CLARKDALE - The 26th Annual Made In Clarkdale Exhibit begins with the Gala opening Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues through Dec. 16 with daily exhibits.
The annual event includes art classes for elementary schools, artists' workshops and, new this year, two special evenings at MIC, with extended hours.
It all kicks off with the traditional Gala Opening. All events during the 10-day run of the exhibit are free.
"It's open to everybody," said MIC member Robyn Prud'homme-Bauer. "We'll have food and drinks, and the Janice Paul Combo will provide music."
Robyn said the Blue Dragon Belly Dance Troupe will perform once again during the gala.
"It's just a wonderful evening of fun," Robyn said. "We have several new artists this year."
Robyn's mother, Ellie Bauer, is one of two remaining active founding artists. She and Marsha Foutz, the other founding artists, will both be showing this year. The organization has grown considerably since it was founded.
"We have about 100 artists in the group," Robyn explained. "Approximately 60, maybe more, will show."
Exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 the exhibit will stay open until 7 p.m.
Added this year are two special Evenings at MIC. The first is Tuesday Dec. 11 and the public is invited to enjoy the artwork and the entertainment of Sax Appeal from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Dec. 13, the special evening will keep the exhibit open until 8 p.m. and it will feature the entertainment of Connie Lee Marie Fisher, classical guitarist and flutist. MIC 2012 invites owners and staff from all of the area art galleries, wineries, hotels and members of the community.
"We also are doing art demonstrations on Saturday Dec. 15," Robyn said. "That's when the artists come and just play."
The art demonstrations will be in the auditorium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Robyn explained that gross sales from MIC will probably be about $10,000.
"And it will cost about $2,500 to put on the show," she said. She pointed out that the artist keeps 70 percent from each sale, and the MIC organization keeps 30 percent.
Robyn said the annual show is very important to all of the members of Made In Clarkdale.
For the artists, this is a part of their lives.
"It shows the value of the art to the community," Robyn said. "Our artists show all over the Verde Valley."
She explained that some of MIC's artists make their living entirely off of their art. "All of them are artists who are serious about their profession."
Robyn reminds everyone that Made In Clarkdale 2012 offers some great gifts for the holidays. "Or you can add to your art collection," she said.
All MIC events are held in the Auditorium of the Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 9th and Main Street in Clarkdale.
Eye on the world and beyond at Made In Clarkdale exhibit
Every day we witness the world moment by moment, glimpses of life passing us by that we rarely stop to notice. It's the photographer that does more than just notice these passing moments; they capture them with their eye on the world and beyond.
Made In Clarkdale Art Show 2012 features a number of accomplished photographers who offer the viewer a glimpse of their world preserved in a print or on canvas. Some shoot nature, landscapes, historical objects or places of interest; you name it ... everything in this world. And then, some shoot what is beyond and what we look up at with awe.
One of these special persons is a seasoned Made In Clarkdale artist, photographer and watercolorist, Douglas Ostroski. Growing up in a Southern California town close to the art center of Laguna Beach, his early fascination with art started with children's books illustrated by N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell.
The Saturday Evening Post always had covers painted by artists like Rockwell, Stevan Dohanos, Amos Sewell, Grant Wood, Atherton and others that he would pour over back issues of for hours. Doug enjoyed a career in engineering, and pursued more formal training in art at the Asilomar Art institute in Monterey, California, studying under Gerald F. Brommer and Morris Shubin.
Focusing on painting and drawing, capturing composition and color schemes in a confined space, on sketch pad and watercolor paper, he made a natural transition to the camera to capture the world and beyond. The camera added another way to express his feelings and to be able to share those feelings with the viewer.
Combining his love of engineering, science, art, and astronomy with all the splendors of the night sky led him to become an accomplished astronomer and the not as common, astro-photographer with the most up-to-date equipment outside of a government facility. From his observatory he captures the wonders above and beyond with such magnificence the viewer is in awe.
Doug is a member of the Verde Valley Astronomers and the El Valle Artist Association and Capture My Arizona. You can see more of his work on his website www.skydome-1.com. His Astro-photography and watercolor paintings will definitely take you places you might remember or might only imagine.
New to Made In Clarkdale this year, Edward J. Krish, is a self-taught photographer specializing in landscapes, cityscapes, travel photography and photojournalism. Many of us can relate to an early introduction and fascination with the camera as youngsters, on his eleventh birthday, Ed's parents gave him a Brownie Hawkeye and he began shooting black and white prints of his family and surroundings. He still has that old Brownie Hawkeye.
In high school in the early 1960s he experimented with the Polaroid process and found it very rewarding. From the Polaroid format he changed to the 35mm - first with film and now with digital. He currently uses both Nikon film and digital cameras to capture his images.
Ed says of his work, "the creative process of capturing an image starts in the mind's eye. The camera lens then translates this unique vision of the light's magic colors to film or digital file. Though incomplete by definition, the resultant two-dimensional paper print is the best communication tool available to convey to people what I had seen in our ever-changing three-dimensional world".
Ed's education and career in geology honed his fascination with and appreciation for the shapes and forms found everywhere in the natural world.
Many of his images were made during this time in wild places visited during his geologic work in the western United States and Australia. He was employed for more than thirty years both as a minerals exploration geologist and more recently as an environmental remediation geologist. He is currently semi-retired and now operates Edward Krish Photography in Clarkdale.
He has been a member of numerous camera clubs and photography organizations and has won awards and ribbons in inter-club competitions sponsored by the Photographic Society of America.
He has served on the local Board of Directors of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum located in Oklahoma City. Ed's work hangs in the headquarters of several large corporations. Ed prints, mats and frames his own images using archival materials that, with proper care, will last almost 100 years.
The art work of these accomplished artists can be enjoyed and purchased for your own collection at the Made In Clarkdale Art Show 2012 from Dec. 7-16.
Daily showings and two additional evening showings with entertainment this year as well as artist demonstrations on Saturday, Dec. 15.
For more information on the artists and show please visit www.MadeInClarkdale.org or call 928-239-4776.