Photo from Kim Santini
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.
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: Christina Haylett of Rochester Hills
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.
Art Appraisals: Starkweather does not conduct art appraisals. For information on appraisals, please contact Dumouchelle's in Detroit.
Their website is www.dumouchelle.com or call 313-963-6255.
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.
Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-4
Closed Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2
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.
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Open Mic Night @ Starkweather: always the 4th Friday!
7PM, $4, $3 members
The 61st Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition curated by the Romeo Guild of Art
Opening Reception September 9
Romeo Art & Wine Walk
Empty Bowl Fundraiser for Food Insecurity
Friday October 14 6-9PM
Fox Medicine: Kim Santini
Opening Reception October 7, 6:30-8:30PM
Artist Talk Sat, Oct 22. 1:30PM
Opens Nov 11 6-9 with Ladies' Night Out
Last day Dec 23
Still accepting new artisans and crafters. Contact: email@example.com
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.
61st Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition
September 1st-23rd 2022
61st Annual Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition presented by Romeo Guild of Art
Image showing is the 1st place 2021 "Elegance" by Peter Doroh
Please vote online for your favorite piece. See the above toolbar and look for TAAE 2022 to see the slideshow. (Thanks to Carina Venet)
1st: Cultivated by Susan Kwolek (Lakeville Animal Clinic)
2nd: Ottersurprise by Laura Gabriel (Ken Taylor Memorial)
3rd: The Cat by Katie Spring (Romeo Family Restaurant)
4th: Of Things Outward or Inward by Brenda Beene Shackleford (PNC Investments/Wm. Leahy)
Honorable Mentions: Marching by Janet Davison, Joyful Union by Christina Haylett, World:Off Kilter by Mariane Ochalek, Murmuration by Jes Zilla
RGA Award: Feeling Fuchsia by Barbara Clay
Starkweather Award: Controlling the Sails by Sharon Taylor
Sale starts during Romeo Art Walk in October
In 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 is proudly celebrating 100 years of helping folks in need in our community! Our donation was our largest yet at $3,803 presented to Pastor Marcus Akles by Peggy Grandstaff.
Pictured from left to right: Sister Admire Akles, Deaconess Sandra Akles, Sister Tina Womble, Peggy Grandstaff, Pastor Marcus Akles, Lady Melissa Akles, volunteer Becky Smith.
Not Pictured: Volunteers Joyce Kilpatrick, Joanne Caruana-Hayes, Jeannette Zaporski
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! Thank you to our staff and all of our donors for making this happen!
For 2022: 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 on October 14th at 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 hat 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.
Fox Medicine : The art of Kim Santini
Opening Reception Oct 7, 6:30-8:30
Artist Talk, free to the public, Sat Oct 22, 1:30
Ms. Santini's connection with the natural world is evident in her art.
Fox Medicine, brings nature and wonder into our gallery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening Reception During Ladies' Night Out Nov 11th, 6-9PM
During the Holiday Season we host a wide variety of hand crafted items by local artisans.
Included are knits, glassware, wood craft, paper craft, artwork, clay items and more.
Romeo Mural "Spirit of Romeo"
Our Romeo Gem
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 Siberian Elm Replacement
April 29. 2022, 4PM
On December 4th, 2020 the enormous Siberian Elm behind Starkweather was taken down. It was quite an involved operation because every piece of the tree had to be craned over top of the carriage house and power lines. Several hollow or cracked/split branches were found, as were several large bolts/steel rods and steel cable that had been used in the past to reinforce splits and weak points in the tree. Additionally, the bottom of the trunk was found to have a substantial amount of rot at its center. The work was done by A Plus Tree Service, who did a great job. The largest sections of the tree were saved, to be milled into lumber. Special thanks to Four County Community Foundation, who awarded us a grant that helped pay for removal of the tree, as part of a larger effort to renovate the Starkweather garden.
Now, in 2022, the newly formed Romeo Tree Board helped us plant a new, smaller tree. Thank you to Ruth Heidebreicht who donated a tree in memory of her father, Jerrold B. Ridenour. The yard needs some hardscape work too, but we hope to have it looking great in 2022! If you are interested in assisting us, give us a call!
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, 2022
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: 4ccf.org "scholarships" page for application. For questions, contact Micaela Boomer email@example.com.
Contact us for info at 752.5700
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