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Posted 24 November 2020

Policy Updates, 11/24/2020

 

COVID Update for Studio 23/The Arts Center

November 24, 2020

Dear Patrons,

Last week Studio 23 had our monthly board meeting and many discussions to find a solution to keep everyone safe after the new COVID order was released. Our board and staff are dedicated to our mission of keeping the arts relevant and accessible to all, and we want to keep our art center open to you to create. 

Beginning today, November 24th, we are implementing these new policies and reminding everyone of current policies:

– Masks are required at all times inside our galleries and classrooms. 

– Keep socially distant from others. 

– Galleries and retail space are setting the capacity at 10 individuals at a time. 

– K–8 programming will remain in person for the final two weeks of classes. Please be sure to check with your instructor or call us with any questions. 

– All adult classes have been postponed, unless they were already virtual. Virtual classes will continue as scheduled. 

– All open-studio times must be signed up for in advance. 

– We are allowing people from two households in a classroom at a time. 

 

Some of our previously scheduled events are changing as a result of the new order:

– Please join us virtually on November 28th for our next artist reception. Rosemary Kavanagh features painted portraits of her family relating to Bay City’s history. She will be guiding us through a tour for you to view live on Facebook. After the tour, we will post the video to our website and YouTube channel. 

– Rosemary Kavanagh’s exhibit will still open to the public on November 28th with the new guidelines in place. We encourage you to set up an appointment if you would like to view the exhibit privately. Our public exhibit hours are: Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm, beginning on Saturday, November 28th. 

– Our online Black & White auction opens at 12:00 p.m. on November 28th. Please consider supporting Studio 23 and local artists by bidding on auction items. All items can be viewed at: www.32auctions.com/studio23baycity

– The dinner portion of the Black & White fundraiser has been canceled. We appreciate everyone’s support during our annual fundraising time. 

We know that these new policies are going to be an adjustment. Please be patient with us as we put art and your safety first. 

Please reach out to me with any questions through phone or email. 

studio23.Executive.Director@gmail.com | 989-894-2323

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Posted 13 November 2020 | art, art center, art gallery, community, Healthy, Preview Party, Safety, Virtual Event

Art is good for the soul.

With COVID counts on the rise in Bay County, we want to encourage everyone to be safe. Studio 23 is committed to being a safe environment for our patrons, students and community. Each morning we arrive the studio is completely sanitized and we get ready to open the doors for you. Our students enter the classrooms wearing their mask and sit at their own table spaced apart from each other. A class is complete and we wipe down the surfaces to prepare it for the next class. Our staff has some beautiful masks that we are happy to wear everyday. Thank you for letting us serve you!

ART is so good for your soul. With the stress and worry we face everyday, I’m inviting you to come into Studio 23 to create, view art and experience joy. Here are five reasons why art is good for you!

(Source: https://obxartstudio.com/5-reasons-art-good-soul-world/)
  1. Art Generates A Love For Learning & Creativity: Art gives you a chance to explore parts of yourself maybe you did not know existed. It teaches risk taking, and being open to how things may turn out different from what you originally wanted them to. It helps you learn to be more passionate and curious.
  2. Art Develops The Whole Brain: It is proven that art increases attention, strengthens focus, requires practice, develops hand-eye coordination, and interacting with the world using mediums and tools. I feel strongly that art is mentally a good thing for not just kids, but everyone to do.
  3. Art Supports Your Emotional Intelligence: Art really supports the expression of feelings that maybe you can’t put into words. Art helps you discover joy in one’s self, and often you’ll be surprised. I personally know that in some cases situations and feelings are very hard to express in just words. There are usually such strong feelings behind a piece of artwork you may think is just something pretty.
  4. Art Teaches Problem Solving: Art challenges our beliefs and encourages us to be open-minded. It helps us think, and realize that there is more than one answer to a problem. It forces us to really get creative and to use our crazy imagination.
  5. Art Is Eternal: Self-expression and creativity has always been essential to our humanity. Going back to beginning of time, our earliest expressions were recorded in petroglyphs, cave paintings, and ancient sculptures. Imagination has always been apart of our world, and we should value it.

