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Curator’s Clipboard: A Celebration of 50 Artists!
Posted 20 September 2021 | art, art gallery, exhibit, exhibits, gallery

Curator’s Clipboard: A Celebration of 50 Artists!

You are invited to 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region 2021

50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region + Art Around the City 2021 showcases the works of 50 artists who live and/or work in the Michigan counties of Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Isabella, Gratiot, Clare, Gladwin, and Arenac. A panel of experts in the visual arts and community leaders from the region selected the artists from 108 entries. 50 original artworks are displayed in the Rowley Gallery at Studio 23/ The Arts Center from September 23 – November 13, 2021.  In addition, 50 images from the selected artists are being installed and displayed on weatherized metal plates as part of the Art Around the City project situated along the Bay City Riverwalk and in historic downtown Bay City for two years.

We are celebrating with a public reception on Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5–7 p.m. Meet the artists, view the artwork and enjoy an evening of camaraderie!

Here is the link to the Facebook Event.

The legacy of fine art in our region includes a rich history of artists that include international names such as architect Alden B. Dow, painter E. Irving Couse and contemporary artist, Jim Shaw. Studio 23 credits the presence of many art nonprofits, guilds and associations that promote visual arts in Mid-Michigan as important resources for the artist community. I am thrilled that the ongoing collaboration between artists and communities is encouraging connections that lead to conversations, inclusion and general well-being in our region. The power of art can bring hope, healing, happiness and so much more. This free public reception will be another example of how art brings us together.

Douglass Barron, Bridgeport   Sharon Berkan-Dent, Midland   Nancy Brooks-Siebert, Midland   Sharon Caldwell, Midland   DJ Carmody, Midland     Jeff Caverly, Essexville   Tamara Ebenhoeh, Frankenmuth   Michael Glowacki, University Center   Brian Goff, Bridgeport   Avram Golden, Bay City     Jason Graham, Saginaw   Emmy Heger, Midland   Phillip Hanson, Saginaw   Pamela Hart, Midland   Erin Houghtaling, Saginaw                              Michael Inman, Midland   Danielle Kato, Bay City   Bonnie Lalley, University Center   Debra LaRocque, Bay City   Matt Lewis, Saginaw                           Marti Liddle-Lameti, Sanford   Bruce Lipsitt, Midland    Jamie Long, Midland  Alan Maciag, Midland   Jim Matherne, Essexville                                      Jody McDonald Rider, Midland   Zizelda Moreira, Midland    Allise Noble, Saginaw   Priscilla Olson, Midland    Susan Pack, Hemlock                         Steven Parkhurst, Midland   Mark Piotrowski, Bay City   Katrina Rae, Frankenmuth   Roger Reichmann, Midland   Hermelinda Roof, Midland            Sally Rose, Mt. Pleasant   Stacie Rose, Birch Run   Laurie Russell-Parrent, Kawkawlin   Annie Stout, Midland   Janis Taylor, Mt. Pleasant           Kristianne Tefft, Midland   Suzanne Thomas, Midland   Julie Tyslicky, Coleman   Jan Wegner, Saginaw   Marilyn Whitworth Soules, Midland             Neal Wilcox, Midland   Vicki Winton, Saginaw   Carol Zahn, Midland   Rebecca Zeiss, Midland   Mike Zureich, Midland

The jurors for this year’s exhibit were selected for their art expertise as well as their locations in the region. Jurors from Bay City, Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant and Midland studied over 300 images to select the ultimate 50 Artists. The panel included Janet Danek of Janet Danek Design, Leeds Bird, nonprofit performing arts leader and art collector, Kathie Fuce-Hobohm of Space Inc., and Thor Rasmussen, Saginaw Art Museum and Temple Theater.

Read more about our jurors here on the exhibition page.

Become a 2021 Art Advocate today and celebrate artists!

Click here for our donation page!

The first 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region was held in September 2017. This event has propelled over the past four years with help from businesses and community supporters. This biennial exhibit is alternated with an all-state exhibit for Michigan artists. Through Studio 23’s Art Advocate campaign, there has been over $10,000 in cash prizes awarded as well as a $12,500 investment in the Art Around the City Public Art Project. This specific art advocacy campaign also provides support for educational growth seminars for artists. Momentum continues as the number of 50 Art Advocates grows for 2021. Join today!

 

The public reception for 50 Artists will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5–7 p.m. The juror’s Best of Show award of $1000 will be awarded that evening as well as two juror’s cash awards of merit. The award ceremony will start at 6 p.m. There will be a popular vote cash award of $1000 and two honorable cash awards on the images displayed for the Art Around the City path. Those awards will be announced on closing day of the exhibit, November 13, 2021 at 1 p.m.

 Our hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. Please stop and view the new exhibit.

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator of exhibits

Upcoming Events on our Studio 23/The Arts Center Facebook Page

 

Studio 23 “Call for Artists” to exhibit Forgotten Places in our window gallery.

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Curiosities Wonders Exposition

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Curator’s Clipboard: Instagram for Artists
Posted 28 June 2021 | art, art gallery, exhibit, exhibits, gallery

Curator’s Clipboard: Instagram for Artists

Artist Bonnie Lalley and her presence on Instagram is a visual feast!

You can find our upcoming exhibiting artist, Bonnie Lalley on Instagram and follow her tastefully curated grid of images. She intermingles art photos, videos and story telling elements throughout her feed.

Artists are naturally drawn to Instagram due to its emphasis on images with short descriptions and the feed that is constantly changing with the option of quickly paced stories. This model lends itself to work-in-progress images, finished artwork available for sale and personal tidbits on the artist that relate to the art audience.

Tap on this link for a fun video of Bonnie painting. 

Bonnie is an expert on adding relevant hashtags to her work. Long story short, hashtags are labels for content. It helps others who are interested in a certain topic, quickly find content on that same topic. Here are just a few of the ones she uses to promote her posts. #artistslife #floraandfauna #paintingsonpaper #artistsoninstagram #collage

   

I would describe Bonnie Lalley’s Instagram presence as a total lifestyle experience. Her artist bio describes her life is these words: Bonnie Lalley is a full-time artist/illustrator living on a smallholding, in the American Midwest, with a man, even chickens and a dog. She lives in a century old farmhouse restored by her cabinetmaker husband, Timothy Lalley,  who is also the maker of frames  for all of Bonnie’s work. Being a dedicated Biophile, the flora and fauna surround the Lalley home is a constant source of wonder and inspiration for this artist.

Now that’s an Instagram story if I ever read one! Be sure to follow Bonnie at @bonnielalley on Instagram and save the date for her exhibit, July 22–September 11, 2021. We will be having an extra special reception for her on Friday, July 30, 2021, 5–7 pm and you are all invited! See you there!

Upcoming Events

Painters & Potters: Students, Faculty and 100 Day Project Members Exhibit continues until July 10, 2021.

Downtown Bay City Sidewalk Days is July 22–July 24, 2021 with Throwback Thursday, Perfect Picnic Friday and Sizzling’ Saturday!

Reception for Bonnie Lalley at Studio 23 is Friday, July 30, 5–7 pm.

Chalk Walk Festival is Saturday, August 14, 2021.

 Our hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. Please stop in!

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

Studio 23 is part of the Amazon Smile gives program for nonprofits. Please consider using this when ordering from at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

 

 

 

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Curator’s Clipboard: First things first: the business of being an artist.
Posted 18 April 2021 | art, art gallery, exhibit, exhibits, gallery

Curator’s Clipboard: First things first: the business of being an artist.

Artists wear many hats….deadlines and promotion are two of them.

I recently read a super hashtag on Instagram. #ibelieveinartists

Yes, I do and I feel as a curator and working artist I can relate to the many facets of being an artist ranging from creative practice to marketing your brand. It all adds up and each bullet point is important. I’ve missed my fair share of deadlines through the years for calls for artists as well as underestimating the power of a well-placed social media post. Here are 5 bullet points to keep in mind as an artist!

  • Find your tribe or community of artists. This can be a collective, a guild, an association. It’s the group of artists who share encouragement and opportunities.
  • Attend networking events that are either virtual or in-person. Even on the ever-present Zoom meetings your name will be in front of people as an active and engaged artist.
  • Keep a calendar with deadlines so you don’t miss a call for artists. Push yourself to meet the deadline.
  • Post images of your work on Instagram and Facebook. Tell a story about the work as well as title, size and if it is available or sold.
  • Be part of the 10% of artists who meet deadlines, send biographies, provide images that are cropped, sharp and clear and you will be ahead of the game. Be proactive and make it easy for galleries, organizations and the press to promote you.

 

50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region Submission Deadline is Here!

Friday, April 23, 2021

You will find all the information HERE for entering this regional biennial exhibition. Artists selected will be part of the fall exhibit in our gallery at Studio 23 as well as have weatherized image plates placed on the Art Around the City trail located on both sides of the Saginaw River and Downtown Bay City for two years.

There will a $1000 cash award for Best of Show selected by the panel of jurors as well as awards of merit and honorable mentions. Here is complete list of the awards:

$3000 in Cash Awards

$1000 Best of the Region

$1000 Popular Vote

$250 for 2 Runner-ups of the Region

$250 for 2 Runner-ups of Popular Vote

 

The Juror Panel 2021

  Thor Rasmussen is the marketing and creativity manager at the Saginaw Art Museum and the Temple Theatre in Saginaw, Michigan. With a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, he runs a small photography company with a special focus on documentary family and wedding photography. When not working with clients, his personal photography projects explore the observation of place and seeing uniqueness in familiar spaces.

 

  Janet Danek earned a B.S. in art and design at the University of Wisconsin–Stout and began her career designing the interiors of Boeing aircraft.  She later taught design at her alma mater, then moved to Michigan to design museum exhibitions at a Midland firm. As an independent contractor, she has managed the design and production of numerous museum exhibitions. Since 2010, she has been coordinator of exhibits at Central Michigan University’s Park Library.

 

  Leeds Bird is active in the arts community of Bay City. A retired teacher of drama, he owned a professional picture framing business and served on boards of directors for Bay City Players, Studio 23/The Arts Center, and Bay Arts Council. He finds his training in the visual aspects of theater serve him well in appreciating the visual in other arts. His personal collection of art reveals a highly eclectic taste.

