Art Alley

ART ALLEY 

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Featuring public mural designed by artist, Julie Wells and brought to life by numerous volunteers, and a ceramic photomosaic community portrait created by artist, Al Wildey.

Art Alley is located behind 515 Gallery/Cops and Doughnuts.

About the Art Alley – Sponsored by Isabella Bank and Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs

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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” This Pablo Picasso quote epitomizes the development of Clare’s Art Alley located just off McEwan Street in downtown Clare Michigan. From color and line, to shiny broken glass, the aged backs of the businesses are creatively coming alive. Not only are the cement walls revitalizing, but community involvement is also. Night after night, volunteers gathered to paint and adhere broken bits of dishes to the public mural designed by artist, Julie Wells.

A ceramic photomosaic comprised of one hundred 6” tiles will also join the wall composition merging our submitted “selfies” into a community portrait created by artist, Al Wildey. As a geographical area that in 2011 was ranked the second poorest county in Michigan, how can all this cultural excitement happen? It’s transpired with artistic vision, community owners and business support.

Isabella Bank and Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs is generously sponsoring our Art Alley development.   Isabella Bank’s motto, “Say Yes to a Better Life” has become an active element in this public art project, enriching our lives and making our community a better place to live. See how art has washed the dust off our souls and creatively enhanced our community – Picasso would be proud!