Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-4


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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!



September 2020

"Stay at Home" Virtual Art Show presented by the Romeo Guild of Art


Drum Circle

7-9PM, Bring a chair and a percussion instrument, $5 Donation

September 11/October 31, 2020. Meet the Artists, Saturday, September 12 10-4. Masks required.

Eccentricity Redefined: Christina Haylett and John Friedrich

Rochester Hills artist Christina Haylett and Washington Twp. artist John Friedrich grace us with their unique perspectives on how they view and interpret the world. This is the first in gallery show since our summer shut down, and we are looking forward to seeing their distinct work up on our walls. 


Open Mic Night @ Starkweather: always the 4th Friday!

7 PM, $4, $3 Starkweather members

Open to all, come to perform, come to enjoy!

Nov/Dec 2020

Holiday Show

Hand blown glass, pottery, knits, woven scarves and hats, cards, hand sewn gifts, jewelry, paintings, gloves, socks, mittens, stained glass and more!

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Starkweather Hours:

Hours: Thurs, Friday, Saturday 10-4

Our hours are limited due to the fact that we are staffed by volunteers. Thanks for your support.

We will be open this Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-4  for the Labor Day.Holiday!

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. 

Thanks to our Media Sponsor!

RGA Stay At Home Online Art Show

Sept 3rd

In respect of the public's safety, but also in keeping with our mission of presenting and sharing art, the Romeo Guild of Art and Starkweather Arts Center have decided to host a virtual art show in place of the annual Thumb Area Artist's Exhibition. You can view the show online by following the link.

Eccentricity Redefined Christina Haylett and John Friedrich

Sept 11- Oct 31 Meet the Artists, Saturday, Sept 12 10-4 Masks Required

Rochester Hills artist Christina Haylett and Washington Twp. artist John Friedrich grace us with their unique perspectives on how they view and interpret the world. This is the first in gallery show since our summer shut down, and we are looking forward to seeing their distinct work up on our walls. 

Grant 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.


Due to Covid19 restrictions, we have had to alter class plans for now. Please check out Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens and Paint Creek in Rochester for any available classes.


Youth Art Classes TBD

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

DRUM CIRCLE  Next date Sept 11 @ Romeo Village Park, $5, 7-9PM, $5 drop in. Bring your own percussion instrument.

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)

Annual Member's Show

Opening Reception Friday, Feb 7th, 7-10PM

Come see our annual Members Show this February. We have so many talented artists to share!

Show runs February 7th through March 6th.

Thank you to our Juror: Peter Gahan

Peter Gahan is an independent art consultant in the Metro Detroit area. A graduate of CCS – BFA Industrial Design, he founded Detroit Art Specialists in 2015, a full-service art consulting business specializing in promoting, selling, and exhibiting Detroit artists’ artwork. In addition to working with private collectors, some of his clients include The Kresge Foundation, Collected Detroit art gallery, Wayne County Community College, Essay’d- Art at The Max and Civilla Detroit.

Award Winners of the 2020 Members Show
1st "Pescados Alrededor" Janis Filarski
2nd "Incarnate #44" Kimberly Santini
3rd "Clash of Storms" Peggy Ann Whiteley

People's Choice "Cardinal in Winter" Marguarite Leonard

Honorable Mentions Members Show
"Colorado" Sue Kwolek
"All One" Janet Almstadt Davison
"Art Studio" John Friedrich
"Fresh Eggs" Mary Marple
"Abandoned Farm" Evelyn Raiter

Romeo Mural "Spirit of Romeo"

October 12, 1:30PM

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. 

Empty Bowls

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 the following sponsors:

Romeo Family Restaurant, Sheena's Marketplace, Bake My Day, Four Corners Diner, Culligan Water, Washington Grill, Anios Restaurant, Rustic Bluebird, Main Street Bar & Grill, Thee Office Pub & Cookery, Phillip Askew Specialty Automotive, Edie Novak, James Routheaux,Terry & Vicki Bower, Orlin & Dawn Allen, Darla Ferro

NOTE: Empty Bowls hopes to resume in 2021

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 NOTE: In 2020, the TAAE will be replaced by an invitation only virtual show. 


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


Donna Aul

DTE Energy Foundation

Emmet's Energy

Ford Motor

Four County Community Foundation

Friends of the Romeo District Library

John Murphy & Christina Muir Murphy

Kehoe Orthodontics

Kiwanis Club of the Romeo Area

Mark & Janet Davison

McLean, Mijak and Clark

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs 

Mt. Vernon Tree

Northend Tax & Accounting

Preceptor Delta Beta Sorority

Record Newspaper

Robert May Window Cleaning

Romeo Accountants

Romeo Guild of Art 

Romeo Lions Club

Romeo Masons

Rustic Bluebird


Thee Office & Cookery

UPS Store 1883

Venture Global Engineering Foundation

​Westview Orchards & Winery


Starkweather Rentals

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 starkweatherarts@comcast.net for details.

Romeo High School Alumni Scholarships

Due March 1, 2020

Romeo High grads who are in pursuit of higher education in art or drafting related fields, may apply for an alumni scholarship.

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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: Christina Haylett


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 Manger Joe Worden and Tri County Bank!

Current artist: Evelyn Raiter


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


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. 


Eccentricity Redefined

Christina Haylett and John Friedrich Sept 11-Oct 31