 

  Kathie Fuce-Hobohm is CEO of SPACE, Incorporated, an interior design firm in Midland, Michigan. SPACE, Incorporated creates beautiful and functional interior space for their commercial clients in the Great Lakes Bay Region and their federal government clients throughout the United States. Professionally, Fuce-Hobohm is passionate about creating work environments that help agencies and businesses promote their culture, align with their mission and vision, and attract top talent.

50 Artists Application Form: Click Here

Land To River continues through May 15, 2021

Check out our ongoing video series for Land To River that is available on our Facebook Page at Studio 23/The Arts Center. Click here to view our current video on Alex Gilford. 

Congratulations to all the artists in this invitational exhibit collaboration with Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.

The featured artists are Mark BleshenskiZachary BraniganAlex Gilford, Frits HoendervangerErwin LewandowskiAlan MaciagJohn Sabraw, and Larry VanSteenhouse.

Congratulations to Artist John Sabraw on his recent interview with Savvy Painter International Podcast host, Antrese Wood.

Click here to listen to John Sabraw’s complete interview. 

In conjunction with our Land To River events, I will be presenting a Zoom Workshop on Saturday, April 24, 2021 starting at 1:00pm. It will also be streamed on Facebook Live at that time and saved on our Facebook Video Library for future viewing. The topics covered will include: Methods on safely disposing art materials, creating artwork from recycled/reclaimed objects and calls for artists with environmental themes.

Click on photo for details.

Land To River is sponsored by Waste Management of Saginaw

SAVE THE DATES!

Circling back to the beginning of this blog post and the idea that artists wear many hats, during our 2021 Summer Solstice event, sponsored by Michigan Sugar, we will feature professional development Zoom sessions with experts in marketing and social media as well provide creative art making opportunities for artists across our region. Take a peek at this ambitious schedule of events with more being added in the next month. Call us for more details or email me at vallen@studio23baycity.org.

We are open and ready for visitors this spring. Downtown Bay City is bustling with activity!  We continue to maintain our gallery and classrooms safely, wear masks and social distance. Our hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. Please stop in!

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

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Curator’s Clipboard: Connecting Collectors with Artists
Posted 20 March 2021 | art, art gallery, exhibit, exhibits, gallery

Curator’s Clipboard: Connecting Collectors with Artists

The Story of a Painting

You may have read the bumper sticker saying EARTH without ART is simply EH! Well, this is a story about the word HEART and how when we follow our heART we can end up with Art with a capital A! Read this incredible story written by a new collector about her recent acquisition of a painting by Rosemary Kavanagh commissioned during Rosemary’s My Bay City Family Tree exhibit.

“Hello, my name is Ericka and I am here to tell you about how wonderful and creative the universe really is!

 In order to correctly tell the story, I have to take us back to the 2018 Black & White Affair at Studio 23. My sister, best friend and I were gifted tickets to go. It was a beautiful event and we all felt so lovely dressed up, sipping on bubbly and gazing at spectacular art. Vowing we have to come to this event again.

Artwork credit in photo: Tisch Mikhail Lewis      Photograph taken by Rosemary Kavanagh

Fast forward to summer 2020, Rachel (sister) and I started embarking on a yoga journey that takes place at Carroll Park. There are a few other women who regularly show up and we started to recognize faces after awhile. One of those faces belonged to Tara Welch, executive director of Studio 23. We didn’t chat much but always shared a smile. One day my yoga teacher sent me a photograph.  It was of Rachel, my best friend, and I at the Black and White Affair! I was shocked and filled with excitement when seeing it. When I asked where it came from, she informed me that Tara from yoga class had sent it to her after seeing it on Facebook and recognized my sister and I. Luckily I saw Tara at yoga the next day and I inquired on who snapped it!? She filled me in that it was a woman named Rosemary Kavanagh who took the photograph. Rosemary was reminiscing on Facebook about  joy-filled pre-Covid days and had posted the photograph. Tara also told me about Rosemary being not only a photographer but an amazing artist and how she comes from the Carroll family lineage here in Bay City. 

About 7 weeks ago I decided to join the Sunday morning yoga class at Studio 23, and during that class I was surrounded by beautiful oil paintings of someone’s family. Each pose and different views of the paintings were transcending me to times of the past and I fell in love with the style of the portraits. The more I stared, the more the little dots in my head started connecting together and I suddenly realized who painted these portraits. The name in the corner stated Rosemary Kavanagh and I began to believe that this was the same woman who snapped that picture of us! 

After class I approached Tara about it and she confirmed my suspicions. I knew in that moment that Rosemary had to create an oil painting inspired by the photograph of us she captured. 

 I have always wanted to be transform into a work of art. Being a fellow artist myself, this is such a dream come true. Having my sister and soulmate next to me is icing on the cake. My sister and I decided to go in on the painting and will be sharing joint custody of it!

In this photograph now rendered as an oil painting on linen, I was at a time in my life when I felt truly beautiful inside and out. I had lost 80 pounds, cut my hair the shortest it had ever been and was regaining the love for my soul. In the back was a painting I resonated with too, a face-less plus-size woman with short hair and standing confident in the mirror, nude. I felt her, I saw her, I am her. 

The smile oozing across my face says it all in the painting, love thyself. 

Gratitude for the universe working its magic, you just have to believe.

Written by Ericka DeFord

Thank you Ericka, for sharing this heart-felt story with us. We look forward to hearing the history of Rosemary Kavanagh’s painting as it travels from your home to your sister’s while you share it through the years. I am very happy and honored that we at Studio 23 could do our part to help facilitate this project.

For more information on our Artist Referral Program please contact me at vallen@studio23baycity.org.

Please join us Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5 – 7 pm for the opening of Land To River. We will go live on Facebook at 6 pm for our virtual audience.

Thank you to Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy for collaborating with us.

Thank you to Waste Management for sponsoring this exhibit.

Congratulations to all the artists.

This invitational exhibit includes the artwork of Mark Bleshenski, Zachary Branigan, Alex Gilford, Frits Hoendervanger, Erwin Lewandowski, Alan Maciag, John Sabraw, and Larry VanSteenhouse.

Click here for complete information of the exhibit. 

We are looking forward to welcoming more visitors into our galleries and classrooms this spring. We continue to maintain our gallery and classrooms safely, wear masks and social distance. Our hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. Please stop in!

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

Studio 23 is part of the Amazon Smile gives program for nonprofits. Please consider using this when ordering from at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

 

 

 

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Posted 20 February 2021 | art, art gallery, exhibits

Curator’s Clipboard: A Closer Look

As a curator, I’m very optimistic that this year  we will see the return to more events in the gallery both live and virtually. Our plan is to have hybrid components so that all will feel comfortable and have the opportunity to view the art and meet the artists. In reality, what was seen as problems have blossomed into more robust programming options and better communication. The best place to view all events centered around the exhibitions are on our Studio23/The Arts Center Facebook Page and on our website. Here is a closer look at each exhibition for 2021.

Rosemary Kavanagh’s My Bay City Family Tree will close at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. We recently had a very special Valentine’s event, Love Letters from World War II. This was a hybrid event with both live and virtual components. I interviewed Rosemary in front of live audience and we broadcasted on Facebook and Instagram live. Rosemary read two of her father’s letters to her mother from very historic moments in World War II history. I’m inserting that video here for you. It is about 30 minutes.

 

Teenworks and Kids’ Kreations 2021 (online March 1, 2021)  will be virtual for 2021. We have had over 130 entries to be included from Bay County art students. These entries were posted by art teachers, parents, grandparents,  family and friends of students, and the students themselves.  We are overwhelmed by the response. The online gallery will go live on March 1st and we will have a chance for all the students who entered to win art-related prizes. These prizes will be announced on Facebook and we will notify the winners by email. Let us know how you like the online exhibit as it will remain on our website for 2021.

Land To River (March 25 – May 15, 2021) is a collaboration with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and sponsored by Waste Management. This invitational exhibit explores the role of artists as communicators, explorers, and environmentalists. Each artist brings their own interpretations to Studio 23 that range from visually capturing nature in paintings and carvings, to bringing awareness to our environment through installation statements , the use of reclaimed materials and photojournalism. The invited artists are Mark Bleshenski, Zachary Branigan, Alex Gilford, Frits Hoendervanger, Erwin Lewandowski, Alan Maciag, John Sabraw, and Larry VanSteenhouse.

Public reception is March 25, 2021,    5 pm- 7 pm.

Sponsored by

 

Painter & Potters 2021 (May 27 – July 10, 2021) is a celebration of our students, 100 Day Project members and Studio 23 Faculty. This exhibit has been a staple at Studio 23 since the late sixties. Our studio school and complete clay studio offers classes throughout the year and we are now back with in-person sessions as well as zoom selections. Students and instructors who have taken or taught classes since January 2020 are welcome to complete the application here. Please contact me by email at vallen@studio23baycity.org.

Bonnie Lalley, artist and illustrator (July 22 – September 11, 2021) This in Bonnie Lalley’s solo exhibit that will include over two years of new artworks. Bonnie’s original exhibit dates in 2020 landed at the very beginning of the pandemic and was postponed until now. Undaunted she continued to create inside the 100-year-old home and studio she shares with her husband, Timothy Lalley, master craftsman. Their residence is filled with amazing natural light, vintage furnishings, thoughtful color that would inspire all artists at every turn. Please join us for her reception this summer on Friday, July 30, 2021, 5 pm – 7 pm. You can find more of Bonnie’s artwork on her website and Instagram @bonnielalley.

50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region ( September 23 – November 13, 2021) This highly anticipated juried exhibit showcases the artwork from the eight-county area of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Artists from the counties of Arenac, Bay, Midland, Saginaw, Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, and Gratiot  are judged by four jurors with backgrounds in art, design, collecting and/or arts administration also living or working in the region. Applications will be available in early March and will be due in late April. The 50 Artists selected will also be featured with images in the Art Around the City public art project in Bay City. Public reception will be Thursday, September 23, 2021, 5 pm– 7 pm.

Chalk Walk Art Festival 2021 (August 14, 2021) This annual festival features chalk art, live music, art market and food vendors on the sidewalks of historic Downtown Bay City near Wenonah Park. The committee is busy planning ways to return this festival to Bay City and meet the requirements to keep it safe for all in the outdoor setting. Follow Chalk Walk Art Festival’s Facebook Page for information as it develops for 2021.

 

Richard VanNostrand Photography (November 27, 2021 – January 8, 2022) This exhibition includes photographs by award-winning Bay City photographer Richard VanNostrand. The family collection includes themes of nature, history, sports and community. There will be a public Reception on Saturday,  December 4, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm. Family members and colleagues will be in attendance to discuss Richard’s career in photography. This exhibit will be the featured exhibit for Studio 23’s annual fundraiser, Black & White Affair which will be held Friday, December 10, 2021.

