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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 09/12/12
Starkweather to host 2012
Thumb Area Exhibit
by CHRIS GRAYArtists will look for a thumbs up this weekend so their works can be viewed throughout Michigan's Thumb Area.
Observer Staff Writer
The Romeo Guild of Art will present the 2012 Thumb Area Artists Exhibition from Sept. 15 to Oct. 6 at the Starkweather Arts Center.
An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 15. Admission to the show and reception are free to the public.
Don Clay, a member of Starkweather and the Romeo Guild of Art, said there will be 37 artists in this year's show with 58 pieces featured in the gallery.
"The entries we have are phenomenal," Clay said. "We were very happy with the quality of the art that's been entered into the show."
Judging this year's show is Victor Pytko, a Birmingham resident who majored in astronomy at Indiana University where he also studied painting and drawing.
He also studied art at institutes in Canton and Toledo, Ohio, and at Monroe Community College, Ann Arbor Art Association and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Michigan. He currently teaches mixed media at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.
Pytko's paintings incorporate objects such as newspaper text or materials like sand, concrete patch or drywall tape.
Of the pieces judged by Ptyko, the top 12 will be seen in other galleries in the Thumb Area, such as in Oxford and Lapeer. The winners will be announced on Sept. 15.
Attendees to the show can vote for their favorite to receive the People's Choice award. Voting will take place for the duration of the show, with the winner receiving a prize from Creative Corner.
Kristin Barr, Starkweather Art Center director, said she was glad to see the show come back to the local gallery.
"I think it's traditionally a very successful show and it's well received in Romeo," she said.
The Starkweather gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and is located at 219 N. Main Street.