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Starkweather Hours: Thurs, Friday, Saturday 10-4

Our hours are limited due to the fact that we are staffed by volunteers.

Thanks for your support.

219 N. Main, Romeo, MI 48065


Mission Statement: To promote and foster the appreciation of the arts and artists and to support the preservation of the character and quality of life in the Historic Village of Romeo. 

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Romeo PNC Bank Offers Art for Sale

One of our Starkweather Artists will have a framed piece of artwork on display at PNC in their East Lobby.  The work will be for sale through Starkweather, and will change out every few months. Thanks PNC for support of SAC and our local artists!

Current artist: Joyce Kilpatrick of Bruce Twp.


Tri County Bank of Romeo Offers Art for Sale

One of our Starkweather Artists will have several pieces of artwork on display at Tri County Bank of Romeo on S. Main Street.  The work will be for sale through Starkweather, and will change out every few months. Thanks Managers Joe Worden and Kim Davis and Tri County Bank!

Current artist: Linda Hodge of Oxford

Bruce Township Displays Local Artist

Bruce Township offices on E. Gates (East of Van Dyke, just north of the Village)

have graciously offered our artists space to display their work.

Current artist: Joyce Kilpatrick of Bruce Twp.

You can reach us by email


We are open Thurs-Sat 10-4. We host monthly art shows to support our artist communities. We are a non profit 501C3 and are mostly staffed by volunteers.

Open Mic Night @ Starkweather: always the 4th Friday!
7PM, $4, $3 members

Member's Show
February 3 - March 24
Opening Reception Feb 3, 6-8:30PM

Romeo Community Schools Student Art Show
April 2023

"Self Discovery" Artists Amanda Koss/Thomas Nichols/Suzanne Wilson
May 2023

Carol Socks Parker & Sisters of the Brush
June 2023

Art Appraisals: Starkweather does not conduct art appraisals. For information on appraisals, please contact Dumouchelle's in Detroit.

Their website is or call 313-963-6255.

"Over the Moon" Group Show
July/Aug 2023

Art Sales: Starkweather does not purchase art from a secondary market to sell at the gallery. All art for sale is from local artists themselves, and is sold on a commission basis. This is in keeping with our mission statement to support local artists.

However, we do accept art donations, that we will offer for sale for donation to help support our gallery.

Consider including Starkweather Arts Center in your estate planning and give the gift of art to your community.

Starkweather operates from sales, donations, memberships, sponsorships, grants and revenue from events.  Your generous gift would help us continue our mission to promote the arts and preserve our lovely historic 1865 building. 

Annual Members Show

February 3rd-March 24, 2023

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Our annual Members' Show showcases our talented Starkweather members.

Opening Reception and Awards: Friday, February 3, 6-8:30PM

Juror Mr. Richard Reeves, Jr., Director of Arts & Culture at the Hannan Center of Detroit. Their mission is to preserve the dignity and enhance the quality of life for Michigan seniors. The Kayrod Gallery is instrumental in carrying out their mission.

1st Place: Bill Littlejohn "Screaming at Pigeons"

2nd: Christina Haylett "Shifforama"

3rd: Vianna Szabo "Warm Fuzzies"

Honorable Mentions:

Roger Meeker "Layers"

Sharon Will "Approaching Dusk"

Anne Furnaris "The Mother Earth & Humanity"

Trin Johnson "Fall Color Rush"

Romeo Student Show

April 2023

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Students of all grades from Romeo Schools.

Dates: April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28

" Self Discovery"

May 5-26, 2023

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Detroit based abstract artists Amanda Koss & Thomas Nichols join with Romeo based glass artist Suzanne Wilson to present:


Over the past two years, our ever changing world has brought significant challenges.  It has also provided a valuable opportunity for introspection on personal values, well-being and relationships.  Such thoughtful reflection can lead us to discover new aspects of ourselves, our beliefs and our abilities.  This exhibit presents the work of three area artists who have chosen to express such contemplations through individual works of art.



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Clay Studio will open on a limited basis. Please contact Instructor: Peggy Grandstaff at 586.752.6013 

Clay Studio will open in the spring with two options for a summer of clay fun. If you would like to work on projects all Summer long, there is a one-time cost of $50 per person and you can attend during our Open Studio times which are TBD.

Space is limited to six participants (including the staff) per session and you need to sign up by calling Peg at 586-752-6013.

 If you would like to help fight hunger here in Romeo and just be a "clay dabbler", you can sign up to make an Empty Bowl for our fundraiser to be held in October.  Proceeds will support local food pantries.  The cost is $5.00 to make the bowl and it takes 2 visits which will be scheduled at times that are not scheduled for Open Studio. This is great for groups of all kinds that want to try something new, fill a need, or just plain show community spirit. Sign up with Peg at the same phone number as above. Group size will be limited.

 If you are a teacher interested in running a class, give us a shout out at

Empty Bowls

Oct 2023

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For 2019: Starkweather Arts Center Clay Studio, for the 4th year, made Empty Bowls to help fight food insecurity in our community. Our 2019 recipient was the Second Baptist Church of Romeo which was proudly celebrating 100 years of helping folks in need in our community! 

