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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

Make a contribution today


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*CLARE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL SUMMER ARTS CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2016


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CLARE COUNTY 2ND ANNUAL QUILT SHOW/FESTIVAL
CLARE DEPOT
201 W. 4th Street, Clare, MI
May 20 (10-6) May 21 (10-4), 2016
QUILTS, QUILTS and more QUILTS


If you love quilts come check out all the quilts from Vintage to Current…they are a must see…
Raffle Tickets are $5 each (1st) a 4x4 quilt block, (2nd) a 2x2 quilt block and (3rd) a wall hanging.­ Tickets may be purchased from CCAC members up until the drawing at 3pm on May 21, 2016 at the Depot.

BUS RIDES
There will be daily bus rides throughout Clare County to see the beautiful quilt blocks at 1pm both days during the Festival.­ The bus will leave from the 5th Street parking lot across from the Doherty Hotel.
Bus tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 each at the Doherty Hotel.
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QUILTERS:
Entry form
SIGN-UP SHEET TO WORK

If you have any questions please call 989-289-8235


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Clare County Arts Council

April 20, 2016 updates

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  • The next General Meeting of CCAC is May 10 at 6:30. Joel Linguar a Clare HS student will be presenting. CCAC awarded him a scholarship to attend a workshop in December. He will be talking about his experiences. Joel is in MMCC’s play, Escanaba in the Moonlight. ­
  • It is time to get serious about the Clare County Quilt Festival. It is scheduled for May 20-21. It will be held at the Clare Depot. The times will be Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4 with set up on Thursday.­ ­
  • The quilt entry forms are ready and are on the website,
  • www.clarecountyartscouncil.com. For a $5 entry fee you can enter your favorite quilt. Raffle tickets are $5. Prizes are for first place is a 4 x 4 quilt block, second place is a 2 x 2 quilt block and third place is a red, white and blue wall hanging done by CCAC member Deb Hoyt. Contact Jane Sartor-Key or Vicky Gunden for tickets.
  • We need people to help staff the event. An entry form is attached. Please consider working a shift.
  • There will be vendors this year. If you know of any vendors that might like to be at the festival, please let us know ($50 for the two days includes a table and two chairs)­ ­
  • ­We will have bus rides both days.­ We will need someone to ride the bus both days as a tour guide.­ Onita has written up a wonderful guide for anyone wanting to volunteer to be a guide to follow.­ We will need to adjust the route as we have 19 new blocks added to the trail. Tickets are available at the Doherty.
  • Hope to see you there. Contact Vicky Gunden at vickgunden@gmail.com for more information.
  • There is still time to see Escanaba in da Moonlight a comedy by Jeff Daniels. It will be held at Mid Michigan Community College. Evening performances will begin at 7 on April­ 29 and 30. Cost is $10. The Matinee performances are April­ 26 & 28 at 2 pm. Call 989.386.6640 to reserve your seat.
  • ­Betty Bonham is this year featured artist at MMCC Northern Traditions. This event is held on April 24 from 6-9 at Jay’s Sporting Goods.­ Betty’s picture is a picture of hummingbirds. Tickets at $50 and can be purchased by contacting Mid Michigan Community College, 989.386.6651. Each person in attendance will receive a signed print.
  • Beaverton is holding their Annual Madrigal Dinner Theatre. It is April 29 and 30 at 6:30 and May 1 at 3 pm. It will be featuring the “Princes Grace of Knockerdown” For tickets contact Cathy Kintner @ 989.424.1723. cost is $15 a person. It is presented by the Beaverton Drama and Music Departments.
  • Harrison Chamber of Commerce is having it’s Frostbite Winter Festival butter design contest. One lucky winner will receive $100 cash and a gift basket. The Frostbite Winter festival will be held February 16-19. The design must follow the 2017 theme of “Superheros”. It must also include the Frostbite’s mascot: Frosty the Frostbite Polar Bear. The design is due May 1, 2016. For more information go to the Harrison Chamber of Commerce website www.harrisonchamber.com
