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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

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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
April 16, 2017

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  • Now is the time to register your quilt for the Quilt Show to be held on May 19-20 at the Depot in Clare. May 1 is the deadline. Cost is $5 per entry. Send your money plus the form to CCAC, P O Box 412, Clare Michigan 48617. The categories are Vintage (through 1950) and current (1951 to 2017). You will deliver your quilt on May 18. The entry form is attached. If you have questions, contact Vicky at 989.289.8235.

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  • The Quilt Show will be held on May 19 from 10-6 and May 20 from 10-4. There is a $2 admission fee. There will also be a raffle with $250 for 1st prize, $100 for 2nd prize, and a Barn Quilt Picture for 3rd prize.

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  • Calling all Artist! You have until April 30 to enter your art work in Art Walk Central. Visit artwalkcentral.com and click on “Artist Registration.” Fill out required fields and create login and password. Select preferred venues. Cost is $10 for student ages 12-18 or $35 for adult. Art competition will be held August 3-August 31 in venues around Mt Pleasant. There is over $10,000 in cash prizes. If you have trouble signing up, Kim Kleinhardt at the 515 Gallery has volunteered to help you sign up. Visit her Wednesday-Saturday at the Gallery from 10-5.

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  • Mid Michigan Community College Community Theatre will be presenting The Odd Couple. Matinee performances will be April 18 & 20 at 2:00 pm. Evening performances are April 21 & 22 at 7. Cost is $10. On April 20 there is an optional luncheon for an additional $22. Contact 989.386.6640 for ticket information.

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  • Pere Marquette District Library is hosting a Book Club. For April, the book will be “All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Dorr. The book club meets the 4th Thursday of the month beginning at 5:30. For more information contact PMDL at 989.386.7576. For the May book club, the book will be “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom. The Library will have copies for you to check out.

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  • April 22, Harrison Lions Club is hosting a Polish Dinner from 4-8. Tickets are available at the door for $10. The event will be held at the Harrison Lions Club. For more information contact Nancy at 989.539.9422.
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  • April 22 from 10-4, Art Reach will be having a water batik workshop. Cost is $65. Call Art Reach to register and for more information.
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  • Craft Stash Swap. If you have unwanted craft supplies, you may drop them off at the Veteran’s Memorial Library in Mt Pleasant from now until April 21. On April 23, starting at 2, you can begin shopping. Call 989.773.3242 ext 10 for more information
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  • April 27 from 4:30 to 6 pm, a Beginning acrylic painting on a budget class will be held at the Harrison City Market. Cost is $4 for 4 weeks. RSVP to Debby at 989.330-9561.
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  • April 27 is the next Paint the Town painting class at Art Reach in Mt Pleasant. Cost is $35. Contact Art Reach to register.
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  • Katie Chichester Mester will be at the Charles Park Library Baber Room at CMU until April 30. Her show is entitled: Green Pastures and Still Waters.

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  • 515 Gallery has Fiber of Life Textile Exhibit on display until April 26. Come view C Joanne Grabinski (Needlepoint) and Ann Kowaleski’s (Art Quilts) work Wednesday through Saturday from 11-4.

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  • Good luck to the Farwell HS Symphonic Band. They will compete in a State competition in Big Rapids on April 28.

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  • If you have a child who has sensory issues, Celebration Cinema is showing Sensory show times. In the theatre, the lights will be up and the sound down. The next movie will be June 10, Captain Underpants at 10:30.­ Contact the Clare Gladwin Great Start Collaborative at the Clare Gladwin RESD for more information.

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  • May 5 and 6th is Farwell Spring Production of Charlotte’s Web. It will be at 6:30. On Sunday, May 7 the performance will be at 2:00. This will be at the Jaime Performing Arts Center in Farwell.

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  • May 11: 5th - 7th Grade Band Concert at 6:30 at Jaime Performing Arts Center, Farwell High School.

