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Our Mission:
To encourage and support the arts in Clare County, Michigan, through such means as sponsoring exhibitions, demonstrations, and forums; producing theatrical and musical performances; advancing arts education by offering classes for youth and adults; encouraging public support for local artists and arts projects; and raising funds needed to support the organization's work.­




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Clare County Arts Council Updates



Finds A New Home
The Clare County Arts Council will be moving into their new home at the Clare Depot.­­ Your donations will be used to furnish and equip their new home to better offer Community Arts Education.

Fundraising Goal:­­ $10,000

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Clare County Arts Council Updates
September 17th, 2017



•­ Clare County Arts Council events:

•­ Over 120 people attended the Roaring Twenties Speakeasy. Thanks to everyone who was involved. There were several CCAC members plus the community. Thank you very much for your part in this event.­

•­ October 10 is CCAC 4th annual Quilt Trail Ride and fall colors. It will be from 1-4 and the cost is $10. You will ride a bus to view many of the quilt blocks in the county. Contact Vicki Gunden for more information at 989.289.8235.

•­ November 2, CCAC will be having a Amish Harvest Dinner at the Country Side Diner located on 8400 Colonville Road, Clare. (5.5 miles east of old 27 North of Clare.) This will be an Amish meal with arrival time at 5:00 and dinner is at 5:30. Cost is $20 and includes dinner, tip and a $3 donation to the Arts Council. The meal includes fried chicken, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, noodles, vegetable, salad, beverage and dessert. Only 50 tickets are available. Meal must be paid for in advanced. More details to follow.

•­ Other local cultural events at Quilt blocks or CCAC members:

•­ This is a change: 515 Gallery is having their Artist Talks on September 23 at 11:00. The artist from the exhibit EMERGING will be discussing their paintings on display at the Gallery. You can see the Emerging Artist exhibit at the 515 Gallery until September 30. The Gallery is located in downtown Clare and is open Wednesday through Saturday 11-4. Gallery owner, Kim Kleinhardt is a CCAC member.

•­ Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, takes place in an Air Raid Shelter during WWII It is a fun and musical event held at the Clare Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 110 W Fifth Street, Clare. This event will have music from and Andrew Sisters, Gracie Fields and Bing Crosby and will be held on September 29 beginning at 7. A free will offering will be taken. The same performance will be held at the Harrison Congregational United Church of Christ on September 30. The Church is located at 211 W Spruce Street, Harrison. Harrison is doing a dinner theater and will cost $10. CCAC member Linda Thompson and Monica Rouech are working on this project.

•­ The Historic Dover School Museum is now open Saturdays from 1-4. Check out the museum, Dover School, Ott family log cabin and working blacksmith shop. The complex is located on the corner of Dover and Eberhart north of Clare.­ You can also check out their quilt block which is in the Quilt Block Trail.

•­ September 30 is Old Fashion Days at the Dover School. More details to follow.

•­ Art Prize is held in Grand Rapids starting September 20 through October 8th. CCAC member Kim Kleinhardt has her art piece on display at JW Marriot. Jeff Best from Clare also has his winning Art Walk prize on display. If you know a local artist who has their art work on display, let me know so I can share the information.

•­ Other Cultural events in the area:

•­ Do you have a child with sensory issues? Celebration Cinema in Mt Pleasant will be showing Lego Ninjago Movie on September 30 at 10:30. The lights will be dim, but will remain on and the volume will be lowered. For more information contact Celebration Cinema.

•­ Do you have a collection you would like to share with the community? Pere Marquette Library is looking for individuals who would like to share their collections. Contact the Library to sign up.

•­ Front Porch at the Surrey House in Harrison will feature FaceCord. This will take place on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30.­

•­ Painted Rocks: This is a game/craze that is currently going on in the county. You paint a rock and place it is a public place. A person finds the rock, takes a picture of it and post the picture on Facebook. You can then take the rock and move it to a different public space or leave it for the next person to find. The rocks can be painted with positive messages, patriotic, your favorite character, a quilt block, etc. One block was recently found at Pere Marquette Library.­ Thanks to a CCAC member, who told me Clare has a Clare Kindness Rocks. I saw one person taking a picture today at Isabella Bank. Pere Marquette Library has supplies for you to paint your own rock if you want to join in

•­ Tuscan cooking class will be held at Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison Campus. The class is scheduled for Oct 12 from 6-9. Cost $65. Call 989.386.6625 to register.

•­ Craft and Conversation is held at the Pere Marquette Library on Thursdays from 10-5. Bring your craft and work on it while meeting new people. Contact the Library for more information.­

•­ Bookgami is where you take a book and fold the pages to make a word or picture. Pere Marquette Library is offering a free class on Oct 17 from 2-4 to learn the basic techniques of this craft. You must preregister by calling 989.386.7576 or stop by the library.