 

This Wednesday, November 18th we will be hosting our first virtual preview party for the upcoming auction. Traditionally in December we host a large fundraiser that auctions off artwork and items from local businesses. This year we are moving the auction online and having it stay open for three weeks. With this change we are hopefully that we will raise funds for our nonprofit to help us end 2020 on a high note.

We are getting excited to show you the amazing items up for auction. Join us for our first Preview Party from the comfort of your own home.
Our Preview Party Partner is Artigiano. They have paired a cheese and wine for each night and you can purchase these at their shop located on Saginaw Street in Bay City.
The Fawn is a mild yet very flavorful American Cheddar cheese that is from Wisconsin. It is a gold medal winner at the International Cheese Awards.
Sansilvestro Dulcis Moscato is a light, semi-sweet wine that will pair perfectly with the fawn. The bottle is a beautiful piece of art on its own!
Stop in to Artigiano to purchase the pairing and get comfy on your couch for November 18th at 7pm.
I’m looking forward to seeing you virtual,
Tara Welch
Executive Director
Studio23.Executive.Director@gmail.com
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Posted 7 November 2020 | art, art center, art gallery, bay city, community, shop local, shop small, support, thank you

Thankful in November

I love seeing the fall colors. The fresh crisp air and beautiful deep hues of gold, orange and reds. Bay City has had some great views this season! This time of year is for reflection as we come upon the Thanksgiving holiday.

Painting by Ruth Howell, Studio 23 Instructor 

Here at Studio 23 we have a lot to be thankful for.

Throughout the pandemic, our staff has worked hard to make sure we were engaging our community. For 2020 we set the intention of our theme word as ENGAGE. I know we are all proud to say that we did continue to engage virtually and now again in person at the studio.

While we were working from home we began to apply for funding to support our operations. We are very fortunate to receive funding from Bay Future/DOW, Michigan Council of Arts and Culture Affairs COVID Fund, MI Restart Program, Bay Community Foundation PPE Grant and Payroll Protection Program. These funds allowed us to keep our staff working at home and then prepare the studio to open to the public. We are taking every precaution we can to make sure we have a safe environment for you to create in.

We have made upgrades to our website to share our social media content even if you don’t have a FB account. You can view our main page and scroll through our feed. Autumn, Val and I continue to research the best ways to share videos and artist information with you. Every Friday we do live videos featuring our 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region. You listen to an artist talk, see a fun family project and then see an artist demo. We relate everything to the featured artist of the week. If you see our content please give us a share! That way more people in our community can enjoy the local artistic talent we have.

I’d like to give a special thank you to artist and community member, Avram Golden. For Avram’s birthday this year he started a fundraiser on his FaceBook page to support us here at Studio 23. Through his birthday celebration he raised over $700 to support our mission of making the arts relevant and accessible to all. Thank you Avram for being a support of the arts and especially a supporter of Bay City!

As you begin your holiday shopping I hope you consider supporting Studio 23 and our local businesses in Bay City. In our Off the Wall Boutique we have many great gift options like; bowls, platters, wood vases, scarfs, cards and more! We are happy to gift wrap all items for you. A gift certificate to the studio also makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Our small businesses are gearing up for holiday weekends and our Downtown has many events planned. Join the merchants for Merry Little Weekend, November 13-15 and then Sundays in the City which will be announced very soon.

If you must do your holiday shopping online, please consider starting at SMILE.amazon.com. With SMILE you can support Studio 23 while you use your prime benefits. With every purchase Amazon donates a percentage of that gift to Studio 23. Just make sure you click us as your designated nonprofit.

Thank you for believing in the power of ART.

