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Posted 9 April 2021 | art, art center, classes, collaboration, community, gallery, membership, studio 23

Our members made an impact!

Collaboration within our community is really important to us at Studio 23. Beginning in January this year, our membership committee created a Membership Drive that would give back to two nonprofits in our region. As I hope you know, Studio 23 has been a registered nonprofit for over 60 years. We were founded in 1959 by a group of artists and community members who wanted a space for artists to display their work.

Studio 23 is a part of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and a local Rotary Club. It is a great way for us to network and to know what others are working on. With our connections we reached out to the Bay Area Women’s Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters to collaborate with us for our Membership Drive. Happily they both accepted and we got to work!

With each new member and renewing member we donated a Craft Bar packet to a child in their care. What is a Craft Bar packet? It is an art project that has step by step instructions with all of the art supplies in one convenient packet for you to use. We sell our Craft Bar packets during open gallery hours and they make a perfect project for you to gift or to create on your own!

We set a lofty goal of 100 members in three months. Well, we came really close at 87 members and we are proud to say we still donated 100 Craft Bar packets to children through Bay Area Women’s Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last Friday, we dropped off the donations and here is how they impacted the organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region has a mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Their vision to help all youth achieve their full potential. Last week I got to sit down with Rachel Sprunger who is one of two Bay County Match Coordinators, and discussed the impact of the Craft Bar Packets.

“Being able to do arts and crafts is wonderful for our littles. It helps keep them creative and focused. With art they can have a creative outlet and it helps them grow and find their strengths” – Rachel told me how art really makes an impact on the littles. The packets will be porch drop offs that the littles and bigs can do virtually together. We can’t wait to see what they create!

Big Brother Big Sisters is always looking for BIGs. There are currently about 12 littles in Bay County who are waiting for a match. BBBS receives referrals of littles from our school system and has a partnership with the Dow Bay Area Family Y. For more information about becoming a Big or referring a little contact BBBS at 844-4BE-ABIG or visit our website https://bbbsgreatlakesbay.org/.

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The mission of the Bay Area Women’s Center is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault.  BAWC provides free-of-charge crisis intervention, advocacy and safe haven to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and violence prevention education to the community; while actively pursuing social change.

I got to speak with Maggie Pickering who is a Sexual Assualt Therapist and Jeremy Rick who is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Women’s Center. The Craft Bar Packets will be given to their clients who are in their shelter. Maggie said that “art has a therapeutic power and it helps her work with clients”. They provide therapy services in person and virtual.

“Anytime we can expose our kids to something positive and fun, we can help them better”, says Jeremy. Their goals at the shelter are to help empower the children to keep them safe. A lot of times when families come to the shelter, the children feel guilty for their situation. Art can help them erase the guilt as they work with their therapists to better themselves and their family.

 

It was such a pleasure to donate these art packets to two organizations who will benefit. Art is a wonderful thing and now it can help these children be empowered and get creative. With your support as members, these kids were gifted the joy of art!

Thank you for reading along and sharing art with our community! You can sign up to be a member today by visiting: https://www.studio23baycity.org/membership/

Sincerely,

 

Tara Welch

Executive Director

twelch23@studio23baycity.org

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Spring is coming!

We were chatting as staff here at Studio 23 and we are shocked with how quickly time is going! April is here and we are prepping for our Summer Art Camps, Summer Solstice event and even the Chalk Walk Art Festival.

Exhibition: Land To River, A collaboration with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and sponsored by Waste Management.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood to take a Plein Air Painting Class with Artist/Instructor Ruth Howell.
Ruth will guide you through painting outdoor scenes in plein air. The class will cover supplies, equipment and tips to paint outside. Artists are encouraged to work in a painting medium such as watercolor, oil, acrylic or pen and ink.
This workshop will run rain or shine- shine will get us outside and rain will keep us painting from the stage windows inside Studio 23.
Saturday, April 24th 10am-1pm

The social season is upon us! Grab your friends and join Studio 23 for a Bridgerton inspired paint night. Each attendee will learn how to paint a custom wooden tea-cup holder while enjoying a night out. And because you’re creating it yourself, you’ll be able to personalize your own colors selections.

You bring your beverage of choice and we will provide pizza, breadsticks, and all the supplies you need to complete this beautiful cup holder!