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  • May 12: 8th -12 Grade Band and Choir Concert at the Jaime Performing Arts Center at 6:30 located at Farwell High School.
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  • Heart of Michigan Café is having a Painting Party on Friday, May 12 from 7-9 at the Venue in downtown Clare. Tickets are $40 which includes classes, supplies, assorted desserts and a glass of wine. Contact the Venue or Heart of Michigan for more information.

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  • Mommy and Me Tea Party is scheduled for May 13 from 12-2 at the Venue in downtown Clare. Enjoy a dress-up day with your young one and a fancy lunch and tea. Visit various stations to paint nails, put on glitter tattoos, photo booth picture taking, make a craft and be in a fashion show at the end. Tickets are $40 for two. $10 for each additional.

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  • Create your own seed balls. This is an event for children to get their hands dirty and discover something new at the same time. Creating seed balls is a hands on way to learn about plants and how you can fight off invasive species. This event will take place at the Pere Marquette Library on May 20 from 1-2. You must register with Joy at the City of Clare by May 17. Her email is jsimmer@cityofclare.org or 989.386.7541 ext 213. This is in conjunction with the Little Forks Conservancy, Pere Marquette District Library and Clare Parks and Recreation.

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  • May 18 & 19 is Yoder’s Flea Market and Craft Show. If you are interested in being a vendor contact Yoder’s Quilt Auction at 989.386.2872 for more information.

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  • Alpaca Palooza will be held on May 27 from 10-4 at Living the Good Life Alpaca Farms located in Harrison. They are looking for unique vendors. If interested call 810-877-4103.

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  • Clare Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series begins on June 8 at 5:30 with a performance by the Newman School of Dance. From 6-8, Music by the Blue Water Ramblers will be playing. If you have young children, the Clare Gladwin Great Start Collaborative will have activities for them during the concert. Go to Clare Parks and Recreation website for a complete list of concerts. The concerts are held at Clare City Park. (under the water tower in Clare.)

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  • The Art of Gardening tour will be held on July 15. More details to follow.

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  • As part of the 2017 Heritage Promo Tour, on June 9th, City of Clare will be hosting the Back to the Bricks Car Show on McEwan street. The American Classic Cars will arrive around 3 and leave the next day around 10. From Clare, the cars are heading to Big Rapids, Muskegon, Coldwater, Adrian and Fenton. There will be activities around town. ­
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  • Zoo in the Park will be held on June 17 at Island Park in Mt Pleasant from 11-2. There will be a petting zoo, 20 activity stations, dunk tank, safety belt simulator, popcorn and cotton candy, and face painting. This event is sponsored by the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center.
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  • June 24 at 7 pm, Clare County Sheriff’s Reserves will be presenting Jeannie Kendall and Carl Acuff Jr Band at Clare High School. Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 at the Door. Call 800-205-7174 for tickets and concert information.

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  • CCAC will be sponsoring the Clare Summer Concert on July 13. It will be Gabe Couch. This concert will be held at Clare City Park from 6-8.

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  • Farwell fifth and sixth grade art is on display at the Surrey Township Public Library.­ The display will change at the beginning of each month.­­ The library is at the corner of Hall and Michigan. ­

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  • Harrison City Market is open. They are looking for vendors. They are open Friday and Saturday 8-4 and Sunday 12-4. For more information, contact debbyandrews@hotmail.com or call 989.330.9561. Starting April 23 from 11-3 the Farmers Market will be open. They are looking for growers and producers for the Farmer’s Market which will be held on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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  • Scrap, Stamp and Socialize at the Pere Marquette Library. On Thursday’s from 10-6, you bring your own projects and spend the day working on them. Contact Sheila at the Library for more information.

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  • CCAC is in the process of lining up programs for the year. Do you have one you would like CCAC to sponsor? If so, let me know at cjsantini72@gmail.com

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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.
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-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.

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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


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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.
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  • 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.­
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    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.­

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

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