Al Harris Jr. in the Robert Williams Gallery, Susan M. Henshaw in the Heartha Whitlow, Kei J. Constantinov and Laurel Izard in the Riverwalk Gallery
The opening reception on Friday, January 15th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Al Harris, Jr. will be presenting an artist talk on Thursday, February 4; starting at 5:30 p.m.
Come early for Hoppy Hour - Hot Dogs & Beer will be available at 5:00 p.m. prior to the presentation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-983-3688 if you are joining us for Hoppy Hour by Monday, February 1st.
Al Harris, Jr a native of Detroit, he is a Kalamazoo-based artist he studied at Western Michigan University, and was an art teacher in the Kalamazoo area schools for 34 years. He has been in numerous juried competitions, one and two person shows along with group exhibits.
Pastels are his chosen medium and portraits are generally his subject. His emotions, skills, and knowledge all come into play during the process of creating work. His work is both painterly and photo realistic. Enlarging his subject enables him to explore the medium thoroughly, plus communicate thoughts and emotions. He's always interested to see how different audiences -- black and white, rural and urban - - respond to his work.
Susan is a lifetime resident of Union Pier, Michigan, much of her inspiration has been influenced by the areas surrounding the waters of Lake Michigan. She enjoys capturing the solitary moments of the fields, streams, woodlands and dunes. Most recently, her focus has been on the waters that make up our landscape. A self-taught artist, Susan has held many solo shows and her work is part of several permanent corporate and private collections. Over the years she has received many juried awards for her Pastels and Paintings. Susan has had the honor of being chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains State Park, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Susan’s images were first captured with a Nikon D200 SLR camera. The continuous movement of water has resulted in a collection of thousands of photographs over the years. The images she’s chosen are ones that she feels contain the some of the most magical combinations of elements. Some covered a visual field of several yards, while others, only a few inches. The decision to paint them on canvas adds yet another layer of light and movement to these abstract microcosms. While some images are recognizable as water, the reflections they contain still leave the viewer room to question.
Kei J. Constantinov is a former New York City art teacher, writer, master printer and award winning book artist. She currently resides in Michigan City. She is a member of the Duneland Plein Air Painters and Southern Shore Gallery. From an early age she painted in oils; however, her medium of choice for her major work is egg tempera. She holds an MFA from University of Massachusetts / Amherst and taught lithography at Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop in New York City.
Her show will be comprised of both traditional, “Old School” works in oil on canvas, using layers and over glazes featuring portraits, landscape, still life as well as several storyboards which illustrate a graphic novel.
&Laurel Izard has been living and making art in Michigan City for over twenty years. She received her BA from the Northern Illinois University, majoring in art and anthropology, and her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After twenty-three years as a self-employed ceramic artist, she currently teaches art at Marquette Catholic High School Her work has been exhibited throughout Northern Indiana and the greater Chicago area.
Her recent series of hand-embroidered images is loosely based on the artwork and symbolism embodied in the tarot, and represents over two years of work. She has been intrigued by archetypes, which hold our ideas about human existence as both physical and spiritual beings. What draws her to these symbols is their open-endedness, which allows the viewer to interpret them according to their own journey throughout life. Laurel has created original embroidered images for each of the major arcana with imagery that combines ancient, historical and contemporary images. Each piece is quite small and is displayed in a shadow box, in order to create an intimate viewing experience.
2016 Celebrating Creative Kids / Inspiring Future Artist - Elementary Student Exhibits. A school based, partnership program presented by Box Factory for the Arts, Krasl Art Center, and Berrien RESA. Opening reception 12 – 2 p.m. on March 5.
Maxon Family: Robin, Ty and Evan in the Robert Williams Gallery, Matt Payovich in the Heartha Whitlow Gallery and Northern Indiana Artists in the Riverwalk Gallery.
The opening reception on Friday, November 6, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
This show is a collection of artwork by three members of the Maxon Family. Mother of the Clan, Robin, is a graphic designer by trade and an artist at heart. Evan works in mixed media and pursues a culinary career as a vegan Chef. Ty works with mixed media and is a singer / songwriter.
Robin has dabbled with several different media; watercolor took center stage. When she paints she attempts to capture the light and color of something common, natural or unexpected. She appreciates the beauty of a simple moment or expression, and the play of light on the subject. Her graphic design background has influenced her painting style to have an illustrative component with more emphasis on realism, although she sometimes incorporates some abstract elements to keep it fun. She photographs subjects that have particular interest and enjoys the process of creating a composition, sometimes using several images for one painting. Ultimately, she hopes the viewer will enjoy her attempt at capturing the emotion and expression of a subject, and that it might remind them to observe these simple moments in their own lives.
