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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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May 25, 2016­ updates

The 2nd­Annual­ Clare­ County­ Quilt Festival was a success. There is many hours that go into the planning of this event. A huge thank you is Vicky Gunden, Jane Sartor Key, Carron Nevill Marty Johnston and Kathy Gunden. There were also ticket takers, people who helped put up the quilts, people who helped take down the quilts. A heartfelt thanks to all. There were Over 200 people came to see the 59 quilts. The Winners were Jan Voss 1st place vintage, Theola Leeth, 2nd place vintage and Clare Congrational Church 3rd place vintage. For current quilts, Angie Allen took home first place, Connie MacAllister had second and Marge Bell took home 3rd place honors. Thanks again.

Don’t forget the Chamber’s Call to Artist. Below is the information. Contact the Chamber for more info 989.386.2442.

CALL TO ARTISTS:­ Two Options in Bike Art

Name of Project:­­ Clare Michigan Art Alley-Phase II-Bike Art-Option #1

Option 1:­ Artfully Painted Bikes

Description:­ Donated Bikes will be commissioned by various artists, to be re-painted in whimsical, creative, or fun designs to create a fleet of bikes for visitors to “rent” via an identification card to tour the City’s Art & Architecture~”ArtTraction”.

Work Media:­ Utilize your choice of artistic method.­ Finished product should include enamel paint that is weather resistant with a durable, useable finish.

Work Subject:­­ Donated Bikes are available by calling the Clare Chamber at 989-386-2442 but the artist can secure their own functional bike for this project­

Theme:­­ Artists Discretion

Entry Requirements:

1.­­­­­­ Submit Artist Profile/Resume

2.­­­­­­ Entry Clause:­­ By submitting your artwork for this project, you are in agreement that all or part of your design becomes the property of the Clare Chamber’s Community Art Program.­

3.­­­­­­ All entries will be held to high standards of decency and respect for diverse beliefs and values.­ Note:­ Obscenity is without artistic merit, is not protected by speech, and will not be considered.

4.­­­­­­ Please provide a Description for your artwork; what inspired your design

5.­­­­­­ All Entrants will receive 2 entry Tickets to the Clare Community Art Auction & Community Reception Sept 14th

6.­­­­­­ Entries receiving the most votes in each category will receive $100.

a.­­­­­­­ Use of Color

b.­­­­­­ Whimsical

c.­­­­­­­ Traditional

d.­­­­­­ Radical

Entries Due:­­ All entries are due by 12:00pm Noon on June 14th to:­­

­Ray’s Bike Shop, 425 N. McEwan Street, Clare, MI­ 48617

­Timeline:­

·­­­­­­­­ June 14th 12:00pm All entries Due

·­­­­­­­­ June 14-22 All Bikes Evaluated for safety at Ray’s Bike Shop

·­­­­­­­­ June 25th­­ Summerfest Bike Art Event & Art-Traction Bike Tour Introduction & Bike Voting by Community

·­­­­­­­­ June 25-August 31st Voting Continues for Bike Designs

·­­­­­­­­ Sept 14th-Winners announced at Clare Community Art Auction & Community Reception in Clare Downtown’s Art Alley, Recognition of Artists

Name of Project:­­ Clare Michigan Art Alley-Phase II-Bike Art---Option #2

Option 2:­ Bike Part Sculpture Art

Description:­ Artists will utilize various parts from bikes to fashion a free-standing Bike Art Sculpture

Work Media:­ Used Bike Parts-pedal bikes preferred but open to other bike options

Work Subject:­­ Ray’s Bike Shop can be utilized as a source for bike parts or other sources of Artists desire

Theme:­­ Artists Discretion

Entry Requirements:

1.­­­­­­ Submit Artist Profile/Resume

2.­­­­­­ Entry Clause:­­ By submitting your artwork for this project, you are in agreement that your artwork will be on public display and then auctioned off.­ There are no guarantees that people will not touch it. Please try to keep Public Safety in mind and ensure that sharp edges are softened and the sculpture is of a durable nature.­ All efforts will be made by Downtown businesses, the City of Clare, the Clare Police Department and the Clare Chamber of Commerce to keep all sculptures in a well-lit area and as safe from tampering and/or theft, as possible.­

3.­­­­­­ All entries will be held to high standards of decency and respect for diverse beliefs and values.­ Note:­ Obscenity is without artistic merit, is not protected by free speech, and will not be considered.

