PR: 2nd MIC Artists Of The Moment @ OTCA

Press release:  Made In Clarkdale

For release: February 5, 2015

Title: The 2nd  Made In Clarkdale “Artist of the Moment” program debuts at the Old Town Center for the Arts during the Valentine’s Celebration

Ride the Valentine’s Love Train to Old Town

Come enjoy a special Valentine’s Eve Concert, with Made in Clarkdale artists, wine tasting from Four Eight Wineworks, and art opening at Old Town Center for the Arts, on Saturday, February 13th.  The concert begins at 7:00 PM and will be a ‘love fest’ of songs featuring Robin & Eric Miller, Susannah Martin and Patrick Ki.

The wine tasting begins at 6:00 PM with a reception to showcase the second “Artist of the Moment’ installation. As part of the special Valentine’s Eve Concert event, Made In Clarkdale (MIC) is very pleased to announce the opening of the second “Artist of the Moment” series, on the walls of Old Town Center for the Arts.  Featured artists include, Sallie Park Cross, Judy Jaaskelainen, and Michael Turner. The exhibit will run through the end of May.

Sally Cross – Influenced and inspired through international travel, Sallie’s art often reflects that of the Asian world. “Listening to music while I create has a tremendous impact and influence on the process and out outcome of my paintings.” This is reflected in Sallie’s eclectic style of art. Sallie is a mixed media artist, primarily in watercolor. Her whimsical and colorful creation include large paintings, masks, embellished creations include large paintings, masks, embellished crosses, greeting cards and 3-D projects.

Judy Jaaskelainen – in addition to being a MIC Artist, has won awards from the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and the Arizona Watercolor Association and holds membership in Watercolor West and the National Watercolor Society.  “I have been painting in watercolor for more than 30 years.  I love the transparent properties of watercolor paints and how I can let the medium ‘do its thing’ on wet paper, which sometimes feels like the painting is creating itself.”

Michael Turner – Having always been a dabbler of art, Michael Turner’s enjoyment of the artistic learning process includes the play with various materials and items which can produce spontaneous and mysterious results.  His art work spans a variety of mediums including drawings, paintings, works in stained glass, soft glass art and handmade marbles and his unique work with holographic Mylar, of which, along with glass, he calls one of our ‘wonder’ materials.  Being an avid collector, a find of a roll of Mylar started his inspiration with this interesting material rarely, if ever, used in art creations.

This special evening, you will enjoy a wine tasting from Four Eight Wineworks. Housed in the town’s former National Bank, the space has been remodeled but still kept some of its original features such as the slatted, wooden teller window and the old vault that’s been turned into a merchandise room. FOUR EIGHT WINEWORKS, in reverence & reference to our 48th state, is Northern Arizona’s First Wine makers Co-Operative.As Northern Arizona’s winemaker’s cooperative, Four Eight is designed to be an incubator for up-and-coming winemakers, a passion vortex if you will.

Tickets for This Special Valentine’s Eve Day Concert, Art and Wine Tasting are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and $25 priority seating.  Tickets are available online at, in Cottonwood at Desert Dancer and Mount Hope Natural Foods, In Sedona: Local Juicery.  Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. 5th Street (5th Street & Main) in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information please visit or call Elena Bullard at 928.634.0940.

For more information about the MIC Artist of the Moment Program go here.