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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
August 20th, 2017

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  • Clare County Arts Council events:

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  • CCAC is a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy.­­Tour the basement of the Doherty Hotel­Sept. 13,­4-6:30.­ Hidden stairs and trap door in the lounge,­haunted­4th floor, Happy Hour Club (poker room frequented by oil men and others) strange circles in ceiling of basement, Chance to win a night at the Doherty on the 4th floor. Tickets are limited and are available NOW at the Doherty. Cost $20.

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  • October 10 is CCAC 4th annual Quilt Trail Ride and fall colors. It will be from 1-4 and the cost is $10. Contact Vicki Gunden for more information at 989.289.8235.

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  • November 2, CCAC will be having a Harvest Dinner at the Country Side Diner located on Colonville Road, Clare. This will be an Amish meal with arrival time at 5:00 and dinner is at 5:30. More details to follow.

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  • Other local cultural events:

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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.­ Shepherd has started a Facebook page called Shepherdrocks to share their pictures.

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  • Over 120 artists registered for Art Walk Central. Congratulations to these local artists have their work displayed throughout Mt Pleasant. Make sure you go to Art Reach in Mt Pleasant to vote for your favorite art piece. Voting ends soon.

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Jan Alfano, University Art Gallery

Jeff Best Downtown Public Square (this piece is also going to Art Prize in Grand Rapids)

Laura Coffee: The Coffee Room

Edward Evans: University Art Gallery

Joanne Grabinski: University Art Gallery

Stephen Grewe: Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge

Rebecca Hasting: University Art Gallery

Ian Humphres: Downtown Public Spaces

Kim Kleinhardt: University Art Gallery

Betty Klooster Tyler: University Art Gallery

Hannah Lucas: University Art Gallery

Elizabeth McQueen: Motorless Motion

Diane Mooradian: CMU Park Library

Steven Parkhurst: Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge

Jeanne Rouston: Isabella Community Credit Union

Carly Shorts: Isabella Bank

Linda Thompson: Max and Emily's

Judy Thurston: University Art Gallery

Julie Tyslicky: University Art Gallery

Ryan Watkins: Motorless Motion and New Yorker Building

Julie Wells: University Art Gallery

Al Wildey: Art Reach of Mid Michigan

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  • 4th­Street Marketplace is Back. They are now going to be open on every Friday from 11-2 at Clare City Park. (across from City Hall) For more information about being a vendor or about the event stop by Chamber of Commerce or call at­(989) 386-2442.

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  • Do you have a child with sensory issues? Celebration Cinema in Mt Pleasant will be showing Lego Ninjago Movie on September 30 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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  • Card making class at Pere Marquette Library on August 24 starting at 1. Cost is $10. Contact Jan at 539.6569 if you have questions.

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  • The Historic Dover School Museum is now open Saturdays from 1-4. Check out the museum, Dover School, Ott family log cabin and working blacksmith shop. The complex is located on the corner of Dover and Eberhart north of Clare.­

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  • Old 27 Motor Tour is Thursday, August 24 in Downtown Clare. Nightshift will be performing. Over 500 cars are expected.

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  • The Clare Chamber is looking for street performers to perform on August 24. If you a talent, contact the Chamber at 989.386.2442.

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  • Ron Rademaker will be doing a book signing at Millies on August 24. He has written four books on Michigan.

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  • Art Alley will be unveiling the "Donut Wall" on August 24 at 7 pm. The new sound garden will also be open. Check it out. Art Alley is located behind Her Place in Clare.

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  • Old 27 Car Tour and Street Fair is in Harrison on August 25 & 26. There will be live entertainment, a street dance, arts and craft vendors.

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  • Thursday, August 24, Harrison is having a Garden Tour. It will be held from 3-7. Tickets are $10. Call 989.539.7145 ext 210 to purchase tickets. Proceeds to go to the Veteran's Freedom Park.­ At 7 pm, the winner of the "Favorite Garden" will be announced at the Veteran's Freedom Park.

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  • The Painted Turtle in Mt Pleasant is having a painting workshop on August 24 from 6-8. They are located at 209 W Broadway. Call 989.317.8008 to register

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  • Wine and Art Walk will be Saturday August 26 in Downtown Clare. Contact the Chamber for more information.

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  • The White House Restaurant will be having live music all day on August 26 in Downtown Clare.

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  • Art Reach will be holding their festival of the arts and annual auction on Wednesday, August 30 at 5:30. This event will take place at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Mt Pleasant. The theme is "Gotta have Art."

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  • Bus to ART PRIZE Midland Center for the Arts will be having a bus trip to Art Prize in Grand Rapids. The date is Monday, September 25. The all-day trip starts at 8 from the Midland Center for the Arts Parking lot and the charter bus will return around 10 pm. Participants are on their own for lunch and to explore Art Prize. Cost is $45. If you are a AB Dow Museum member, the cost is $35. Tickets go on sale starting August 7 at noon. This trip usually sells out.

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  • Midland Center for the Arts The musical, Chicago will be at the MCFTA's January 12-14, 2018. Call the ticket office at 1.800.523.7649 or www.midlandcenter.org

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  • Pere Marquette Book Club is not meeting in August. Their next meeting will be September 28. The book is Family Tree by Barbara Delinski.

­­­­­­­­­­­ 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 Weight of Science by Heather Gudenkauf

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  • Yoder's Amish Fall Auction will be September 1 & 2. It is located at 10885 N Leaton Road, Clare, MI. For more information call 989.386.2872.

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  • Mid Michigan Community College is once again offering Artist Welding. Class will be held on Thursdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12 & 19 from 6-9 at the Morey Technical Center, Mt Pleasant. Cost is $110. You do not need to know how to weld to take this class. For more information contact Carol at 989.386.6625.

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  • 515 Gallery is having their Artist Talks on September 16 at 11:00. The artist from the exhibit EMERGING will be discussing their paintings on display at the Gallery.

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  • September 16 is opening day at the Wild Pumpkin Patch. They are located on Beaverton Road. The Wild Pumpkin Patch is on the Clare County self-guided Quilt Trail. ­

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  • MMCC BBQ is September 17.

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  • National Alpaca Farm Day is September 30 from 10-4. They are located at 611 N Bringold Ave, Harrison. Call 810-877-4103 for more information.

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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.­