Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice 2022

A Celebration of Local Artists

You’re invited to Studio 23’s third annual Summer Solstice Art-a-thon! Our Summer Solstice line up features classes and professional development workshops for artists throughout the week and a plein air paint out sponsored by Michigan Sugar. This program 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.

The grand finale of the Summer Solstice will be The Farms of Great Lakes Bay Region Plein Air Paint-Out. Regional artists will gather and paint on June 26, 2022 throughout the day. The paintings will be available for sale during the Sunday, June 27, 2022 Public Reception starting at 1pm. Cheer the plein air artists with their Facebook Fundraisers as a show of support.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 21st

5:30-7:30 p.m. | Summer Solstice Kick-off Party at Studio 23

Enjoy live music, watch our progressive painting being created, and learn more about the weeks activities.

This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, June 22

12 p.m. | Lunch and Learn: CV and Resume Development for Artists with Andrea Ondish

Bring a sack lunch and join Andrea Ondish as she guides us through creating an effective resume and CV, and explains the difference between them.

Andrea Ondish was raised in Northeast Pennsylvania. She received an AAS from Luzerne County Community College for Commercial Art-Graphic Design in 1980 and a BFA from Marywood University in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and Illustration in 1985. After receiving her BFA degree she relocated to Illinois and earned a MA degree from Eastern Illinois University in Painting and Printmaking in 1986. She worked as a graphic designer for 3 years at a printing firm in Illinois and then moved to Indiana in 1989 to pursue an MFA at Indiana State University in printmaking graduating in 1992. In 1997 she became Programs and Exhibition Coordinator at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, IN. In 2001, Ondish accepted the position of Curator of Education at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University. She also part time faculty for the Saginaw Valley State University Art Department.

This is a free event. Join us virtually on Zoom by following the link here at noon, or join us at the Studio to watch together.



7 p.m. | Storytelling with Rae Chesny

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

Rae Chesny is an award-winning social education expert, author, Johns Hopkins University Literary Consultant, and Zora Neale Hurston Scholar. Each year, she splits her time between researching, writing, and presenting on the literary great Zora Neale Hurston and writing her own titles of poetry, folklore, fiction, and creative fiction. Rae is a 2021 Baldwin House Urban Writer in Residence. She also served as the keynote speaker for the 2021 YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region Empowerment Symposium. Rae’s work has been published in Harness Magazine, and she has been featured in Made Magazine, Insider, and in several news stories. In 2022, she will release a children’s book entitled Zora’s Gardenand a memoir Dear Zora chronicling her journey into becoming a Zora Neale Hurston Scholar through research and travels while developing a love for the prolific writer in letter form conversations. For more on Rae, visit

This event is free and offered as a hybrid session. Join us in person or virtually on Zoom by following the link here at 7 p.m.

Visit and select Camps/Events to register for this event.


Thursday, June 23

12 p.m. |  Lunch and Learn: Insurance for Artists with Cameron Sich of MCI Insurance

Cameron Sich of MCI Insurance swill discuss topics including artist representation, insurance for art studios, liability for traveling artists, and valuation of artwork. Originally from Frankenmuth, Michigan, Cameron attended Olivet College on a golf scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Insurance & Risk Management. He currently lives in Saginaw, Michigan and enjoys playing golf in the summer and hockey in the winter months.

This event is free and offered as a hybrid session. Join us in person or virtually on Zoom by following the link here at noon.


4 p.m. | Studio 23 Artist Collective Presents: Matting and Framing Your Artwork

Join the Studio 23 Artist Collective for this hands-on workshop where we will learn to cut matboard for framing your artwork.

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.

Cost for Members: $55

Cost for Non-Members: $65

Registration is required. Visit and select Camps/Events to register for this event.


Friday, June 24

12 p.m. | Lunch and Learn: Portfolio Development with Nick Reszetar

Learn the fundamentals to creating a successful artist portfolio with artist and arts educator Nick Reszetar.

Life-long artist and art educator Nick Reszetar holds his Master of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University and an Associate Degree in photography from Washtenaw Community College.  He has lived in Michigan most of his life in Michigan, and now holds a full Professorship at the Savannah College of Art and Design, spending the school season along the gorgeous SE Atlantic Coast.  There he teaches drawing and design classes, and is the Lead Coordinator for the Gesture Jam Drawing Events at SCAD.  Back in his Michigan studio during breaks and summers, he works primarily in drawing, painting, and photography, and has experience with installation and graphic design work.  Much of his current work focuses on the figure, where he questions psychology, identity and human relationships.  Nick’s work has been in regional, national and international juried shows around the country, and has received awards and been published in various books and media outlets.

This is a free event. Join us virtually on Zoom by following the link here at noon, or join us at the Studio to log in and watch together.



6 p.m. | Drink & Doodle at Drift Shoreline Beer Garden

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

$20 registration is required.

Visit and select Camps/Events to register for this event.


Saturday, June 25

8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The Farms of Great Lakes Bay Region Plein Air Paint-Out 2022

Cash Awards, Wet-Paint Sales, VIP Preview, Public Reception, and Exhibition during Studio 23 Summer Solstice Art-a-thon

Generously sponsored by Michigan Sugar

Application for Farms of the Great Lakes Bay Region Plein Air Paint-Out

The Farms of Great Lakes Bay Region Plein Air Paint-Out is open to Michigan artists and will take place on farms within a 30 mile radius of Bay City, Michigan. Artists will have the opportunity to create paintings on location at farms who supply Michigan Sugar with sugar beets.

In lieu of registration fee, we are requesting  that each artist start a Facebook Fundraiser for Studio 23 where family and friends can pledge donations in your name. We will help you create your individualized fundraiser event with customized photos.

Here are examples of what the Facebook Fundraiser Artist Campaigns will look like.


3 p.m. | Art Ladders LIVE!

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.

Art Ladders is an hour long podcast in which artists Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann invite you to join them in their studio discussions about art and the creative process. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the podcast. Valerie, an abstract painter and Armin, a draughtsman working in realism compare and contrast topics on art that will help guide artists as they climb the ladders of art one rung at a time.


Sunday, June 26, 2022

1-3 p.m. | Plein Air Paint Out Reception

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.

This event is free and open to the public.