-Page B2 4 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985
Thousands flock to Ann Arbor
Art Fair for hand-made crafts
By SUSAN GRANT
Watch the thousands of people
'strolling around Ann Arbor's streets,
looking at hand-made pottery, pain-
tings, jewelry, and other media.
Smell the mouth-watering aromas
emanating from food vendors that
line the streets.
HEAR THE children laughing as
they gather around street performers.
These are some of the sights and
sounds of the Ann Arbor summer Art
Fair, which attracts over 400,000
people each July from around the
The art fair, made up of three
smaller fairs-the University Artists
and Craftsmen Guild Art Fair, the
State Street Art Fair, and the South
University Art Fair-is among the
five largest art fairs in the country.
THIS YEAR, approximately 900 ar-
tists from across the nation exhibited
and sold their creations at the fair
during its three-day run at the end of
The art is carefully chosen before
any artist can display his work, said a
spokeswoman from the State Street
"It's good art, not the junk the old
lady down the street makes in her
spare time," she said.
TREASURES SUCH as stained-
glass windows, glass etchings, prints,
photographs, paintings, sculptures,
ceramics, and weavings are among
the "good art" that is sold at the fair.
The only musical instrument sold at
the fair is the dulcimer, which means
"sweet sound." They are handcrafted
and many of them are inlaid with
ivory or jewels.
There are two kinds of
dulcimers-the mountain dulcimer,
which was invented about 150 years
ago, and the hammer dulcimer, with
origins dating back thousands of
years. Hammer dulcimers are a
distant forerunner of the piano.
GENERALLY, PRICES for the art
are lower at the fair than in galleries
because there are no middlemen, said
Ann Mary Teichert, assistant director
for the University Artists and Craf-
But prices vary from artist to artist,
Teichert said. "Something can be as
low as $3, or I've seen a stained glass
window sell for $4,000," she said.
Artists' goods are not the only
highlights of the fair. On the corners
of South University and East Univer-
sity are over 100 special interest
group booths. Subject matter varies
from the "Save the Whales" stand to
the "Shelter Ann Arbor's Homeless"
IN ADDITION, the droves of street
performers share the limelight with
jugglers, tightrope walkers, clowns,
comedians, musicians, and organ
grinders delighting passers-by with
their tricks and tales.
The street performers work in-
dependently-their only pay is the
change they collect in their hats and
"They just come out of the wood-
work," the State Street spokeswoman
said of the performers.
But the performers are not the only
entrepreneurs to cash in on the tourist
traffic brought in by the art fair.
Many merchants have "bargain day"
sales and set up stands in the streets
covered with sale items.
Hotels also fare well during the art
fair as people make reservations up to
a year in advance.
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
A stone goddess guards the treasures in the University Museum of Art.
Museums do bones
By RACHEL GOTTLIEB and often h
Ann Arbor boasts one of the most diverse and com-
prehensive collections of art in the country. Museums museums as
and galleries display everything from prehistoric Metropolitan
mastodons to Egyptian tombs to 18th century master- bothe AiNe
pieces such as Rodin sculptures and Monet paintings. the best uniN
Some of the museum buildings are as impressive as Debrah Kahn
the art collections they house. The Kelsey Museum on group whose
South State Street is one of the more unusual buildings permanent c
in Ann Arbor. Completed in 1891, the sandstone struc- The galler
ture features a Tiffany window that is visible from the from the Edr
outside or from the inside by appointment. the Ming Dyo
Inside the Kelsey are ancient and medieval The Corri
treasures, most recovered on University digs in exhibits the
Greece, Egypt, and Italy. School of Art
The exhibit from the excavation at Karanis, an The Hand
Eygptian town in Fayoum, is "unique in all the world," exhibits tha
said Lorene Sterner, the museum's administrative museum's n'
The University team took down an entire town that math with th
was inhabited between 400 B.C. and 400 A.D. and saved There is
everything. "The objects are from a living context - yourself.
usually objects found on digs are from a funerary con- Turse ght
text," Sterner said. soure ofghg
"Many objects are not beautiful but they are impor- source of lig
tant to the scholarly community," Sterner said. The colors which
objects give a flavor for everyday life in the Karanis of white ligh
community - bits of textiles, baby toys, and sandals A pure an
are among the preserved objects. people see ai
The Natural History Exhibit Museum has three amber light t
floors of permanent exhibits and one floor featuring Another r
temporary exhibits. mirrors dire
Past exhibits include a fulgerite displav - when apart. The d
sand turns into glass after it is hit by lightening - and an stand on opp
exhibit of mastodons who roamed the plains of whpwntown
Michigan 10,000 years ago.
