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Press Release: Creative 360 Yes We Can! Exhibition Opens Friday

February 22, 2016 Midland, Mich. – Creative 360’s 2016 Yes We Can! exhibition opens Friday and features art from four masterful artists –  Barry Brown (80), S. Preston Jones (80), Robert Lauka (81), and Moses (Nick) Millard (85). Each artist will also be celebrated in artist talks scheduled throughout the next two months. The opening and reception begins Friday at 7:00 pm. There is no charge to attend.

Barry Brown ArtArtist Barry Brown is a Saginaw native and businessman. He attended Central Michigan University and worked most of his life in a full service ad agency where he learned all aspects of photography – from studio work to the intricacies of the dark room. He eventually became a partner in the firm. After he sold his interest in the company, he began taking photography at Delta College. His hauntingly beautiful art can be seen in many exhibitions around the Great Lakes Bay Region. Barry’s artist talk is planned for Tuesday, April 5, 2-3:00 pm.

Preston Jones ArtS. Preston Jones declared he was going to be a photographer after being mesmerized by photographs at a studio when he was 5 years old. He bought his first camera at 14 for 50 cents. During his study at Hampton University, he was mentored by Rueben Burrell. Preston has studied with some of the top photographers in the U.S. He teaches photography at Midland Center for the Arts and is a frequent speaker, consultant and judge in the Great Lakes Bay Region and in the State. Preston’s artist talk is Tuesday, March 15, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Robert Lauka ArtRobert Lauka has been painting professionally for 60 years. His artwork is described as storytelling, which is apt for a man who took lessons from Norman Rockwell at age 14. He worked in Detroit ad agencies and studios before relocating to Saginaw. He is a member of Midland Artist Guild, Saginaw Artist Watercolor Association, and Saginaw Artist Guild. During his artist talk Tuesday, April 12, 2-3:00 pm he will share stories from his fascinating life and his creative process.

Moses (Nick) Mallard ArtMoses (Nick) Millard lived in Southern California for 25 years where he took college art classes. He and his wife Phyllis have lived in Midland for 15 years. He has sketched faces all his life and most of his art focuses on them. His vibrant works have captured the attention of jurists and art patrons alike. Nick’s artist talk is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19 2:00-3:00 pm.

You will have an opportunity to meet these fascinating artists at Friday’s opening and can enjoy their art through April 29.

About Yes We Can!
|Creative 360’s innovative Yes We Can! program returns for its third year. This signature program recognizes and honors those 80 and over in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. This amazing, but often disregarded segment of the population offers a wealth of experience and knowledge that should be shared with people of all ages. The multi-faceted series offers opportunities to learn about community leaders, authors, musicians, artists, and scientists. It gives participants ongoing possibilities to engage with and learn from a compelling group of senior presenters and educators. Find more information about Yes We Can! on the
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Yes We Can! is sponsored by The Barstow Foundation, Beamer Chiropractic, Colonial Villa, Gavin & Associates, LLC, NADA at Northwood University,  Senior Services, and Space Studios.

Creative 360 is a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to create an environment for people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process through ongoing classes, art exhibits, events, concerts, speakers and outreach programs, with its goal to enhance the development of physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. In 2013, Creative 360 expanded its offering to include Express Yourself Artshop, a program focused on those with physical, mental and intellectual challenges. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A Dow Foundation.

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