Thursday, April 29th 6-9pm

 

 

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Art Ed with Autumn: Upcoming Workshops
Posted 27 March 2021 | art, artist, classes, classroom, drawing, events, painting

Art Ed with Autumn: Upcoming Workshops

We have some very exciting workshops coming up at Studio 23! First up, we have our children’s spring break art camp. Ms. Sue has a whole itinerary planned and her student artists we make passports to travel the globe learning about art from around the world. This camp starts on Monday however, there are a few seats available and if you’re interested you’ll want to register today!

Next up we have an en plein air workshop with artist Ruth Howell. Ruth has been teaching our acrylic class for a few years now and to know her is to love her. Ruth is a wealth of knowledge and truly enjoys sharing that knowledge with her students.  Ruth will guide you through painting outdoor scenes en plein air. The class will cover supplies, equipment and tips to paint outside. Artists are encouraged to work in a painting medium such as watercolor, oil, acrylic or pen and ink. This workshop runs on April 24th and is filling up fast- seats are limited so you’ll want to sign up soon!

The next workshop we’re offering is mixed media with artist Misty Coss. Misty has been creating in mixed media since she was a child but, really started refining and honing her skills as she worked towards her bachelor’s degree at SVSU. Misty’s workshop will offer a variety of techniques to help springboard your journey in Mixed Media. In this workshop you will work on process-based projects that will allow the students to create their artwork and develop new techniques to incorporate into their skillset.  The course will also encourage thoughtful choices of material and enhance the process of using the materials to conceptualize themes. The project is a portrait-themed project. Great to create a photo of yourself or loved one. And while everyone is working on portraits, the sky is really the limit when working in mixed media. This workshop runs Saturday May 22nd and you can register online or by phone.

 

We’re also offering a new featured Sip ‘N’ Swirl based on the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton. We’ll be spillin’ the tea and painting the night away. Grab your friends and enjoy a night out while you create with us!

Lastly, I want to mention our summer art camp program. We’re taking registration for all of our summer art camps and let me just say… y’all are going to be so excited! Ms. Sue has been busy planning some fun, educational, and down-right cool projects for these sessions. Our in-studio art camp runs 8:30-3:30pm.You’ll have some fun with Ms. Sue 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!

 

 

I hope you’re as excited as I am about these upcoming workshops and I can’t wait to update you on more summer workshops in my next installment. And if there’s a workshop you’d like us to offer please send me an email- I’d love to hear from you!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

Studio 23/The Arts Center

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Posted 4 March 2021 | art, art center, artist, classes, classroom, studio 23

Art Ed with Autumn: Youth Art Month

Hello friends!

It’s hard to believe it’s already March, isn’t it? It still feels like January in my mind.

If you’re familiar with Studio 23, you know we offer a large variety of children’s classes. We offer children’s art, teen art, and even clay for kids. Not to mention the various children’s workshops we offer throughout the year. If you’ve seen our social media presence, you know we love to share all of our student’s hard work.  But, because March is national youth art month, we have even more reason to share our children’s art and programming with you. So every week we will give you a glimpse into our children’s art classes through social media. We’ll show you what our students are working on and completed projects. This is just another way for us to celebrate our young students who love creating at Studio 23. You may also notice the hashtag #YAM (Short for Youth Art Month) being used this month. This is another way we can showcase all the hard work of our young artists. If you have a young artist at home we encourage to use #YAM, as well. We ALWAYS love to see what our students are working on!

 

#YAM

On that note, just a reminder that we are offering our Spring Break Art Camp this year! Camp is ideal for 7-12 year olds and runs March 29th through April 2nd from 8:30-3:30 and cost is only $160 for members $190 for non-members. If you’re student is interested you’ll want to give us a call right away as seating is very limited for this camp.

We also have our Summer Art Camps posted on our website and we’re taking registration. These camps are so fun… your student will spend the week with Ms. Sue immersing themselves in all things art! It’s such a fun week- a great time is had by all!

Summer Art Camp

Oh, and I have one more #YAM related reminder for you. Our Teenworks & Kids Creation virtual exhibit is going on now! Don’t miss the chance to check out some stunning artwork from our Bay City schools!

 

I hope you and the young artists in your life find some time to create or engage in art!

See you next month,

Autumn Reyes, Education Coordinator

 

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Art Education with Autumn
Posted 30 December 2020 | art, artist, classes, painting

Art Education with Autumn

Starting in 2021 we’re going to feature a Studio 23 artist/student and the work that they’re doing. We’re starting with our artist friend Diane Arendt.

