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Posted 8 July 2022

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 day.

   

The following morning, Rob Clark of Michigan Sugar set out on the difficult task of choosing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as several honorable mentions. Artists who placed in the top 3 received cash awards generously sponsored by Michigan Sugar Company. Many of the farmers and owners of the featured farms joined us in the gallery to see the work on display. Paintings were then displayed in the front window of Studio 23 to be enjoyed by our community.

Thank you to Michigan Sugar for making this event possible!

First Place: Barbara Plezia with the Maxwell Family of Maxwell Farms

Second Place: Victoria Jendretzke

Third Place: Elli Hennessy

Honorable Mentions:  Tom Myers, Anna Rogers, Bruce Francke, and Ruth Howell

 

Upcoming Events at Studio 23

Painters & Potters 2022
Student & Faculty Exhibition

Opening Reception Thursday, July 21, 5-7 p.m.

This annual exhibit showcases the artwork created by the talented students and instructors of Studio 23 during the 2021–2022 terms. You are invited to meet the artists and instructors, plus learn more about our education programs during the reception.

 

Wildlife, Landscapes, and Fundamentals: A Nature Photography Comprehensive with Zachary Branigan

Join Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy executive director, Zachary Branigan, for a highly detailed, hands-on nature photography three-part course! This course will include the fundamentals of proper exposure, manual control of your camera, specific techniques for capturing landscapes at any time of day, and how to shoot wildlife all year around. The course will include a creative discussion about getting the mood and atmosphere you crave, critiques of your work. and plenty of one-on-one instruction! Whether you are a seasoned photographer looking for advice on how to break out of a creative rut, a new photographer trying to master your camera or manual exposure, whether you shoot film or digital, or whether you have a $10,000 camera or an iPhone, this dynamic course will provide you with value. Zachary is a trained photographer with over 20 years of experience and has had his work exhibited and published locally and in national outlets such as US News and World Report.

This three-week workshop begins Thursday, July 14, 6-8 p.m. (July 14, 21, & 28)

Registration Required, $75

Chalk Walk Art Festival

Saturday, August 13, 2022

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

For artist registation and more information, visit studio23baycity.org/chalkwalk-festival/

 

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Posted 10 June 2022

Summer Solstice Art-a-Thon

Summer Solstice Art-a-Thon 2022
June 21 – 26th

Our third annual Summer Solstice Art-a-Thon is right around the corner!

The Summer Solstice Art-a-thon began in 2020 as a way for the Studio 23 Artist Collective to connect and celebrate our creativity together. As this tradition evolves, we continue to add opportunities to learn, grow, create, and connect with one another.

 

Summer Solstice Plein Air Paint Out
Sponsored by Michigan Sugar

Michigan Sugar has invited us back to their farms for another year of plein air painting. Artists who register will create paintings or drawings on location at farms who supply Michigan Sugar with sugar beets. Registered artists will receive a list to submit preferences and will be assigned to a location.

Registration

Artists can register online by following the link here.

In place of a registration fee, artists will create a Facebook Fundraiser for Studio 23 to be run during the Summer Solstice Art-a-Thon. Once registered, artists will send an image of themselves or their artwork, and Studio 23 will create a graphic and message for each artist to use when creating their fundraiser campaign.

Schedule for Plein Air Paint Out
Saturday, June 25

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Check in at Studio 23
Have your canvases, paper, or other surface ready to be stamped at check in. Only work with a stamp will be accepted for exhibit.

8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Painting on the Farms
Once checked in, artists will travel to their assigned farm to set up and paint. Plan to be back at the Studio with enough time to frame your work before the 4 p.m. deadline. Look up your location ahead of time and determine your travel time.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Framing
Return to the gallery to frame your work. We will have workstations for artists to use, but please bring your own framing supplies. Have your stamps verified before framing. Artists can submit up to 2 works for exhibition.

4 p.m. All Work Complete
All work must be verified and framed by the 4 p.m. deadline. Work will be arranged on tabletops in the gallery for the Sunday reception.

Reception
Sunday, June 26, 1-3 p.m.

Join us in the galleries to see the artwork created during the Paint Out event and help us in celebrating our local farms and local artists. Our juror Rob Clark will be announcing prizes and congratulating all of our local artists. Thanks to our sponsor, Michigan Sugar, we have exciting cash prizes that will be awarded.

First prize: $600
Second prize: $300
Third prize: $100

 

Other Summer Solstice Event

Summer Solstice Kick-off Party
Tuesday, June 21st, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music, watch our progressive painting being created, and learn more about the week’s activities!

Lunch & Learn Sessions
Wednesday – Friday at 12 noon

Bring a brown bag lunch and join us in the gallery Wednesday through Friday at noon to hear from experts on various professional development topics for artists.

Wednesday, June 22
CV and Resume Development for Artists with Andrea Ondish

Thursday, June 23
Insurance for Artists with Cameron Sich, Sponsored by MCI Insurance

Friday, June 24
Portfolio Development with Nick Reszetar

 

Storytelling for Artists with Rae Chesny
Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m.

Author Rae Chesny will discuss the importance of storytelling about yourself as an artist and how to share your story with others.

 

Matting & Framing Workshop
Thursday, June 23, 4 – 7 p.m.

Join the Studio 23 Artist Collective to learn the basics of cutting matte board for framing.
Registration includes one 24”x36” piece of black matboard and ‘scrap’ boards to practice cutting. The studio will supply matte cutter, blades, and acid-free tape for mounting and hinging. Artists must bring their own frames. Materials are non-archival. Artists wishing to use archival matboard should supply their own.
Registration Required. $65 for non-members, $55 for members.

