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By Catherine Kim
Though local art collections tend
to take a back seat to the several
University art museums, Ann
Arbor also boasts over fifteen
galleries packed within a five block
radius in to the University's
The galleries feature art from a
wide variety of periods, regions, and
styles, and during one afternoon, it
is possible to view pieces ranging
from contemporary American Indian
art to fifteenth century Gothic art.
The University Museum of Art
houses works ranging from the
medieval period to the present. The
Main Gallery, Parker Galleries,
North and South Galleries all house
permanent exhibitions and contain
works by some of the better known
names of Impressionism including
Monet and Whistler, as well as a
varied sampling of twentieth cen -
tury movements such as Fauvism
The rotating exhibits are care -
fully planned three years in advance,
and also vary widely. Museum
director Evan Mauer said he puts
great care into the arrangement of
all of the museum's works of art.
"We arrange the work by cen -
turies, but try to maximize viewer
participation. For example, we
shipped the entire Asian Art
collection upstairs to provide the
Daily rnoto by JOHN MUNSON
Camille Pissarro's Young Girl Knitting, painted in 1876, is one of roughly 600
works of art on display at the University Museum of Art.
lower ceilings, carpeted floors, and art museum is the Kelsey Museum
more intimate setting that the of Archaeology which exhibits
works were meant to be presented pieces gotten from digs around the
in," Mauer said. world. It also contains findings
Right across from the street the from University excavations such
as Middle Eastern figurines.
Greek sculpture, Egyptian
flasks, Indian textiles and spices are
presented in glass cases or on
pedestals, and are all marked with
the works' dates and histories. The
rooms are small so as not to dwarf
the numerous figurines.
The Clay Gallery is located a
block north on State St. in Nickels
Arcade. The gallery, run by a guild
of ten artists, displays many
different types of ceramics and
works adhere to unconventional
styles and themes. With its white
interior and brightly colored works,
the gallery overall is aesthetically
Around the corner and a block
west, the Lotus Gallery, special -
izing in Asian art, contains prints,
jewelry, pottery, tapestries, furn -
iture, and clothing from a variety of
styles and periods. One piece which
owner Daniel Shutt is especially
proud of is a neolithic ceramic pot
which dates back to 2500 B. C.
Further down Liberty, past Main
St., is the Ann Arbor Art As-
sociation's gallery which exhibits
local art. Exhibitions rotate mon -
thly and a three member jury
decides which works go on display.
The displays usually feature works
done in several mediums, such as
ceramics, fiber, and painting.
According to Martha Cham -
berlain, executive director of the
association, "We have no criteria
for accepting artists, except that
they be the best. The Association
does tend to show artists who are
fairly young in their careers,
though. Anyone can join."
As one goes further downtown,
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the galleries become more densely
packed. The Selo-Shevel gallery is
run by the owners South University
St.'s Middle Earth. Gallery owner
Elaine Selo travels to Africa, the
Far East, anO South America in
search of art pieces.
"We try to mix the different
styles, to show people how they
work very well together. Even
though the pieces may come from
vastly different time periods, they
offset each other very nicely," she
Like Middle Earth, the gallery
displays jewelry, clothing, and
cards, but also displays African
masks, ceramics, and glass-blown
Also on Main Street is the Alice
Simsar Gallery. Unlike most other
Ann Arbor galleries, it specializes
in one time period and region-
abstract, contemporary New York
art done in several mediums,
including fiber, prints, paintings,
paper, and sculpture.
Exhibits change every five
weeks, and often highlight one
artist "We look for well-established
artists with a reputation and for
quality work," C. J. Hausman, a
coordinator of the gallery, said.
Not far away is the 16 Hands
Gallery. According to Jill Damon,
one of the partners, "We try to
arrange the work so it's not too
austere, so people can have an idea
how to maximize it's potential."
The work consists primarily of
contemporary American crafts, but
also includes Danish and English
Right next to Zingerman's
Delicatessen is a gallery called the
Artful Exchange. Although small,
it contains quite a few well-known
works, including a Picasso and a
Kandinsky lithograph, along with
works by University professors.
The gallery emphasizes modern
works, although it does contain
some Impressionist pieces. The
atmosphere is informal; paintings
touch frames and are stacked in
front of the other. A little searching
reveals original Chagall and Calder
lithographs mixed in among other,
less famous works.
Some of the galleries are
difficult to find. They are tucked
away in large office buildings or
disguised as residential houses with
only small ..signs to distinguish
By Marc S. Taras
Ann arbor is a jazz town waiting
to enfold you with loving; leafy
wings. If you are already a jazzhead,
this fact may well have contributed
to your collegiate choice. If you are
new to the music, relax. You are
about to be loved into a new
awareness. On your marks. Get set.
Take five. Let this article be your
introduction to jazz in Ann Arbor.
Production: The most impor -
tant outfit for bringing top quality
jazz to town is Eclipse Jazz.
Eclipse is a non profit, student-run,
world class jazz promotion agency.
I encourage anyone interested
enough in jazz to be reading this
page to hook up with Eclipse. By
attending their regular meetings you
will quickly find yourself involved
in whatever area of concert
promotion interests you. The
opportunities are wildly diverse,
ranging from box office to
advertising to sound and lighting
with the tech crew to dealing with
the artists and their agents directly.
And what great artists! In the
past couple of years Eclipse has
brought Ann Arbor such luminaries
as Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Pat
Metheny, Art Blakey, Tommy
Flanagan, George Winston, David
Murray, Abbey Lincoln, Archie
Shepp, and Ronald Shannon
Jackson. The list could go, on and
on and on and... get it?
Eclipse not only provides its
members with tons of fun but also
offers hands-on working experience
that will serve as a workshop for
those whose career interests tend
towards music or production:
Venues: Perhaps the most
important jazz venue in town is the
atmospheric Bird of Paradise.
Located on Ashley street, the Bird
is a beautiful club whose owner and
host, Ron Brooks, not only hosts
local and world-class jazz talent
every night, but is a fine musician
and band leader in his own right.
The Bird of Paradise has a cool deep
blue interior and a cellar-
underground type of ambience.
They feature great music and great
food. Brooks is a beautiful bassist
whose trio appears regularly. He
resists printing a schedule, as so
many out-of-town touring artists
will drop in to visit and jam.
You've got to be there!
The Apartment Lounge is
located on North Campus and offers
jazz entertainment on a regular
basis. Especially exciting are the
open jazz sessions.
The Ark on Main Street is
known as Ann Arbor's folk
emporium. This wonderful club
may also be the nicest small room
for hearing jazz in town. It's a
wonderful space with an open
rectangular room with plenty of
seating and a glass partition with
monitor speakers into the cafe room
for those who wish to visit or chat.
It is the best of both worlds,
especially when Archie Shep or
Wayne Shorter takes to the stage. A
Radio/Media: You will have
more on radio in another section of
this magazine, but I wanted to
speak for a couple of stations in
terms of their jazz formats.
WEMU from Yspilanti's Eastern
Michigan campus is a National
Public Radio hookup and features
quality mainstream jazz like Art
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