 

I hope you enjoyed this closer look into the exhibit for the coming year. Keep a look-out on our Facebook Page and Instagram for ongoing updates and events. We are open to the public every Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm and we’d love to see you!

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

Studio 23 is part of the Amazon Smile gives program for nonprofits. Please consider using this when ordering from at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

 

 

 

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Posted 21 December 2020 | art, art gallery, exhibits

Curator’s Clipboard: Welcome 2021 at Studio 23!

2020 – A year of Pivots

2021 – A year of Moving Forward

Looking back our team here at Studio 23 made the best of a situation during 2020. We all had each others back and we all knew when one of us was down, the others were there to energize and encourage.  The best part was when we reopened in June and each day we could begin planning for times that would be better.  Thank you to everyone who continued to visit and show support for our exhibitions we had the remainder of 2020.

Our current exhibition, Rosemary Kavanagh’s My Bay City Family Tree will be extended until March 10, 2021. During the month of January 2021 you can view the exhibit by appointment only. February 2021 we return to our regular hours of Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm.

Teenworks and Kids’ Kreations 2021 will be virtual for 2021. Our Bay County art teachers are doing all they can to keep creativity alive in their classes as they work virtually. After a survey was completed by the teachers, we realized that our annual student exhibit would go virtual this year.

We are keeping it simple and easy for students and their parents to send images of artwork via this application with the intent that we produce a virtual exhibition complete with an online gallery for the students that include high school, middle school, and elementary school.

Here is a flyer that will take you to the application and we encourage you to spread the word for students to participate. We are planning a contest where each student’s name that submitted an image will be included in a drawing for art-related gifts.

 

Studio 23’s The 100 Day Project

 

Our next step to finding optimism and purpose as visual artists for 2021 is the start of our annual Studio 23’s The 100 Day Project. We started Studio 23’s The 100 Day Project in 2018 and I used a book by Twyla Tharp to connect the dots for motivation. Today, I am reminded of a quote from her book,  The Creative Habit, that stated, “Remember this when you’re struggling for a big idea. You’re much better off scratching for a small one.” With that in mind, I’m happy to announce that our third year of  The 100 Day Project is about to begin!

I will host a Zoom information session on  Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:00pm. Click here for the Facebook event to attend. This session will introduce the new features and procedures for our 2021 project. If you are new to The 100 Day Project or a past participant you will find that this session can be the refresh button for your art practice.

There is a penny a day ($10.00) subscription for current members of Studio 23/The Arts Center. If you are not a member of Studio 23 and would like to participate it is a total of $50/$40 seniors 60+ which includes your subscription and  a one year membership into both Studio 23/The Arts Center and Studio 23 Artists Collective.

This year we will be starting a Private Facebook Group specifically for 2021. Your subscription includes five Zoom sessions for Day 1, 25, 50, 75, and 100 that are designed to keep momentum running high! For more information contact me at curator.studio23@gmail.com. You can also go ahead and apply by submitting this application.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION:

 

ANNOUNCING STUDIO 23 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE FOR 2021

Teenworks and Kids’ Kreations 2021 goes Virtual!

ONLINE GALLERY OPENS MARCH 1, 2021 

Teenworks & Kids’ Kreations celebrates the artwork created by students attending art classes throughout Bay County. This is a wonderful opportunity to see their imaginative art displayed in a virtual exhibition in the online gallery on our website.

Land to River

March 25 – MAY 15, 2021

This invitational exhibit features artists as communicators, explorers and environmentalists. This is a collaboration between Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and Studio 23.

Virtual reception: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Painters and Potters 2021

May 27 – July 10, 2021

This annual exhibit showcases the artwork created by the talented students and instructors of Studio 23 during the 2020–2021 terms. You are invited to meet the artists and instructors, plus learn more about our education programs during the reception.

Virtual reception: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Afterglow: Immediately after reception

Bonnie Lalley, artist and illustrator

July 22 – September 11, 2021

Bonnie Lalley is a full-time artist, illustrator, and art instructor at Delta College. She lives in the countryside by choice, as flora and fauna are the motifs she loves best. Her 100-year-old home and studio in the Thumb reflect her aesthetic with vintage colors and patinas.

Gallery Reception: Friday, July 30, 2021 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Chalk Walk Art Festival 2021

August 14, 2021

This annual festival features chalk art, live music, art market and food vendors on the sidewalks of historic Downtown Bay City near Wenonah Park.

50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region

September 23 – November 13, 2021

This eight-week exhibit showcases the works of 50 artists selected by a jury of experts in visual art and community leaders from the region. The Great Lakes Bay Region includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw.

Gallery Reception: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Richard VanNostrand Photography

November 27, 2021 – January 8, 2022

This exhibition includes photographs by award-winning Bay City photographer Richard VanNostrand. The family collection includes themes of nature, history, sports and community.

