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Sharon Will, Barbara Clay, Christina Haylett, Evelyn Raiter, Robert Onnes

Awards: Juror Robert Onnes of the 333 Midland & Annex Gallery

1st Place: "Changing Seasons" Evelyn Raiter

2nd:  "Old House Detroit MI" Christina Haylett

3rd: "The Quiet Before Dawn" Sharon Wills

Honorable Mentions:

"Three Moons" Barbara Clay

"Sunny Day Farm" Vianna Szabo

"The Mudders" Mary Marple

George Simcina Awards

1st Place: "The Mudders" Mary Marple

2nd: "Moonshine" Bobbie Tarbunas

2nd: "Lost Lake I" Christina Haylett

Feb 2019

Members Show

March 2019

Margaret Glinke Retrospective

Margaret Mayan Glinke of Shelby Twp, MI has spent a lifetime as a self taught artist not only painting but giving back to her community. Her work is often textured and incorporates gauze, sand and modeling paste. She paints scenes from Michigan and her travels, and also carousel animals and lighthouses. Margaret has been active on the Cultural Advisory Committee at MCCC, Shelby Twp Bicentennial Committee, Creative Arts Council in Rochester, St. Kiernan Parish and Ann Arbor Artist and Craftsman Guild. 


Student Art Show

April 2019

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. 

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May 2019

Scott McDuffee "Exhuberance and Reflections: Abstract Expressions"

Daren Dundee "Whimsical Art from Found Objects"


EXUBERANCE generates from my curiosity and thirst for playful exploration into gestural, colorful, emotion-evoking, and thought-provoking abstract expressions.

REFLECTION bubbles up from the analysis and adjustment phase toward the end of my painting process as well as grasps to decipher the message, language, and symbols of the free-flowing, intuitive paintings themselves.

The Big Ask: When we let go of planned results and just trust the process without fear, what meanings and emotions become clear?  

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Daren Dundee was born in Detroit during the Depression and is a Korean War Veteran who earned his BS in Criminology from Michigan State University.  During his career as a State Probation Officer, he aimed to balance the seriousness by artistic expression - both performance and assemblage.


Retirement brings opportunity to expand his expression of a lighter side of life artistically.

June 2019

Sisters of the Brush

 “The world could not have a trouble so large that a sensible woman could not fix it in an afternoon”.(from “The Madwoman of Chaillot”).The Sisters of the Brush (yes, that’s right—the SOB’s!) is a group of women artists who meet regularly to critique each others’ works, organize our group’s art shows, and, above all, support each other in our artistic endeavors.We have not fixed the world’s troubles, but we consistently strive to fix artistic troubles.  The troubles of subject matter, composition, choice of medium, color, and technique are those we tackle whenever we sit down individually to create, and when we gather monthly as a group.   The Sisters have diverse tastes and talents, but we share the female perspective in approaching our artwork.Our group is “all girls”, but we certainly invite everyone to view our show.  See how the Sisters have tackled the troubles of the artistic process.   Each in our own way, but all from women who have experienced much in art and life.

Yvonne Thigpen, Chandan Gupte, Pat McGraw, Karen DeCarlo, Diane O'Neil, Kristen Robinson, Katherine Harra, Barbara Markham. 

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July/August 2019

3 Winnega Alums:

Bill Littlejohn, Kurt Klein, Kevin Klein

The Three Winnega Alums Exhibit honors the lifelong mentorship and friendship that three artists, Kevin Klein, Kurt Klein, and Bill Littlejohn have had with each other and their high school art teacher Curt Winnega. The three have known each other and Curt Winnega for nearly 50 years. It is through this friendship and artist relationship thateach artist feels they have grown and continued developing their individual artistic path. By having this mutually supportive bond each artist has felt secure and confident in theirability to stretch their skills and develop as artists.

The Three Winnega Alums Exhibit shows the current artistic out-put that these three artists, all starting with the same high school art teacher, have achieved while remaining good and supportive friends for decades.

