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Friday, July 24, 1987
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This year marks Ann Arbor fiber artist Charla Khanna's seventeenth consecutive visit to the Art Fairs. The
dolls she designed sold out the first morning they were displayed.
Regulars return for fairs
By ALAN PAUL "The cross-section (of the crowd) listening to music, a lot of which is
To many long time attendees, the is so crazy," Kee-Young continued. good."
Art Fairs are much awaited, festive "People from all walks of life come Mark "Mr. B." Braun also enjoys
events. But to others, they are little through here." the art firs. This year marks the
more than a necessar evil. This cross-section is what Joe seventh time the boogie woogie
Ann Arbor Fiber Artist Charla Tiboni, former owner of Joe's Star pianist has set up his baby grand at
Khanna has now displayed her wares Lounge and veteran of 24 art fairs, the intersection of East and South
for 17 consecutive festivals, more finds so refreshing. University Streets and performed.
than any other participating artist.
Khanna said the Ann Arbor Street He has handed out anti-war and Although the fairs were once a
Art Fair has changed a lot since she anti-nuclear material, organized lucrative event for Braun, the
first attended. music stages, mixed sound boards, internationally reknowned performer
"The jurying process has become and for two years ran his own stage now makes more money elsewhere:
much more rigorous. The character of in front of his ' . aus year, he is Still, Braun, who flew in from
the fair has changed," she said. mixing sound for WCBN's live Vancouver Tuesday night, will not
"There are more people, more gallery, broadcast on the Michigan Union miss an art fair.
people... this is becoming a more stage.
consequential fair so there are more "I always leave this open," Braun
applications and therefore, more "A lot of my friends hate it, but I said, sitting on his bench and
competition and quality." really like the art fair," Tiboni said, greeting people while resting
Glass artist Brent Kee-Young, the sitting behind the WCBN between sets. "I just love playing for
second most senior artist with 14 soundboard. "It's like the circus people, and here's a chance to play
fairs under his belt, does not enjoy coming to town. I'm a firm believer for all sorts of different people in
the fair as much. "It's awfully that the more opportunities people my hometown. It's a lot of fun. As
grueling. It's the longest and hardest have to get out in the street and see long as I'm within an airplane ride of
of the fairs I do, and it's getting more each other, the better. the city, I'll be here."
grueling - or I'm getting weak," he
said. "Even if 75 percent of the people
"The ambience on the street is are politically or morally
less than desirable to sit in, but reprehensible to you," Tiboni said,
people come from all over. It's got "it's got to help that they're out in
quite a reputation and I've sold a lot the street looking at art, some of A
of work (here)." which has got to be good and
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Three art fairs fill
Ann Arbor streets
By NICOLE DEAN originated years ago when "merchants
Although many people are aware wanted to bring people into this
that Ann Arbor's Art Fair occurs sleepy college town in the
every year during July's hottest days, summertime."
virtually no one realizes that it Representing 31 different states,
consists of three separate fairs. The 220 artists are displaying their
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Summer artwork this year at the Ann Arbor
Arts Festival, and The State Street Street Art Fair - currently
Area Art Fair all display works from celebrating its 28th anniversary. This
local and national artists, but are art fair is the oldest of the three
organized by different coordinators. yearly events.
"It is easier on the city to do it Eight years after the AnnArbor
once as opposed to three different Street Fair began, the State Street
times," said Mary Weatherholt, Area Art Fair was developed.
coordinator for the Summer Arts Centrally located on Maynard,
Festival. Liberty, North University, and
While Patricia Macias, coordinator William Streets, this fair is in the
for the State Street Area Art Fair heart of Ann Arbor's traditional
agreed, she explained the reason for shopping area. Although it is smaller
the separate fairs on the same date is in number than the Ann Arbor Street
tradition. Art Fair, 206 artists chose to display
"It's a lot easier to get all the their wares near State Street and the
artists out on the same date," Macias Michigan Union this year.
said. The latest addition to the Ann
Most can tell subtle differences Arbor's annual art celebration is the
between the three fairs. Reputed to 17- year-old Summer Arts Festival.
have the highest quality work, the Located in two different areas -
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair - located State Street between William and
on South and East University Streets South University, and Main Street
- is the original and most between William and Huron. This
competitive juried fair. "We display fair is sponsored by the Michigan
fine arts and crafts that have become Guild.
fine arts," said Susan Froelich, Ann All fairs will run until Saturday,
Arbor Street Art Fair coordinator. when the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
According to Froelich, the fairs closes at 5 p.m.
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