Taking a class at The Clearing is a wonderful and truly memorable experience, but not everyone can participate in a Clearing class every year. If you can't join us for a class this year, maybe you can join us for one or more of many special events planned for 2015. Below is a list of some of those events and activities. You can also view these and the entire Clearing calendar, including classes, by clicking the calendar link to the left.

Take a look. If a class isn't in your future in 2015, maybe one of our special events is!




Food, Fun & Fellowship prevail at the four Clearing Potlucks in winter

Winter Program Potlucks


January 9, January 23,
February 6, February 20

5 - 8 PM | Stella Maris Parish, Sister Bay

"Taste of The Clearing" potlucks are almost as much a part of The Clearing's Winter Program as the classes themselves. Meeting new friends and enjoying lively conversation during meals is a long-standing tradition of The Clearing's Summer Program. Taste of The Clearing potlucks help extend this tradition into the Winter Program. All students, instructors and one guest are invited to attend this social event in conjunction with The Clearing's Winter Program. Please bring a dish to pass able to serve 6-8 people. Doors open at 5:00 and dinner is at 6:00. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and food!


The Winter Program Student Exhibit features work done by students in over 90 classes!

Winter Program Student Exhibit


February 28 & March 1 | 10 - 4 | Jens Jensen Visitor Center

The Winter Program Student Exhibit is the culmination of two months of creativity. Students from over 90 classes gather to create and display their work. The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome!

If you are a student, come show off your stuff and exhibit your work! Please plan to drop off your items Friday, February 27, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center at The Clearing. For those whose classes or travel plans don't allow for drop off on February 27, please drop off your item(s) at The Jens Jensen Center upon completion of your class. You will be asked to fill out an artist card. We will set up your piece for the Student Exhibit. Please plan to pick up your item(s) on Monday, March 2, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you cannot pick up your item(s) at this time, either arrange for someone else to do so, or plan to pick up your item(s) at a later date at The Clearing.


Take a look at the exhibit details

The Clearing Speaks: COLORS of The Clearing


May 3 - December 18, 2015

The Clearing Speaks is a combination of two unique exhibitions celebrating both visual and written work inspired by The Clearing’s beautiful landscape, charming buildings and creative spirit. Initiated in 2010 to help celebrate The Clearing’s 75th anniversary, The Clearing Speaks gained instant popularity and quickly became an annual fund raising event.

Our theme this year (2015) is “Colors of The Clearing”. What Clearing colors inspire you? Firery red sunsets over the bay? Mossy green rocks along the trail? Or perhaps the frosty blue of wintertime shadows? The colors of The Clearing are infinite and ever changing. Clearing founder, Jens Jensen, encouraged his students to live at The Clearing for at least a year. In that way, they could fully experience and better appreciate this grand landscape as it moved through all four seasons.

Instructors, students and friends are invited to share their artistic interpretations and perspectives of color, the source of that seasonal beauty, through unique and inspirational works of art and writing. Check out the exhibit prospectus for full details.