“Happy Owl-i-days” Our annual holiday celebration, special preview reception on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During the Friday night reception, personal shoppers and free gift wrap service will be available and studio artists will open their doors to greet shoppers. Light refreshments will be served both at the opening reception and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, free musical entertainment will be provided on stage by the Napier Men's Quartet and the father-daughter duo of Steve and Sarah Dowell. The events are free and open to the public.
The gallery shows will continue through January 2nd:
Robert Williams Gallery: “Extended Gift Shop” with plenty of items to give as gifts, and a bake sale of homemade goodies.
Heartha Whitlow Gallery: “Happy Owl-i-days” Fiber Art Challenge.
Riverwalk Gallery: Work by studio artist Ken Hank and Guild members as well as the decorated owls entered in the Owl-i-days coloring contest.
Pastels and pictorial quilts will bring a soft glow to Box Factory for the Arts galleries as exhibits by Helen Kleczynski and Julie Koch open on September 27 and continue through November 3rd. An artists' reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Sept. 27th is free and open to the public.
Opening reception: Friday, Sep. 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
"Form, Function, Spirit: Sculptures in the Landscape", an exhibit of pastels by Helen Kleczynski, will be in the Robert Williams Gallery. In her artist statement, she says, "I am intrigued by man-made forms, often contradicted or balanced by the natural environment." Her paintings include rural landscapes, urban scenes, and close-up views of the same subjects. She said she prefers the dramatic lighting found at dawn, sunset or in unusual weather conditions.
She is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She teaches drawing and painting and maintains a studio, "The Art House," in Vicksburg, MI.
The "Pictorial Quilts" of Julie Koch often feature birds, animals and garden themes. "Unlike oil or watercolor painters who can mix the right color for a painting, a quilt artist who paints with fabric has to find the right fabric," Koch says in her artist statement. "Not only does the color have to be right, the scale of the object also must be the right size. This proves to be the biggest challenge to a pictorial quilt artist and is usually what slows down work on a particular piece." She will have 15 quilts on exhibit in the Heartha Whitlow Gallery.
Koch is a life long resident of Southwestern Michigan, currently living in St. Joseph. She has been quilting since she was 15 years old, first learning the traditional quilting skills, and then after taking a class on original quilt design, branching out into creating her own designs. She has entered a quilt, "Tiger," for the first time this year in ArtPrize. It is located at the Holiday Inn, Grand Rapids.
The Riverwalk Gallery will feature work in all mediums by Berrien Artist Guild members. The themed exhibit challenged artists to include a building in the artwork they submitted. This is one of the opportunities for Guild members to show their work in a group exhibit.