Evan was inspired by the career of his mother, Robin, and by his notoriety as a chronic doodler amongst his peers, to pursue an education in the arts. As a mixed-media, process-oriented artist Evan enjoys experimenting with interesting media and following his instincts. Philosophically, he focuses on the often improvisational nature of artistic expression, and tries to incorporate a sense of "automatic writing" into his personal process whenever he approach a new canvas.
Ty’s mixed-media visual art attempts to offer an intricate and alluring experience. The pen and ink pieces display a geometric maze-like component which invites the viewer to lose themselves within the disorienting winding lines that swirl through vivid color and patterns of abstraction. In this sense, the pieces serve as a meditation, both in the viewing and the creating of the art.
Matt has been working on painted panels, and tile relief installations for various churches in the area for the past several years. He is also known for his still life, portraiture, as well as views of the St. Joseph River and lake, in water color, in his 30 plus years as an artist.
The works he will be exhibiting at the Box Factory is a collection / compellation of art he has been developing and working on in the recent years titled “Led by the Spirit”. The exhibit features work done in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, located at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church. .
Matt has exhibited his work throughout Berrien County is various galleries, art centers, and also created many public murals in various businesses throughout the community. He is also known for creating many commission pieces, including paintings on panels and walls, throughout homes in the area. He has been teaching drawing and painting at Lake Michigan College, for the past several years as well as teaching special needs adults for over 20 years.
Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. was founded in 1972 in South Bend, Northern Indiana Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of creative art. NIA members work in a range of media, including oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, printmaking, photography, clay, digital art and mixed media. Artists must pass an independent jury process to become members. NIA sponsors exhibits in museums, art centers and galleries in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Meetings are held at the South Bend Museum of Art four times a year. They feature discussion, lectures, and demonstrations. A social meeting is held in May. NIA awards scholarships for classes at area museums and art centers to students in elementary grades through high school.
The opening reception on Friday, September 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.. is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Joshua Mason & Nathan Margoni will be presenting an artist talk on Thursday, October 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. Hoppy Hour – Hot Dogs & Beer will be available at 5:00 p.m. prior to the presentation. Please email email@example.com or call 269-983-3688 if you are joining us for Hoppy Hour by October 13th.
Mark’s passion for wood, the outdoors, and simple rustic beauty, He fashions his hand crafted works out of his home in Niles, Michigan. Rare wood burls for his creations are obtained from all corners of the world, each one of a kind. In returning to simpler times, every burl is then hand hewed, a rare and wonderful traditional art form converting the wood into a sculpture using only simple primitive tools, hands and heart. It is a difficult and time consuming process, yet a true way to turn this wonder of nature into a treasured piece for a contemporary lifestyle. Mark’s sculptures are specifically designed and created to bring delightfully unexpected artwork for both indoor and outdoor landscapes.
David’s photos are made on medium format film with a Holga camera, an inexpensive plastic device with limited controls. The inherit quirks of the camera and its imperfect plastic lens introduce unpredictable variables into photography.
He lives at the boundary between Indiana and Michigan. Most of his photographs come from these borderlands. While geography influences his photography, he is more interested in a broader definition of a borderland as an indeterminate area that is hard to define, because it contains qualities or features of overlapping things. Sometimes these indeterminate areas may be depicted by a single exposure. At other times, multiple exposures create the overlap. The multiple exposure images usually are made with the Holga camera mounted on a homemade device he calls The Rotomator—a few pieces of wood attached to a lazy Susan bearing—which allows the camera to revolve around the axis of the lens. This arrangement stands in stark contrast to the precise, expensive, computerized devices he used in his career as a physician specializing in diagnostic radiology, a pursuit from which he retired at the end of 2014.
Nathan makes paintings of a world loosely based on his hometown in Southwest Michigan. The setting is idyll, with sunny skies, green grass, sandy beaches, and plenty of golden retrievers. The people in this world, however, are not so idyll. They are selfish, narcissistic, violent and obsessed with youth and beauty. Worst of all, they are completely oblivious to themselves.
These despicable characters do not represent individuals that Nathan knows, but rather a culture with a value system that he can't relate to. That value system is embodied in advertisements and popular media, with a visual language that is big, bold and in-your-face. His paintings use that same visual language combined with exaggeration, caricature and a few absurd details to achieve a subversive effect.
Joshua is a multi-media artist: he creates through paintings, photography, print-making, sculpture, installation and sound. Throughout Mason's art there is an urge to explore the materiality of earth. He grew up fascinated by history and mythology, and was exposed to a love of hiking and camping in forests at a young age. Learning more about the imprints of geology or of the natural landscape upon the senses of experience, Joshua became interested in intersecting his creative endeavors with the forms of nature.
Not So Solid Earth explores the intersection between mark-making and landscape. The work is inspired by beach erosion on the shores of Lake Michigan: on the shoreline the repeated formation and breakup of ice ridges results in a significant removal of beach. Where water meets the edge of land there is a constant, dynamic change. Relating to the geologic processes of terrestrial and fluvial forces, the artist seeks to mineralize the imagination.
