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After 39 Years at the Ann Arbor Art Fair - Photography Couple Calling it Quits

All of you who love the Ann Arbor Art Fair, here is your last chance to visit with and collect the photography of stalwart original Guild members Ruth and Walter Pinkus at this month's Ann Arbor Art Fair. They've been in the business longer than many of us and as the Ann Arbor media roll out their stories about the fairs they've included a wonderful article about Ruth and Walter in the Ann Arbor Journal.

Couple to sell their photography for last year at Ann Arbor Art Fairs

This is an excellent capsule of the art fair life. Walt, who was employed at the University's Physics Lab, and loved photography, grabbed a booth in those early days and he and Ruth (both active in the Ann Arbor Camera Club) became fixtures at the show, as well as instrumental in the development of The Guild of Artists (formerly the Michigan Guild.)

Read the article and experience some of the adventures they've had as they battled weather, the economy, credit card fraud, vehicle breakdowns, belly dancers, famous politicians and so much more. A great summation for their career: "We'll miss the stimulation, but not the crises."

See you on the road Ruth and Walt. It's been a great trip!

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Comment by Annette Piper on July 9, 2012 at 5:57pm

Great story, sounds like they have a myriad of stories about life at shows!

Comment by Connie Mettler on July 9, 2012 at 11:48am

Ruth and Walt are friends of ours. They've been real troopers and we've seen them many places. They served on the Michigan Guild and Ruth was a long time reporter for Sunshine Artist. They were always willing so share info and helped us find shows and told us which to avoid over the years.

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on July 9, 2012 at 10:52am

Looks like they had a good long run!  Happy retirement to them.

Comment by Larry Berman on July 8, 2012 at 8:05pm

Super nice people and I wish them the best.

Walt occasionally still posts on my photography forum.

Larry Berman

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