February 2017

Member's Show

This annual show is always a treat, and brings together our professional, hobby and emerging artists. Thanks to our jurist, Stephanie Hazzard, Exhibition Manager, from Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens.

1st Place: Barbara Clay

2nd Place: Evelyn Raiter

3rd Place: Vianna Szabo

Honorable Mentions: Sharon Will, Janet Almstadt Davison, Kimberly Santini

People's Choice: Margaret Glinke "Bridal Dress". Margaret was awarded awarded a free year's membership and entry into next year's Member's Show!

Student Art Show

March 2017

Welcome to the art students of our annual Romeo Community Schools Student Art Show featuring the art of the elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 2 high schools. 

Thank you to all of the school's art teachers who inspire the students. 

2017 Winner Barbara Clay

"A Day at the Sheep Farm"

April 2017

Romeo Guild of Art presents

"Watch this Space", the Preconstruction Art Show

July 2017

Construction on the frontage is completed.

Note the use of Helen Starkweather's glass on the newly replicated door.

Thanks to our builder, Mando Constuction!

Thanks to our contributors to this project:

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Venture Global Engineering Foundation

John Murphy & Christina Muir Murphy

Starkweather Society

Bruce Township

Washington Township

Macomb County Services Agency

Four County Community Foundation

Romeo Guild of Art

Ford Motor Company

Romeo Lions Club

Preceptor Delta Beta Sorority

Friends of the Romeo District Library

LaFonda Mexican Kitchen

May 2017

Our long awaited construction on the frontage begins. 

July/August 2017

William W. Gibbs Exhibition

Starkweather Arts Center proudly presents the William W. Gibbs Exhibition, curated by the Romeo Historical Society.  

Friday, July 28 through Saturday, August 19.

William Woodruff. Gibbs (1821-1902) was a noted portrait and landscape artist who lived in Romeo for most of his life.

His detailed work in oil, reminiscent of the Hudson River School of painting, depicts a romantic view of the world in the 19th century. 

We would like to thank the following sponsors, contributors and participants from our Moonflowers Afterglow Fundraiser

Romeo Party Rental

Four Corners Diner

Romeo Farmers Market - Farm to Table

Westview Orchards

Friends of the Romeo District Library

Sheila Landis Trio

Romeo Masonic Temple

Artist Robert Fionda

Artist Vianna Szabo

Artist Marianna Defer Pfeiffer

Artist Linda Hodge

Artist Joyce Kilpatrick

William Grandstaff

Mark and David Venet

Katerina Tsahalou

Starkweather Society Board Members

All of our lovely guests!

July 2017

Moonflowers Afterglow

"Pickett Duty' by Robert Fionda

This is one of our finest shows of the year, presented by the Romeo Guild of Art.  Now in its 57th year, this juried show will bring you a variety of art from 9 counties. Juried by Corinne Pemberton. Opening Reception and awards presented on September 8, 7-9PM.

Sponsored in part by:

DTE Foundation

The following artists won awards:

Joyce Harlukowicz, "On Wildcat Road", 1st Place Dr. Glidden Lakeville Animal Hospital Award

Barbara Clay, "It's All Relative", 2nd Place Ken Taylor Memorial Award

Mary Marple, "August Perks", 3rd Place PNC Investments Award

Evelyn Raiter, "Remember Me", 4th Place RGA Joan Cooper-Poreda Memorial Award

Honorable Mentions:

Julienne Jaworski, "Driveway", Romeo Family Restaurant Award

Lin Toms, "Creation Spirit", Romeo Accountants Award

Christina Haylett, "Mary Marple", Sheena's Marketplace Award

Brian Korn, "Pileated Woodpecker", Deborah S. Obrecht Award

Sharon Will, "Under the Street Lights", Matt Waligora State Farm Award

Vianna Szabo, "Wait for It", Sharon Will Fine Art & Framing Award

Sept 2017

Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition

Once known as the Detroit Society of Women Painters, the group is said to be one of the oldest self-sustaining women’s art groups in the country, founded in 1903.  Its founding members included Lettie Carpo, Lillian Meeser and Pewabic Pottery founder Mary Chase Stratton.

The initial group of 15 women met for monthly critiques.

“They wanted to help each other,” explained DSWPS Second Vice President Jackie Rybinski, of Grosse Pointe Farms.

That’s still the case, as members — now about 170 — have regular meetings and conduct juried shows that are displayed in various venues. They also award annual scholarships to female art students.

“Our connection with education is very important,” Rybinski said.

DSWPS contributed to the general art world, as well. Rybinski said the society donated funds to the Detroit Institute of Arts and was instrumental in the founding of the Society of Arts and Crafts — which would later become the College for Creative Studies — and the Detroit School of Design, which was once an automotive design school.

“They touched so many things in Detroit,” Rybinski said. “They helped get things started.”

October 2017

Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors