Opening reception and awards ceremony on June 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public, underwritten by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council.
The 12th Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC), held at the Box Factory for the Arts will open with an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The Awards Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. and artists will receive their prizes.
The judges were:
Norwood Viviano - Fiber Arts; Ceramics; Glass; Sculpture.
Kathie Johnson - Watercolor; Drawing/Pastel.
Rob Gartzka - Painting; Miscellanea.
Cat Crotchett - Photography.
$1,000 Grand Prize Winner – sponsored by the Berrien Community Foundation
Mary Amador, Goshen, IN "By His Wounds", Mixed Media.
$200 Category Winners
Ceramics – Steven Hansen of Berrien Springs, MI, "Yellow Wonder Man"
Drawing/Pastel – Debra Eiswald, Constantine, MI - "Marion May, Savannah, GA"
Miscellanea – Lauren Strach, St. Joseph, MI - "Hopscotch"
Painting – Kari Friestad, Berrien Springs, MI – "Cell Phone Illumination"
Photography – Richard Hellyer, Sawyer, MI – "Simply Known as The Tree”
Sculpture – Marcia Sindone, La Porte, IN - "Bachelor"
Watercolor – Barbara Balis, Michigan City, IN – "A Soul’s Journey"
Young Artist Award – Benjamin Frank, Cassopolis, MI – "Godzilla"
Honorable Mention Awards
Ceramics -Joseph Chomyn of South Bend, IN - "Horizontal Data"
Drawing/Pastel - Mary Amador of Goshen, IN - "Daughter of a King"
Miscellanea - Cindy LaFerle of Saint Joseph, MI - "Fairy Tale"
Painting - Harry Ahn of Berrien Springs, MI - "The Birds"
Photography - Darci Young of South Bend, IN - "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
Sculpture - Sean Hottois of Mishawaka, IN - "AgoraProbe_1"
Watercolor - Joan Spohrer of South Bend, IN - "Bus Stop"
Paintings by David Spyker in Robert R. Williams Gallery; Watercolors by Kathy Los-Rathburn in the Whitlow Gallery; Book sculptures by Jacquline Baerwald and Self Portraits by Berrien Artist Guild members in the Riverwalk
Opening reception on August 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm is free and open to the public.
The oil paintings of Kristin Hosbein; watercolors of Herbert W. Helm, Jr.; and the sculpture of Nina Menduni, Dora Natella and William Cooper will all be part of the celebration of the art of Berrien Artist Guild members at an opening reception on April 25 at the Box Factory for the Arts. The show will continue through June 7th.
Opening reception on April 25 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, and is sponsored in part by Lemon Creek Winery.
Kristin Hosbein, a native of St. Joseph and a Box Factory studio artist, will present an exhibit entitled “Light & Shadow,” a collection of large and small works from field and studio.
She paints in the plein air tradition, using color, form and values to interpret the unfolding scene. The work she creates in the studio is painted using a similar process with the occasional addition of wax and alkyd mediums to the oil colors. She also will use charcoal sticks to draw into the paintings, creating textures that might not be accomplished by brush alone.
Her work is in the national art collection of the U.S. Coast Guard, and was in the “Birds in Art” show at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. Her work also has been featured in the pages of American Art Collector.
Herbert W. Helm Jr. is a psychologist and university professor who became interested in learning watercolor in his mid-to-late forties, when he decided to take lessons locally and through numerous workshops.
He believes that the different styles and techniques of the various artists he has studied with have helped create a vision of what one can do with watercolor, instead of the limitations of watercolor.
His work has been exhibited in the Michigan Watercolor Society Show, Art Barn in Michigan City and in the MAAC show. His Box Factory show will include 20-40 pieces in the Heartha Whitlow Gallery.
The Riverwalk Gallery will be devoted to work by Berrien Artist Guild members in their annual Spring Show. Work in all mediums will be exhibited. This show will close on May 27 to prepare the Gallery to accept MAAC show entries.
Adding a third dimension to the shows will be sculpture by Nina Menduni, Dora Natella and William Cooper in all three galleries and on the outdoor sculpture pads. The Box Factory sculpture exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Krasl Art Center's Sculpture Biennial which opens on the same day.