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Sept 2019

Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition

The 59th Annual Artists' Thumb Area Exhibition, sponsored in part by DTE Foundation, presents its winners:

Juror: Valerie Allen

1st Place: Hanna Sosin "Winter Heart" Sponsor Lakeville Animal Clinic

2nd: Vianna Szabo "Evening Song" Ken Taylor Memorial Award

3rd: Kathie Bugajski "Ballet Flowers" Sponsor PNC Investments

4th: Peter Doroh "Flowers in Her Hair" Sponsor Romeo Accountants

5th: Lesley Kutinsky "The Well is Dry" Sponsor: Iris Lee Underwood

Honorable Mentions;

Peter Doroh "Monolith" Sponsor Deborah Obrecht

Glen Houseman "Under the Overpass" Sponsor Matt Waligora Agency

Brenda Beane Shackleford "The City Never Sleeps Ever" Sponsor Sheena's Marketplace

Mino Wantanabe "Meeting in the Woods" Sponsor Romeo Family Restaurant

Additional Sponsors: Village Winery and UPS Store 1883


October 2019

"Observed and Imagined"

Lauren Everett Finn

Patrice Erickson

Artist Statement - Lauren Everett Finn

     I've been hooked on painting flowers for more than 4 years. My original 100 bouquet series has been re-named my 200 bouquet series- I can’t stop. The unlimited colors and shapes of flowers never get tiresome. There’s something about preserving a bouquet’s freshness, and the joy that they inspire that appeals to me.

 Artist Statement - Patrice Erickson

  I’m inspired by nature’s transcendent beauty. The changing and fleeting sunlight fills the sky with glorious colors and imbues the land with a spiritual aura. It’s the peaceful and ethereal moments in the outdoors that I focus on painting, not necessarily exact depictions of a particular place.

  I eliminate details of the observed scene to simplify down to the essential elements for my compositions. I consider how best to use color, value, shape, and line to further convey the feeling of the place. By abstracting in this way I create a sense of mood and atmosphere.


October 2019

Starkweather 20th Anniversary - November

Thank you to our patrons, members, volunteers, board members and community for making the past 20 years as a community arts center possible. 

Thanks to the following sponsors and volunteers of our celebration!

Four County Community Foundation


Mt. Vernon Tree

Thee Office Pub & Cookery

Romeo Lions Club

Kehoe Orthodontics

Donna Aul

Northend Tax & Accounting

Romeo Accountants

Romeo Masons


Emmet's Energy

McLean, Mijak and Clark, P.C.

Romeo Guild of Art

Randy Ingersoll

Romeo Party Rental

James Routheaux

Joyce Kilpatrick

Kelly Youngblood

Carina Venet

Audre Jankowski

Mark Venet

Silvia Simon & Belleau Notte

Guitarist Larry Stevens

Guitarist William Russell

Rustic Bluebird for their phenomenal catering!!


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April 2019

Reinstallation and dedication of Starkweather Alley Collins Clock

Starkweather actively sought to have the replacement Collins Clock reinstalled at its original location in front of Starkweather and Starkweather Alley. Dorothy Collins was a close friend of Helen Starkweather and encouraged her to bequeath the building to become an arts center.

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Romeo Mural Project "Spirit of Romeo" 2019

Starkweather initiated a mural project for downtown Romeo and worked with the DIA and Romeo DDA to see it to completion in one busy year! Thanks to all who assisted in this project, especially artists Nicole Macdonald and Stephanie Sucaet Felczak.

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Open Mic celebrates 10 years!

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5th Annual Autumn Art & Wine Walk

Empty Bowl Project fundraiser for hunger

 The downtown comes alive for one evening in the fall, as businesses open their doors with complementary wine and appetizers to strolling adults. Starkweather coordinates the artists, placing one in each location.

  Our gallery hosts the 300 clay bowls that were fashioned all spring and summer by artists, families, groups and individuals. The bowls are sold for a minimum donation which this year was close to $3000 and given to a local food pantry. 

Public Chalkboard & "Kindness Rocks" Garden Installations

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Sampling of our classes/events

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