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By Ben Ticho
ART. WHAT'S it all for anyhow?
Something to decorate the wall, to
please the eye, or to provoke ideas and
impressions only possible through a
visible medium?
Whatever the answer is, you can
probably find, it somewhere in town.
Although it's not New York or Chicago,
Ann Arbor does foster a lively en-
vironment for art viewing and ap-
preciation. From the opulence of the
latest Museum of Art extravaganza to
the relative seclusion of a Clare Spitler
exhibit, area students and residents
have plenty to choose from.
Last year's highlights included a very
successful Frank Stella show and Jon
Carsman's fine exhibit at the Degraff-
Forsythe Gallery. The material ranges
from fine art to ceramics and other
crafts, and includes many opportunities
for local artists.
"We make an effort to have as much
variety as possible," says Marsh
Chamberlain, executive director of the
Ann Arbor Art Association. The
Association features work by many
Michigan artists, and also sponsors an
annual exhibition of work by local high
school students.
Although students make up a good
percentage of the viewing audience,
their purchasing power tends to be rather
limited. They "help wear out the car-

pet, but that's about it," says Len
Gambino, director of the highly-
respected DeGraff gallery. "Most
students just don't have even $50 to $60
to get something to hang on the wall."
Gambino and other exhibitors ap-
preciate their student visitors,
however. And the University environ-
ment attracts a level of talent and ap-
preciation rarely found in a community
of its size.
The following is a brief guide to
museums and galleries around Ann
Arbor. Each place has a distinctive
flavor; each has something to show and
something to see.
Alice Simsar Gallery (301 N. Main; 665-
"Galleries are closing left and right,
but we're still very healthy," says
Heather Reed, assistant director of this
proximal and popular gallery. The
gallery's strength in the face of a dif-
ficult economy rests with its varied
clientele (including a large number of
students) and a focus on contemporary
The emphasis here is on New York
area and west coast work by living
sculpters, painters, and printmakers.
Also notable is the selection of han-
dmade paperwork. John W. Mills'
equestrian bronze sculpture exhibit is
scheduled to open in October.
Ann Arbor Art Association(117 W.
Liberty; 994-8004)
An Ann Arbor fixture since 1922, this
non-profit institution provides an im-
portant outlet for Michigan artists and
offers attractive works at affordable
prices. Actually a combination sales-
rental and exhibit gallery, the
association has a good selection of
"everything from $5 ceramics to $600
paintings," says director Chamberlain.
Upcoming events include a Septem-
ber soup tureen exhibit (in conjunction
with a soup recipe contest) and a

acoustically renowned Hill Auditorium.
Those three buildings, however, are
hard to come by in some
cases-especially Crisler Arena, which
is run by the athletic department.
Athletic events, and sometimes even
practices, take priority over concerts.
Security precautions start long
before the show. MEO looks at the
"track record" of bands to see how
rough concerts in other towns have
been, and determines what sort of
crowd to 'expect by looking at which
outlets are selling the most tickets, says
From there, a "highly organized and
dedicated" group of student volunteers
to police the auditoriums on the day of
the show. "I'm extremely impressed
with the way they handle the concert-
goers," Gilmartin says.
Considering last year's shake-up in

major events, one might expect
major changes in the system. But
Gilmartin says he expects the pieces to
fall back into much the same place as
before. "There are no plans on my part
to change major events," he sayss.
Tickets for major event's shows are
sold at the Crisler Arena box office, or
at the CTC outlet in the Union on a first
come, first served basis. There are dif-
ferent limits on the number of tickets
that can be purchased are set for
. Instead of forcing students to skip
class or lose too much sleep, the office
uses a sign-up system, instead of lines,
to distribute its tickets. Students can
usually get on the ticket list the day
before the show. Then, they have to
check in roughly every two hours until
tickets go on sale to keep their position
in line.

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