4.­­­­­­ Please provide a Description for your artwork; what inspired your design

5.­­­­­­ Please provide an approximate base price for auction purposes

6.­­­­­­ Please provide a photo of your entry with your Entry packet

7.­­­­­­ All Entrants will receive 2 entry Tickets to the Clare Community Art Auction & Community Reception Sept 14th

8.­­­­­­ All Entries will be offered at Auction on Sept 14th at the Clare Community Art Auction & Community Reception

Proceeds from Bike Art Sculptures will be divided as follows:

·­­­­­­­­ 50% of Proceeds from each sculpture piece will go to the Respective Artist

·­­­­­­­­ 25% of Proceeds go to Rail Trail/Trailhead Completion Fund

·­­­­­­­­ 25% of Proceeds go to Clare’s Downtown Community Art Fund

9.­­­­­­ A People’s Choice Award for $100 will be given to the Artist of the sculpture that wins the most votes

10.­­­ Additionally, the People’s Choice Sculpture will be purchased and permanently installed at the City of Clare Trailhead.

Entries Due:­­ All Entry Packets are due by 12:00pm Noon on June 17th, along with a photo of your entry.­­ Please send to:

Clare Area Chamber of Commerce, 202 W. Fifth Street, Clare, MI­ 48617 or via email:­ manager@claremichigan.com

Once received, you will receive directions as to when and where to deliver your sculpture during the week of June 20-24.

Opening Ceremony for Bike Art will be held on Saturday, June 25th.

­Timeline:­

·­­­­­­­­ June 17th 12:00pm All entries Due

·­­­­­­­­ June 20-24th Delivery of Sculptures

·­­­­­­­­ June 25th­­ Summerfest Bike Art Event & Art-Traction Bike Opening Ceremony, Voting by Community begins & walking tour of Bike Art in Downtown Clare

·­­­­­­­­ Sept 14th- Clare Community Art Auction & Community Reception in Clare Downtown’s Art Alley, Recognition of Artists

Questions:

Please direct any questions or inquiries to Pam O’Laughlin, Clare Area Chamber of Commerce 989-386-2442 or via email:­­ manager@claremichigan.com

Thank you for your participation in the creation of Art Alley.­­ The Art Alley is the starting place for the newest Downtown Clare Attraction---“Art-Traction” which will be assembled in various stages with expected completion by 2017.­ If you would like to participate in other projects connected to Art Alley, we would love to have your help, support and involvement.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission, Isabella Bank & Trust, 515 Gallery, Clare High School Arts Program, Beta Sigma Phi, Clare County Arts Council & the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Business Group.

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Coleman is having Quilt and Craft show on June 10th from 10-4 and on June 11 from 9-4. For more information contact Janet Roman at 989.854.8077.

Clare­High School Middle School­band concert is­June 2­at­Clare­HS.­

Former CCAC President, Jeanette Stewart had her painting accepted for­Art­Walk Central. Congratulations. If you know if any other CCAC member, let me know and I will share the information.

Art Reach of Mid Michigan is holding a Birthday Celebration on Thursday, June 9 from 5-7 pm. There will be a short presentation at 5:30, donor recognition, birthday cake and balloons. This is open to the public and will be held at 111 E Broadway, Mt Pleasant.

June 20th­are the­next two paint parties­held at Made with Loving Hands. CCAC member Lesley Smoltz and Julie Wells are your instructors. The cost is $40 and is starts at 6. Contact Made with Loving Hands to sign up.

Clare­Summer Concert Series­begins on­June 9­with Blue Water Ramblers. This is a Folk music group. They will be held at­Clare­City Park from 6-8. The Discovery Museum will be there offering Children events. The concerts go until­August 18. ­­

Lumber Jack Festival­which is held the last Saturday in July, will be holding a craft show. Please contact Marjean at989.588.2669­for more information. ­

On­July 16, CCAC will hold their­Art­of Gardening Tour. ­­Tickets will be for sale at the Doherty. $8 presale and $10 the day of the event. There will be 5 gardens to tour plus a tour of the Doherty House. ­­

Car and Cycle show­will be held at the­Clare­Railroad Depot on­June 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 Carole­is back by popular demand. She will be teaching a 7-day workshop at the Doherty Hotel­September 26 through October 3. Information on this workshop can be found through contacting Linda at: ­lmwatson@voyager.net­­

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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