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Posted: 08/28/13

2013 Thumb Area exhibit
heads to Starkweather

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      High quality art from around Michigan's digit will make its way to a local art center this weekend.
       The 2013 Thumb Area Artists Exhibition, presented by the Romeo Guild of Art, will run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 20 at the Starkweather Arts Center.
       An opening reception and awards presentation will be held 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 6.
       Don Clay, chairperson for the exhibit, said 50 artists have submitted a total of 97 pieces of art. Of them, 57 have been selected for viewing, some of which have been featured in regional and national shows.
       "It's a real high quality of art," he said. "We're proud of the tradition we've had to get people in the show that are nationally known."
       Artists from Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Sanilac, Oakland, St. Clair, Tuscola, and Wayne counties will be featured in the exhibit.
       Judging the works of art is David Korff. Korff is a retired chairperson of the Visual and Performing Art Department in St. Clair Community College and specializes in design and painting. He has also served as chair for the Michigan Council For the Arts and Cultural Affairs Grant Review.
       "We're very happy to get someone of his caliber to jury the show," Clay said.
       Korff will choose works to receive awards, such as "best of show," with the recipients announced during the opening reception. Award sponsors include Creative Corner, Lakeville Animal Clinic, The Romeo Observer and Thursday Painters.
       Tracey Ladd, Starkweather director, said the show will open during Peach Festival weekend. She said the center was glad to host the show for the local art guild at such a busy time.
       "The really wonderful thing about the Thumb Area Artist show is there are so many very talented local artists who submit to the exhibition," she said. "It's a great venue to have all these people come in and be able to see that kind of quality show here."
       Along with opening the show, the art center will host a farmer's market as well as a hair-painting fundraiser for the Washington Township-based organization A Beautiful Me during Labor Day weekend.
       The Starkweather Arts Center is located at 219 N. Main Street and can be reached at (586) 752-5700.


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