 

Drink & Doodle with Sean Gallagher at Drift Shoreline Beer Garden
Friday, June 24, 6 p.m.

Join instructor Sean Gallagher for a laid-back evening of drawing together and enjoying drinks at Drift Shoreline Beer Garden.
$20 registration is required.

Art Ladders LIVE!
Saturday, June 25, 3 p.m.

Art Ladders hosts Armin Mersmann and Valerie Allen will record an episode of their podcast live from Studio 23! They will discuss the excitement of a plein air painting events as artists are returning from a day of outdoor painting at local Michigan Sugar farms.

 

To Register for Summer Solstice Events, visit studio23baycity.org/education/

 

 

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Posted 20 May 2022

Plein Air Season and Chalk art season is upon us!

An open easel laid on the ground with a artwork, cropped shot

Plein Air Season and Chalk art season is upon us!  What better way to prepare for the wonderful Michigan weather than to learn about preparing for outdoor art.  As an artist I have participated in 4 Chalk Walk events and too many Plein Air events to count.  Preparation for these events are essential to making you outdoor experience enjoyable and safe.  So here are a few safety and packing tips to help you this summer.  

  1. Travel with a buddy.  This is a good way to socialize and has the added benefit of helping keep an eye on your surroundings.  Whether it be animals, people, or whether, its always good to have a partner to help alert you in case of danger.  It’s also great to have a buddy in case of a medical emergency.
  2. Plan for the weather.  Michigan can be rough when it comes to whether.  The possibility of quick whether changes are likely.  It may be 73 degrees now but it could be snowing in an hour.  Make sure you check the weather before you leave the house.  Have a cell phone?  Use a weather app to alert you in case of severe weather.  If you live in Bay County sign up for Bay Alerts online.  This will give you a heads up on incoming boats, bad weather, and more.  Suggested weather apps: AccuWeather, The Weather Channel, Weather Bug, and NOAA Weather Radar.
  3. While living unplugged is great, having some tech with you can be great in case of an emergency or extreme heat.  My favorite things to bring: Rechargeable small fan,  a portable charger (they even have solar powered ones), a cell phone, and a camera.  Cameras are great to have around while painting, in case the park gets too crowded or the weather starts looking rough.  Take some photo inspiration while you search for the perfect spot to paint.  That way if you have to leave you can always paint from reference photos.
  4. The Essentials: Bug spray, suntan lotion, bottled water, water to wash your hands, paper towels or a hand towel, snacks, and small first aid.  One thing I never knew I needed was a cooling towel.  These are microfiber towel that only need a small amount of water and can be cool up to 3 hours depending on heat conditions.  Also, bring a small roll of toilet paper just in case. You can leave it in the car, but you never know when you will need it.  
  5. If you haven’t walked 10 miles before, chances are you shouldn’t start today.  When trekking to the perfect art spot make sure you are physically able to get there.  Pushing yourself too hard on the first go can trigger health conditions.  Not a great climber? Don’t climb a steep rock cliff to get the perfect painting, if you have never done so before.  Make sure you are assessing and planning how to access spots that you want to create at.  Start short distances first and progress til you are ready to get to that spot.  Remember to wearing comfortable shoes or walking boots for the terrain you will be walking on.
  6. Going far, pack light.  I like to use a back pack and a collapsable cheap easel when going long distances.  When going short distances I use my French easel that has storage for my brushes and limited paints.

Chalk Art

  1. Make sure to wear knee pads and gloves.  You can also bring a garden kneeler to help save your bones and joints.  
  2. A chair to sit in when you need to rest.
  3. It was rain, bring a tarp, tent with sides or sand to help protect you piece from the weather.  Always make sure to check the weather forecast.
  4. Take breaks and stretch.  Your hands, back, and knees will thank you.  
  5. Bring water to wash your hands.  Your hands will get grimy through-out the day.  You also don’t want your colors to get muddy from your dirty hands.
  6. A rule for straight lines.
  7. If you run out of black you can walls try using charcoal.  It’s not just good for grilling!
  8. Find a great pigmented chalk!  Studio 23 has a great Michigan made brand available for sale!

Want more Plein Air advice? Check out our workshop with Ruth Howell on May 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

Check out our summer events by visiting our website at www.studio23baycity.org under our education tab.  

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Posted 13 May 2022 | exhibits

Studio 23 Collegiate Spotlight: Jocelyn Gonzales

Studio 23 is pleased to announce the launch of our Collegiate Spotlight Program! The Collegiate Spotlight will feature the artwork of area college students with a developed portfolio of artwork. Students will be recommended for the Collegiate Spotlight by area college faculty and staff and approved by Curator of Exhibits and Membership, Amy Gibas.

Students will be featured in the Tabor Gallery of Studio 23 for 7 to 8 weeks with four rotations from January through September, when the Tabor Gallery will be handed over to our Textile and Fiber Artist in Residence for a solo exhibition. Students will have the opportunity to work with Amy to arrange, hang, or otherwise display their work, gaining valuable hands-on experience.

 

   

We are happy to inaugurate our Collegiate Spotlight program with Delta College student Jocelyn Gonzales! Jocelyn was recommended for the Collegiate Spotlight by Delta College faculty and will have her artwork featured in the Tabor Gallery during May and June.  Jocelyn is an artist and Art Education major living in Bay City, Michigan. She loves gardening, riding her bike, and playing games with her friends and family.

