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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
September 12, 2016

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  • Save the Date: September 21 from 4-6, CCAC is having a fund raiser at the Doherty Hotel. “Roaring 20’s Speak Easy”. Tickets are available at the Doherty Hotel. For $20. You will receive a behind the scenes tour of the “Happy Hour Club” (poker room frequented by oil men in the 1920’s, barber shop, hidden back entrance). Tickets are NOW available at the Doherty Hotel Front Desk. CCAC is looking for people to be docents, flappers and actors. Contact Sandy Doherty at 808.345.2117, Janice Chapman at 989.588.9047 or Carol Crawford at 386.3861 to volunteer.

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  • September 13 Carly Shortz will be the program for CCAC monthly meeting. The evening will consist of an explanation of techniques used in creating art work completed in her home studio, using clay, copper, glass, paint and gourds. After this explanation and tour of her home studio and gallery, the art club will conduct its regular meeting at the lake with s'mores at the fire pit...weather permitting. Her address is 7750 Peninsula Drive, Farwell. Dress appropriately for the weather. The meeting will start at 6:30.

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  • Clare Rotary Club is hosting ”Rockin In the Fall” on September 25. This event will be held at the Doherty Hotel and is supporting United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Joshua House in Clare County. It will be held from 1-6 and cost $10. The following bands will be playing Exit 95, The Relics, Southbound, Kevin chamberlain and the Greez Monkeez, and Night Shift.

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  • Save the Date: September 21 from 4-6, CCAC is having a fund raiser at the Doherty Hotel. “Roaring 20’s Speak Easy”. Tickets are available at the Doherty Hotel. For $20. You will receive a behind the scenes tour of the “Happy Hour Club” (poker room frequented by oil men in the 1920’s, barber shop, hidden back entrance). Tickets are NOW available at the Doherty Hotel Front Desk. CCAC is looking for people to be docents, flappers and actors. Contact Sandy Doherty at 808.345.2117, Janice Chapman at 989.588.9047 or Carol Crawford at 386.3861 to volunteer.

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Results of the Art Walk Central. These are the local winners I have been able to find. If you know of others, please let me know.

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  • Zaley Sensing places in the Top 5 for Youth.
  • Hannah David took 2nd in the Youth Judges Choice for her Unique Beauty piece
  • Roger Chase took 1st in the Adult People Choice award for his The One Day Attempt.
  • Kim Kleinhardt placed in the top 10 in the adult category.

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  • Time is running out at the 515 Gallery. You have until September 23 to “Art Pick”. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11-4. There is plenty of affordable art to purchase. The 515 Gallery, located right next to Cops & Doughnuts, will feature various local artists who have helped to create the feel of an artistic “Honey-Hole” of eclectic treasures.­ From sketches to painted furniture, clay sculptures to studio props, the 515 Gallery will take on a vintage, nostalgic theme for patrons to “pick”.

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  • Also check out Art Alley located behind 515 Gallery. Humpty Dumpty is now in place as well as the wall of license plates. ­

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  • September 18: MMCC BBQ. Current members will be able to sell their items. So far, Julie Wells, Lesley Smoltz, Dave Sanderson, Sandy Doherty, Bob and Linda Guiliani, have let Janice Chapman know they will be selling their art. If you are interested, contact Janice Chapman for more information. Her email is janicec52tm@yahoo.com

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  • Clare County Arts Council will be holding their Quilt Block Trail ride on October 11. It will be from 1-4 and the cost is $10. The bus will leave from the 5th Street parking lot across from the Doherty Hotel. Tickets are available at the Doherty Hotel. It is a fun afternoon viewing the Quilt Blocks in Clare County. It will be a different tour than last year.

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  • In the evening of October 11, Carron Nevil will be doing a Fall theme floral arrangement. This will be at the Pere Marquette Library starting at 6:30.

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  • Tentative for November 8th General meeting, the video done by MAC TV of the Depression Art in Clare will be shown.

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  • Gladwin Area Artist Guild Show is set for September 16 and 17 in Gladwin City Park. This year’s features artist is Joe Green, a water colorist from Flint, MI. Admission is free and young adults and families are encouraged to come as you are and enjoy the gallery experience. Hours are Friday noon to 7pm and Saturday 10-5. If you have questions, please call 989.246.1386.

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  • September 17, North Star Quilt Show at St Ann’s Catholic Church, 800 W 13th Street, Cadillac. It will be from 10-3. Admission $5. www.northstarquiltguild.orgSpeaking of Amish, did you know you can take an Amish buggy ride? Buggy Down Carriage Co. provides an amazing array of horse drawn vehicles in the Clare area. Contact them at 616.450.0200. Check them out on facebook.com/buggydowncarriageco

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If you have a program, you would like to present, please contact me at cjsantini72@gmail.com
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Don’t forget to send your $10 dues. To CCAC, P O Box 412, Clare, MI 48617.

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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