Black & White Affair 2021

Black & White Affair 2021 is Friday, December 10, 2021. Celebrate with us!

2020’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 our goals and look forward to keeping the visual arts relevant and accessible to all  in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Now we are thrilled to announce our in-person Black & White Affair 2021 showcased by a sit-down dinner and the continued excitement of an online art auction. Click on this LINK to view the auction. 

Our featured exhibit for this event is the photography of Richard Van Nostrand. 

Black & White Affair Art Auction online bidding begins at noon on Saturday, November 27, 2021 and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021. New items will be added daily.  

Check out this preview video of the 2021 art auction preview with Tara and Val!

PS: Mark your calendars to watch Tara and Val on Facebook Live, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 and Wednesday, December 8, 2021 for brand new Auction Previews for this year’s items! 

The 20th annual Black & White Affair benefiting Studio 23/The Arts Center is quickly approaching! This year’s fundraiser will be held on Friday, December 10th. 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 Fusion 1 Cafe, accompanied by a wine pairing from VNO. 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 five courses, each paired with a wine, while we listen to sweet melodies and have fun conversations. 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 call me at  Studio 23 at 989-894-2323.

Tara Welch

Executive Director
Studio 23/The Arts Center

Our fundraising goal for 2021 is $20,000.


Our amazing sponsors

Title Sponsor


Diamond Sponsor


Patron Sponsors

  • Wanda Dziwura & Jerry Somalski
  • Renee Gougeon Gurski
  • Robert & Pam Hart
  • Kevin & Danielle Krupp
  • Robert & Jane Rogers
  • Fran Santoro & Paul Revard
  • Kathy & Charlie Schwartz
  • Rex Thatcher
  • Frank & Janet Whitley
  • Paul & Brandy Wiese
  • Dan & Sara Veresh

The event

Friday, December 10 at 6p.m.

We appreciate all of the support from our ticket holders and sponsors during our annual fundraising time. Your support means the world and allows us 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
Course 3: Holiday confetti salad with goat cheese croutons and balsamic vinaigrette
Course 4: Your choice of: walnut-crusted salmon with cranberries and merlot, chicken breast stuffed with dried apricots and wild rice served with cherry sauce, or a vegetarian dish
Course 5: Flourless chocolate cake with fresh berries

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 2021 is a wonderful way to add to your art collection while supporting Studio 23/The Arts Center. Regional 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. The bidding begins at noon on November 27, 2021 at noon and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

Calling all Artists for to enter the online art auction now until November 17, 2021

Submit artwork for the popular online auction! Plus add another image in our “Buy it Now” category. See the application link here for more information!