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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, July 22, 1982

Page 7

Acrylic paintings
explore barriers
of expression

Sometimes people paint paintings; sometimes people paint people. At a
booth on South University, a young girl gets her face painted.

Thursday Events
11 a.m.-
At the Graceful Arch stage on
East University, Mustard's Retreat
performs a broad selection of music
including folk, rock, and blues.
Franz Harary confounds audien-
ces with "Odyssey in Illusion," a
magic act that his assistants might
not survive at the Graceful Arch. At
the Michigan Union stage on State
Street, Ann Arbor's own Gemini
plays many original folk songs. No,
you're not seeing double, these guys
are twin brothers.

Michigan Union stage.
3 p.m.-
The Bizer Brothers handle Top-40
at the Graceful Arch.
The Michigan Union stage must
endure the stomps with eight clog
dancers, the Starcrossed Cloggers.
4 p.m.-
Gold Rush, an all female quartet,
strike up lots of country music at the
Graceful Arch.
The Urbations are composed of a
three-man brass group which forms
the nucleus of the band, around
which vocals, keyboards, and guitar
experiment with a number of infec-
tious genres and songs. A dance
band, bar band, family band, garage
band-whatever they are, they're
always a good time. At Rick's/Pizza
Bob's stage on Church Street.
4:30 p.m.-
Jazz/rock with Sky High at the
Michigan Union stage.
5 p.m.-
Danse Orientale performed by
Troupe Habitat-Al-Fen at the
Graceful Arch.
6 p.m.-
Tom Steppe sings standards and
originals at the Graceful Arch.
Outstanding danceable reggae
from SLK at the Michigan Union
7 p.m.-
Rock from a group called Trees at
the Graceful Arch.
7:30 p.m.-
Foot-stompin' country fun from
George Bedard and the Bonnevilles
with a few early rockers and
originals at the Michigan Union

By Jill Beiswenger
Sara Buhrman, whose show of recent
acrylic paintings is being produced by
Claire Spitler on the second level of the
Kerrytown building, is an artist who is
still maturing, whose canvases are
filled more with hypotheses than facts.
A first impression of Buhrman's
works likens them to images of cities
and plains similar to those recorded by
remote sensing satellites. The colors
are not the "adjusted," brilliant con-
trasts NASA uses to distinguish "hot"
oil flares from the "cold" Saudi
Arabian desert. Buhrman's paintings.
are softer, with boundless folds of tran-
slucent color edging over geometric,,
gridlike centers. The distance implied
is a matter of degree and opinion. Some.
of the paintings might just as well be
curtains blowing over a patchwork bed-
Buhrman works in Ann Arbor,
Florida and Northern Michigan.
"Saturday Morn" and several of the
other "remote" works were painted on
the Florida island where Buhrman
owns a home.
Her paintings seem to reflect the
quality of the light available there, but
Buhrman says, it's not that simple.
Although she does like to use a model,
these paintings are explorations of
moods or mind images; to achieve this
she works on several canvases at one
time in order to achieve the fullest ex-
pression of an impulse.
Buhrman says that she had been at-
tracted to art throughout her life and
had always needed to express herself
creatively, but that painting as an
outlet had always been repressed. It
was criticism of her work done as a
student that forced her to take herself
seriously as an artist.
The sense of process, of material ap-
pearing and going through changes on

12:30 p.m.-
Mime's the word at the Graceful
Arch as Perry Perrault presents a
chapter in quiet theater.
1 p.m.-
Good, clean country music from
the New Nash Ramblers at the
Michigan Union stage.
Classy baroque music comes from
the Sterling Chamber Players who
perform on violins, woodwinds, and
harpsichord at the Graceful Arch.
2 p.m.-
The Junior Theater Strolling
Players act in the musical-comedy
How Does Your Garden Grow? at
the Graceful Arch.
Teatro Ikaro perform through
mime and masked theater at the

the canvas just as it has in Buhrman's
perceptions, is vivid in these paintings.
This is particularly striking in ones
which combine layering, smudging,
and effects such as draperies of falling
volume which pass over, into, and un-
der areas of solid color.
In Caribbean Cruise, one of the few
paintings that isn't brightness obscured
by whiteness, the layering effect is den-
ser, almost as if the layers were par-
tially dissolved walls.
After seeing these paintings and
talking with the artist, one gets the im-
pression that there are a number of
barriers she has been negotiating. It
will be interesting to see what her art'
will be life if she ever makes these in-
ternal walls dissolve completely. She
has already climbed over them.
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shows Setore
THURS, FRI-6:00, 7:55, 9:50
-Vincent Cmnby,

Young people don't act childish

By Blake Ratcliffe
IF YOU ARE between 6 and 18 years
old, talented, interested in Medieval
Drama and the 1920s Berlin Theater
scene; if you want to work im-
provisationally with a director and
playwright at creating your own play
but you also want to study the Masters
from Aeschylus to Beckett; if you don't
have much money but enough drive to
that your parents have to tie you into
bed each night; if, in short, you want to
be creatively challenged by the theater,
where do you go? The Royal
Shakespeare Company? Stella Addler?
Join the Circus? Nope, you don't need to
go any further than Ann Arbor's own
Young People's Theater.
The dramatic education you get at

Y.P.T. isn't your normal High-School
musical. "These students really have to
work," says Jennifer Shikes, one of the
instructors you Y.P.T., who is currently
teaching a class on Bertolt Brecht.
"They have to work right alongside the
instructors and directors in developing
productions. Young people's Theater is
probably one of the tightest ensembles
in the city."
And it shows. With only one day to
work up a script and then perform it at
the Graceful Arch yesterday, three
Y.P.T. actors and Shikes produced a
very entertaining parody of the Art
Fair Craftsmen and Buyers.
If you think you would be interested
in finding out more about Y.P.T., Stop
by their Art Fair booth this Saturday

where you can talk to the instructors
and actors. And you don't have to be a
young person to be a member of Young
People's Theater-anyone who is young
at art can join. While the productions
are only open to first through 12th
raders, adults are welcome to enroll in
classes teaching the technical aspects
of theater.
Hairsty les for
Men and Women
Liberty off State ........668-9329
East U. at South U........662-0354
Arborland ..............971-9975
Maple Village ...........761-2733

THURS, FRI-6:15, 8:15, 10:15

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