Jocelyn has also been recently hired as an instructor for children’s classes here at Studio 23! Reflecting on her time as a young student, Jocelyn says “I remember having so much fun when I was younger taking classes at Studio 23. Now, I teach here and I’m so excited to show kids like me everything that art can offer them.”

Welcome Jocelyn!

 

Upcoming Events

Fiber: Four Voices, Diverse Visions
May 26—July 9
Opening Reception Thursday, May 26, 5—7 p.m.

Invited artists are C Joanne Grabinski, Carol Irving, Marti Liddle-Lameti, and Sally Rose. Each artist brings a unique creative process to the exhibit ranging from felting, weaving, organic installation, fashion, and needle art. The Rowley Gallery will be filled with texture and color.

 

Free Spin Art
May 28th, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Free event sponsored by Feet on the Street

Kids Rock Painting
June 7th, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Free event sponsored by Feet on the Street

Adult Craft Bar
June 9th, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Project prices vary from $1-$30

Studio 23 Artist Collective Plein Air at Saginaw Bay Yacht Club
Saturday, June 4th, 9 a.m.—4 p.m.

Join the Studio 23 Artist Collective for a morning of fun, laid-back plein air painting at the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club! No competition, no pressure! A great way to warm up for the Summer Solstice Plein Air Paint Out! Call or visit us online to register!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Solstice Art-a-thon
June 21—26, 2022

Our Summer Solstice line up features classes and professional development workshops for artists throughout the week and a Plein Air Paint Out with cash prizes sponsored by Michigan Sugar. You can sponsor your favorite artists in our Plein Air Paint Out through Facebook fundraisers to help support Studio 23 and make events like Summer Solstice Art-a-thon possible.

Summer Solstice Art-a-thon is presented by Studio 23’s Artist Collective, a group that learns and creates together. Michigan Sugar supports the local arts, and we thank them for their dedication to our community.

For full schedule visit studio23baycity.org/summer-solstice.

 

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Posted 15 April 2022

Education Blog April

Hello Hello wonderful people!  I hope your are all enjoying your Friday.  Winter session 2 is in week 4 and our children’s classes are coming to an end.  What does that mean?  That means we have a whole new line up available for you to check out for Spring/Summer!  Spring classes start the week of May 16th!  We have kids classes, camps, and workshops so check out our catalogue available at Studio 23 or our website at www.studio23baycity.org

Class Spotlight

Beginning Colored Pencil with Julie Tyslicky

April 19, 2022

Tuesday, 3–5 p.m.

8 weeks

$110 members/$125 nonmembers

This class teaches you how blend and layer colored pencils your colored-pencil work to create fine art pieces. You will learn about color theory while learning how to use your pencils. You do not have to know how to draw in this class (though it helps) as we concentrate on spheres and eggs.

Spring/Summer 2022 Classes

Adults

Adult Clay

There is no limit to what you can make with clay! These classes provide instruction for the novice as well as those experienced with clay. Students new to clay will work on projects designed to introduce techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Instruction is also available to those who wish to try the potter’s wheel. Roll up your sleeves and give it a try. Advanced students may work in the direction of their choice. Various glazing techniques will be covered as well. Come with ideas and to meet new friends!

Spring classes start the week of May 16, 2022.

Summer classes start the week of July 18, 2022.

7 weeks

$140 members/$190 nonmembers

Monday, 6–9 p.m.

Instructors: Pat Lightfoot and Maureen Bokhart

Tuesday Day Class, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Instructors: Pat Lightfoot and Maureen Bokhart

Tuesday Evening Class, 5–8 p.m. (spring only)

Instructor: Sean Gallagher

Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.

Instructor: Mike Zureich

Thursday, 6–9 p.m. (spring only)

Instructor: Sean Gallagher

Saturday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Instructor: Ben Quinno

 

Watercolor with Bill Brinker

July 13–August 17

Wednesday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

OR July 14–August 18

Thursday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

6 weeks

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolors? Would you like to become a better watercolor painter? Let artist Bill Brinker help you become a flourishing artist!

 

Color Theory 101 with Debra LaRocque

Spring session: May 16–June 27

6:30–9 p.m.

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Ever wonder what a tertiary color is? Then this class is for you. It is for anyone who wants to understand color better. The class will learn about color terminology and color mixing, will paint a color wheel, and more. Participants will learn how to use color to improve their paintings and achieve the feeling or mood they are trying to convey. Some supplies are included. You may bring your own brushes and acrylic paints that you are comfortable with.

 

Inter./Adv. Graphite Drawing w/ Armin Mersmann

Mondays 6 PM – 9 PM

This is an IN PERSON class.

Class Starts April 25-June 6
(No Class May 30th)
6 weeks
$180 for members $205 for non-members
Studio 23 is excited to offer Intermediate/Advanced Graphite Drawing Class with Armin Mersmann!
Experienced and advanced draughtsmen, comfortable in their technique, will learn to develop and enhance their personal artistic language. Focus and intent of an artist’s drawings are fluid and change over time – the end goal is not to execute that “perfect drawing”. This is not an assignment-based class and any drawing medium is permitted and expected. You will set personal goals and using a series of drawings strive to move your artistic language forward. As a class we will discuss the strengths and weakness of student work and objectives through engaging critiques; the class will include learning through demos as well.

Watercolor with Nancy Philo

Spring session: May 20–July 22, 2022.

Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

6 weeks

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Students must have some watercolor training for this intermediate to professional level class.  Work from life on both still life and models.  We will discuss all the finer points of watercolor and how to move to the next level in your practice.