Sincerely,

Tara Welch, Executive Director

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Posted 10 October 2020 | art, artist, classroom, community, fall, fundraiser, gallery, programs, support, workshop

Falling into October

The leaves are changing, a cool breeze is blowing off the river and we are getting ready for fall.

Classes are in full swing and we are so happy to have the studio full of voices and laughter. Our students have been awesome with our mask policies, we thank you! Make sure to check out our fall workshops that are coming up. You can paint the Lord of the Rings or paint a pallet, new options are being scheduled each week.

MI Artists, a juried exhibition opened this September. We ran a virtual reception and had over 100 people join us through Facebook and Zoom! Each artist was thanked for their talents by Stephen Prince, who represented Representative Brian Elder. We really appreciated his support for all of our Michigan Artists and also thank MCACA for supporting Studio 23 with a COVID Support grant.

Stop in to see this beautiful exhibit. Thirty-two Michigan cities are represented and the artists are fabulous. I really have enjoyed seeing so many different mediums like fiber art, sculpture, cold-wax and more.

The Art Advocate campaign is coming to a close. This year we raised over $3,000 to help support our local artists. Since 2017 this program has invested over $21,000 back into our community through awards, scholarships, Art Around the City and exhibit opportunities. You should be proud to be an art advocate, you made the choice to support your local arts center. It is not too late to become an advocate today! Sign up through our donate page on our website.

The Black & White Affair is the annual fundraising event for Studio 23 and is getting a make over this year.

This evening 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.

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.

This dinner is limited to forty people. Tickets are now on sale through our website or by calling us during open hours. We hope you will join us! 

Rosemary Kavanagh is our featured artist and will be displaying her family history through oil paintings. Her exhibit opens in November and will be on display until January.

Thank you for being a part of Studio 23. We are so happy that we get to be a part of our community and showcase the talent we have in our region. I will see you soon in the galleries or in a classroom!

 

Sincerely,

Tara Welch

Executive Director

 

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Posted 12 September 2020

A Start to a New Fall!

A Start to a New Fall

A new semester means to us: children laughing in our classrooms, artists hanging new work, and the start of our annual fundraiser. Some things, like most, are going to look a little different, but we are happy to make adjustments so we can still enjoy our art center.

Classes now are limited to the smaller number of eight per session. Students will have their own tables and access to sanitizer, and must wear a mask during our sessions. We are taking steps to make sure you are safe in our facility.

Please check out the new sessions that we are offering and of course our classics. From clay to watercolor, pencil to oil, we hope we have something that interests you.

Thank you to everyone who has made the pledge to be an Art Advocate for our 2020 MI Artists All-State Exhibition. This program has helped support our artist prizes, lectures, juror fees, and more opportunities for local artists. You can still help us make the pledge to advocate for our local art!

We hope you will join us for our virtual reception on September 17th at 5 p.m. Stream live on Facebook as our juror walks us through exhibit, announces the winners, and participates in a question-and-answer session. It will be a great event! If you cannot join us live, we will be adding the video link to our website under the exhibition link.

I look forward to seeing you soon in the gallery with your most stylist mask.

  • Tara Welch, Executive Director

Our Newsletter is now available online. Please visit this link to view: Newsletter 

Our Class schedule is now available online. Please visit this link to view: Fall Classes

New: Portrait Drawing!

Let our instructor Julie Tyslicky teach you her methods of using proportion, studying facial characteristics, and using value progressions to capture the effects of light and make your portrait appear three-dimensional.

This class runs on Fridays from 4 p.m.–7 p.m.

Oil Painting with Jim!

Just one example of student work from Jim Perkins’s oil painting class. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to paint, Jim’s atelier-style class is perfect for you! He will teach you the foundation you need.

This class runs on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

New: Daytime Clay!

Our clay studio is one of the most popular areas in our gallery. Have you been wanting to make your own bowls, platters, or garden sculptures?

Give one of our clay classes a try! Now offering a Monday daytime session from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

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Posted 10 July 2020

Moving into Summer Fun!

