• Treats this Saturday!

    On Saturday, October 31 from 10 am – 4 pm we will be passing out creative treat bags to youth in costume for Halloween. We will also have on view for Dia de los Muertos an ofrenda (an alter remembering and honoring a deceased family member) on view in the Hanson Window Gallery. Also on… Read More

  • In the Galleries

    On view in the Hanson Gallery Lake Area Quilters’Guild This exhibition is dedicated in memory of Lake Area Quilters’ Guild member Janice Marie Doane. The Lake Area Quilters’ Guild was formed in February of 1995 through the organization of founding member Elaine LaPierre. The Guild has offered classes, demonstrations, and programs during their meetings. Individuals… Read More

  • Encounters – works by Barbara Simcoe

    Barbara Simcoe is interested in liminality, that is, being on a threshold between reality and inner consciousness. Her fragmentary nature of working with multiple photographs creates harmonious disorientation. There are narrative undercurrents that are meant to be felt, not understood. She is interested in giving form to that which incomprehensible and brings it within reach…. Read More

  • Life Layers by Tonja Ihlenfeldt

    Tonja’s mixed media pieces are a combination of photography and painting. The process begins with a photo that Tonja has taken or a found historical photo. She edits the photo, prints it on canvas and paints on the photographic print with oil paint. The process of creating the final piece includes a bold yet controlled… Read More

  • Conversations of People Watching – paintings by Karen Cooper

    June 16 – July 11, 2020 Karen Cooper is a people watcher. She does this with intensity and then paints it. “I have seen so many amazingly interesting people out in the world, and I see no other path but to share them with viewers who need to revel in these fascinating images too,” Karen… Read More

  • The Hello Neighbor Project!

    The Clear Lake Arts Center is excited to kick-off our Hello Neighbor! Project. This project is to help you engage in your creativity and connect with our community. Use the backside of this sheet for one of the following: Make a drawing/painting to greet your community Write a poem for your neighbor Use it to… Read More

  • Creativity in our daily lives

    On the individual level, being creative allows us to question and process the challenges of our daily lives. Creativity gives us space to think, relax, respond, and express our daily thoughts. As a collective, we gain insight and understanding into our neighbors, culture, and human experience. Many of the world’s greatest works of creativity came… Read More

  • North Iowa Student Art Exhibition

    The Clear Lake Arts Center (CLAC) is pleased to be exhibiting the young talent from the area in the North Iowa Student Art Exhibition. This annual exhibition is a favorite at CLAC and for many of the community members. It will be on view from March 3 – 28 and a celebration is planned for… Read More

  • Iowa Abstraction

    Iowa Abstraction: Female Artists Exploring Abstraction inspired by Mary Gabriel’s book Ninth Street Women – Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art. The book focuses on these five extraordinary women artists that did not receive recognition through art history for their… Read More

  • Painting with Paper – collages by Nathan Stromberg

    Clear Lake, IA– The Clear Lake Arts Center (CLAC) is pleased to be exhibiting the fascinating collage work by Nathan Stromberg titled Painting with Paper. The exhibition is on view through Saturday, February 1. A closing reception will be held from 12:30 – 2:30 on Saturday, February 1. Meet the artist and hear about his… Read More