Holiday events and gallery shows with the theme "Happy Owl-i-days" open at the Box Factory for the Arts with a 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.
The gallery shows will continue through January 2nd. 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. The events are free and open to the public.
The Heartha Whitlow Gallery will feature items entered in the fiber art challenge as well as artwork by Berrien Artist Guild members. The Robert Williams Gallery will feature gift shop items made by Guild members as well as a bake sale of homemade goodies. The Riverwalk Gallery will exhibit work by studio artist Ken Hank and Guild members as well as the decorated owls entered in the Owl-i-days coloring contest.
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.
Saturday night's concert, "Sinatra, Side B" will feature Mike Cortson and David Lahm in their popular reprise of Frank Sinatra songs. Ticket prices for the evening concert are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students.
Children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas and attend family fun activities at the Box Factory for the Art on December 14 from 1 to 4 pm. The event will include "The Jingle Bell Chorus, a Christmas Sing Along" with Mockingbird; a "Hoot Like an Owl" demonstration by Chuck Nelson of the Sarett Nature Center; and an award for the best pajama outfit.
During the Jingle Bell Chorus, bells and song books will be provided as children are invited on stage to perform with Mockingbird to jingle and sing along to all the favorite Christmas songs and carols.
Parents and grandparents are invited to sing along and photograph their children's performance or to shop at the well-stocked art shop for a gift especially created by Berrien Artist Guild members.
The events are free and open to the public. Cookies and punch will be provided.
The Box Factory for the Arts and MailMax are teaming up to sponsor the annual coloring contest with this year's theme of "Happy Owl-i-Days." Children and adults alike are invited to paint, color, collage, feather, etc. using any medium to decorate an owl entry form.
Entry forms are available online (pdf: 1.5MB), at the Box Factory, St. Joseph Library and St. Joe Today. Prizes will be awarded to the best child's entry (Kilwin's gift certificate) and the best teen and adult entry (a turkey from Martins Super Market).
An entry fee will be assessed of $1 per owl for children up to age 10 and $5 for teens and adults. In lieu of an entry fee, non-perishable food items will also be accepted. All proceeds will go to Feeding America of West Michigan.
The completed entries must be mailed or delivered to the Box Factory by December 13 and winners will be announced at the Dec. 14 open house and children's holiday sing-along. Entries will be on exhibit in the Box Factory's Riverwalk Gallery during the holidays.
For more information, contact the Box office at 269-983-3688 during normal gallery hours of 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p .m. on Fridays.
Fiber Challenge work will be on exhibit in the Box Factory Galleries during the Holiday season November 16 - January 5 during our “Happy Owl-i-days” show and sale.
Theme: Owls - realistic or imaginary. At least one owl must be incorporated into each creation. Any style and any embellishments accepted - let your imagination go “owl - over” the place.
Quilts, Hooked Rugs, Stuffed Creations, Weavings, Batiks, Knitted/Crocheted, Embroidery/Cross Stitch/Crewel/ Needlepoint.
Download Fiber Challenge Entry Information (pdf: 600kb)
Winners of the challenge will be announced on December 14 during the Family Fun open house.
The Box Factory for the Arts is pleased to announce a call for artists for its second "Shoot" all photography competition show coming in January.
Download entry form (pdf: 350KB).