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Posted: 09/03/14

THUMB SHOW. Seen above are some of the paintings on the second floor of Starkweather Arts Center's gallery for the Thumb Area Arttists' Exhibition. At right is an acrylic painting by Don Wieland. Below is is an oil painting from artist Nik Teipel, found on the first floor of two in Starkweather Arts Center's gallery. Far below is an acrylic painting by Ken Taylor. The Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition features pieces from artists located in nine local counties.

(Observer photos by Chris Gray)

Starkweather hosts 54th Thumb Area Exhibition

Observer Staff Writer
      The Starkweather Arts Center is presenting one of its biggest shows of the year, featuring artists from all over eastern Michigan.
       The 54th Annual Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition will be held Aug. 28 through Sept. 26 at the Starkweather Arts Center, presented by the Romeo Guild of Art. The opening reception and awards presentation will take place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 5.
       The annual show draws in artists from the counties of Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola and Wayne. Many of the artists have received national recognition for their talents.
       Starkweather Board President David Pyrce said last year's show was one of the best the center has ever experienced, so the gallery is glad to once again host the show.
       "It's a great cross-section of different art styles," he said. "It's a juried show, so artists had to submit and jurors picked the pieces."
       Of the 115 pieces entered into the show, 50 have been selected to be on display. They include oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media as well as a couple of sculptures, and will be displayed in both the main gallery and upper floor of the art center.
       The pieces were selected by Don Clay, vice president of the Romeo Guild of Art and Starkweather member, and Todd Burroughs, a teacher at the Birmingham Art Center and the College for Creative Studies.
       Clay credited the use of social media and Starkweather's network to bringing in 59 artists that submitted their artwork.
       "I've been involved with the show for eight years, and I honestly feel this is the best show we've had," Clay said.
       The show will award seven prizes for artists selected by Burroughs, which are first through fourth place and three honorable mentions. These will be announced during the reception.
       "Todd was very professional, and he gave us some really insightful information on why he selected certain pieces," Clay said.
       Anyone who checks out the exhibit can help choose the winner of the People's Choice award, which will be announced at the end of the show. The recipient will win a $100 gift card from Creative Corners.
       Other sponsors for the show include The Romeo Observer, Lakeville Animal Clinic and the Thursday Painters.
       The Starkweather Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and is located at 219 N. Main Street. For more information, call 586-752-5700 or visit

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