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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
March 19, 2017

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  • Clare County Arts Council next general meeting will be April 11. This will be a joint meeting with the Harrison Women’s Association. Elm Creek will be presenting. The meeting will take place at MMCC in the Houghton Room beginning at 5:30. Cost is $10 for the dinner which is catered by the Jackpine Restaurant. You will need to RSVP to cjsantini72@gmail.com by April 1.

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  • On March 27 in recognition of Parenting Awareness month, the movie Moana will be shown at the Ideal Theatre in Clare. Show times are 6 & 8. There is FREE admission as well as free popcorn and pop. A parent or guardian must attend with the child.

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  • Farwell Women’s Club is holding a Craft Show and Marketplace on Saturday, March 25 from 9 to 3 at the Farwell High School. Lunch available. Free admission. For more information and registration call 989.588.3140.

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  • Artistic Welding is back at Mid Michigan Community College. Through Lifelong Learning and continuing Education, the classes will be held March 28-April 25 for 5 weeks. Time for the class is Tuesday from 3-6. The cost is $110. Contact Carol Darlington with questions at 989.386.6625. You can register on line at www.midmich.edu and go to continuing education.

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  • Italian Cooking Class is also being offered through MMCC Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education. The three classes begin on March 28 and goes to April 11. Cost is $59. Contact Carol Darlington if you have questions at 989.386.6625.

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  • Cross-Cultural Art Representations in the Older Testament, Paradise Lost, Stories of Strong Older Testament Women. Central Seminary of Ann Arbor student Patti Ulrich will present a study of the distinct differences in style, form, and composition between Jewish, Christian, and ethnic art portrayals of narratives within the Older Testament. We will discuss the theological meanings of these interfaith religious compositions. This will be held on April 8 at the Clare Congregational Church from 10-12. (across from Post Office.)

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  • On April 15, the The Art of Parables, Interpreting the Teaching Stories of Jesus in Word & Sculpture will be held from 10-12 at the Clare Congregational Church. Patti Ulrich will present a study of Charles McCollough’s sculptural interpretation of the parables of Jesus. We will take a look at the stories within the context of first-century Palestine and discuss how the art speaks to us.

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  • Learn to paint a Lighthouse on driftwood is an Adult class being held at Art Reach in Mt Pleasant. The class will be held March 22 & 29 from 6-8. Cost $40.

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  • Painting the Town is an adult painting class taught by Carole Howard. This class will be held at Art Reach on March 30 from 5-8. Cost $35. Register by Contacting Art Reach in Mt Pleasant.

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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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  • Katie Chichester Mester will be at the Charles V Park Baber Room at CMU from March 2 to 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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  • Art Reach of Mid Michigan is currently calling all artists over age 10 interested in painting our expanded line of handmade furniture for Art Flair 2017 (formerly Chair Affair). This year the furniture will include: corn hole games sets, a variety of kids and adult benches, a bistro set and the traditional Adirondack chairs. Artist submissions are currently being accepted through March 31 on a first come first serve basis. The finished pieces will be on display throughout downtown from July 10-29. The items will be judged during sidewalk sales, July 27-29 and the items will be auctioned on July 29. For more information, contact Art Reach at 989.773.3689.
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  • If you have a child who has sensory issues, Celebration Cinema is showing Sensory Showtimes. In the theatre, the lights will be up and the sound down. The next movie will be March 25, Beauty and the Beast at 10:30.­ Contact the Clare Gladwin Great Start Collaborative at the Clare Gladwin RESD for more information.

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  • Mid Michigan Community College Community Theatre will be presenting The Odd Couple. Matinee performances will be April 11, 13, 18 & 20 at 2:00 pm. Evening performances are April 21 & 22 at 7. Cost is $10. On April 11 & 20 there is an optional luncheon for an additional $22. Contact 989.386.6640 for ticket 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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  • 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. Admission is $2 for the event. It cost $5 to enter your quilt. On Friday the times are 10-6 and Saturday 10-4. 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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  • The Art of Gardening tour will be held on July 15. More details to follow.

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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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  • Do you have an interest in Chess? Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can join the Clare County Chess Club. They meet on Saturday from 10-1:30 at the Pere Marquette Library. Contact Gene for more information at 989.802.9069.

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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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  • 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. 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