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Clare Congregational United Church of Christ
110 W Fifth
Clare, MI 48617


Pere Marquette District Library
185 E Fourth
Clare, MI 48617
US Post Office
111 W Fifth
Clare, MI 48617

Clare County Arts Council
PO Box 412
Clare, MI  48617

515 Gallery
515 McEwan Street
Clare, MI  48617


 515 Gallery of downtown Clare is excited to feature the works of C Joanne Grabinski, and Ann Kowaleski, both of Mt. Pleasant, in the upcoming “fiber of life-TEXTILE EXHIBIT.”  The exhibit opens with a free public reception on Saturday, March 11, from 6-8 pm.  Please join us to meet these incredible textile artists, view their work and enjoy light refreshments.

C Joanne Grabinski is an emerging artist whose medium is needlepoint.  On blank needlepoint canvas, she works with an array of threads made of cotton, silk, wool, soy, synthetic, metallic and blended fibers in stitches/stitch patterns learned from others and of her own design to create one-of-a-kind, mostly abstract art compositions.   She especially favors asymmetry, geometric shapes and vertical, horizontal and diagonal stripes.   Joanne loves playing with color-some pieces are bright and bold, while others are paler and more subtle.  Her work has been exhibited and earned recognition in several juried exhibits.

Ann Kowaleski has been making pictorial quilts since 1983, when Jocundry’s Books in East Lansing had a call for literary quilts.  She made a quilt based on a Grimm Brothers fairytale, the Seven Ravens, which her grandmother, a teacher, used to tell her.  The quilt won an award, and she continues making pictorial art quilts based on figurative expression and narrative with personal symbolism, remembrance and imagination.  As with memory, some things are omitted while others are embellished.  Her compositions attempt to show inner expression going beyond its own subject.  Ann’s quilts have been in local, national and international shows.  She has received numerous awards, and images of her creations have been published in books and magazines.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 11, 6-8 pm to help celebrate these artists during the opening reception at 515 Gallery, 515 N. McEwan Street (next to Cops & Doughnuts) in Clare, Michigan.   This exhibit runs through April 26.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am- 4 pm.  Further information is available at

Kim Kleinhardt
515 Gallery – 515 N. McEwan St., Clare   MI   48617


Clare Area Chamber of Commerce Named Winner of the Inaugural Light Year Awards,

Converting an “Ugly Alley” Into a Highly Sought-After Downtown Space




The Artistic renditions created on the back alley canvas represent a voice for Community Art.   The various artworks you see

are the culmination of many hours of planning and hard work by many different artists from all generations, backgrounds, organizations and 

cultures.   Much of the work has been done through volunteer efforts and has created a community focal point that many are very proud of.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission.



Beta Sigma Phi-Xi Beta Gamma, Clare High School Art Classes, Clare County Arts Council, City of Clare DPW have provided many hours

of Volunteer time to this project.


The Real Success Story here is that this project has created some new friendships and has businesses and organizations working together to

embrace this project and create culture in Downtown Clare.












We recognize and Thank the people who have made countless donations to this project, of both time and materials.   This project simply would not have happened

without the financial support and commitment from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Isabella Bank, Clare Chamber of Commerce, 515 Gallery's Kim Kleinhardt,

Clare County Arts Council & Beta Sigma Phi-Xi Beta Gamma.



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