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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
August 6th, 2017

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  • CCAC monthly program will be held on August 8, at the Pere Marquette Library. Beginning at 6:30, Gene Bodnar who had been a model ship builder for over 60 years will present a program. He has built over 110 vessels. He has also written 6 books on ship modeling. Mr. Bodnar was featured on TV 9 & 10 previously. Join us for an entertaining and educational evening.

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  • Another event for CCAC is a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy.­­Tour the basement of the Doherty Hotel­Sept. 13,­4-6:30.­ Hidden stairs and trap door in the lounge,­haunted­4th floor, Happy Hour Club (poker room frequented by oil men and others) strange circles in ceiling of basement, Chance to win a night at the Doherty on the 4th floor. Tickets will be limited and go on sale at the Doherty in August.

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  • Clare Summer Concert Series is in full swing. On August 10, Sunshine String Band, a folk band will be playing. The last concert will be August 17 with Stephanie Terpening performing. The concerts are held at Clare City Park from 6-8.

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  • Are you looking for something for your 7 to 14-year-old to do this summer? MMCC is having a Children's Summer Theater. It will be held the week of August 7-11 with the performance of the Pied Piper being held on August 11 at 4. Jacque Lott Mattes is the director. This will be held at MMCC Harrison Campus. Enrollment is limited to 20 with the cost of $89. Contact Carol Darlington at 989.386.6625 if you have questions. You may register on line at www.midmich.edu

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  • 515 Gallery invites you to join them for an Art:Live theatre performance. It will be Thursday, August 10 starting at 7 pm. Local storyteller, Raymond Goodwin will be performing a one man play, An Explosion. The Unthinkable, BEYOND TELLING. The one-man play is about George Telling, a newspaper columnist, as he confronts a night of terrorism. The free play last approximately one hour. Intense themes. One instance of profanity. The show is recommended for ages 16 and up.
    515 Gallery will be having their opening reception for Emerging Exhibit on FRIDAY, August 11 from 6-8. The exhibit will run until September 30.

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  • Art Reach in Mt Pleasant will be hosting a Chalk Art workshop on Thursday, August 10 from 3-5. David Zinn is the artist. Cost is $25. Contact Art Reach for more information.

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  • The City of Mt Pleasant in partnership with Art Reach is hosting its Thrilling Thursday Urban Printmaking event. Participants may bring a blank t-shirt or arrive early to get a free t-shirt to create into an urban printmaking design. This event will take place on Thursday, August 10 from 6-8. Contact Art Reach for more information.

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  • Front Porch performance will be held on August 15 at the Surrey House in Harrison. The Reliks will be performing beginning at 6:00. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the great music.

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  • Scrap, Stamp and Socialize at the Pere Marquette Library. Bring your own projects and spend Thursday's working on them. The room is available from 10-6. Contact Sheila at the Library for more information.

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  • Over 120 artists registered for Art Walk Central. Congratulations to these local artists have their work displayed throughout Mt Pleasant. Make sure you go to Art Reach in Mt Pleasant to vote for your favorite art piece.

Jan Alfano, University Art Gallery

Jeff Best Downtown Public Square (this piece is also going to Art Prize in Grand Rapids)

Laura Coffee: The Coffee Room

Edward Evans: University Art Gallery

Joanne Grabinski: University Art Gallery

Stephen Grewe: Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge

Rebecca Hasting: University Art Gallery

Ian Humphres: Downtown Public Spaces

Kim Kleinhardt: University Art Gallery

Betty Klooster Tyler: University Art Gallery

Hannah Lucas: University Art Gallery

Elizabeth McQueen: Motorless Motion

Diane Mooradian: CMU Park Library

Steven Parkhurst: Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge

Jeanne Rouston: Isabella Community Credit Union

Carly Shorts: Isabella Bank

Linda Thompson: Max and Emily's

Judy Thurston: University Art Gallery

Julie Tyslicky: University Art Gallery

Ryan Watkins: Motorless Motion and New Yorker Building

Julie Wells: University Art Gallery

Al Wildey: Art Reach of Mid Michigan

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  • 4th­Street Marketplace is Back for Another Summer! The 4th­Street Marketplace is returning to Downtown Clare this summer! Come to the historic depot to buy your produce and other goods from our various local vendors. If you are interested in being a vendor there is still time! For more information about being a vendor or about the event stop by Chamber of Commerce or give us a call at­(989)386-2442. The next date is September 1.
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  • 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.
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  • Flint Jazz Festival is August 11-13 in Flint, Michigan. They are looking for artist to join them in the Gallery of Artists at the Festival. Contact Tanya Lane at 810.238.6875 for more information about registering a booth.
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  • FREE band concert at Clare Airport on August 14 starting at 7 pm. Central Michigan Area Concert Band will be performing. Ice cream will be available starting at 6. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the ice cream social and great music.
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  • Card making class at Pere Marquette Library on August 24 starting at 1. Cost is $10. There will also be a card making class at the Harrison City Market on Tuesday, August 8 from 1-3. Contact Jan at 539.6569 if you have questions.

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  • Save the Date! Art Reach will be holding their festival of the arts and annual auction on Wednesday, August 30 at 5:30. This event will take place at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Mt Pleasant. The theme is "Gotta have Art."

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  • Bus to ART PRIZE Midland Center for the Arts will be having a bus trip to Art Prize in Grand Rapids. The date is Monday, September 25. The all-day trip starts at 8 from the Midland Center for the Arts Parking lot and the charter bus will return around 10 pm. Participants are on their own for lunch and to explore Art Prize. Cost is $45. If you are a AB Dow Museum member, the cost is $35. Tickets go on sale starting August 7 at noon. This trip usually sells out.
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  • Midland Center for the Arts will be staring single tickets sales starting August 7 at noon for their upcoming 2017-2018 Season. The musical, Chicago will be at the MCFTA's January 12-14, 2018. Call the ticket office at 1.800.523.7649 or www.midlandcenter.org
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  • Pere Marquette Book Club is not meeting in August. Their next meeting will be September 28. The book is Family Tree by Barbara Delinski.
    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 Weight of Science by Heather Gudenkauf

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  • Old 27 Motor Tour is Thursday, August 24 in Downtown Clare.

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  • Old 27 Car Tour and Street Fair is in Harrison on August 25 & 26. There will be live entertainment, a street dance, arts and craft vendors. On Thursday, August 24, they are having a garden tour. For more information call 989.539.7145 ext 210.

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  • Wine and Art Walk will be Saturday August 26 in Downtown Clare

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  • Yoder's Amish Fall Auction will be September 1 & 2. It is located at 10885 N Leaton Road, Clare, MI. For more information call 989.386.2872.

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  • 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.

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  • MMCC BBQ is September 17.

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  • 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.

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  • October 10 is CCAC annual Quilt Trail Ride. More details to follow.

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  • 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.

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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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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

  • 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.­