 

Screen Printing with Ben Quinno

Spring session: May 21–July 2, 2022

Summer session: July 23–August 27, 2022

Saturday, 1–4 p.m.

6 weeks

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Interested in screen printing? Want to print your own T-shirt, apparel, or greeting cards?

In this class you will learn about the basic materials and techniques you’ll need for screen printing at home through watercolor monotypes and hand-applied stencils. In the first project, students will create abstract compositions with watercolor pigments printed on paper, putting a graphic-like twist on watercolor painting. In the second project, students will learn hand-applied stenciling techniques and will have the opportunity to print on any substrate (paper, T-shirt, fabric, etc.).

 

Beginners Relief Carving and Printmaking with Alexia Hall

Spring session: May 16–June 27, 2022

Monday, 4–6 p.m.

6 weeks

$100 members/$125 nonmembers

Learn a new printmaking technique! This class will teach you to carve, ink, and print linoleum on paper. This type of printmaking can give a very graphic quality. The class encourages experimentation, and this means trying new materials and techniques including variations in inking process.

 

Intermediate Colored Pencil with Julie Tyslicky

June 21–July 19, 2022

Tuesday, 6–8:30 p.m.

8 weeks

$140 members/$155 nonmembers

This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Colored Pencil by continuing to build your layering and color theory skills through the four assignments given. You will be working from real life and photography images and will be instructed on how colored paper can enhance your colored pencil drawings. Prerequisite is Beginning Colored Pencil.

 

Beginning Colored Pencil with Julie Tyslicky

April 19, 2022

Tuesday, 3–5 p.m.

8 weeks

$110 members/$125 nonmembers

This class teaches you how blend and layer colored pencils your colored-pencil work to create fine art pieces. You will learn about color theory while learning how to use your pencils. You do not have to know how to draw in this class (though it helps) as we concentrate on spheres and eggs.

 

Fundamentals of Drawing 4 with Julie Tyslicky

April 19–July 12, 2022

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

12 weeks

$480 members/$580 nonmembers

The final session of the Fundamentals of Drawing series. This intermediate drawing session will concentrate on honing the skills learned in previous classes by working in a series and why this is important. We will also touch on creating an artist statement, artist bio, and information on how to enter a juried show. Prerequisite to take this session is Fundamentals of Drawing 1 and 2, or show the instructor your portfolio.

 

Kids’ Classes

Kids’ Klay w/ Angela Griebe 

April 29th–June 10th
(no class May 27th for Memorial Day) $80 members/$100 nonmembers (additional $30 clay fee)
Fri., Intro to Clay: 4–6 p.m.
Fri., Inter./Adv. Clay: 6:30–8:30 p.m. 6 weeks 

 

Afternoon Art Academy with Jocelyn

May 18–June 22, 2022

Wed., 4–5:30 p.m.

6 weeks

$80 members/$110 nonmembers

 

Afternoon Art Academy with Jericho

May 6–June 17, 2022

Fri., 4–5:30 p.m.

6 weeks

$80 members/$110 nonmembers

 

YADA (Young Adults Doing Art) w/ Katie

May 5–June 9, 2022

Thursday, 5–7 p.m.

6 weeks

$100 members/ $125 nonmembers

 

Virtual Art School

More information to come!

 

Summer Art Camp

In-studio art camp runs 8:30–3:30. Have some fun with Ms. Ava or Ms. Jericho while you learn great art techniques and history! You’ll use all different art mediums so, be prepared to paint, draw, mold, and everything in between!

Limit of 10 students for in-studio camp. Camp is recommended for ages 7–12. Students need to bring a cold lunch.

All art materials provided.

Camp dates available;

Session I: June 13–17 (Ava)

Session II: June 20–24 (Ava)

Session III: July 11–15 (Jericho)

Session IV: July: 25–29 (Jericho)

Session V: August: 1–5 (Jericho)

Session VI: August: 15–19 (Jericho)

Cost is $160 for members, $190 for nonmembers. Save $10 by referring a friend!

 

Upcoming Workshops

April 23: Woven Wrapped Bracelet Workshop with Angela Griebe, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $35

April 28: Advanced Stained Glass with Donna Martin, four-week workshop, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $130 and $40 material fee

April 30: Try It Watercolor with Bill Brinker, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $35 members/$45 nonmembers

May 7: Say It in Embroidery with Kim Ballor, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $35 members/$40 nonmembers

Macramé Bracelet Workshop, 2–4 p.m., $15 members/$25 nonmembers, ages 7+

May 13: Wood-burn your own decorative tray with Julie Tyslicky, 6–9 p.m., $35 members/$45 nonmembers

May 14: Golden Presentation “A to Z” of Acrylics with Valerie Allen, 1–2:30 p.m. FREE

Must register to participate.

The Golden “A to Z” of acrylics This artful presentation, complete with demos by Valerie Allen, packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding participants through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how they relate to clean color mixing, glazing, and the creation of fabulous new colors, and learn the unique properties of Golden Fluid, Heavy Body, OPEN, and High Flow acrylics. Discover Golden Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a comprehensive overview on the many gels and mediums and how they can change texture, saturation, and intensity of color, and be used for sculptural effects and more. The presentation includes a review of grounds that create truly contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing, and mixed media. Each presentation includes an array of examples of these materials put to use. Attendees leave the program enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting!