Public Reception: November 27, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Featured exhibition for Black & White Affair: Friday, December 10, 2021

Your support of all of the programming we did for 2020 such as our Friday Live Videos, Virtual Summer Solstice and MI Artists All-State Virtual Reception is much appreciated and I am grateful! The overwhelming response to our Black & White Art Auction was icing on the cake for 2020. We cannot do any of this without all of our members, artists, sponsors, and 50 Art Advocates contributions. Many thanks and I look forward to future projects in 2021!

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

Studio 23 is part of the Amazon Smile gives program for nonprofits. Please consider using this when ordering from at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

 

 

 

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Posted 21 November 2020 | art, art gallery, exhibits

Curator’s Clipboard: Online auctions connect collectors to works of art.

Studio 23 First Online Art Auction

Join the excitement starting at noon, Saturday, November 28, 2020.

Our Black & White Art Auction and Buy It Now Exhibit features the talents of our region. Local artists and small businesses have supported Studio 23/The Arts Center by offering their goods to benefit our mission. The artists of our state have opened their portfolios and donated over 40 works of art ranging from paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture and jewelry. There is something for every collector.

Here is a preview party video with Tara and me showing some of the selections. We had a lot of fun making this video and we will do another Facebook Live virtual preview party on December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. with more artwork and community offerings.

This year our auction will be virtual with an easy to access online site. New items are being added daily so check back frequently to see new arrivals. Follow this link to www.32auctions.com/studio23baycity and register. You can save your favorites so you are ready to start bidding at noon, November 28, 2020. That’s Small Business Saturday following Thanksgiving.

DETAIL OF AUCTION ONLINE PAGE

While you browse the selections you will see both auction items and buy it now items. The opening bid on the auction items is approximately 10% of the value of the item. This is a wonderful value as a starting bid as it equates to a savings of around 90% to start the process.

Here are a few quick tips for success at a fundraiser art auction.

  • Review the artwork as it is added to the preview and mark your favorites before the opening day arrives.
  • Don’t automatically assume that everything can be bought at bargain prices. Bid on what you love!
  • Research your favorite artists on their websites, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Be generous! Going a little over is not a bad thing, In fact, it is a win-win-win for the collector, the artist and Studio 23.

All items in our auction will be on display at Studio 23, 901 N Water St., Bay City, MI 48708 during the two week auction from 11/28/20 – 12/12/20.

You are cordially invited to the public reception for artist Rosemary Kavanagh.

“My Bay City Family Tree”.

Saturday, November 28, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Artist Rosemary Kavanagh will have over 40 paintings and fashions installed in the Rowley Gallery of Studio 23. The paintings depict a family timeline that developed after Rosemary read her father’s letters from World War II that he had mailed to and received from all of family. The portraits depict the relatives mentioned in the letters. Her cousins helped her find photos and retrace details that revealed genetics, health and looks that were passed down through the generations. Rosemary states, “When an artist paints or draws or sculpts, that moment in time is captured in the artwork. So we can experience the concept of survival, hope and share it with others.” There will be an online Facebook Live virtual tour of the exhibit at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2020 preceding the public reception.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We are looking forward to seeing you on Small Business Saturday.

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

 

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Posted 17 October 2020 | art, art gallery, exhibits

Curator’s Clipboard: Finding Opportunities for Artists

Calls for Artists are opportunities to explore!

As a professional artist and a curator, I have my radar up for opportunities that will connect artists to exhibition opportunities, residencies and professional connections. Artists, here is a list of links that that I have used to add to your tool box. Some even send you updates via email.

Cafe-Call for Artists is a popular service now used by many museums and art center across the country to announce all sorts of opportunities for artists. I remember when you would just see a few exhibits but now there is a great selection and you can subscribe to weekly emails. Artists can create a portfolio to manage on the site with images.

Public Artist is a call for artist site that features public art opportunities across the nation. Opportunities can range from airport installations to hotel installs. It can be hit or miss as a lot of them are region specific but sometimes the calls are national and international. I enjoy subscribing to see what sorts of public art projects are being promoted across the country.

EntryThingy has a visual map that can be helpful when you are looking for a specific location. Keep in mind that each of these websites may sometimes or almost never show the same opportunities so it pays to subscribe to all of them.

These are just a few websites to keep in your radar. I also regularly “google” call for artists. Sometimes I add “call for artists: New Mexico or Ohio or Canada…. any state or country that I want to visit. You just never know if there is a way to combine travel and exhibits. You can watch my video interview with artist Wanda Juhl talking about her travels to Colorado to compete in a plein air festival. It will be available on our Facebook page after the video premiers on Monday, October 19 at 11:00 am. 

  BONUS LINKS:  Facebook public group links that relate to opportunities for artists: Studio 23 Call for Artists Group and Opportunities for Creatives.

  Calling all artists!

We are taking submissions of artwork donations for the Black & White Affair Art Auction and Gallery. Here is the Artist Application with much more information on how to submit your donated art and also an artwork to show in our gallery for sale.  This video with marketing expert, Donna Wagner of DMWagner and Associates and our curator, Valerie Allen explains the importance of promotion and networking for visual artists. 

            

Our current exhibit MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition 2020 will be on view until 1: 00 pm,Saturday November 14, 2020. Starting at 1:00pm November 14, the artists can start retrieving their artwork from the exhibit.

 

Thank you to our current list of 50 Art Advocates 2020 of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

We appreciate your support!