The second floor is inhabited by the remains of in downtown
prehistoric life. Huge dinosaur skeletons loom Renaissance,
throughout and pictures show the animals as they S many new g
The third floor houses stuffed wildlife from Michigan the old ones
while the fourth floor features American Indian ar- The Down
tifacts, anthropological finds, pictures of human Planning a
anatomy, and rocks and minerals. people who
The three teaching and research wings of the themtoartiha
museum, called the Museums of Paleontology, AssoChambe
Zoology, and Anthropology, sometimes provide Art gal
exhibits for display. The most recent traced the origin Many Tgall
of whales and featured the earliest whale ever found. media. TheS
The exhibit museum also has a planetarium. around the
The University Art Museum has a permanent art and contemp
collection of between 15,000 and 16,000 objects, in- the Alice Sin
cluding prints, sculptures, paintings, photographs, and on paper.
decorative art. Daily staf
The first floor displays European and American art . this story.
has masterworks on loan from such
the Detroit Institute of Art, and the
Museum of Art and the Guggenheim,
n art gallery on the second floor is one of
versity collections in the country," said
n, coordinator of Friends of tho Museum, a
primary purpose is to acquire art for the
y features Japanese art and paintings
Period, and is strong in Chinese art from
dor Gallery on the second floor usually
works of area artists and faculty from the
Is-On Museum on Main Street provides
t students can really grab onto. The
nore than 60 exhibits relate science and
e arts and a world of cultures.
a depth illusion exhibit and a giant
to climb into and see multiple images of
Room has a box to stand in and the only
ht comes from rays of the three primary
eventually merge and show the creation
tber light demonstrates that the colors
re determined by light sources. Under the
he only visible colors are tones of grey.
oom places two parabolic (disk shaped)
ctly opposite from each other, but 60 feet
isks focus sound and enable two people to
osite ends of the room and be heard while
also has many studios and galleries. "Art
Ann Arbor has recently gone through a
, said Selo/Sevel Gallery owner Elaine
nterest in art has increased so much that
alleries and museums have been built and
have revitalized their collections," she said.
town Galleries Association (D.G.A.) is
gallery walk in the early fall to "attract
usually don't go to galleries and introduce
n an informal, festive manner," said Mar-
rlin, executive director of the Ann Arbor
eries specialize in one or more artistic
Selo/Shevel Gallery features folk art from
world, the Lotus Gallery exhibits ancient
porary Asian and American Indian ari, and
sar Gallery displays sculpture and works
ff writer Karen Klein filed a report for
Piggy banks plague students' wallets
Daily Photo by CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA
Musicians jam in front of the Michigan Theater (top), while three art fair-goers skate through the streets.
By RACHEL GOTTLIEB
Leaving home means leaving frien-
ds and all the luxuries of home - but
if you bring nothing else with you
(other than a pair of underwear),
You could leave all your money in a
piggy bank, but consider the safety
factor - not that your roommate
might help himself to your cash, you
just might be too tempted to spend it.
The problem now is finding the right
bank to suit your needs. Things to
consider are 24-hour banking
machines, service charges on
checking and savings accounts, in-
terest rates, and convenience.
There are several banks within
walking distance of the campus. What
follows is a brief sketch of some of the
" Comerica - Offers several options in
checking accounts. The regular ac-
count may be opened with $50, but a
balance of $299 must be maintained to
avoid the $5-a-month service charge,
and 15 cents for withdrawals made
while below the minimum.
Overdraft charges (bouncing a
check), are $15.
But service charges can sometimes
be lifted if the student goes to the bank
and talks to a manager. "If people
care enough to come in then we may
lift the charges. We understand that
$5 can mean a whole week of food to
some students," said Pat Groomes,
And more importantly, Comerica
bank cards are on the magic line,
which means that card holders can
access magic line machines owned by
other banks, and there is no charge
for withdrawals from machines other,
than its own.
" First of America - Also popular
among students. Its Any Time Teller
Machines (ATM) are on magic line,
but they charge $1 for withdrawals
made from machines that are owned
by other banks.
This bank has five different
checking accounts with interest rates
ranging from 5.25 percent to money
market rates. All accounts have ac-
cess to the 24-hour teller.
The most popular checking account
among students is the regular account
which does not earn interest but has
unlimited checking. A balance of $300
is required to avoid a monthly service
charge of $3 and a 22-cent charge for
every check written while below the
A second checking account requires
a $500 balance to earn 5.25 percent in-
terest, or a balance of $1,000 to earn 6
To earn 5.5 percent interest on the
basic savings account and to avoid the
$1 per month service charge, a balan-
ce of $1,000 is required.
Overdraft charges at this bank ar-
" Great Lakes Bank - Has two
checking accounts that students
utilize. One must maintain a balance
of $250 or pay a $5 per month service
charge. If a minimum balance of
$1,000 is maintained for 30 days, the
money earns 6.75 percent interest -
below that it earns 5.25 percent in-
The checking account operates on &
draft system, which means tree
customer uses a carbon when writing
a check and the duplicate is retained
for records. The bank sends out an
itemized list of checks written, but
does not return the check.
The second checking account option
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