May 28: Try It Adult Calligraphy, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., $25 per person or two for $40

Try It Kids Calligraphy, 2–4 p.m., $10 per child

May 28: A Taste of Plein Air w/ Ruth Howell, 10 a.m.-2p.m., $30 members/$40 nonmembers

This mini workshop will give you the opportunity to explore painting “en plein air” like the impressionists did. The class will begin with a short lecture and demos to familiarize you with plein air painting methods.  You will learn how using a limited palette and value patterns can help you to simplify your subject and create strong compositions.  Following the demonstrations, students will receive individualized instruction as they paint the landscape of downtown Bay City.  Inclement weather make-up day will be June 4th.

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Posted 8 April 2022

Through the Eyes of a Child

When Don and Ashley Sabourin’s daughter received a camera for her fourth birthday, they were struck by the unique first-person perspective from the eyes of a 4-year-old in her photographs. She took photos of her friends that only another child could capture, and framed images of the world that she thought were interesting or important to her. They decided to provide cameras to see what children see and how they live, and to embrace the diversity of children in Bay County. Their photographs show their unwritten life, with the hope of providing a better understanding of how they see the world.

Each child’s set of photographs displays a unique personality and narrative as they explore the world around them from behind a camera. The variety of images displays a range of style and subject matter that we would expect to find in an adult juried exhibition: landscapes, cityscapes, staged and candid portraits, still-lives and found compositions, abstract studies of color and texture, and yes, cats.

As I look through this collection of photographs, I am struck by the joy of unencumbered creative expression and the potential for growth as artists and artistic thinkers. I am also reminded that as artists, our creative voices and styles are culminated from a lifetime of experiences. It is never too early-or too late-to start cultivating creativity.

 

Through the Eyes of a Child is on display in the Tabor Gallery of Studio 23 through May 14th. A Closing reception for students and their families will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 1-2:30 p.m.

 

 

Upcoming Events

This Must Be the Place
Jay Handy

March 24- May 14

Photographs submitted by Bay City residents are the inspiration for artwork created by Jay Handy. Photos that help display the rich lives and beautiful moments that have taken place in Bay City were chosen to be incorporated into Jay’s compositions. The artwork is a celebration of our community, where full cycles of life have occurred for generations.

 

Books on Art Club

Wednesday, April 20th, 4 p.m.

A virtual discussion of Vincent & Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman.

Stop in or call us at 989-894-2323 to learn more about the Books on Art Club.

 

A Perfect Pairing

Thursday, April 28th, 6-8 p.m.

Artists and wine experts unite to unveil new artwork from six artists, each expertly paired with a wine to complement the composition. Each pair will discuss their artwork and wine selection as you sip your way around the gallery.

A Perfect Pairing is limited to 36 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $40 per person and include the wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, artist inspiration talks, and an “After Glow.”  This event begins promptly at 6 pm and will conclude at 8:30 pm.

We have six unique opportunities to sponsor an artist and beverage pairing.  Each sponsorship is $200 and includes two tickets and recognition on signage at the event.  We hope that you will consider sponsoring this unique event.

Must be 21 or over to participate. Register at studio23baycity.org/events/a-perfect-pairing or by calling Studio 23 at 989-894-2323.

 

Member Make & Take

Saturday, May 7th, 11a.m.-4p.m.

April showers bring may flowers! Join us to create your own paper flower bouquet or take a packet home to create later. This is a free event for members of Studio 23.  For more information on membership visit studio23baycity.org/membership.

 

April Workshops

April 14th: Beginner Stained Glass w/ Donna Martin, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. $65 and $40 material fee

April 23rd: Woven Wrapped Bracelet Workshop w/ Angela Griebe, 11 a.m.-2p.m.  $35

April 28th:  Advanced Stained Glass w/ Donna Martin, 4 week workshop, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  $130 and a $40 material fee

April 30th:  Try It Watercolor w/ Bill Brinker, 11-2 p.m.  $35 mem, $45 non

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Posted 18 March 2022

Education Blog March

Hi everyone! Misty Coss here, the Curator of Education at Studio 23.  I’ve been hard at work planning our Spring/Summer Selection of classes.  The new catalogue should be out in April so keep an eye out for that in our studio and via our email!  Here is a sneak peek of our spring/summer classes.  Registration for classes will be available in April.

Spring/Summer 2022 Classes

Adult

Adult Clay

There is no limit to what you can make with clay! These classes provide instruction for the novice as well as those experienced with clay. Students new to clay will work on projects designed to introduce techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Instruction is also available to those who wish to try the potter’s wheel. Roll up your sleeves and give it a try. Advanced students may work in their choice of direction. Various glazing techniques will be covered as well. Come with ideas and to meet new friends!

Spring classes start the week of May 16th, 2022.

Summer classes start the week of July 18th, 2022

7 weeks

$140 mem/$190 non

Monday  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Instructors: Pat Lightfoot and Maureen Bokhart

Tuesday Day Class 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Instructors: Pat Lightfoot and Maureen Bokhart

Tuesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Spring only)

Instructor: Sean Gallagher

Wednesday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Mike Zureich

Thursday  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Spring only)

Instructor: Sean Gallagher

Saturday  9:00 a.m – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Ben Quinno

 

Watercolor w/ Bill Brinker

Wed., 10 a.m.-1pm

July 11-August 17

OR Thurs., 10 a.m-1p.m.

July 12-August 18

6 weeks

$125 mem/$170 non

Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolors? Would you like to become a better watercolor painter?  Let artist Bill Brinker help you in becoming a flourishing artist!

 

Color Theory 101 w/ Debra LaRocque

Spring Session: May 16th-June 27th

6:30-9:00 p.m.

