What a year we have had! The KAC has hosted multiple events monthly from Coffeehouse to Jazz and Classical concerts; our standard dance performances from Nutcracker to Spring Recital to Tiny Tots Ballet; 8 fabulous art exhibitions from cutting edge to our annual Members’ show; classes, camps, and fitness including: Yoga, Zumba and Line Dancing. And that doesn’t even include our fundraisers like the Book Sale, The KAC Gala, the new Raku Fest and the KAC Run and Walk!
ART happens at the KAC and has for 55 years! In addition to all the great programming, we have worked diligently on our historic facility located in the heart of Clinton. In the last year, we’ve completed projects including the installation of a new dance floor, refinishing the main gallery floor, the complete renovation of the Lower Pottery Studio including a brand new kiln, updating the Upper Pottery Studio and equipping it for artist rentals, organizing and outfitting the jewelry studio with equipment, repairing and restoring our steeple and roof to keep varmints out of the attic, intense cleaning and painting in most areas and the list goes on. (Many of these projects were funded by grants and private donations with loyal KAC volunteers doing much of the work).
The KAC Mission is to share the arts with all in our community expanding our horizons with new cultural and fun experiences. Naturally, we cannot do this without your financial and moral support. While this last year has been positive in so many ways, the transitions and improvements still require significant fiscal support. We hope we can count on your Annual Giving donation this year. Your assistance means all the difference to our arts mission and to our community.
Thank you for your consideration of the KAC in the past and today. Your gift truly makes a difference.
January 8th – February 13th
Opening Reception: January 22nd
5pm – 7pm
KAC Gallery presents Telluric a new exhibition that explores the complex relationship between humans and our natural environment. Through painting, sculpture and printmaking each artist creates works that interpret this concept. Claire Sherwood creates sculptural geological formations created by careful observations and beautiful
interpretations. “The dirt, rock and debris that surround us give us clues to who we are, where we come from and how far we have traveled from our home. By examining the surface beneath our feet, the soil under that surface, the rock buried deep with in that soil, I find comfort in the place I am currently occupying.” Sunghee Park explores the formal qualities of our cyclically changing landscape through multi-layered printmaking series. Marie-Dolma Chophel creates works that study the technological and virtual impact on the perception of the natural world. “I paint imaginary landscapes inspired by my musings on the outside world and a mind’s inner geography.” Her works are explosive, celestial and reminiscent of microcosms. Jenna North investigates the energy exhibited in natural and virtual phenomenon through unique experimental mixed media works. North describes her process as: “…serious, sensuous and mischievous.”
Small Works Invitational
We are so very fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers who donate their time each year to ensure that ours is a community Where Art Lives.
KAC volunteers are involved in a hundred different ways: baking for the Coffeehouse concerts, mending costumes for the Nutcracker, painting the walls of gallery, sorting books for the book sale, or assisting in the Next Gen Studio during our classes and summer camps…. We never run out of things to do!
Whether you are an adult with only a few hours to spare or a student looking for an ongoing commitment, we would be happy to find a role for you here at the KAC. You may click here to download a Volunteer Application 2013 and get involved. You’ll meet great people while ensuring that ours is a great community for artists and art lovers alike!
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys
Friday • March 20th • 8 PM
Admission: $18 • KAC Members: $15
Blazing hot Michigan roots ensemble Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys is touring in support of their new release, Ionia. Listen to the new album and you’ll hear a band at the very top of its game. A band uncommonly attuned to each other, the product of near-constant touring and live shows made legend by their infectious, high-energy performances. Performing live, the Flatbellys delight in swapping instruments back and forth. There’s a great sense of play and warmth in their music as well–just listen to the fantastically sarcastic “Criminal Style or the lovely housewarming song “House Together”– no doubt bolstered by long car rides and a strong camaraderie between the band members. But much of the power of this interplay comes from the impressive mastery each member shows over their instruments. Leading the group, Lindsay Lou has the kind of voice you can get lost in. One part jazz singer, effortlessly transitioning octaves, one part blues shouter, soaring over the band like a clarion call, and one part folk singer, rousing them all together in song. Mandolinist Joshua Rilko picks with a careful precision that turns surprising when he slams into speedy power chords, dobro player Mark Lavengood is remarkably deft at matching melody lines with quick responses, and bassist PJ George creates bass lines cleverly crafted to uphold the whole structure of the songs. The instruments and the bedrock of the band may come from bluegrass, but the music that Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys present on their new album Ionia can best be described as Americana. This is music that’s caught between the pull of the past and the push of the beckoning future, ready to leap forward bursting with new ideas and youthful energy. www.lindsayloumusic.com
Friday • January 23 • 8 PM
Admission: $15 • KAC Members: $12
An acoustic guitar flatpicker and singer, Beppe has been called a “virtual United Nations of influences: Italian, Ukrainian, Appalachian, Sardinisn, Celtic”. He is a composer, teacher, and researcher of traditional music and instruments. With the horizon’s line as a challenge and attraction, Beppe is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.