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 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


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

Posted 11 November 2022

21st Annual Back & White Affair and Art Auction

21st Annual Black & White Affair and Art Auction December 9, 2022 6 – 9 p.m. The Black & White Affair is returning this Friday, December 9, and we are excited for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a live auction of artwork by local artists. The annual Black &...

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...