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Posted: 02/05/14

Above, Ken Taylor of Rochester Hills stands with his submissions for the Starkweather Member's Show. The member's-only show will be open to the public from Feb. 7 to March 7. Below, Adam Parks of Bruce Township shows off his clay sculptures that will be a part of the Starkweather Member's Show.

(Observer photos by Chris Gray)

Starkweather starts 2014
with Member's Show

Observer Staff Writer

      In the midst of a snowy and icy winter, the Starkweather Arts Center is inviting the public to warm their bodies and minds with its first show of 2014.
       The Starkweather Member's Show will be held Feb. 7 to March 7 at the Starkweather Arts Center on N. Main Street. An opening reception will take place 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 7 and feature musical entertainment.
       The juried show is the first exhibit of the year for the non-profit art center, allowing its members to showcase their work. Grace Venet, secretary for the Starkweather Society board, said the show will be bigger than the previous year, with mediums ranging from acrylic and ink, to photography and sculptures.
       "It's a very colorful show, which will really perk you up from the winter blahs," she said.
       Each Starkweather member participating could submit up to three pieces of artwork, which Venet said will add up to a show of more than 25 entries from beginner to advanced artists.
       "A lot of young or new artists felt very encouraged to enter," she said. "A lot of them are very excited, it's the first time some of them will be showing their work."
       One such artist is Adam Parks of Bruce Township. The five-year Starkweather member entered spiky clay sculptures made from extra bow and arrow materials, saying it's nice to have his work in a show.
       "I don't think I went overboard, but they were fun to do," he said. "I don't know how other people feel about my work, but it's not dangerous."
       Others have been a part of the art center and exhibits for a while, such as Ken Taylor of Rochester Hills. He has been a member of Starkweather for eight years.
       For his entries, Taylor submitted three acrylic paintings on watercolor paper for the show, depicting a rainy scene, a colorful sunset and detailed bicycles. He worked commercially as an artist for 40 years and has entered shows for the past 15 years.
       "I kind of like the history of the place as it relates to Helen (Starkweather)," he said. "It's a nice place for shows, too."
       While the show only allows members to submit artwork, the public is free to attend and vote for their favorite pieces. Cash prizes will be awarded to those that earn first through third place, with the winners announced on Feb. 22.
       A basic membership to Starkweather is $25 a year. In addition, the center is offering its winter/spring art classes for those that want to learn, improve or expand their skills.
       The Starkweather Arts Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (586) 752-5700 or visit

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