Art Student of the Month: Diane Arendt

I sat down with Diane a few weeks ago to talk art, her art background, and life in general. Diane has been taking art classes at Studio 23 since 2015. Her main concentration being acrylic painting. You’ve probably seen her beautiful art work up on the walls of Studio 23, as she has been in many exhibits over the years.

Diane actually started creating at a young age. She studied art in college and worked a side job like so many students do. Diane’s side job was at a dentist office and one day while assisting the dentist she met a patient named Larry. Little did she know, she had just met her husband. Diane and Larry were married and started a family. Like so many of us, her art was put on the back burner. Diane spent many beautiful years raising her son, volunteering, and overcoming health issues. But, as her son grew older Diane knew she was ready to dive in to her art again. She started taking classes at Studio 23 as refresher courses but, has really stayed for the comradery with like-minded artists. Diane told me she is constantly learning from painting with others because she gets new perspectives all the time- ideas she never would have considered, otherwise.

Interviewing Diane and hearing her fascinating story of life and art, I learned that her major concentration in college was actually multimedia art. She also talked of her love for Norman Rockwell. How she admires his realism. She very much appreciates his ability to “say something” with his art. When we were done talking I really just had one question for her… “What would you say to someone who’s considering taking an art class at studio 23?” Her response was quick and sure, “Do it. Do it!! You’ll be in a great environment, you’ll learn more than you ever knew you could and you’ll make friends along the way.”

If you’re like Diane and you’re ready to dive into art, you can give us a call at Studio 23/The Arts Center or sign up online. www.studio23baycity.org. Winter classes start the first week of February so sign up today!

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Art Education with Autumn
Posted 28 November 2020 | art, art center, art gallery, bay city, classes, community, drawing, Healthy, Safety, support, workshops

Art Education with Autumn

As I was sitting at home last night working on homework I was having a terrible time concentrating. It makes sense, right? There’s quite a bit of uncertainty in the world right now and it just has to have an effect on us… it can’t not! I found myself grabbing a sheet of scrap paper and moving between doodling and homework. Next thing I know, I’m getting my work done.

See, as I’ve grown older I’ve realized that doodling/creating/artmaking is not just fun and not just another distraction. It’s a great way to help us relax and refocus.

 

My homework doodles- clearly I was hungry!

 

So, how does creating benefit your mental health and how can Studio 23 help?

Well, Malaka Gharib, a journalist for NPR, found that in between daily tasks she was always doodling. To find out why she enjoyed doodling so much and what effects it had upon her brain, Gharib spoke with Girija Kaimal, a professor and researcher in art therapy at Drexel University. Kaimal conducted an experiment where blood flow to the brain of a variety of participants was measured. They found that when subjects created there was an increased amount of blood flow to the reward center of the brain. This would suggests that creating art stimulates the reward center of the brain.

In another experiment, subjects were asked to create art for 45 minutes in a studio with an art therapist. During this time, cortisol levels significantly lowered. Additionally, they found “no differences in health outcomes between people who identify as experienced artists and people who don’t.”

What this information suggests to me is right now, during a pandemic, we need to create more than ever. This is why Studio 23 has been offering art classes and virtual art lessons that you can easily follow. I make it a point to post fun, easy projects that don’t require a bunch of fancy art supplies. Because it doesn’t matter what products you use or what your result is- it’s the act of creating that helps center us.

I hope this inspires you to keep healthy and create something today!

Autumn Reyes, Education Coordinator

 

If you’d like to read more on that study, here’s the link!

 

Posted in my office space to inspire me! 🙂

 

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Art Education Updates with Autumn
Posted 28 October 2020 | art, art center, classes, classroom, clay, drawing, watercolor

Art Education Updates with Autumn

Hello everyone! As this year flies by, I hope you’re all happy, healthy, and finding time for your art! Here’s a bit of what we have going on in art education at Studio 23/The Arts Center…

 

Fall classes are moving right along! Speaking of fall classes we have our next set of colored pencil drawing, watercolor painting, and adult clay starting next week. Take a peek below for more class info and as ALWAYS you can email or call Studio 23 with any questions you may have.

Julie Tyslicky’s drawing in color is a great way to learn to draw. Julie teaches beginners all the way up through advanced student. Her lessons will help you learn to draw what you see and become a better artist. Click the link below for a full class description.

Check out Julie’s colored pencil class here!