Valerie Allen & Armin Mersmann

Katharine Atkinson

Cynthia Bancroft

Leeds and Margaret Bird

Larry Butcher

Alma Cooke

Olive Cupal

Dr. Rajesh and Sarah Dandamudi

Mitzi Dimitroff

N. J. Drummond

Wanda Dziwura

Laura Ebel

Carol Fowler

Delores Furland

Marty & Marsha Gottesman

Joanne Grabinski

Elli Hennesy

Jen Idalski

Rosemary Kavanagh

Ed & Kathy Langenburg

Debra LaRocque

Ray Lore

LeBourdais Orthodontics

Karen M. MacArthur

Keith & Barbara Markstrom

John McCormick & Nancy Vader-McCormick

Jean McCue

Susan Meade

David and Ruth Ann Mikolajczak

Sheri Moore

Christopher and Susan Moss

Jennifer Paradise

Steven and Connie Parkhurst

Nancy J. Philo

Paul Revard and Fran Santoro

Bob and Jane Rogers

Dennis Rosenblum

Paul Rowley

Shelia Stamiris

Tim and Jan Tobin

Tommy Trudell

Julie Tyslicky

Silas Warren

Lynn Weaver  and Bruce Weiss

Janice Wegner and Rich Polena

Tara Welch

Jett and Shelley Whitehead

Shaye Wilcox

Amy Wurdock

Lois Zurvalec

Important dates to remember for Studio 23’s  exhibition season are:

MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition Final Day for Viewing: Saturday, November 14, 2020, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please note that artists will begin retrieving their artwork starting at 1:00pm.

Public Reception for Rosemary Kavanagh, Bay City Family Tree Solo Exhibit: Saturday, November 28, 2020,  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Kavanagh is featured artist for this year’s Black & White Affair, December 11, 2020.

Black & White Affair Art Auction and Gallery on view online and in our Tabor Gallery: Saturday, November 28, 2020 – December 12, 2020.

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

 

Now is your chance to support local businesses and nonprofits through Buy BAY COUNTY!

Purchase a gift card to your favorite Bay County restaurant, retail or service business and receive 25% free! Studio 23 can apply your Studio 23 gift card purchase to artwork and/or classes.

Order your gift cards from this link! 

Studio 23 is part of the Amazon Smile gives program for nonprofits. Please consider using this when ordering from at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

 

 

 

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Posted 19 September 2020 | art, art gallery, exhibits

Curator’s Clipboard: Michigan’s Visual Artists Shine at Studio 23!

MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition 2020 is open!

I look at the curation of an exhibition as a timeline that evolves from the blending of the history of an organization with the input of fresh opportunities that become relevant with the times. In the past, Studio 23 has hosted All-Area exhibitions. We continue that with our 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay held on the odd numbered years and now we’ve expanded the All-Area concept to include MI Artists All-State Exhibition as a biennial event held on the even numbered years. By inviting artists from across the state to enter, we created an exhibition environment that brings attention not only to our very talented artists here in Mid-Michigan and beyond but also to introduce our viewing audience to the trends in Michigan art today.

Gallery hours to view MI Artists All-State are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Masks are required and number of visitors in the galleries are limited to ten. Appointments are available for up to ten guests by calling me at 989-894-2323 extension 14 or by email at curator.studio23@gmail.com.

            

Timothy Norris was the juror for this year’s exhibition. I’ve posted his bio here showing in a previous blog post. Today I’m posting his follow-up juror’s statement preceded by this quote from Norris, “I selected work from over 280 images from artists across the state. During this trying time, it is very important to support our Michigan artists.”

Juror’s Statement

As I’ve always told my college students, the most effective art is that which displays an appropriate and interesting match of form to content. This “recipe” holds true for any stylistic choice made by the artist, whether representational, abstract, or nonrepresentational. Form involves how the artist goes about making the artwork—choices of technique, medium, and the use of certain visual elements as organized by certain design principles. Content is what the artist wishes to say in the work. Therefore, content is communicated through form. How well the artist matches form to content results in the judgments we can make between those works that are ineffective, mediocre, or excellent. Of course, all this sounds neat and tidy on paper or in theory, but in practice we may disagree as to what constitutes an effective match. I rely on my 40 years of experience as an artist and teacher along with my knowledge of art history.

My selections for award winners represent what I consider to be the most skillful matches of form to content among the submissions. These pieces display exceptional techniques and powerful compositions that convey intriguing messages.

Congratulations to all of the artists. It’s been a challenging year for all of us, and I wish you the best in your artistic pursuits. Thank you to Valerie Allen for asking me to be this year’s juror and for all of her hard work in putting the competition together. Thanks also to the staff members and volunteers who labored on their respective components of the show.

Tim Norris

Award Winners selected by Juror Timothy Norris

Best of Show $1000

Artist Douglas Malone of Royal Oak, Michigan

Cormorbidity    Charcoal and Pencil

Award of Merit $100

Artist Ilene Curts-Thayer of Mason, Michigan

Whirl     Oil on Canvas

Award of Merit $100

Artist Bruce Thayer of Mason, Michigan

What Matters     Collagraph and Intaglio Print

Honorable Mentions

As we pivot to more online experiences for our audience, there is now a slide-show style online gallery you can view here that includes each piece of art in the exhibition plus you can read the names of all the artists included in this exhibition. Art collectors can browse the images at their convenience. For more information or questions please email me at curator.studio23@gmail.com.

