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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
June 4th, 2017

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  • June 4-6 over 50 Prowler cars are scheduled to be at the Doherty Hotel in Clare.

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  • Have you ever wanted to learn Zentangles? Clare County Arts Council will be offering a class on June 13 at 6:30 at the Pere Marquette Library. Randi Wynne-Parry is a certified Zentangles teacher will be teaching the class. Come and learn a new adventure.

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  • As part of the 2017 Heritage Promo Tour, on June 9th, City of Clare will be hosting the Back to the Bricks Car Show on McEwan street. The American Classic Cars will arrive around 3 and leave the next day around 10. From Clare, the cars are heading to Big Rapids, Muskegon, Coldwater, Adrian and Fenton. There will be activities such as a pancake fundraiser at the Venue on June 9. Chris Cakes will put on this fundraiser with proceeds going to the Depot. There is a dance contest, plus people are asked to dress in the 50’s era.­ ­

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  • Clare Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series begins on June 8 at 5:30 with a performance by the Newman School of Dance. From 6-8, Music by the Blue Water Ramblers will be playing. If you have young children, the Clare Gladwin Great Start Collaborative will have activities for them during the concert. Go to Clare Parks and Recreation website for a complete list of concerts. The concerts are held at Clare City Park. (under the water tower in Clare.)

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  • 515 Gallery. If you missed the open house on Saturday, you can still see Industrial Impressionist, Steven Parkhurt and Stephen Grewe.The display will be on until June 28. The Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11-4.­

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  • Pere Marquette District Library is hosting a Book Club. June 27 the Book Club will be discussing; the book Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. Nicholas Sparks is at the Midland Center for the Arts on June 8 at 7:30. Tickets were still available to see Nicholas Sparks. Contact mcfta.org for more information.

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  • Congratulations to Linda Thompson. She was notified her art work, “Holy Moly”, a­ Reindeer painting, will be on display at Max and Emily’s in Mt Pleasant during Art Walk Central. Julie B Wells work, “Spinning through Michigan” will be at the CMU Art Gallery. A quilt done by Diane Mooridian will be on display at CMU Park Library. This is exciting to see these local artist chosen for Art Walk Central. If you have an art piece which has been accepted, please let me know and I will let other members know.

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  • Art for All: Painting Techniques by Barb Taylor will be held at Art Reach on June 7 from 12-1.

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  • Kari Lynch will be live at the Venue on June 24 from 6-9. Tickets are $35 which include meal and entertainment. The food is a real nice country style chicken dinner with noodles, potatoes, vegetable bread and dessert. Cash bar available. Kari is a local County Music singer, who will be playing and singing on her acoustic guitar. This event is sponsored by Clare Rotary. Contact a member of Rotary for tickets or Cops and Doughnuts. Only 175 tickets will be sold.

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  • Chariots of Fire is holding their 9th Annual Car and Truck show on Saturday, September 9. They are currently looking for vendors. Call 989.329.0269 or ccfchariotsoffire@yahoo.com for more information.

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  • If you have a child who has sensory issues, Celebration Cinema is showing Sensory show times. In the theatre, the lights will be up and the sound down. The next movie will be June 10, Captain Underpants at 10:30.­ Contact the Clare Gladwin Great Start Collaborative at the Clare Gladwin RESD for more information. ­

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  • If you enter items in the Clare County Fair Home Arts, the deadline to enter is June 24. Contact the Fair Office to obtain forms.

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  • Correction: Gateway Band will be performing in Clare on June 23 in Clare. More details to follow.

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  • Clare is hosting a music festival on July 7 and 8. This is a 70’s themed event. On July 7, there is a Magic Bus concert with a WV psychedelic van.­ It will be held in downtown Clare. Go to claremusicfestival.com for more information.

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  • MMCC will host Beauty and the Beast.at the Harrison Campus on June 23. The event will begin at 8 and is free to the public.

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  • The Art of Gardening tour will be held on July 15. Tickets will be $8 in advance and $10 the day of the event. One of the featured stops will be the Tobacco River venue where the Purple Gang lived. More details to follow.

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  • 4th­Street Marketplace is Back for Another Summer! The 4th­Street Marketplace is returning to Downtown Clare this summer! Once a month from June through September,­come to the historic depot to buy your produce and other goods from our various local vendors. Bring the family to this event starting on June 9th­from­11am until 8pm; it is a great way to involve and excite children in local produce and healthy eating by buying directly from the farmer. If you are interested in being a vendor there is still time! For more information about being a vendor or about the event stop by Chamber of Commerce or give us a call at­(989)386-2442. The other dates are July 7, August 4 and September 1.
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  • Zoo in the Park will be held on June 17 at Island Park in Mt Pleasant from 11-2. There will be a petting zoo, 20 activity stations, dunk tank, safety belt simulator, popcorn and cotton candy, and face painting. This event is sponsored by the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center.­
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  • June 24 at 7 pm, Clare County Sheriff’s Reserves will be presenting Jeannie Kendall and Carl Acuff Jr Band at Clare High School. Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 at the Door. Call 800-205-7174 for tickets and concert information.

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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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  • July 19, Pere Marquette Library is hosting author, Michelle Davis. She is from Clare/Gladwin area and has written a book, Finding Hope on Vegas. Her son, Nate was thrown by a bull, Vegas. It is her journey of her family events. Contact the library for more details.

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  • Old 27 Motor Tour is Thursday, August 24 in Downtown Clare.

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  • Wine and Art Walk will be Saturday August 26 in Downtown Clare

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  • Over 120 artists registered for Art Walk Central. The event will be held August 3-August 31 in venues around Mt Pleasant. More details to follow.

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  • Yoders 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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  • 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. Starting April 23 from 11-3 the Farmers Market will be open. 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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  • 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