Members show opening
Members show opening

Photo from Kim Santini

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"Let's Zoom" June Show
"Let's Zoom" June Show

"Teacher during the Pandemic" by Sue Michels

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Here Comes the Sun! Group Exhibit
Here Comes the Sun! Group Exhibit

July/August 2022

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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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Fees, or Donate online via PayPal

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 of Rochester Hills


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: Linda Hodge

Bruce Township Displays Local Artist

Bruce Township offices on E. Gates (East of Van Dyke, just north of the Village)

have graciously offered our artists space to display their work.

Current artist: Joyce Kilpatrick of Bruce Twp.

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
Closed Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2


We are open Thurs-Sat 10-4. We host monthly art shows to support our artist communities. We are a non profit 501C3 and are mostly staffed by volunteers.

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Open Mic Night @ Starkweather: always the 4th Friday!
7PM, $4, $3 members

"Let's Zoom: Self Portraits of our Artist Community"
June 3-25, 2022
Opening Reception Saturday June 11, 11-3


Summer Group Art Show
"Here Comes the Sun!"
July/August 2022
Opening Reception July 15

The 61st Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition curated by the Romeo Guild of Art
September 2022
Opening Reception September 9


Romeo Art & Wine Walk
Empty Bowl Fundraiser for Food Insecurity
Friday October 14


Fox Medicine: Kim Santini
October 2022
Opening Reception October 7


Let's Zoom!: Self Portraits of our Artist Community

June 2022

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Dates: June 3-30

Opening Reception Saturday June 11, 11-3

Artists Marta Carvajel and Amanda Koss have constructed a traveling multi-artist installation which calls on artists to create a self portrait reflecting on living during the Covid 19 pandemic and going virtual. Over 65 paintings will represent the humor, boredom, angst and isolation we all have been feeling. 

"Here Comes the Sun!"

July/August 2022

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Opening Reception Friday July 15, 6-8:30

Last Day Aug 19

Juried Group Show open to all artists, all mediums.

"Here Comes the Sun"  

What does the sun mean to you? Warmth, light, heat, happiness? Show us how you interpret the sun with your art!

Annual Members Show

September 2022

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September 2022

61st Annual Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition presented by the Romeo Guild of Art

1st place 2021 "Elegance" by Peter Doroh

Empty Bowls

Sale starts during Romeo Art Walk in October

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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

For 2021:  Our Clay Studio was able to raise $3,518 through Empty Bowls which was split between MCREST and the First Congregational Curch of Romeo!  Thank you to our staff and all of our donors for making this happen!

For 2022: 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 14th at   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 need, or just plain show community spirit. Sign up with Peg at  586.752.6013. Group size will be limited.

Fox Medicine : The art of Kim Santini

October 2022

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Ms. Santini's connection with the natural world is evident in her art.



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Basic Drawing with Diane Harper

Mar 24-May 26

6:30-8PM Upstairs at Starkweather

Pay as you go $15/90 minute class.

Please contact us to let us know you will attend. 

Bring a drawing pad, graphite, color pencils, pastels or charcoal.

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

Clay Studio will open in the spring 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 TBD.

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 in October.  Proceeds will support local food pantries.  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

Holiday Show

Nov/Dec 2022

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Opening Reception During Ladies' Night Out

During the Holiday Season we host a wide variety of hand crafted items by local artisans. 

Included are knits, glassware, wood craft, paper craft, artwork, clay items and more.

Romeo Mural "Spirit of Romeo"

Our Romeo Gem

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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.

Romeo Tree Board Siberian Elm Replacement

April 29. 2022, 4PM

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On December 4th, 2020 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.

Now, in 2022, the newly formed Romeo Tree Board will be helping us plant a new, smaller tree.  The yard needs some drainage work too, but we hope to have it looking great in 2022!  There will be an Arbor Day Celebration starting in Romeo Village Park on April 29 starting at 4PM.If you or your group are interested in helping hands on 

or helping financially with updating the yard, please let us know!

Music Programs

Open Mic

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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 upstairs. (Sorry no elevators)

Romeo High School Art/Drafting Scholarships

Due March 1st, 2022

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Graduating Romeo High grads who are in pursuit of higher education in art or drafting related fields, and those who have previously received a Starkweather/Garvin Scholarship may apply for a Starkweather/Garvin Scholarship through the Four County Community Foundation.

Please visit the Four County Community Foundation website: "scholarships" page for application. For questions, contact Micaela Boomer


Contact us for info at 752.5700

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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

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