•­ 4th­Street Marketplace is Back. They are now going to be open on every Friday from 11-2 at Clare City Park. (across from City Hall) For more information about being a vendor or about the event stop by Chamber of Commerce or call at­(989) 386-2442

•­ Would you like to display your art? Art Reach of Mid Michigan is looking for artist to display their art at the Morey Family Gallery. Send your name, address, phone number, artist bio and artist statement plus a sampling of at least 5 good quality images of your work to Kim Bigard. Her email is kbigard@artreachcenter.org. You can also contact Art Reach in Mt Pleasant for more information. The deadline is September 15.

•­ Pere Marquette Book Club next meeting will be September 28. The book is Family Tree by Barbara Delinski. The meetings are held in the basement of the Library and beginning at 5:30.

­­­­­­­­­­­ October's book is Through the Eyes of Rose by John Kozak. John will be at the library on October 26 at 6 to discuss his book.

­­­­­­­­­­­ November 16 is The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

•­ Painting the Town will be held at Art Reach in Mt Pleasant on September 28 from 5-8. Cost is $35. Call Art Reach to register at 989.773.3689

•­ Art Reach in Mt Pleasant is looking for volunteers to work in their gift shop. If interested, contact Art Reach at 989.773.3689.

•­ Share your Craft will begin on Monday, October 2 at the Harrison Public Library. From 10-6:30 bring your craft to work on with other area crafters. Contact the Library for more information.

•­ Henna Body Art for Beginners will be held at Art Reach in Mt Pleasant on Saturday September 30 from 11-1. Cost is $35. Contact Art Reach to register at 989.773.3689

•­ Mid Michigan Community College is once again offering Artist Welding. Class will be held on Thursdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12 & 19 from 6-9 at the Morey Technical Center, Mt Pleasant. Cost is $110. You do not need to know how to weld to take this class. For more information contact Carol at 989.386.6625.

•­ National Alpaca Farm Day is September 30 from 10-4. They are located at 611 N Bringold Ave, Harrison. Call 810-877-4103 for more information.

•­ Jimmy Osmond will be at the Kirtland Preforming Arts Center, Roscommon, on October 7 beginning at 7. Tickets are $35. Contact the Performing Arts Center for more information.

•­ Harrison Lions Club is having their Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18th. It will be from 9-4 at the Harrison Lions Building. Free admission. They are currently looking for crafters. If interested, contact Penny at 989.539.0092

•­ Harrison City Market is open. They are looking for vendors. They are open Friday and Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 12-4. For more information, contact debbyandrews@hotmail.com or call 989.330.9561. They are looking for growers and producers for the Farmer's Market which will be held on Wednesdays and Sundays.

•­ Thanks to everyone who send in their 2017 dues. Your $10 dues a year help support the Clare County Arts Council. If you­ have not sent in your dues, you can mail then to CCAC, P O Box 412, Clare, MI 48617.­ Thank you in advance.


-Clare County Arts Council is pleased to announce Brandi Holt from Clare High School was the $500 winner of this years scholarship.

-The Clare County Arts Council is pleased to announce over 50 quilt blocks have been place throughout Clare County. A huge thank you goes to Vicky Gunden and Jane Sartor-Key who worked with their committee on this project.

-CCAC is planning on making note cards of the quilt blocks to sell. CCAC will be making them at our February meeting. They will be sold at the Quilt Festival scheduled for May. More details to follow. CCAC is also looking at the possibility of making a 2017 Quilt Block calendar as a fund raiser.


The scholarship is for students who attend schools in Clare County and are planning on attending a summer arts camp. Last years winners were Julia David, from Clare High School. She attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to study visual arts. Joshia Bear from Clare High School attending Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for music. Sky Stacy from Harrison High School attended Interlochen Fine Arts Camp to study visual arts.

CCAC’s new home underway


From the Clare County Review: Work is underway on the new home for the Clare County Arts Council at the historic Clare Railroad Depot. Stairs have been installed and the basement floor has been poured as the first part of the work to finish the CCAC’s new home.

A $51,874 grant from the Michigan Council for the Advancement of Culture and Arts (MCACA) will pay nearly one-half the cost to rehabilitate the basement of the Clare Railroad Depot as a home for the Clare County Arts Council. The Depot Committee has funds available to provide the required local match of $52,874.


Thank you to Emily Yob and Bob Guiliani for providing the music.­

If you have any feedback, please let Vicky know at­­­ ­vickgunden@gmail.com

Jane Sartor Key, Vicky Gunden, and Carron Nevill


If you have any questions, contact me, Carol Santini. cjsantini72@gmail.com

  • Quilt Festival:­­­ ­Thank you to everyone who worked or attended the Quilt Festival. Since this was CCAC’s first time at this adventure, we will learn from this and improve for next year.­

    The Quilt Festival raffle winners are: queen size quilt: Marlene Porter, wall hanging-Priscilla Garver and table runner-Ellen Fordos. The People’s Choice winners are: for Current: 1st­place Connie McAllister, 2nd­place Theola ­Cleveland and 3rd­place Megan West. For the Vintage category, 1st­ place-Amy Morris, 2nd­ place-Corinda Brown and 3rd­ place Judy Hubel.­