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: 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.

An Easy Way to Donate

Amazon Smile

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

April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 7

Romeo Schools Student Art Show

Each year we are proud to present work from our talented local art students. This year we are focusing on Middle and High School Students.

May 7 - June 18  Open House May 7, 4-8PM

Richard Ulrich: "Landscape, Fantasy and Sacred Geometry

Stunning work by artist Richard Ulrich. Mr. Ulrich is also proficient in painting restoration. 

Looking forward to 2021. Dates not yet set. 

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

7PM, $4, $3 Starkweather members

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

Summer 2021

"It's a Jungle in Here!"

Animal themed group show, 

10 % sales will go to animal rescue!

Students Grade 9-College encouraged to apply

September 2021

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. 

Romeo Community Schools Student Show

April 2021

Come see our annual Student Show this coming April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1

This year we are featuring Middle and High School Students.

Richard Ulrich: "Landscape, Fantasy and Sacred Geometry

May 7 - June 18  OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY, MAY 7, 4-8PM

From Mr. Ulrich:

An artist’s task is to create beautiful things that last a very long time. I use

my traditional education in art and science to create works of landscape,

fantasy and geometry. I primarily employ oil and acrylic paint, ink and

colored pencil on canvas. Historic permanent colors, technique and media

take center stage in these efforts. While firmly based in classic art, I

constantly experiment with novel imagery and form.

I record my love of nature, wilderness and the back country with camera,

often modifying the images on computer then transferring these to canvas.

My goal is to express the beauty I experience in images of perspective,

color, drama and lighting.

I employ landscape as a base for visual experiments in geometry and a

context for dream imagery. The visual challenge of fractals, the harmony of

tiles and the vibrancy of contrasting color present a visual cadence I find

most entertaining. My intent is not to copy what I see, rather it is to interpret

and express what I experience and imagine in order to present the viewer

with images of beauty.

Annual Members' Show

February/March 2021  Masks Required

Each year we are proud to host work from our Member artists!​

February 12 - March 26

Opening reception Friday, March 5, 10-9

Juror Stephanie Sucaet Felczak, Stephanie is a Romeo resident and studio instructor at the DIA. She has a BFA from Wayne State University and was the assistant artist on the "Spirit of Romeo" mural in 2019.

2021 Members Show Winners:

1st Place: Barbara Clay "The Year 2020"

2nd Place: Douglas Johnson "Cobh Harbor"

3rd Place: Anne Furnaris "Sidereal Message"

Honorable Mention: Peggy Ann Whiteley "Sonata in White and Green"

Honorable Mention: Patricia Domanski "Pear & Leaves"

Honorable Mention: Marguerite Leonard "Cold, Young Orchard"

Honorable Mention: Sharon Will "Winter Patterns"

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. 



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 TBD, $5 drop in. Bring your own percussion instrument.

Empty Bowls

October 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.

NOTE: Empty Bowls hopes to resume in 2021

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

"It's a Jungle in Here!" Summer 2021

June 25 - August 20

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"

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.

Music Programs




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 Guild of Art presents the 60th Annual  

Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition - September 2021

 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 will be available soon.

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 for details.

Romeo High School Alumni Scholarships

Due March 1, 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.



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                              Donna Aul                         

DTE Energy Foundation                             Emmet's Energy                 Ford Motor Foundation

Four County Community Foundation         Village of Romeo                Washington Township

John Murphy                                              Kehoe Orthodontics            Christina Muir

Kiwanis Club of the Romeo Area               Mark & Janet Davison         McLean, Mijak and Clark                Mt.Vernon Tree                                          Northend Tax & Accounting Culture Source

Preceptor Delta Beta Sorority                    Record Newspaper             Robert May Window Cleaning

Romeo Accountants                                  Romeo Guild of Art              Romeo Lions Club

Romeo Masons                                         Rustic Bluebird                    TheMitt.TV         

Thee Office & Cookery                              UPS Store 1883                  Venture Global Engineering Found.

​Westview Orchards & Winery                   John & Renate Friedrich      Renee Simon

Rule 62 Cafe

Friends of the Romeo District Library

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Thanks to our Media Sponsor!