2020 has thrown us some curve balls…

   

Our staff adjusted quickly when the #stayhome order came into place. We immediately started creating family art projects, art demos and artist studio tours on our social media pages. Our website was updated, so everyone can view our social media videos on our main page. The viewers, supporters, and artists made all of that possible. Join us every Friday now, for our Friday Live Art Talks! I begin with an art talk about one of our 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Autumn, our Education Coordinator pops on to give you a fun family art project to do in your home. Val wraps it up by doing an art demo inspired by the artist featured. We are working our way through the whole group of 50 artists and hope you will join us! 

Studio 23 is fortunate to receive funding from DOW and funding with the PPP to continue our operations. This helped us while we transitioned our programing to online formats. 

We now offer virtual programing for classes and workshops. You can take iPhoneography, drawing and plein air classes through the Zoom platform. We finished many of our children’s classes virtually this winter and are now offering two options for children this summer. You will see us continue to offer in person classes and online. With online classes we have seen our physical location become nonexistent, having students join us from Mexico and Germany. What an amazing opportunity to reach students from all over the world. 

As we move into the rest of summer we have opened our galleries to the public again. Painters & Potters is on exhibit and showcases the talent of our students and instructors. This is an exhibit to see year after year, and watch all of our students improve their artistic style. The variety of mediums is very exciting! It creates a visual representation of growth of our programing. 

Chalk Walk Art Festival is moving to an online format. We appreciate our title sponsor Thelen Subaru for supporting the festival during this change. Now adult, teens and youth can fill out their registration online and submit their original work through the online portal. Patrons will be able to view an online gallery of all of the artwork. Check out the Chalk Walk website for all information! 

With all of the change that has happened, I couldn’t be prouder to work with our staff and artists to embrace the new. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we have worked through rescheduling and adjusting our exhibits, fundraisers and programs. 

I get the question of ‘How can I help?’ The best way to support your local art center is to become a member, become an art advocate, or participate in a class or exhibit. I hope you will continue to support our center. Follow us along on social media and our website and share our content with friends and family who have an appreciation for art. Word of mouth is the best way for us to reach new audiences. 

Thank you for sticking with us! I look forward to seeing you in our galleries soon. 

Tara Welch

Executive Director

 

Upcoming Events and Programs

Our galleries are now open! Join us from 11am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Galleries are limited to 10 people at a time. If you would like a private showing we are happy to accommodate. Please give us a call to set one up today.

August 4th, 3pm-6pm

Members of Studio 23 can join us for a Paint Pour workshop. We are offering to-go options for our members. If you would like to do this in our studio please sign up for a time slot. Thank you!

In person summer camp for children. Join us from August 3rd-7th from 8:30am – 3:30pm. Students will learn a variety of mediums in a safe environment. We are limiting our summer camps to eight campers.

Paint with Studio 23 from the comfort of your own home or even wrangle up some pals and paint from the patio…

grab your drinks because…

We’re offering a Sip ‘n’ Swirl through Zoom!!

We will be painting “Beautiful Buck” an image we’ve never offered at the studio.

This will be such a fun painting event and don’t worry, because it’s Zoom you’ll be able to ask any question you have in real time.

Does the deer look “too hard” to paint?! Promise it’s not as you will also learn to design transfer!

All supplies and instruction are included in the price!

$45 per person

Thursday, August 6th 6-9pm

You can pick up your supplies any time 11am-5pm August 4th, 5th, or 6th.

CALL FOR ENTRY

MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition 2020 application is now available. Please submit your entries online through this link: https://form.jotform.com/201498925166161 This will be a virtual exhibit with the option of displaying your artwork in our galleries through a safe delivery system. Timothy Norris, artist and instructor is our juror. There will be a $1000 best of show award as well as additional awards of merit TBD.

 

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Posted 19 June 2020

The longest day of the year.