$125 mem/$170

Ever wonder what a tertiary color is? Then this class is for you. It is for anyone who wants to understand color better. We will learn about color terminology, color mixing, paint a color wheel and more. We will learn how to use color to improve our paintings and achieve the feeling or mood we are trying to convey.  Will include some supplies.  You may bring your brushes and acrylic paints that you are comfortable with.

 

Watercolor w/ Nancy Philo

Spring Session: May 20th, 2022

Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

8 weeks

$160 mem/ $190 non

 

Screen Printing with Ben Quinno

Spring Session: May 21st, 2022

Summer Session: July 23rd, 2022

Sat., 1-4 p.m.

6 weeks

$125 mem/$170 non

Interested in screen printing? Want to print your own T-Shirt, apparel or greeting cards?

In this class we will learn the basic materials and techniques you’ll need for screen printing at home through watercolor mono types and hand applied stencils.

In our first project students will create abstract compositions with watercolor pigments printed on paper, putting a graphic like twist on watercolor painting. In our second project students will learn hand applied stenciling techniques and will have the opportunity to print on any substrate (Paper, T-Shirt, Fabric etc.).

 

Beginners Relief Carving and Printmaking with Alexia Hall

Spring Session: May 16th, 2022.

Summer Session: July 18th, 2022

Mon., 4-6 p.m.

6 weeks

$100 mem/$125 non

Learn a new printmaking technique! I will teach you to carve, ink, and print linoleum, on paper. This type of printmaking can give a very graphic quality. In my class I encourage experimentation, this means trying new materials and techniques including variations in inking process. 

 

Intermediate Color Pencil w/ Julie Tyslicky

June 21, 2022

Tues., 6pm to 8:30pm

8 weeks 

$140 mem/$155 non

This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Colored Pencil by continuing to build your layering and color theory skills through the 4 assignments given. You will be working from real life and photography images and will be instructed on how colored paper can enhance your colored pencil drawings. Prerequisite is Beginning Colored Pencil.

 

Beginning Colored Pencil w/ Julie Tyslicky

April 19, 2022

Tues., 3-5 p.m.

8 weeks

$110 mem/$125 non

This class teaches you how blend, layer and your colored pencils work to create fine art pieces. You will learn about color theory while learning how to use your pencils. You do not have to know how to draw in this class  (though it helps) as we concentrate on spheres and eggs. 

 

Fundamentals of Drawing 4 w/ Julie Tyslicky

April 19th, 2022

Tues., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

12 weeks

$480 mem/$580 non

The final session of the Fundamentals of Drawing series. This intermediate drawing session will concentrate on honing the skills learned  in previous classes by working in a series and why this is important. We will also touch on creating an artist statements, artists bio and information on how to enter a juried show. Prerequisite to take this session is Fundamentals of Drawing 1 and 2 or show the instructor your portfolio. 

 

Kids Classes

Afternoon Art Academy w/ Jericho

May 6th, 2022-June 10th, 2022

Fri., 4-5:30 p.m.

6 weeks

$80 mem/$110 non

 

Yada 

May 5th-June 9th, 2022

Thurs. 4:30-6:30 p.m.

6 weeks 

 

Virtual Art School

More information to follow soon.

 

Summer Art Camp

In-studio art camp runs 8:30-3:30.  Have some fun with Ms. Ava or Ms. Jericho while you learn some great art techniques and history! You’ll use all different art mediums so, be prepared to paint, draw, mold, 

and everything in between!

Limit of 10 students for in-studio camp. Camp is recommended for ages 7-12.  Students need to bring a cold lunch.  

All art materials provided.

Camp dates available;

Session I June 13-17 (Ava)

Session II June 20-24 (Ava)

Session III July: 11-15 (Jericho)

Session IV July: 25-29 (Jericho)

Session V August: 1-5 (Jericho)

Session VI August: 15-19 (Jericho)

Cost is $160 for members $190 for non-members

Save $10 by referring a friend!

 

Workshops

March 26th:  Community Printmaking Workshop with Artist Jay Handy, $5, 10-12 p.m. or 1- 3 p.m.

Decorative Spring Egg Workshop w/ Alexia Hall, 3:30-5:30 p.m., $15 per person or 2 for $20 

April 1st: Family Paint Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $25 per person. $20 each additional family member.

April 2nd: Sunflower Healing Studios-Yoga & Wellness Paints w/ Studio 23, 6-8 p.m., $25, Event will be held at Sunflower Healing Studios-Yoga & Wellness

April 8th: Collage Workshop w/ Nancy Philo, 6-9 p.m., $30 mem/$45 non

April 9th: Paint your Terra Cotta Pot w/ Nancy Philo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $34 mem, $40 non

                   Meltmaking w/ Dark Candles, 1-4 p.m., $25 mem, $35 non

April 14th: Beginner Stained Glass w/ Donna Martin, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. $65 and $40 material fee

April 23rd: Woven Wrapped Bracelet Workshop w/ Angela Griebe, 11 a.m.-2p.m.  $35 

April 28th:  Advanced Stained Glass w/ Donna Martin, 4 week workshop, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  $130 and a $40 material fee

April 30th:  Try It Watercolor w/ Bill Brinker, 11-2 p.m.  $35 mem, $45 non

May 7th:  Say it In Embroidery w/ Kim Ballor, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $35 mem, $40 non

                  Macrame Bracelet Workshop, 2:00-4:00 p.m. $15 mem, $25 non, Ages 7+

May 13th: Wood-burn your own decorative tray w/ Julie Tyslicky, 6-9 p.m., $35 mem/$45 non

May 14th: Golden Presentation “A to Z” of Acrylics with Valerie Allen, 1-2:30 p.m. FREE

Must register to participate.