 

For this session of watercolor painting we have artist Ruth Howell filling in. Ruth is an amazing instructor with years of experience and you may even recognize her as our advanced painting instructor?! Click the link below for a full class description.

Check out Ruth’s watercolor class here!

 

Looking to try something new? Why not try your hand at oil painting with artist Jim Perkins?! Jim is an amazing artist that teaches in a traditional atilier style where you will focus on painting in real time. So you’ll do a lot of still life and plein air painting.

Check out Jim’s oil painting class here!

 

Adult clay is one of the most popular classes at Studio 23/The Arts Center! Clay is such a fun and enjoyable medium and we have some amazing instructors that will take their time with you to make sure you’re getting good results! Even better we offer day and evening classes, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

 

Check out adult clay classes here!

 

 

Speaking of clay classes we have a new Wednesday night clay instructor! Our Studio 23 family would like to welcome ceramic artist Mike Zureich! Mike comes to Studio 23 from Midland with many years of clay under his belt and vast teaching knowledge! Mike has been featured in our Art Around the City and has exhibited in many shows both juried and non-juried. Mike is very excited to share his knowledge and love for clay with the students of Studio 23/The Arts Center! So if you’re interested in signing up, give us a call today!

Ceramic sculpture rust
Artist Mike Zureich
Survivor
Stoneware High Fire Reduction

 

I’m so excited that we’re back in the studio and that our classes are up and running! I hope you are, too!

As always, if you ever have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to me- I am but an email or call away!

 

Until next time,

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

 

 

 

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Art Education Updates with Autumn
Posted 26 September 2020 | art, art center, classes, community, painter, workshops

Art Education Updates with Autumn

Art is important. Interacting with art is important. Creating art is important. From the day we’re able to move our hands as babies, we’re communicating on an artistic level. Art challenges us. It challenges us to see things from someone else’s perspective. It teaches us to empathize and consider how we treat one another. What’s great is there is a large amount of evidence being published that supports these claims. A recent study from Brookings showed that art participation in adults contributes to a healthy society. It increase civil engagement, social tolerance, and reduces the opposite behaviors.

The last few decades has seen a huge reduction in the amount of art education our children are experiencing at school. This makes the role of our institution that much more important.

As our fall classes are starting back up, I implore you to invest in yourself or your child and take an art class or workshop at Studio 23. Because you’re not just investing in yourself… you’re investing in our community… you’re investing in our future!

Making art accessible is important to us here at Studio 23. Come join our art community as we endeavor to make the world a little better and a little brighter every day.

 

 

I hope to see you in class!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

 

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Education Blog with Autumn Reyes
Posted 29 August 2020 | classes, studio 23

Education Blog with Autumn Reyes

Hello Studio 23 family!

I hope this post finds you all healthy and well.

In today’s educational blog post I’d like to reach out specifically to our students for a moment… First of all, let me say “Thank you!” from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for trusting our instructors with your art education. I appreciate each and every one of you.

I would like to take this time today to appeal to Studio 23 students and ask you to use your voice to advocate for us. If you’ve taken a class with us I ask you to share it on social media. Share a picture of yourself working at the studio or even just the art you’ve created and tag us in your post. By simply sharing on social media and checking in at Studio 23 or tagging us, you’re using your voice to advocate for our Studio 23 classes… more than that, you’re advocating for our Studio 23 family!

Social media is always changing its algorithms and that makes it harder for non-profits like Studio 23 to be seen. With help from you we can continue to make art accessible even through these uncertain times.

If you’re unsure on how to get started here is a great example from Cindy Bancroft who shared her experience with the Smartphone group class taught by Armin Mersmann…

 

“This is my latest creation in Armin Mersmann’s iPhoneography Group class sponsored by Studio 23. Having just finished our term I must say the art created by this talented group of passionate artists to the thought provoking discussions about art was awe inspiring and has brought joy, laughter and community throughout the pandemic. As I have often said, this is a must take class with a new session starting soon so keep an eye out for announcements on both Studio 23 and Armin Mersmann’s Facebook page. For those that don’t live locally or even in this state this class is taught via Zoom!” Thank you, Cindy for sharing your talent and thoughts with us! #studio23onthego #makeartvirtual #michiganartist

 

 

With that said, don’t forget fall classes are now posted and start the week of September 14th. Some classes are virtual, many are in studio. And don’t worry, we are committed to keeping everyone safe by keeping class numbers small and requiring masks at all time.

I can’t wait to see you all this fall!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

 

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