The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 23, 1980-Page 13
By JOYCE FRIEDEN
Ann Arbor merchants have spent the past few
weeks preparing for the Art Fair, and many of them
expect business to boom despite the current
economic hardships facing the-greater Detroit area.
"I think business will be*better because of the
recession," said Athlete's Shop manager Bruce
Johnson. "People realize that there are good deals to
be found at the Art Fair, and they may be saving up
extra money just to spend at the fair."
THE ATHLETE'S SHOP will have several tables of
merchandise for sale at the fair, including swimming
apparel, shorts, wrist bands, and head bands.
Checkmate Clothing Store manager Chan Sneyd
has a different reason for being optimistic about sales
at the event. "People know they are getting things at
cost, but more importantly, they always need clothes.
On the other hand, I doh't know how the artists will do
.(financially) because of the recession," he said. Hor-
ning plans to display several tables of orr-sale jeans
and tops outside his store.
Border's Bookstore employees said the store has
donated their sidewalk-space to artists, although there
will be a framing sale inside.
ON SOUTH UNIVERSITY, merchants have mixed.
feelings about the fair. "Our business usually
triples," said llaskin-Robbins assistant manager
Greg Lotz. "Of course, if it rains, it goes down con-
siderably," he added.
Baskin-Robbins usually puts a cart of ice-cream
sandwiches outside its door, and Lotz said, in
previous years, the cart has sold out in one day.
"I think people are being more careful about what
they buy-they no longer spend their money on so
many frivilous things," said Melissa Larsen,
saleswoman at Logo's bookstore. According to Lar-
sen, last year's big sellers included wind chimes and
soaps such as those formed to look like hamburgers
LARSEN EXPLAINED THAT although the store
has hired extra help for previous art fairs, there were
no plans to do so this year.
See MERCHANTS, Page 18
Art Fair holds
By TOM MIRGA
Art education has been an integral
component of the Ann Arbor Street Art
Fair since its inception in 1959. An
equally important foci of the event has
been the maintainance of a "one-to-
one" relationship between creators of
works of art and art patrons.
Both goals will be promoted at this
year's fair by 23 artists who will give
fairgoers a first-hand look at the
creative process, and hopefully, new
insights to the meaning behind a
_ACCORDING TO RoseAnna Tendler
Worth, who has coordinated demon-
strations for the fair, the creative
exhibits have always been a vital part
of the event. "They go back to its very
beginning, and I feel its one of the fair's
strongest points," she said. "People are
very interested in how things are made.
That's why, when arranging the
demonstrations, I tried to get as broad
a range of media as possible."
Tendler Worth said the demon-
strating artists are a unique group.
"For me, it was a matter of finding
them, not choosing them," she ex-
plained. "Choosing indicates a flood of
applicants for the positions. Finding in-
dicates not many of them are around.
"First," she continued, "they fiave to
be interested. Second, they have to be
comfortable talking to and explaining
things to spectators. They're a special
group of people, they put in so much ex-
tra work. And they aren't paid for all
the time that has to be put in to
preparing for the demonstrations."
TENDLER WORTH SAID the
demonstrations will take place
throughout the fair at corner booths of a
section of exhibits. "One corner, the
one housing the glass blowing demon-
stration, will be larger than the rest to
accommodate the crowds," she said.
"It has always been very popular. It's
one of the most visually entertaining
demonstrations and has attracted
See ART, Page 17
Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
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