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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
October 1st, 2017

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•­ Clare County Arts Council events:

•­ October 10 is CCAC 4th annual Quilt Trail Ride and fall colors. It will be from 1-4 and the cost is $10. You will ride a bus to view many of the quilt blocks in the county. CCAC needs a minimum of 15 people to sign up for this. Contact Vicki Gunden for tickets and more information at 989.289.8235. Tickets are also available at the Doherty Hotel in Clare.

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•­ November 2, CCAC will be having an Amish Harvest Dinner at the Country Side Diner located on 8400 Colonville Road, Clare. (5.5 miles east of old 27 North of Clare.) This will be an Amish meal with arrival time at 5:00 and dinner is at 5:30. Cost is $20 and includes dinner, tip and a $3 donation to the Arts Council. The meal includes fried chicken, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, noodles, vegetable, salad, beverage and dessert. Only 50 tickets are available. Meal must be paid for in advanced. Please send your name, number of tickets and $20 per ticket to CCAC, P O Box 412, Clare Michigan. If you have questions, contact Marty at 734.755.2638. Reservations must be received by October 24th. ­

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•­ Other local cultural events at Quilt blocks or CCAC members:

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•­ CCAC members Bob and Linda Guiliani will be doing a program on Alaska. They have traveled to Alaska several times to photograph and enjoy the beauty that Alaska has to offer. Most recently, they traveled there this past June to scout areas for another photo tour they are offering for 2018. Learn about Alaska and enjoy the images they will share while telling the stories behind many of their images. They have owned Guys & Dolls Photography since 1980 and have photographed many of the residents from the surrounding areas. They have given programs and workshops throughout the country. Bob’s images have received state and national awards and have been published in various magazines. This event take place on October 5 at the Pere Marquette Library beginning at 6.

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•­ Leaves are turning, days are shorter and Clare's­ 515 Gallery is hosting a unique Fall exhibit, “We Only Come Out at Night”!­­­ Nineteen incredible Michigan artists will unveil their eerie creations during the free, public opening reception on Saturday, October 14 from 6-8 pm.­ Don’t miss the chance to meet the artists:­ Steve Barber, Andrew Boughner, Sara Briguglio, Sylvia Coon, Lesa Doke, Ted Evans, Ivory Griffin Jr., Ian Humphres, Richard Johnson, Chuck Kumnick, Ryan R. Laity, Kasi Lyn, Leah Parker, Dillon Pringle, Payton Pringle, Evan Root, Josh Roupe, Bret Sauve, Kanda Shueller.­­­ View their work:­ a variety of mediums, styles, and unique subject matter.­­ Enjoy Halloween inspired refreshments!­­ “We Only Come Out at Night” exhibit will run October 14th – November 11th. Business hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 11-4 pm.­ www.515 gallery.org

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•­ Harrison Chamber of Commerce is doing a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Budd Lake Bar and Restaurant. Eleven Million Dollar Murder will take place on Saturday, November 4. Cost is $30. Call 989.539.6011 to purchase your tickets.

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•­ 515 Gallery is excited to recognize several local artists who have exhibited in downtown Clare and are now showcasing their talents at ArtPrize 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan now until October 8th.­­­ Over five hundred thousand dollars are awarded each year in prizes including public vote and jury awards by art world experts.­ ArtPrize is free and open to the public, attracting over 500,000 visitors to Grand Rapids, making it the most attended public art event in the world.­ Local artists recently shown at 515 Gallery and currently exhibiting in Grand Rapids are Denise Ardis, Jeff Best, Kim Kleinhardt and Al Wildey.­ Make a trip to ArtPrize, check out their entries, and support them with your vote:

Denise Ardis from Midland has miniature paintings, “LocationLocationLocation” showcased at PO (Art) Box 230031, 120 Monroe Center St.­ NW

Jeff Best of Clare, “The Salvere Hitch” consists of life size barb-wire horse sculptures located at the Amway Grand Plaza on 187 Monroe Ave. NW

CCAC member, Kim Kleinhardt also from Clare, is exhibiting her giant dice sculpture, “There is no gambling like politics.”-Disraeli at JW Marriott, 235 Louis Street NW

Al Wildey of Mt. Pleasant, is showcasing his Digital Photographic Composite, “Pyramide du Louvre” at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW

If you are a CCAC member and have a cultural event, please let me know at cjsantini72@gmail.com

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Other Cultural events in the area:

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•­ Stephanie Terpening will be offering a Children’s Choir starting Oct 2 from 3:30 -4:30 on Mondays. Children who are in 1st to 6th grade are welcome. The cost is $50 for the 10 week class which will be held at the Rhythm Studio (across from Walgreen’s) in Clare. Contact Stephanie at 989.387.9573 for more information.­

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•­ Do you have a child with sensory issues? Celebration Cinema in Mt Pleasant will be showing My Little Pony Movie on October 14 at 10:30. The lights will be dim, but will remain on and the volume will be lowered. For more information contact Celebration Cinema.

