Summer Art Show "It's a Jungle in Here!"
Romeo Village Park
Photo from Kim Santini
Summer Art Show "It's a Jungle in Here!"
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: John Friedrich of Washington 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: Kim Santini of Lake Orion
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.
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.
Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-4
You may reach us by email: or leave a message at 586.752.5700.
When you shop at Amazon, you can donate to Starkweather by clicking on Amazon Smile! No money comes from you, but Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase amount on select items, directly to us. Just select "Starkweather Society" (our legal non profit name) and the giving is easy! Click Here
Open Mic Night @ Starkweather: always the 4th Friday!
7PM, $4, $3 Starkweather members
Open to all, come to perform, come to enjoy!
"It's a Jungle in Here!"
Sponsored by Tri-County Bank of Romeo
Animal themed group show,
10 % sales will go to animal rescue!
Students Grade 9-College encouraged to apply
OPENING RECEPTION< FRIDAY JUNE 25, 4-7PM
60TH Annual Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition
The Romeo Guild of Art is proud to present their 60th annual "Thumb Show"
Applications will be posted soon.
Detroit Area Woodturners
We are excited to bring back our friends the DAW with their marvelous work!
6th Annual Autumn Art & Wine Walk
Empty Bowl Sales to fight hunger
Friday, October 8, 6-9PM
Adult visitors start your stroll at the Chamber of Commerce and receive a "passport". Visit participating merchants and get your passport stamped to be eligible for prizes. Various artists and craftspeople will be showing their work inside businesses. Merchants will offer wine tastings and appetizers. This event is free and sponsored by Starkweather, The Greater Romeo Washington Chamber of Commerce and the DDA.
Remember to stop by Main's Treat Coffee House to buy an Empty Bowl. Your neighbors have been crafting clay bowls all summer at our Clay Studio. They are offered for sale and proceeds will be donated to local food pantries.
"It's a Jungle in Here!" Summer 2021
June 25 through August 20
Sponsored by Tri-County Bank of Romeo
Let’s celebrate the animals, large or small, wild or tame, fuzzy or fierce, that enrich our lives!
Group show, includes students Grade 9-College.
10% of sales will be donated to animal rescue.
Image: Kay Maniscalco "And She Said it Was Good"
1st Place "White Lioness" Vicky Path
2nd Place: "Confidante" Kim Santini
3rd Place: "Pileated Woodpecker" Brian Korn
Honorable Mentions: "C'est la Vie" Margaret Culver
"Young Siberian Tiger" Vicky Path
"A Jumbo Splash" Rebecca Smith
"Mug Shot Chicks" Kate Ford
60th Annual Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition
September 2021: Presented by the Romeo Guild of Art
The Romeo Guild of Art meets at Starkweather monthly, September through June, the 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7PM. (no meeting in December) Agenda is a short business meeting and social time and then a guest presenter. There is always something new and interesting to learn from these meetings. It's a great way to network and grow!
Artists: Enter the Thumb Area Artists Exhibition held at Starkweather late August-September. This juried show features some of the best artists in our area. Prizes valued over $1000. Call for Art see above.
Detroit Area Woodturners
We are thrilled to welcome back our friends the talented Detroit Area Woodturners!
Clay Studio will open on a limited basis. Please contact Instructor: Peggy Grandstaff at 586.752.6013
Clay Studio will open on Tuesday, May 25th 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: Tuesday and Thursday 9-12 and 1-4
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6-9
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 on October 8th at Main's Treat Coffee Shop. Proceeds will support MCREST and the Free Food Pantry at the Congregational Church. 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 email@example.com.
This year's date: Romeo Art Walk: October 8, 2021
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
Many many thanks to our sponsors
For 2021: 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 8th at Main's Treat Coffee Shop. Proceeds will support MCREST and the Free Food Pantry at the Congregational Church. 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 eed, or just plain show community spirit. Sign up with Peg at 586.752.6013. Group size will be limited.
OPEN MIC RETURNS ON MAY 28, 2021
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 in its 11th year and is upstairs. (Sorry no elevators)
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.
Siberian Elm Removal
December 4, 2020
On December 4th 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.
Grand Award Announcement
Starkweather Arts Center is grateful to acknowledge a recent grant award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Non-profit cultural organizations throughout Michigan, that have been negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak were eligible. We sincerely thank the MCACA and NEA for their support, along with Governor Whitmer, State Senator Pete Lucido and State Representative Doug Wozniak.
Parties & Celebrations in a Unique Setting
Did you know that Starkweather has hosted dinners, private parties, meetings and reunions? Our lovely gallery spaces may be perfect for your next event. Contact Dave Pyrce at 586.752.5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Romeo High School Annual Scholarships
Due March 1st, 2021
Romeo High grads who are in pursuit of higher education in art or drafting related fields, may apply for an alumni scholarship.
View the alumni scholarship form HERE.
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
Local Artists & Artisans display their work just in time for the holidays.