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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
December 4, 2016

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  • Thanks to all who attended the CCAC General Meeting. Monica Roeuch and Theresa Slocum did a great job on making a snowman. Just a reminder due to the number of snowbirds CCAC has, we will not have a general meeting until March or April.

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  • Clare Business After Hours is Tuesday, December 6 at the Doherty from 5-7. Clare County Arts Council is the featured non-profit.

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  • Wreck of the Gimpy Gin is a one act play being presented at the 515 Gallery on Thursday, December 8 at 7 pm. The play is written and performed by Raymond Goodwin. The story is about a tragic accident in story waters off Burner’s Inlet MI in 1927 that has scared the reputation of a local family for eight decades. There is no charge, but the show is recommended for ages 14 and up.

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  • Gateway Band will be performing their annual Christmas concert. It will be on December 15 at the Clare High School. The performance will begin at 7:30. A free will offering will be taken. Their next performance will be their Irish Concert on March 16 at 7:30.
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  • Christmas Tea to benefit the Clare County Baby Pantry will be held on December 15 at 3:00 at the First Congregational Church, 211 W Spring Street, Harrison. Coffee, tea and goodies will be served. Come and enjoy conversation, music, holiday displays and more. Donations will be accepted for the ongoing support of the Baby Pantry. RSVP suggested: 989-630-0094.

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  • Harrison Christmas Celebration and Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony - Saturday, December 10th The Memorial Tree Lighting will begin at 6:00pm in front of Hillside Elementary, Harrison. To endow a light in memory of a loved one who has passed, please contact the Chamber office by noon on December 9th. Names added to this year's endowment list will be read to the public at the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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  • Immediately following the Tree Lighting, there will be a special Christmas Celebration inside the Hillside Gymnasium with cider and cookies, an appearance by Santa Clause, and more. Call (989) 539-6011 for more information. ​
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  • Christmas Tree Walk - Saturday, December 10th 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Harrison City Market. Come to the Harrison City Market to see over 30 decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses. Free to attend; Public welcome! Thanks for CCAC members Deb Hoyt and Paule Clark. They decorated a tree for CCAC. This tree will be given to a needy family. ­

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  • December 8:­ Farwell 8th-12th Grade Bands Christmas Concert will be held at Jamie Performing Arts Center at 6:30.

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  • December 9: Farwell 5th-7th Grade Bands Christmas Concert will be held at Jaimie Performing Arts Center at 6:30.
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  • Rosebush United Methodist Church is doing a Kids Christmas workshop on December 10 from 10-noon. Children will be making an ornament. For more information, call 989.433.2957.

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  • MMI is now selling HeARTbeat Calendars for 2017. This is their biggest fundraiser for the art studio program for Community Connections. The calendars are filled with amazing and beautiful artwork from our local artists. The cost is $10.00 per calendar. Please call Angella at 386-7707 to order your copy today. They make wonderful Christmas gifts.

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  • The 515 Gallery of downtown Clare is excited to be exhibiting 26 local artists in the 1 in 4 Exhibit. Statistics say that 1 in 4 Michigan children live in poverty and our mid-Michigan counties rank near the bottom for child well-being.­ These caring artists are bringing awareness to this issue with 10% of all sales of their miniature works going to the Clare Backpack Project – which supplies food for local needy school children over the weekends. In addition to the 50+ original miniature works for sale – only $40.00 each – there will be an opportunity to purchase $5.00 LED candles to place on the gallery tree.­ 100% of candle sales will be donated to the Backpack Project also.­­ This 1 in 4 Exhibit runs through the holiday season until January 7, 2017 and gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 11-4 p.m. If the art you purchase is a gift, you can pick it up prior to Christmas.
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  • Correction on cost: Art Reach in Mt Pleasant if offering an adult painting class. You will be painting a Christmas ornament. Class is December 6 from 5-8. Cost is $15. For more information, contact Art Reach. ­

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  • Do you want to learn American Sign Language? Angella from MMI will be at the Pere Marquette Library on Fridays from 9:30-10:30 to teach ASL. For more information, contact Angella at 386-7707 ext 1204.

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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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  • Local Artists, Roger Chase and Kim Kleinhardt each have one of their art works on display at the Midland Center for the Arts until December 30. Roger Chase was the Greater Michigan Grand Prize winner with his “The One-A-Day Attempt.” Roger took a photograph every day for a year in his piece. Kim’s mixed media piece is titled “Ruby” and tells the story of her sister Karen and her learning how to sew on their mother’s treadle sewing machine.

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  • Harrison City Market is now 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. MMI participants will be selling their art work on Friday from 10-2.

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  • Art Reach will be offering a basic watercolor class. It will be held on January 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6-8. Cost is $65. Contact Art Reach to sign up at 989.773.3689.

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  • Art Reach will be offering a Landscaping Fabric College. Learn to create unique & beautiful collage in 5 sessions. Cost $60. The classes will be held on January 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb 1. You do not need to know how to sew to do this class. Contact Art Reach to sign up at 989.773.3689.

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  • Scrap, Stamp and Socialize at the Pere Marquette Library. Carla who owned Paper Moon has reserve the basement of the Pere Marquette Library on Thursday from 10-6. You bring your own projects and spend the day working on them. Contact Carla or Sheila at the Library for more information.

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  • 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. Proceeds to go to the City of Clare Recreational Complex. More details to follow.
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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