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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
January 8, 2017

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Clare County Arts Council will not be holding a general meeting in January.
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  • Have you ever wanted to be in a play? Now is your chance. Mid Michigan Community College is holding tryouts for the play, “Odd Couple”. These tryouts will be January 9, 10 and 11 from 3-6 at the Harrison Campus. For more information, contact Yvette at ykeats@midmich.edu

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  • There is still time to become involved in the Rosie the Riveter Campaign Challenge: The Freedom Park’s Wall of Tears represents the fallen military since WWII to today from Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland Counties. They hope to raise funds to purchase statues for this park. They are looking for 100 Women to be modern day “Rosie” by making a pledge to donate $100 by January 8, 2017. On January 14, 2017, at the Second Annual Snowball Dinner/Dance the funds will be presented to Clare County Veterans Office. (If you donate, you can purchase a ticket to attend the Dinner/Dance at a reduced rate of $7.50.) The Dinner/Dance will be held at the Harrison Moose Lodge. Please direct any questions you have about this to the Clare county Veteran’s Office at 989.539.3273 or Maye Tessner-Rood at 989.944.0075. Donations are tax deductible.

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  • Do you like to scrapbook or stamp? Mark your calendar now, a scrapbooking crop is scheduled for February 25, 2017, at the Pere Marquette Library in Clare from 9-6. You can come to scrapbook, make cards, cross stitch, knit, etc. Cost is $30 with Proceeds to go to the City of Clare Recreational Complex.­ Judy Brankel will have a table of her scrapbook items she no longer is using. (many new items). These items will be available for a donation. The money will go to the Clare Public Schools back pack program. Also a Creative Memories and Stamping Up consultant will be in attendance.­ For more information, contact Carol at 989.386.3925. Deadline to register is February 17.

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  • The Jazz, Wine and Chocolate Affair will be held Friday, February 10 starting at 6 pm at Brewing on McEwan. This event is being sponsored by Clare Area Chamber of Commerce with proceeds to benefit the Chamber Depot Office project. Tickets are $20. There will be door prizes and silent auction items. There will surprise wine bottles for $5 as well as chocolate desserts and wine testing. For more information, contact the Chamber at 989.386.2442.

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  • Art Reach in Mt Pleasant again is having their Festival of Banners. The theme this year is “Art in Nature.” Submission deadline in February 13, 2017Adults artist will pay $25 to paint their banner and will receive their banner after the banner festival. Children 18 and under participate free of charge. Children must be at least 8 years old. For more information, contact Art Reach 989.773.3689 or go to their website www.artreachcenter.org

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  • Metal and Oil is the next exhibit at the 515 Gallery. Featuring Artist, Ryan Flesher, does metal sculpture, and Kathy Jones who does oil on canvas. The opening reception will be January 21 from 6:00-8:00. The exhibit will run from January 21 to March 1. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11-4.

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  • Cabin Fever will be held on February 11 at the Jamie Performing Arts Center at Farwell HS. This variety show is a fundraiser for the Farwell Area Band. The event will begin at 6:30.

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  • Photo Contest: Mid Michigan Business and Visitor Guide Photo Contest – WIN $25.00 The Clare County Review is looking for a picture from the area that reflects Clare County’s history and heritage for the cover of our annual Mid Michigan Business and Visitor Guide. If you are an amateur photographer and would like to have a chance for your photo to be the cover image of our 2017 guide send in your favorite digital photo entry to: ccr. mpe.edition@gmail.com or post your entry on our Facebook page. You can even send your entry into the Clare County Review, 105 W. Fourth Street, Clare, Michigan 48617. Please include your name and contact info with your entries. Deadline to enter is February 10, 2017. Actual print photographs sent in should be an 8x10. You may submit up to three images for consideration.

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  • Plans are in the works for the Clare Irish Festival. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be having their annual Art and Silent Auction on March 15th starting at 7 at the Doherty.

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  • Get your cooking skills going with the Irish Recipe Contest. This will be held on Thursday, March 16 at the Clare High School staring at 5:30. Followed by the Gateway band performing at 7:30.

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  • Looking forward, on June 9th, City of Clare will be hosting the Back to the Bricks Car Show on McEwan street. More details to follow.

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  • May 19 & 20 is the Clare County Arts Council Quilt Festival. Finish up the quilt you are working on to enter it in the show. More details to follow

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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.

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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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If you have a program, you would like to present, please contact me at cjsantini72@gmail.com
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Thanks to everyone who have sent in their dues. Your $10 dues 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.

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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