Curator’s Clipboard: Happenings in our galleries and beyond!


Hi! It’s Val, curator of Studio 23! January is our time to refresh and renew our gallery space and plan new opportunities for artists of the region. Last year we organized the Studio 23 Artists Collective and we are thrilled at the response from our artist members of Studio 23. We hosted three plein air events, an info session on the 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region, a talk on abstraction for the realist artist and a private curator’s VIP tour of the 50 Artists exhibit.

This year we kick off with The 100 Day Project that actually was visualized and started by our Artists Collective. The 100 Day Project is designed to jump start your creative process for the new year as well as promote the habits that can enhance your artistic productivity. It is beneficial for all creatives including visual artists, performing artists, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Bring your questions, your project ideas and your notebooks to our check-ins that are scheduled every 25 days. Here is a link to our first check-in. This event will be held on January 22, 2020 starting at 5:30 pm at Studio 23. Studio 23 is one of several art organizations across the nation that start on January 22, 2020! The national site is The 100 Day Project and the concept originated in Marquette, Michigan. It is now international!  You can register your project in advance at this international link for The 100 Day Project.



Our next exhibit will open on February 6, 2020. Teenworks and Kids Kreations celebrates the artwork created by young artists from Bay County. The age range is elementary through high school and the variety of images and depth of talent is incredible. Please join us for the opening public reception on February 6, 2020, 4:00pm – 7:00 pm. In addition, we will have a Sunday Open House on February 9, 2020, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This event corresponds with the Indulge  Day in Downtown Bay City!

This image is our publication winner for the exhibit.The artist is Riley Larkin, an art student from John Glenn High School. Her teacher is Amy Pobanz. Congratulations, Riley!  

Finally, we are happy to announce that Studio 23 is now placing art in our Regional Artists in Public Spaces program. The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is now our new neighbor on Water Street so it is very natural that we would place the beautiful abstract art by Sheri Moore into their busy boardroom. Sheri Moore is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University. Her inspiration comes from human interaction and personal experience, especially travel. “I paint by feel, by trusting my gut, exactly the same way I have operated my whole life. I trust my instincts,” Sheri says.


Feel This by Sheri Moore                                          Sheri Moore                                         Boardroom installation


Kind regards and remember #collectartbuylocal,

Valerie Allen




WHATS NEXT BAY CITY – Bay Arts Council , Bay City Players , Bay Concert Band , Studio 23 , The Bay County Historical Society , Bay County Library System, Bay Sail, The State Theatre and Delta College Planetarium Presents:
Comedy Night with Rob Little
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7pm
State Theatre, 913 Washington Ave. Bay City, MI 48708
Box Office: 989-892-2660 x2
Tickets: $27 Reserved Seating
All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Don’t let the “Little” name fool you. Little is BIG! But that has never slowed him down. “Yeah, I’m big, and all my relatives are too. Heck, we just got our family portrait done by aerial photography. And there are only three of us.” The truth is, Rob is big in more ways than one. With a grin on his face, a gleam in his eye, and a passion for comedy that is larger than life, he’s the biggest thing to happen to comedy in a long, long time.

January 22, 2020 @ 5:30pm

This event is designed to introduce new Studio 23 member artists and welcome back returning members to The100DayProject! Bring your questions, your project ideas and your notebooks. Studio 23 is one of several art organizations across the nation that start on this day! Attending this session will check off one of your 100 days as well as set you up for success through April 30, 2020. You can register your project in advance at this link.

January 25, 2020 @ 11:00am–3:00pm 






Event at City Market Bay City! Saturday, Samples and Art, a fun collaboration between Studio 23 and City Market on Saturday January 25, 2020 gives you “a taste of art” from 11am – 3pm. Artists and Studio 23 instructors will be stationed throughout the market creating their artwork and ready to discuss their process as well as classes they teach and programs such as the 100 Day Project at Studio 23. There will also be an art station where you can create your own Paint n Take for $10.  Our new class schedule and a registration station will also be available at this event for your convenience and classes will begin the week of February 3, 2020.

January 28, 2020 @ 6pm

Join Studio 23 as we guide you in personalizing ‘Night Route’ during our Out on the Town Sip ‘N Swirl at Courtyard by Marriott!

$35 gets you all your instruction and supplies. While painting, you’re encouraged to grab some food. Marriott has a great menu to order dinner and drinks from and will be offering specials on both exclusively for our Sip ‘N Swirl painters.

Dinner, drinks, and painting… what a fun way to spend an evening.

You MUST register in advance for this class either online or by calling 989-894-2323!

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21st Annual Back & White Affair and Art Auction

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Congratulations to the winners of our Summer Solstice Art-a-Thon Plein Air Paint Out!

On Saturday, June 25, 13 artists visited 12 farms growing sugar beets for Michigan Sugar and spent the morning and afternoon painting the fields, buildings, and scenery of the farms. Artist checked in at Studio 23 beginning at 8 a.m. and had paintings finished and framed by 4 p.m. the same...