Black & White Affair 2020

You are cordially invited

This year’s first ever virtual Black & White Affair was a success. We appreciate your support and thank you from the bottom of our heart! We met each of goals and look forward to keeping the visual arts relevant and accessible to all  in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

Black & White Affair Art Auction online bidding begins at noon on Saturday, November 28, 2020 and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Preview items at this LINK. New items added daily.  Check out this preview video with Tara and Val!

The 19th annual Black & White Affair benefiting Studio 23/The Arts Center is quickly approaching! This year’s fundraiser will be held on Friday, December 11th. The Black & White Affair is a great opportunity for us to showcase our gallery space, promote local artists and businesses, and, most importantly, raise funds to support our mission of making the arts available and accessible to all in our community.

This year we are looking to you, our supporters, to help make the Black & White Affair a success. We hope you will consider becoming an Event Patron for this event. During this year’s event, you will enjoy an elegant sit-down dinner, catered by Old City Hall, accompanied by a wine pairing. You will enjoy a quaint setting with your closest friends, while artists paint the night in plein air style. The chef will take us through six courses, each paired with a wine, while we listen to sweet melodies and have fun conversations. With the changes to the event this year, we are limiting the attendance to forty individuals.

Event Patrons will receive two tickets to the event and recognition in both the evening’s program and our newsletter. If you’re interested in becoming a Patron Sponsor for the Black & White Affair, please fill out the enclosed ticket and mail it to Studio 23/The Arts Center by November 20th.

Tara Welch

Executive Director
Studio 23/The Arts Center

Our fundraising goal


Our amazing sponsors

Title Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor


  • Dan and Rebecca Emmenecker
  • Danielle and Kevin Krupp
  • Ed and Kathy Langenburg
  • LeBourdais Orthodontics
  • Bob and Jane Rogers
  • Fran Santoro and Paul Revard
  • Rev. Andreas and Kathy Teich
  • Rex H. Thatcher
  • Hon. Karen Tighe and Thomas Bock

The event

Friday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s sit-down dinner has been canceled to follow the safety guidelines for COVID-19.

We appreciate all of the support from our ticket holders and sponsors during our annual fundraising time. Your support means the world and we get to continue providing the visual arts to our region.

This event supports our mission of providing the Great Lakes Bay Region with a vibrant arts center
dedicated to making the visual arts relevant and accessible to all.


Course 1:
Charcuterie board created by Artigiano

Course 2:
Butternut Squash Bisque Finished with roasted pumpkin seeds and citrus-scented sour cream

Course 3:
Winter greens salad with fresh balsamic vinaigrette and fresh sweet rolls

Course 4:
Country Paté French terrine of chicken liver and fresh pork studded with pistachios and asparagus, garnished with a chef-made plum spread

Course 5:
Berkshire Pork Osso Buco Slow-braised pork shank with a rich mushroom
demi-glace and garlic mashed Yukon gold potatoes

Course 6:
Dark Chocolate Flourless Torte A decadent brownie-like torte with strawberry coulis and a garnish of fresh strawberry

This dinner is limited to forty people.

$150 per person

$500 Patron ticket includes two seats and recognition in our program and website.

Silent auction

The Black & White Affair Silent Art Auction 2020 is a wonderful way to add to your art collection while supporting Studio 23/The Arts Center. Over 25 artists have generously donated artwork for the auction and we are also displaying gallery work that offers a buy it now option. The range of art styles and mediums are outstanding. Click on this link to online auction to read more about the auction. The bidding begins at noon on November 28, 2020 at noon and end at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020.