July 9-12, 16-19-7:00 Di . adding, the flow of traffic ought
Jul 912 1-1-700Dnner-$10.00 to flow smoothly with the help
July 11, 16, 19-11:00 Cocktails & Snacks-$3.50 of transportation services.
Directed by JUDY MANOS The Free Arts Fair is spon-
Musical Direction by MARDY K. MEDDERS sored by the Artists and Crafts-
Reservations: The Campus Inn men Guild, an organization of
Box Office: Julv7-11, 14-18... 10-6 p.m.
phone: 769-2200, 665-822 University students and com-
~ munity members set up 'after
DAVID'S BOOKS Is
a fair i itself.
Apart from every type of book
we will feature:
World speed chess marathon record holders BOB
BEMISH and STEVE FELDMAN playing all comers
while blindfolded.
THE HUMAN JUKEBOX. A unique reversal of mod-
ern technology.
PLUS MANY MORE SUPRIZES
ALSO: A PERIODICAL RETREAT
(OUR NEW MAGAZINE SECTION)
" Professional journals " Literary reviews " Popular publications
529 E. LIBERTY Fair hours: 10 a.m.-1O p.m. 663-8441

he Art Fair...
)Ular alternative

the close of the 1972 festival to
ensure success for future fairs.
Ihe first Free Arts Festival
was held in July of 1971 after
students expressed interest in
finding an o'tlet, similar to the
professionally j'rie& Ann Arbor
Street Fair, for the work of non-
professional local artists and
craftspeople as well as Univer-
sity students.
THIS IS THE first year of
mutual cooperation between
fairs," White stressed. "It ought
to help the total atmosphere."
"By not jurying the festival
we hope to offer an interesting
variety of work covering a wide
range of media," said a guild
member, "while providing a
showplace which is otherwise
unavailable to many beginning
artisans or artists working mi
new or innovative media."
Participation in the fair is
restricted to the Guild and cur-
rently registered students at

the University, who pay a five
dollar registration fee and $30
for a booth.
"I HAVE' MIXED opinions
about the fair," said Brian Con-
way, a 24-year-old graphics art-
ist. "The intentions are great
but it gets too much like a car-
nival."
"It was so big last year I
saw people selling 'ceramics
they had picked up f r o m
Meijer's," Conway added.
To display, however, all work
presented must conform to es-
tablished Guild guidelines which
in s u r e original handcrafted
quality," said a Guild spokes-
person.
"IT'S TOO BIG," Conway
counters. "People get too sat-
urated too quickly." Conway,
however, said he wants "to em-
phasize the tremendous job the
organizers do. It's too much.
They really ought to be com-
mended."

Though some Free Art Fair displayers complain that last
year's fair was so big people were selling ceramics they had
picked up at Meijer's, Guild members contend that all work
must conform to strict guidelines of quality and original con-
struction.

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