The GOLDEN “A to Z” of Acrylics This artful presentation complete with demos by Valerie Allen packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how this relates to clean color mixing, glazing and the creation of fabulous new colors, and learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body, OPEN and High Flow Acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a comprehensive overview on the many Gels & Mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color, used for sculptural effects and more. The presentation includes a review of Grounds that create truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. Each presentation includes an array of examples of these materials put to use. Attendees leave the program enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting!

May 28th: Try It Adult Calligraphy 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 per person or 2 for $40

                    Try It Kids Calligraphy 2-4p.m., $10 per child

Craft Bar: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Posted 11 March 2022

Fiber Art with a Capitol A: Interview with C Joanne Grabinski

Studio 23 is pleased to announce our new Artist-in-Residency program! We are currently accepting applications from fiber and textile artists residing in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, or Wisconsin. The selected artist will receive funding to aid in the creation of new work to be exhibited at Studio 23 from September to November 2022. This exciting new opportunity is made possible by the C Joanne Grabinski Artist-in-Residency fund.

C Joanne Grabinski has been an active member of Studio 23 for several years, and was kind enough to share with us why she decided to create this fund and her thoughts on the importance of recognition for the fiber arts.

 

 

How did you first become involved with Studio 23?

As I stepped away from my long academic career at the end of 2010, I made the decision to follow two new creative paths—one as an artist and the other as a creative writer. As new opportunities opened for me to pursue my intent to become an artist, I first learned about Studio 23 through Tara Welch and Val Allen the evening they attended the Judges’ Panel (announcement of the Top 10 Adult Finalists and the Top 5 Youth Finalists) for Art Walk Central 2015. Since then, I have participated in Studio 23’s 100 Day Project and the Painters & Potters Exhibit. Some of my artworks have been juried into both the 50 Artists-Great Lakes Bay Region and Mi Artists All State exhibits. I have contributed toward several Studio 23 fundraisers, including the Black & White Affair and the Renovation Project.

 

Why did you decide to fund the Artist-in-Residence opportunity?

As Studio 23 became my “art home”, I wanted to find a new way to fund something further for this excellent non-profit arts organization. In 2021, I asked Tara to identify several potential initiatives that would allow Studio 23 to develop a new program or expand on an existing project. When we met to discuss these potential projects, I was immediately drawn to the idea of the newly-started Artist in Residence program. In 2019, I went to my first artist residency at Golden Apple Art Residency in Maine; I will be there again this summer for a second art residency. Although Studio 23’s Artist in Residence program is quite different in style and format, I understood the value of such an experience for an artist. Studio 23’s new program also brings many benefits to Studio 23 through the artist’s interaction with students and the broader community the organization serves. Now, my funding for this program will help to support two artists in residence each year, starting this year and continuing into the future. This is a perfect match between my artistic/creative life and my philanthropic interests/goals.

 

Why do you feel recognition for fiber and textile arts/artists is important?

Well, the simplest and most direct answer to this question is, “I am a fiber artist.” My “career” as an artist, begun in 2012, still feels quite new. In my relatively short time in the art world, my artwork has been accepted more quickly than I ever expected. Frustratingly, I also have had to defend my original fiber artwork as ART and not “just craft” or “only hobby”. My specific fiber art medium is needlepoint, so I’ve spent many moments explaining—or trying to—how what I do is different from the wonderful craft or hobby needlework done by many others. I also have learned that fiber/textile art is most often exhibited in invitational and/or juried exhibits specific to fiber/textile arts. Likewise, fiber/textile artworks are less often featured in magazines focused on ART/fine art or fine Craft than in magazines specific to fiber/textile arts. In my own short career as an artist, I have had the privilege and honor of my work being accepted, recognized and rewarded in both invitational and juried exhibits open to artists and artworks in all ART mediums. I feel strongly that fiber/textile artists need to be seen in and recognized in both medium-specific AND medium-diverse exhibitions, residencies, publications and other opportunities open to artists from across the art world. I have personally learned and grown better as an artist because I had access to, dialogue with, and acceptance into both the specific and the diverse art worlds.

 

You can see the work of C Joanne Grabinski during Fiber: Four Voices, Diverse Visions, along with artists Carol Irving, Marti Liddle-Lameti, and Sally Rose beginning May 26th at Studio 23.

Application for the Artist-in-Residency program for Fiber and Textile artists is open through Friday, April 29th, 2022. For details and application, please follow the link here, or contact Curator of Exhibits Amy Gibas at agibas@studio23baycity.org with any questions.

 

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Family Paint Night: Marvelous Midnight
Friday, March 18th, 5:30 p.m.

Join instructor Courtney Clark for a fun evening of paint, pizza, and fun! Courtney will take you through a fun colorful painting step-by-step. Pizza, breadsticks, and salad provided. Bring beverages of your choice! $25 per person and $20 for each friend/family member you bring and includes all the supplies you need to create your own magnificent landscape that you can hang together with your families creations. Recommended ages: 7+

Please register 2 days or more prior to the event as spots are limited.

 

This Must Be the Place
The artwork of Jay Handy
March 24 – May 14, 2022

Photographs submitted by Bay City residents are the inspiration for artwork created by Jay Handy. Photos that help display the rich lives and beautiful moments that have taken place in Bay City were chosen to be incorporated into Jay’s compositions. The artwork is a celebration of our community, where full cycles of life have occurred for generations.