For 2021:  Our Clay Studio was able to raise $3,518 through Empty Bowls which was split between MCREST and the First Congregational Curch of Romeo!  

For 2022: We raised over $6067 for the Romeo Community Schools Free & Reduced Lunch Program. 

For 2023: If you would like to help fight hunger here in Romeo and just be a "clay dabbler", you can sign up to make an Empty Bowl for our fundraiser to  be held in October.  The cost is $5.00 to make the bowl and it takes 2 visits which will be scheduled at times that are not scheduled for Open Studio. This is great for groups of all kinds that want to try something new, fill a need, or just plain show community spirit. Sign up with Peg at  586.752.6013. Group size will be limited.

Romeo Mural "Spirit of Romeo"

Our Romeo Gem

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Project Partners Starkweather Arts Center, DIA and Romeo DDA worked together with Lead artist Nicole Macdonald and artist Stephanie Sucaet-Felczak to create a mural in downtown Romeo on the Medaugh Building at 133 S. Main Street.

Special thanks to our generous community minded donors the Four County Community Foundation and Kiwanis of the Romeo Area.

A dedication ceremony took place Saturday, October 12 featuring guest speakers State Senator Peter J.Lucido, Village President Christine Malzahn, Four County Community Foundation Director Kathy Dickens, DIA Project Director Charles Garling and DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons.

Additional contributors were Sue & Jerry Vagi and Charles Garling for the Mural Maintenance Fund. Thanks to Mike Romano of Tech City for filming the progress of the mural.

Romeo Tree Board "Peace Poles"

April 29. 2023

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Save the Date! April 29th we will be participating in the DDA's "Springfest" Celebration by introducing our "Peace Pole" project. We have partnered with Romeo High School Art Department and several area artists to paint and decorate poles to represent friendship and peace which will be installed in various locations in downtown Romeo. 

Funding is through the generosity of the Michigan Municipal League and their Bridge Builder Neighborhood Grant, Romeo Rotary and with assistance of local Boy Scouts. 

Music Programs

Open Mic

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OPEN MIC NIGHT @ Starkweather 4th Fridays.   Music starts at 7PM, $4, $3 members.

What are open mics? Come play, sing, read, perform! Come listen and enjoy! Performers sign in at the door and perform 2 or 3 numbers (depending on how busy we are).  Most of our performers are musicians but comedy, poetry, acting are all welcome. We welcome all ages and abilities.  Everyone pays the nominal amount, as this is a fund raiser for Starkweather Arts Center, a non profit.

Open Mic @ Starkweather is upstairs. (Sorry no elevators)

Romeo High School Art/Drafting Scholarships

Due March 1st, 2023

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Graduating Romeo High grads who are in pursuit of higher education in art or drafting related fields, and those who have previously received a Starkweather/Garvin Scholarship may apply for a Starkweather/Garvin Scholarship through the Four County Community Foundation.

Please visit the Four County Community Foundation website: "scholarships" page for application. For questions, contact Micaela Boomer


Contact us for info at 752.5700

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What better way to directly impact your community than to become a Sponsor.  We are looking for sponsors for Gallery Shows, Music Programs, Events, Education, Building Preservation and Operations.  Your donation will help us continue our great programming and will let the community know that you value the arts, and how it improves the quality of life in Romeo and Northern Macomb County. We appreciate your consideration.

Thanks to our Grantors and Donors:

Bruce Township • Culligan • Culture Source • Detroit Area Woodturners • Donna Aul • DTE Energy Foundation • Emmet's Energy • Ford Motor Foundation • Four County Community Foundation • Friends of the Romeo District Library • Janet & Mark Davison • John & Renate Friedrich • John Murphy and Christina Muir • Kehoe Orthodontics • Ken Kiernicki • Kiwanis Club of the Romeo Area • Mark & Janet Davison • McLean, Mijak and Clark • MI Community Media • Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs • Mt.Vernon Tree • Northend Tax & Accounting • PNC • Preceptor Delta Beta Sorority • Record Newspaper • Renee Simon • Robert May Window Cleaning • Romeo Accountants • Romeo Guild of Art • Romeo Lions Club • Romeo Masons • Rule 62 Cafe • Rustic Bluebird • RWB Parks & Recreation • TheMitt.TV • Thee Office & Cookery • Tri County Bank of Romeo • UPS Store 1883 • Venture Global Engineering Foundation • Village of Romeo • Washington Township • Westview Orchards & Winery

Furnace Replacement

A big THANK YOU to Four County Community Foundation!

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December 2022 both of our furnaces decided to quit on us, right before Christmas. Four County stepped up immediately and granted us $4000 toward replacement of our upstairs furnace. Northern Air came in the day after we called and replaced the downstairs furnace so our pipes wouldn't freeze. We can't say enough good things about both of these local groups. 

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Thanks to our Media Sponsor!
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