Let’s talk about “The Circuit” for more opportunities to display your artwork.
Being a member of Studio 23’s Artist Collective has advantages! We are always on the lookout to find venues that would welcome display of our member’s artwork. We have criteria such as the ongoing audience of the venue, the professionalism of the staff at each venue and the alignment of a positive value system with ours. Currently we have four venues that keep our outreach exhibit opportunity circuit board spinning.
- Bay Area Chamber of Commerce displays artwork in their boardroom. They are back to regular in-person meetings and the walls are perfect for intimate viewing of art. Makes the meetings much more interesting!
- Bay City Players has an inviting gallery setting with excellent lighting and slat-board hanging system. Their audience can view the exhibit before, at intermission and after the performances.
- MidMichigan Health Park-Bay made a commitment to artists early on in their construction. A designated rotating gallery lobby displays both 2-D and 3-D artwork throughout the year for the enjoyment of their clients and staff.
- Water Street Nutrition is located right across the street from Studio 23. This upbeat location is perfect for abstract paintings as well as traditional art that is vibrant in colors. They are huge fans of social media so we love to share “art sightings” on our stories as well.
Clockwise from top right:
MidMichigan Health Park-Bay, Water Street Nutrition, Bay City Players and Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
Our next opportunity is a Call for Artists in Michigan.
It’s time to think about our annual Black & White Gala and Art Auction.
We will be continuing with our online auction this year as it was a great success! We are taking applications now. Artists, thanks for considering!
One to Show and One to Grow
Virtual Art Auction/Gallery Exhibit
Black & White Affair Art Auction 2021
Studio 23/The Arts Center’s major fundraiser of the year will feature an art auction with two exciting components: auction and gallery space both online and inside the Tabor Gallery of Studio 23. Artists donating one artwork for the Black & White Affair art auction will have the additional option of presenting another piece of artwork for sale at the usual gallery split of 60% to artist and 40% to Studio 23. This is an opportunity to show your work and grow your visibility in the community of art collectors in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Both artworks will be featured on the online art auction gallery website as well as “in person” in our Tabor Gallery at Studio 23. We will be taking auction bids on your donated art, and we will have your artwork for sale set up as a “Buy Now” option.
This One to Show and One to Grow concept was introduced last year for the 2020 Art Auction. Here is a 2020 video interview with marketing expert Donna Wagner of DMWagner and Associate and our curator, Valerie Allen on networking for artists.
Below are photogaphs from the 2020 Black & White Affair Art Auctions displayed in the Tabor Gallery of Studio 23.
Become a 2021 Art Advocate today and celebrate artists!
The first 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region was held in September 2017. This event has propelled over the past four years with help from businesses and community supporters. This biennial exhibit is alternated with an all-state exhibit for Michigan artists. Through Studio 23’s Art Advocate campaign, there has been over $10,000 in cash prizes awarded as well as a $12,500 investment in the Art Around the City Public Art Project. This specific art advocacy campaign also provides support for educational growth seminars for artists. Momentum continues as the number of 50 Art Advocates grows for 2021. Thank you to all who have joined to date and we welcome others to join today!
Current list of 2021 Art Advocates to date Friday, October 14, 2021
Leeds and Margaret Bird, Thomas Bock, Larry and Shanna Butcher, Dr. Cheryl Canfield, Dr Rajesh and Sarah Dandamudi, Janet Darby, Carol Fowler, Bruce Francke, Amy Gibas, C. Joanne Grabinski, Ed and Kathy Langenburg, Alan and Carol Maciag, John McAlpine, Jean McCue, Armin Mersmann and Valerie Allen, Jennifer Paradise, Dominic Sakon, Charlie and Kathy Schwartz, Jerry Somalski and Wanda Dziwura, Karen Tighe, Tim and Jan Tobin, Mark and Maria Trahan, Dee Dee Wacksman, Brent and Tara Welch, Jeff and Shelley Whitehead, Amy Wurdock, Lori Zurvalec.
Valerie Allen, curator of exhibits
PS: Check out our Forgotten Spaces Window exhibit starting Wednesday, October 20, 2021! Over 20 Studio 23 Artist Collective members and nonmembers will have artwork for sale in the window inspired by our regions forgotten, vacant or just plain haunted spaces.
Upcoming Events on our Studio 23/The Arts Center Facebook Page
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