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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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•­ Painted Rocks: This is a game/craze that is currently going on in the county. You paint a rock and place it is a public place. A person finds the rock, takes a picture of it and post the picture on Facebook. You can then take the rock and move it to a different public space or leave it for the next person to find. The rocks can be painted with positive messages, patriotic, your favorite character, a quilt block, etc. One block was recently found at Pere Marquette Library.­ Thanks to a CCAC member, who told me Clare has a Clare Kindness Rocks. I saw one person taking a picture today at Isabella Bank. Pere Marquette Library has supplies for you to paint your own rock if you want to join in.

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•­ Tuscan cooking class will be held at Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison Campus. ­Delizioso! Gather with us to enjoy cuisine from the Tuscan region of Italy. Learn the art of speidini di pollo, authentic lasagna, simmer a delectable stew, and craft rotollo alla fruita—a luscious sponge cake sprinkled with rum, berries, and handmade whipped cream rolled into a mouthwatering delicacy. You’ll take home the recipes, tips on where and how to select ingredients, a list of the instructor’s favorite cookbooks, and more.“Tutti a tavola!” . . . everyone to the table! The class is scheduled for Oct 12 from 6-9. Cost $65. Call 989.386.6625 to register.

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•­ Craft and Conversation is held at the Pere Marquette Library on Thursdays from 10-5. Bring your craft and work on it while meeting new people. Contact the Library for more information.­

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•­ Bookgami is where you take a book and fold the pages to make a word or picture. Pere Marquette Library is offering a free class on Oct 17 from 2-4 to learn the basic techniques of this craft. You must preregister by calling 989.386.7576 or stop by the library.

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•­ Pere Marquette Book Club next meeting will be October 26. The meetings are held in the basement of the Library and beginning at 5:30.

­­­­­­­­­­­ 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 The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

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•­ Art Reach in Mt Pleasant is looking for volunteers to work in their gift shop. If interested, contact Art Reach at 989.773.3689.

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•­ Share your Craft will begin on Monday, October 2 at the Harrison Public Library. From 10-6:30 bring your craft to work on with other area crafters. Contact the Library for more information.

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•­ Chili Cook Off: will be held at the Clare Municipal Airport, 10725 S Eberhart Ave, Clare. The event will begin at 5:00 on Saturday, October 14. This event is open to anyone. If you are going to enter have your chili there by 4:30. This is sponsored by Clare Area Pilots Association.

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•­ Theatre in the Woods is putting on a musical murder mystery. This will be held at the Midland Holiday Inn on Oct 13 & 27. Costumes are encouraged. 6 pm is check in and 7 pm the show starts. It includes a meal. Go to www.whomurdermystery.com for more information. ­

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•­ Gratiot County Quilt Trail will have its first ever Paint and Take Quilt Block Party. Supplies and Snacks will be provided. This will take place on October 5 from 1-3 at the Gratiot Fairgrounds. Cost is $40. Send your name and phone number to Brush with Bravada, 1686 Wright Street, Suite C, Alma, 48801. ­

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•­ What we learn about cultures through the lens of picture books. Will be presented by Pamela S Gates at Art Reach in Mt Pleasant on October 4 from 12-1. Contact Art Reach for more information.

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•­ Jimmy Osmond will be at the Kirtland Preforming Arts Center, Roscommon, on October 7 beginning at 7. Tickets are $35. Contact the Performing Arts Center for more information.

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•­ Paint your Pet will be held at Art Reach on Saturday, October 7 from 12-3. Cost is $90. Contact Art Reach to register at 989.773.3689.

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•­ Harrison Lions Club is having their Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18th. It will be from 9-4 at the Harrison Lions Building. Free admission. They are currently looking for crafters. If interested, contact Penny at 989.539.0092

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•­ Victorian Christmas Tree Decorating Workshop will be held on Thursday, November 30 at the Harrison Campus. Cost is $50. This class is a can’t miss for the upcoming holiday season! Supply your own 2-foot miniature faux holiday tree and leave with a stunning display that harkens back to days of old. Choose from two styles of decoration—Classic Victorian Style or Rustic Remembrance. Your beautiful tree will last for years, and add holiday spirit to your home. These trees make a perfect gift too!

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•­ Denise Brennan Nelson will be doing a book signing at the Roof Top Landing on, Saturday, December 9th from 11-4. Her book, is entitled, Good Night Reindeer.

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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.­