  • ­Registration is continuing for Art Walk Central. Deadline is April 29. This community wide art competition and exhibit will be held from August 20 to September 10. Your art work will be displayed in stores, business, or public places in the Mt Pleasant area.
  • Over $10,000 in prizes is available for both youth (age 12-19) and adult artist in two categories: Juried and People’s Choice. Juried prizes will be determined by two Art Walk Central Judges.
  • Registration for Art Walk Central is $35 per person. Winners will be announced at the Art Reach Auction for the Benefit of theArts on Thursday, September 8, 2016.
  • ­To register, call Art Reach at 989.773.3689 or go to www.artreachcenter.org.
  • ­April is National Poetry month.
  • 515 Gallery is hosting a Juried Student Art Show. Clare, Gladwin, Harrison and Shepherd students will be showing their art to May 14. Gallery hours are 11-4, Wednesday through Saturday. Check it out.
  • ­April 29-30­­ Farwell High School Spring Drama Production is Virgil Wins the Lottery. This will be at the Jaime PerformingArts Center. Cost: Adults $5, Students $3, K-4th
  • May 4 is Farwell MS Band and Choir Concert. It will be held at the Jaime Performing Arts Center beginning at 6:30.
  • May 6 is Farwell HS Band and Choir Concert at the Jaime Performing Arts Center starting at 6:30
  • Clare High School band concert is May 18 at Clare HS
  • Harrison Middle School Spring Concert is scheduled for May 11 at 6:30.
  • Gateway Community Band will be holding their spring concert on May 12 at the Jamie Performing Center in Farwell beginning at 7:30.
  • Clare High School Middle School band concert is June 2 at Clare HS.
  • Clare Summer Concert Series begins on June 9 with Blue Water Ramblers. This is a Folk music group. They will be held at Clare City Park from 6-8. The Discovery Museum will be there offering Children events. The concerts go until August 18.­ ­
  • Lumber Jack Festival which is held the last Saturday in July, will be holding a craft show. Please contact Marjean at989.588.2669 for more information. ­
  • ­On July 16, CCAC will hold their Art of Gardening Tour.­ ­
  • If you need gardening ideas, Elm Creek is holding their first ever Garden Expo. This will be April 29. Check out their website for more details.
  • Conservation@home series is being held at the Pere Marquette Library.
  • Andrea Foster from the Little Forks Conservancy will be holding the following:
  • April 27: Wildlife habitats: beyond parks and forests. Wildlife habitat can be found anywhere and it’s up to us to help create it. Find out how you can create wildlife habitat where you live and receive a free pack of native seeds for your yard.
  • May 25: Invasive Plants: Some plants can cause a lot of harm to wildlife, see which plants to look for your yard and steps to move them.
  • These all begin at noon. For more information call 989.386.7576 or visit www.pmdl.org.­ ­
  • Car and Cycle show will be held at the Clare Railroad Depot on June 4. This event will be from 10-4. Kick off summer and car shows in a historic way. Enjoy music with a live DJ. Proceeds support the Depot Restoration Project. Cost $10.­ ­
  • Mary Carole is back by popular demand. She will be teaching a 7-day workshop at the Doherty Hotel September 26 through October 3. Information on this workshop can be found through contacting Linda at:­ lmwatson@voyager.net ­

If you have not sent your dues, please mail them to CCAC, P O Box 412, Clare, MI 48617. They are only $10.

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Reminder:

  • Please pay your 2015 dues. Your $10 can be mailed to CCAC, P O Box 412, Clare, Michigan 48617
  • CCAC will be making Quilt Block cards to sell at the Quilt Festival in May. More details to follow.
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Up Coming events

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  • April 24th: Northern Traditions at Jay’s Sporting Goods

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  • May: Clare County Arts Council Quilt Festival

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  • July: Garden Tour

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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, 1st­place-Amy Morris, 2nd­place-Corinda Brown and 3rd­place 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