In 2012 Studio 23’s board and committee created the Summer Solstice event, the year of the water dragon. A tent was in our north parking lot with beautiful decorations of bonsai trees and colorful fans. Our patrons enjoyed music, performances by a local dance group and the lighting of paper lanterns.

This event celebrated art. On exhibit was, A Women’s Perspective that featured fifty local female artists. With Studio 23 being a nonprofit we rely on these events to raise funds for our programing and operational costs. Luckily, throughout the years we have had wonderful committee and board members that create new and exciting events.

For this years Summer Solstice we decided to bring back the celebration of art on the longest day of the year. With the sun shining we can welcome summer here in Bay City, Michigan. Even though summer this year might look a little different, we believe that we all can enjoy a piece of art during this time. On Saturday, June 20th we will have thirteen artists participating in a critique, plein air and demos from 5pm-8pm on our FaceBook stream.

We are excited to feature:

Amy Gibas & Val Allen as our hosts of the evening.

Armin Mersmann will be creating in our windows. Walk by and say hi!
Our Panelist:
Mike Zureich
Armin Mersmann
Margaret Colarelli
Rebecca Zeiss
Sara Clark
Pam Hart
Our Plein Air Artists:
Ruth Howell
Elli Hennessey
Barbara Plezia
Walda Juhl
Rebecca Longoria
How can you support your local artists? It is easy, make a pledge to our PayPal account! I’m happy to make my pledge of $23 in honor of Studio 23’s first location on US 23. Without that beginning we wouldn’t be where we are today. I hope you will join me by making your pledge below.

 

Have a great Summer Solstice and I hope to see you virtually tomorrow night.

 

Sincerely,

Tara Welch

Executive Director

 

 

 

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 6 June 2020

Reopening at Studio 23!

Studio 23 Family, 

We are so excited to open our doors to you again. 

Throughout the stay-at-home order we have continued to provide content through social media and our website. That is here to stay: We will continue to offer virtual classes, free art projects, artist demos, and tours of artists’ homes and studios. Staying connected to you was so much fun, and we loved seeing your posts of your own creations. Thank you for supporting us through this time. 

On Monday the governor announced that children’s day camps and museums can reopen to the public, but with guidelines. 

We will open our gallery doors on Tuesday, June 16, at 11am. 

Your safety is our priority, so we have some new procedures in place: 

– You must wear a mask. If you don’t have one, we will have masks available for $1.

– Please keep social distance from others, remaining six feet apart. 

– Our galleries will admit up to ten people at a time. 

– Our classrooms will also have limited capacity, based upon space. 

– Restrooms will not be available to the public.

– We ask that you do not enter the galleries or classrooms if you are feeling unwell. 

– All individuals must enter through our main entrance on Water Street. 

– We will have limited hours: 11am-5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Our staff will be cleaning, organizing, and getting ready to welcome you back. Please be patient as we begin to schedule classes at the studio. Also note that all of our virtual classes are still happening! You can still make art with us in the comfort of your home. 

Thank you for understanding the changes we have made. We can’t wait to see you in our space, creating and admiring local art!  

Sincerely,

Tara Welch

Executive Director 

Support Studio 23 when shopping on Amazon. It is so easy, just start at smile.amazon.com and choose Studio 23 as your nonprofit.

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Posted 22 May 2020

We’re Going Virtual!

With everything pandemic-related going on right now, Studio 23 has made the jump to virtual class… and we’re jumping right in! Besides the free virtual lessons we’ve been providing through our Facebook Live art lessons, we’ve also been busy planning away with our instructors to bring you classes through Zoom. We have some great classes already posted and we’re adding more every day. A great example of our virtual programming is our Still Life Colored Pencil Project with artist Julie Tyslicky! In this class you will be drawing and rendering in full color a still life of fruit on fabric. You will be instructed on ways to set up your still life. Composition, design and light source is discussed as well as color theory.

This class does not teach you how to draw but rather how to better use the color pencils in your drawing. This class looks to build on your existing drawing skills and done completely through the comfort of your own home using Zoom.

