Art calendar

In the Galleries - October 3 to November 15

Sculpture by Dora Natella and photography by Marc Ullomin the Robert R. Williams Gallery; Drawing and painting by Sara Sokol in the Whitlow Gallery; Fractal Art by Kevin Grosss in the Riverwalk; Read more

Opening reception on Friday, October 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Next In the Galleries - November 29 to January 3

Ginger Bread Holiday Display in Robert R. Williams Gallery, Watercolors by Dori Josimovich in the Whitlow Gallery; Berrien Artist Guild members show in the Riverwalk Gallery.

"Gingerbread Holiday Open House" - Saturday, November 29, 10am-4pm

Come visit the Box Factory for a Gingerbread Holiday Open House at the Box Factory, Saturday, November 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. be part of the local movement and shop local at the Box Factory! Find the perfect hand-crafted present for the special someone or something perfect just for you.

Be one of the first to see the Gingerbread Train Display sponsored by Silver Beach Pizza. This year’s event will feature Lionel Trains and eight gingerbread likenesses of St. Joe arts, cultural and tourist centers including The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph Today, Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library, Curious Kid’s Museum, and of course, The Box Factory for the Arts. Volunteers from each organization are decorating their buildings with graham crackers, gingerbread, candies and frosting. The buildings will sit on a “bluff” overlooking the Silver Beach Carousel and our two Lighthouses. Nancy Wolff will be our locomotive engineer, running two Lionel trains in and around the display.

The gingerbread display and trains will be on display daily. Trains run on the hour for 30 minutes. The display will open from November 29 – December 30, 2014, Monday – Saturday. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 3 p.m. Free to public. Donation asked to support the Box Factory and the Lighthouse Forever Fund.

Family Friendly Concert: Mockingbird will perform and bring music for sing-along from 11:00-2:00 p.m. and American School of Music will perform from 2:00-4:00 p.m. that day.

Be Creative: Baking skills are not necessary to participate in Gingerbread Holiday at the Box. Bring your handmade gingerbread house to the Box Factory and we will display it in one of our galleries. Size limitation: 10” x 10” base (no height limit.) This is a great opportunity for families, church groups, or scouts to participate in a community show.

Cost: $5.00 per entry. Proceeds will go to the Lighthouse Forever Fund. Deliver your completed gingerbread house to the Box Factory, 1101 Broad Street.
Delivery dates: November 24-December 3, 2014, Monday-Sunday 1:00-3:00 p.m.

· Open to the community
· Entry forms are available upon delivery at Box Factory front desk.
· The base measurements of houses are not to exceed 10” x 10”.
· Multiple entries may be submitted by a group or individual. $5.00 fee for each entry.
· All items used to create the house must be edible except the base.
· Heavy Styrofoam or covered plywood bases are recommended for stability.
· Entries that fall apart will be removed from the display area and disposed.
· All entries must be picked up between: December 26 – December 30 from 1:00- 3:00p.m., remaining items will be discarded after 4p.m. on December 30.

"Lighting the Lake" - Friday, November 7 at 7 pm; $10

Laura Kraklau

The St. Joseph lighthouses will be in the spotlight at the Box Factory for the Arts on Friday, November 7 at 7 pm. At the "Lighting the Lake" event, Laura Kraklau will introduce her soon to be published book, View 366: A Year Long Visual Story of the St. Joseph Lighthouses.

Kraklau, who has a studio at the Box Factory for the Arts, is a marketing and communications professional and photographer. She recently photographed the St. Joseph lighthouses every day for a year, and it is these photographs that she compiled for this collection.

Kraklau will give a talk about the project and show examples of her photography. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and will be signed by Kraklau. A portion of the book sales during the Nov. 7th event will be donated to the Lighthouse Forever Fund, which is raising money to restore the St. Joseph lighthouses.

The film, Painting the St. Joseph Lighthouse with Bob Fagan, will show the lighthouse from an artist's perspective. The film, by Douglas, MI filmmaker John Leben, was part of a PBS series entitled “Painting on Location with Bob Fagan.” The series included Fagan painting on location at 13 of the lighthouses on Lake Michigan.

Winners of recent contests for poetry and photography, inspired by the St. Joseph lighthouses, will be announced and awards presented.

A chapbook of the poetry, which includes historical photographs as well as the winning photograph that has been used as the cover, will be available for purchase.

Collectible items provided by the Lighthouse Forever Fund will also be available for purchase.

Tickets for the event, which will benefit the Lighthouse Forever Fund as well as the Box Factory's Writers Studio and First Friday Film series, are $10 and include one free drink ticket. Wine and beer will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served. Tickets can be purchased on-line with PayPal, or with credit card at 269-983-3688. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Fall Classes and Workshops

Kristin Hosbein

Kristin Hosbein realistic art in oil or acrylics beginning Monday, September 8 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. for 4 weeks, cost $95.

Oil Painting Portrait Workshop with Bob Williams September 11 & 12, 9 a.m. – 4p.m. $80 per day anyone interested call Bob @ 269-449-8163.

Printmaking with Andrea Peterson Two-day collagraph printing class Monday September 15 from 3 – 6 p.m. and Thursday September 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. Max students 6, no experience required, cost $60.

Private lessons are available during her print shop residency September 13 – 20; call the front desk for time slots available. Cost $25, one –on- one; Cost $15 / each, two-on-one. Please tell desk what media you are interested in. Here’s your chance to learn how to print!

Weaving with Carol Haney Beginning Weaving on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – Noon, starting September 11 -November 13, $100 per session.

Advanced Weaving on Thursdays from noon – 3 p.m. starting September 18 through November 6, $80 per session.

Navajo Rug Weaving one day class for $10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. September 20, October 25 or November 15.

Firefly photo workshops with David Knight The workshops will begin the week of September 22 from 7-9 p.m.

Monday-Beginning Photography
Tuesday – Intermediate Photography
Wednesday – Photo Shop
Thursday – Advanced Photography

The cost is $150; $135 for Berrien Artist Guild members per class.

Jan Sonneman Silk Scarf class, Thursday, September 25, 6 p.m., or Thursday, October 2, $32 make 2 scarves, $7 each for extras 10 people maximum.


Register for classes online, in person at the Box Factory front desk, or call the Box Office on 269-983-3688 to pay by credit card.


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