The opening reception on Friday, July 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.. is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Dorothy Graden will be presenting an artist talk / slide presentation titled ~ Archaic Magic as Background to Artistic Inspiration and Interpretation on Thursday, August 6 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Dorothy is an award winning contemporary artist whose art is inspired by Ancient Visions. Many of these sites hold spiritual powers, and many are shamanic, although, some say her art looks futuristic. Some say it is Japanese Art inspired. For over 25 years she traveled through the American west to photograph and draw prehistoric rock art. These rock art images were incised, pecked, abraded and painted on cave and canyon walls and boulders. Rock Art has been found on every continent except Antarctica. Some sites are 30,000 years old.
Dorothy has presented her field work on rock art at the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow; at University College Cork, Ireland; and at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2014). Her photographs have been published in the Theosophical Society's journal, Quest. She also presents lectures and exhibits her drawings and ceramic sculptures at various venues throughout the Midwest and the Chicago area.
The band Halo Moon will perform music inspired by the work of Dorothy Graden titled, Songs of Spirit, Nature and Life at the July 17th opening reception.
Dorothy Graden will be presenting antitled ~ Archaic Magic as Background to Artistic Inspiration and Interpretation on Thursday, August 6 from 5 - 7 p.m.
The popularity of ancient sacred and magical sites offers reassurance of another reality. Many of these sacred places are associated with a fundamental wisdom, divine and mystical, which people of today would like to recapture.
Dorothy will share where she gets her inspiration for her art. Her slide presentation is from photos taken during hikes of sites scattered from the Rio Grande, the river that divides the United States from Mexico, up to Central Montana. Most of the areas are arid regions that have interesting geological features – mountains, canyons, large boulders, dry river beds, volcanic remnants, buttes, and glacial lakes. The rock art dates from 12,000 BCE to 1800 CE.
Hoppy Hour – Hot Dogs & Beer will be available at 4:30 p.m. prior to the presentation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-983-3688 if you are joining us for Hoppy Hour by August 5th.
The Circus Series, created by Gabrielle Feldman in her seventies and early eighties, was the culmination of two lifelong passions: a love of small, family-run circuses and a fascination with spectacle. Throughout her life Gabrielle collected books and paraphernalia related to these interests, including postcards, dolls, puppets, wind- up toys, and other automata, some of which are displayed in her art.
Gabrielle’s love of the circus, which began as a simple childhood enthusiasm, became a perennial attraction that stayed with her throughout adulthood. She was captivated by all its dimensions: its roots in commedia dell’arte, its aesthetic beauties, its marvels, and the tremendous labor and discipline it requires. Gabrielle’s circus is a kind of heavenly army made up of all God’s children—stuntmen and acrobats, spectators and animals, as well as everyday riggers and roustabouts.
Gabrielle Feldman (1925- ) is a Philadelphia-born artist who studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now University of the Arts). She began her career in fashion, first as an illustrator and later with a hand-painted couture line called Gertrude & Gabrielle. After a number of years devoted to photography, around 1980 she returned to her artistic roots: painting and drawing. Around the same time she and her husband left Philadelphia for some acreage nestled in the lakes and forests of Honesdale, Pennsylvania. For the next three decades, with this inspirational landscape as a home base, Gabrielle exhibited figurative work, still lifes, landscapes, and narrative paintings in the regional museums and galleries of northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Now retired, she has been living in southwest Michigan since 2012.
The Riverwalk Gallery will be devoted to the Berrien Artist Guild members show titled A Really Big Shoe. Using shoes as the subject, members are invited to create them: decorate them: paint them: paint pictures of the: photograph them and display them for your enjoyment.
The MAAC is a multi-media competition open to residents of Southwest Michigan, Northwest Indiana and members of the Berrien Artist Guild.
The distinguished jurors for this year's MAAC were Doug McCauley, Lem Montero and Michael Northrop.
Awards will be presented on Friday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. to the winning artists at a reception to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15.
In addition there will be Merit Awards presented by local businesses and individual sponsors, and the Al Farmer Young Artist Award.
$300 award by Jan Sonneman - Up a Tree, by Charlene Long
$200 award by Twin City Camera Club - The Bridge at Aberdeen, by Rhonda Mullen
$200 award by Lakeshore Family Dental - Metis Long Coat with beaded bag, by Debra Eiswald
$200 award by DeVries Agency - Untitled Mixed Media, by David Labrum
$200 Award by Schaller Gallery - Into the Light, by Susan Sutherland Barnes
$200 Sponsor Award by Southwest Michigan Tourist Council - Mom's Hands, by Ron Doyle Al Farmer Young Artist - $200 award – Wise, by Ashley Hochstetler
The Opening reception on Friday, May 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public,and is underwritten by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. The exhibits in all three Box Factory galleries will continue through June 27th, with special Sunday hours from 1-4pm.