Thu, April 09

Made In Clarkdale

Can you imagine this Dec. 1st through 10th "Made in Clarkdale" celebrates its 20th anniversary of exhibiting some of the finest artwork in Arizona? This event is greeted with anticipation by art lovers throughout the Verde Valley, and with a growing mailing list, by visitors and tourists who come to the region just to be here during this festive time and especially for the Gala Opening on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m.

All exhibits, sale items, artists' demonstrations, poetry slams, artists' coffeehouse and gala opening that comprise "Made in Clarkdale '06" will take place in the historic Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 9th and Main streets.

Opening night of "Made in Clarkdale '06" has a long standing tradition of merry making as the public benefits by getting to know the artists while enjoying their hospitality including finger foods and the special joy of the music supplied by the Janice Paul Trio.

What makes "Made in Clarkdale" so special is the conviviality and festive attitude the artists who live and/or work in Clarkdale bring to this event. Their sharing of enthusiasm as they communicate their love of the arts with each other and with their viewers is a major part of the success of this annual event.

"It's a feeling of communal camaraderie that has kept 'Made in Clarkdale' going all these years," remarks Ellie Bauer, one of the original 17 who started "Made in Clarkdale" in 1987 and has overseen all the aspects of keeping it afloat since then. "It will be a great show again for 2006!"

Most of the artwork is for sale with a large range of prices and types of art, from original paintings and sculpture, to pottery and jewelry, with fine crafts and cards and prints to round out you holiday gift selections. All art and all crafts are original designs and handmade by the artists.

But there is much more that just viewing this wonderful art. Each year students from local schools are invited to experience art and learn from one of the participating artists. There are also demonstrations for both grown-ups and children where artists give tips on their methods of working. These "Made In Clarkdale '06" demonstrations began last year and were so popular that they have become a new tradition. The second Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. has been selected to give these wonderful demonstrations where artists interact with the community.

Also the public is invited to the ever-popular Artists' Coffeehouse and Open Mic on Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. and includes a Poetry Slam featuring Christopher Lane. Help celebrate the evening by bringing a bit of finger food to share.

Many of the almost 70 artists are old favorites that have participated in the past and plan to return again this year with several newcomers. Each art piece is a testimonial of a feeling or idea, communicated through various mediums by its creator. Listen with your eyes and heart and you will walk away with a glimpse into the soul of Clarkdale artists.

All "Made In Clarkdale" events are free and open to the public and Clark Memorial Clubhouse is accessible to all. Daily showings Dec. 2-10, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, call 634-6405.

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