 

Thank you to our current list of 50 Art Advocates of the Great Lakes Bay Region. We appreciate your support!

Valerie Allen & Armin Mersmann

Katharine Atkinson

Cynthia Bancroft

Leeds and Margaret Bird

Larry Butcher

Alma Cooke

Olive Cupal

Dr. Rajesh and Sarah Dandamudi

Mitzi Dimitroff

N. J. Drummond

Wanda Dziwura

Laura Ebel

Carol Fowler

Delores Furland

Marty & Marsha Gottesman

Joanne Grabinski

Rosemary Kavanagh

Ed & Kathy Langenburg

Debra LaRocque

Ray Lore

LeBourdais Orthodontics

Karen M. MacArthur

Keith & Barbara Markstrom

John McCormick & Nancy Vader-McCormick

Jean McCue

David and Ruth Ann Mikolajczak

Sheri Moore

Christopher and Susan Moss

Jennifer Paradise

Steven and Connie Parkhurst

Nancy J. Philo

Paul Revard and Fran Santoro

Bob and Jane Rogers

Paul Rowley

Shelia Stamiris

Tim and Jan Tobin

Julie Tyslicky

Silas Warren

Lynn Weaver  and Bruce Weiss

Janice Wegner and Rich Polena

Tara Welch

Jett and Shelley Whitehead

Shaye Wilcox

Amy Wurdock

Lois Zurvalec

Follow this link to become a 50 Art Advocate today!  Thank you!

Important dates to remember for Studio 23’s  exhibition season are:

MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition Final Day for Viewing: Saturday, November 14, 2020, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please note that artists will begin retrieving their artwork starting at 1:00pm.

Public Reception for Rosemary Kavanagh, Bay City Family Tree Solo Exhibit: Saturday, November 28, 2020,  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Kavanagh is featured artist for this year’s Black & White Affair, December 11, 2020.

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

 

Now is your chance to support local businesses and nonprofits through Buy BAY COUNTY!

Purchase a gift card to your favorite Bay County restaurant, retail or service business and receive 25% free! Studio 23 can apply your Studio 23 gift card purchase to artwork and/or classes.

Order your gift cards from this link! 

Studio 23 is part of the Amazon Smile gives program for nonprofits. Please consider using this when ordering from at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

 

 

 

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Posted 21 August 2020 | art, art gallery, exhibits

Curator’s Clipboard: 50 Art Advocates Campaign shows love for Michigan artists!

Campaign for 50 Art Advocates continues as Studio 23 prepares for

MI Artists All-State Exhibition 2020

Since 2017 Studio 23’s 50 Art Advocates have been generously supporting the artists of our region and the state of Michigan. This campaign has made a tremendous impact on promoting artists and exhibits that showcase the talent of Michigan. Calls for artists occur every year in the spring with 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region Exhibition on odd numbered years and MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition during the even numbered years. After the jury selections are finalized the biennial exhibits are installed in the galleries of Studio 23 the month of September. 50 Art Advocates have provided awards of  more than  $7000 in cash prizes since 2017, invested $12,000 in the Art Around the City program and sponsored countless educational opportunities for local artists. As part of the #artistshelpingartists initiative, the 50 Art Advocate campaigns count a number of professional artists becoming advocates in support of their artist friends. That is truly heartwarming! Many thanks to all who contribute.

Art advocates contribute to

  • Educational growth seminars for artists.
  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Awards
  • Exhibit program
  • Support for regional art

Follow this link to become a 50 Art Advocate today! We appreciate your support. Thank you!

 

The MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition is the featured biennial exhibit  for 2020. The timeline for this exhibit started in April 2020 with a general call for artists who live and/or work in Michigan. The application process for artists consists of submitting up to three images to be juried. This year’s juror was Timothy Norris, a professional artist and curator from the west side of the state. Norris recently retired from teaching art at Muskegon Community College. His duties as a juror for this exhibit included evaluating over 275 images and curating his selections into an exhibit. He is also the judge for the monetary awards, awards of merit and honorable mentions. The 2020 call for artists saw artists submit applications from as far north as Escanaba and as south as Canton, Michigan.

Important dates to remember for Studio 23’s fall exhibition season are:

Painters and Potters 2020 Final Day for Viewing: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition Virtual Facebook Live Juror Talk and Award Ceremony: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00pm

MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition Final Day for Viewing: Saturday, November 14, 2020, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

 Studio 23 is filled with art created by our students, faculty and 100 Day Project members. Painters and Potters 2020 and our Off The Wall Gallery Boutique have artwork in different mediums, sizes and prices. It feels great to be back in the galleries and we are open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. We are also available for appointments by calling me at 989-894-2323, ext. 14 or email me at curator.studio23@gmail.com.

#collectartbuylocal

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator

Fall Classes begin the week of September 14, 2020. Click here for more information. 

Now is your chance to support local businesses and nonprofits through Buy BAY COUNTY!

Purchase a gift card to your favorite Bay County restaurant, retail or service business and receive 25% free! Studio 23 can apply your Studio 23 gift card purchase to artwork and/or classes.

Order your gift cards from this link! 

Studio 23 is part of the Amazon Smile gives program for nonprofits. Please consider using this when ordering from at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

 

 

 

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