Another great class we’re offering is our Virtual Plein Air Workshop with artist Ruth Howell…
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood to take a Virtual Plein Air Painting Class with Artist/Instructor Ruth Howell.

Through a series of three sessions on Zoom, a virtual meeting site you can access in the comfort of your home or studio, Ruth will guide you through painting outdoor scenes in plein air. The opening virtual class will cover supplies, equipment and tips to paint outside. Ruth will announce the first assignment that each artist will complete during the week. The assignments will be discussed “conversation style” at the beginning of each session and then students will progress to the next topics listed below. Artists are encouraged to work in a painting medium such as watercolor, oil, acrylic or pen and ink.

We also have workshop offerings for children! Our teen instructor, Spencer Scharf is offering two workshop… A Dragon Trophy Workshop and a Tiki Mask Workshop…. In the dragon workshop, join Spencer as he takes you through his paper mache dragon trophy step-by-step. Spencer will be able to interact with you through zoom so you will be able to follow along AND ask any questions you need to create your masterpiece! With his Tiki Mask Workshop, Spencer will takes you through his cardboard Tiki Mask step-by-step. Spencer will be able to interact with you through zoom during this workshop, as well.

There is plenty more where that came from so I encourage you to check out our class listings on our website and Facebook and sign up for a class today- don’t let this pandemic stop you from getting creative. Studio 23 has got you covered- we’ll help you get creative while you’re being safe!

 

I hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend and I hope to see you (virtually) very soon!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

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Posted 8 May 2020

Have a marvelous May with Studio 23!

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe its May?! Since the #stayhome order it almost felt like time was inching by, but now I sit here and type wondering how it is May already? A lot has changed in our world, but I believe that the importance of art remains relevant. We have seen authors read their famous books, actors perform on zoom and art lessons through video chat. Our art world has adapted to make sure we can still serve our community. To us, we need art just like we need fresh air! I hope that you have had time to enjoy our videos on Facebook. Now all of these videos are available on the home page of our website! No more worrying about not have a social media account, you can enjoy them anytime on our website.

Studio 23 is lucky to have the great staff we do. We knew to adapt quickly and now we are excited to announce virtual classes and a Craft Bar pick up.

Right before the order was put into effect we opened our Craft Bar. A place that you can pick up an art project and have the steps written out for you. It is the perfect thing to take home! Our directions all have step by step pictures, making your art experience stress free and fun. Visit our link to reserve your art packet from the Craft Bar! We are offering a pickup day and we will bring the items out to your car.

We have two virtual class opportunities that you will enjoy. Our first is an online critique session with artist, Armin Mersmann and our Curator, Valerie Allen.

Join Armin and Valerie for a relaxing conversation about your art.

This virtual conversation and critique on your work of art will be Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Armin and Valerie will discuss the possibilities and “what if” solutions for each selected piece. At the end of this two-hour program, you will learn about overcoming specific challenges and discover new perspectives on your creative process.

Space is limited for this paid event. Each artist may submit one selection.

$10 per Studio 23 member and $15 for nonmembers.

 

Paint Your Neighborhood with artist Ruth Howell. 

Ruth Howell is known for her plein air paintings and now she is offering a three week session for you! This will be a virtual class, where you will meet online with Ruth to receive the assignment and demo. After each session you will have a week to go out into your neighborhood safely and create your painting.

There will be an information session held for this class on May 14th at 6pm. Information on this will be posted very soon! After the information session the dates will be posted on our website for easy sign up.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us on Give Local Bay!

We raised $3,014 dollars for our Art Advocate Campaign and operational funding. Didn’t have the chance to donate? Visit our donation tab on our website and make a difference today!

 

As the new #Stayhome order is until May 28th, we are hopeful we can open for you soon. Plans are being made to open in June and we will keep you updated.

For now, we hope you will join us virtually and please keep creating. 

Sincerely,

Tara Welch, Executive Director

Studio23.Executive.Director@gmail.com

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