Gallery Walk & Talk with Jay Handy
Friday, March 25th at 4:15 p.m.

Opening Reception
Friday, March 25th, 5-7 p.m.

 

Community Printmaking Workshops with Artist-in-Residence Jay Handy

Saturday, March 26th
10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

In this 2-hour workshop led by artist in residence Jay Handy, participants will learn the technique of ‘chine colle’ printmaking. Jay will guide the group through the process of etching a Plexiglas matrix, as well as applying, embedding, and properly wiping off ink. Finally, the prepared plate will be sent through a press with a sheet of art paper, leaving the creator with their work of art to bring home.

A $5 payment is required to reserve your seat for this workshop. Space is limited. Please call Studio 23 at 989-894-2323 to reserve your seat.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Bay Area Community Foundation.

 

 

More Upcoming Workshops

Try It Session: Adult Origami March 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Melt making w/ Dark Candles April 2, 1-4 p.m.

Beginner Stained Glass w/ Donna Martin April 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Woven Bracelet Workshop w/ Angela Griebe April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

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Posted 18 February 2022 | art, Art education, class, craft, drawing, learn to paint, painting, raffle

February Curator of Education Blog

Classes

Winter Session 2 is starting the week of March 21st! We have all your favorite art class offerings this session. Classes fill up quickly, so make sure you reserve your spot today! A great way to see what classes we have to offer is to check out our website at www.studio23baycity.org. You can also stop in to Studio 23 and pick up a Winter Session schedule. 

Spring Fever Raffle

March 1st we will start our Spring Fever Raffle. The profits from this raffle will go to our Culver-Jones Scholarship. The Jones Memorial Scholarship for the Visual Arts was established in 1994 in memory of Dr. Culver Jones and his wife, Beatrice. Dr. Jones was a gifted artist himself, and he and his wife were dedicated and devoted to furthering the interest of the visual arts in Bay County. Their support of Studio 23/The Arts Center throughout the years has contributed greatly to the growth and continued interest in the visual arts in our community. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize, encourage, and assist students who wish to pursue a career in the visual arts.

 

Every Friday in March we will be giving out one prize a week! Didn’t win? Your ticket will stay in the drawing for the additional weeks in March for more chances to win! 

 

You could win one of the following! 

4 craft bar packets of the winner’s choice

one children’s class

one adult class

Neurographic collaborative art piece by our teen class

 

$5 a ticket or 6 for $20 

 

Stop in to Studio 23 to purchase tickets starting the end of February or call (989) 894-2323.

 

Upcoming classes/workshops/camps

Try It Session: Calligraphy March 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Try It Session: Adult Origami March 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Melt making w/ Dark Candles April 2, 1-4 p.m.

Beginner Stained Glass w/ Donna Martin April 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Woven Bracelet Workshop w/ Angela Griebe April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Craft Bar: Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

What is Craft Bar?

The Studio 23 Craft Bar is a walk-in, self-service art experience. You can come in at your convenience and choose a project from our menu, and we will give you a packet with your instructions and supplies. Just need the supplies? Order from our A La Carte menu for paints, canvas, and more!

www.studio23baycity.org

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Posted 11 February 2022

Art is more Fun with Friends

Studio 23 Membership Drive
January 23rd – February 23rd

Membership to Studio 23 has its benefits. You’re kept up to date on all our latest classes, exhibits, and events. You get discounts on artwork, classes, and workshops. Artists are included in our Artist Collective, a networking, social, and professional development group for artists of all levels. After all, art is more fun with friends.

With our annual Studio 23 Membership Drive, we want to extend the feeling of friendship that is cultivated within our walls out into our community. For each membership purchased between January 23rd and February 23rd, 2022, we are donating one Craft Bar Project to a child at Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Bay Area Women’s Center. Creating together is a great way to connect and build relationships, and to foster and encourage creativity and self-expression.

Contribute to the wellbeing of our community by supporting the local arts and making a direct impact on a child. Sign up for an individual or family membership and encourage a friend to join with you! A visit to the gallery, a Saturday workshop, or relaxing with a coloring sheet in our new Art Nook are all great ways to spend time with friends and family!

We hope to see you and a friend in the studio soon!

Amy Gibas
Curator of Exhibits & Membership

Upcoming Events at Studio 23

Books on Art Club: February 16, 2022, 4 p.m. Virtual Zoom Session

We will be reading The Flowering, An Autobiography of Judy Chicago. Artist Nancy Philo will be leading our discussion. Nancy has been an artist collective member at Studio 23 for a few years and she is now teaching two classes for Studio 23. Make sure to check out our class schedule for some options!

If you would like to be notified about book club activities, please send us an email. We will update your interests in our database.

Don’t forget to start at smile.amazon.com when you shop! Select Studio 23 as your charity and we receive of portion of your purchase. This helps support our exhibits, programs and public art initiatives. Thank you for your support!

Family Paint Night: February 18th, 5:30–8:30pm.

Join instructor Ava Rummler for an evening of paint, pizza, and fun! Ava will take you through a fun winter painting step-by-step. Pizza, breadsticks, and salad provided. Bring beverages of your choice! $25 per person and $20 for each friend/family member you bring and includes an 8×10 canvas and all the supplies you need to create your Snowperson that you can hang with your family or friends creation!

To register please call: (989) 894-2323
Must be registered to participate

Winter Session 2 weekly classes for adults begin on March 21st. Check out the education tab on our website to view all the options. From pottery to drawing, and watercolor to poetry, we feel we have something for everyone!

 

 

 

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