Art calendar

Call for Entries - April 14 to 27
Michiana Annual Arts Competition (MAAC)

Juried Competition Details

In the Galleries - April 25 to June 7

Paintings by Kristin Hosbein in the Robert Williams Gallery; Watercolors by Herbert Helm in the Heartha Whitlow Gallery; Berrien Artist Guild members Show in the Riverwalk Gallery. Plus selected sculptures by local sculptors in the galleries and on the outdoor sculpture pads as part of the Krasl Art Center's 2014 Sculpture Biennial. More info

Opening reception on April 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Poetry Open Mic, Publication Party, and Book Signing
April 30 at 7 p.m.

"Read! Roared the Lion "by Carol Knapp

In recognition of National Poetry Month, the Writers' Studio at the Box Factory for the Arts will sponsor a poetry open mic and book signings at 7 pm on April 30.

The open mic is free and open to those wanting to read their poetry on the Box Factory's stage. Readers should arrive at 6:45 pm to sign up for a time slot.

Members of the Writers' Studio also will introduce their "Spring" chapbook which includes poetry, short stories and essays by participants in the Box Factory's writing programs. Box Factory studio artist Robin Maxon contributed the artwork for the chapbook's cover.

In addition, Carol Knapp of Lincoln Township will attend to sign copies of her recent children's book, "Read! Roared the Lion." The book is beautifully illustrated by Kenjji of Kalamazoo.

Photography Workshops by Firefly Photo with David Knight
Beginners: Tues from 6:30-8:30pm, 6 wks beginning May 6
Intermediate: Weds from 6:30-8:30pm, 6 wks beginning May 7
$135 Berrien Artist Guild Members; $150 non-members; per workshop

David Knight

Firefly photo with David Knight will present two 6-week photography workshops at the Box Factory for the Arts beginning on May 6 and 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm. A beginners' workshop will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm and an intermediate workshop on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The fee for each workshop is $150; $135 for Berrien Artist Guild members. Register online with PayPal or by credit card at 269-983-3688.

Participants will need a digital camera and the accompanying manual if available.

In the Beginning Photography workshop, participants will learn how to use their cameras and how to compose a great photo. The Intermediate/Creative Vision workshop will help participants get the most out of the camera and how to make exciting photos.

Full workshop details are available on Firefly's website at

Watercolor Portraits with Laurie Goldstein-Warren
"Expand your watercolor skills by limiting your palette"
May 10 and 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $150

King of the Blues by Laurie Goldstein-Warren

Watercolor portraits, using a limited palette, will be presented by West Virginia artist Laurie Goldstein-Warren in a two-day workshop on May 10 and 11 at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI. Workshop hours each day are 9 am to 4 pm with a one hour lunch break. Arrangements for lunch are at the participant's discretion. Cost of the two-day workshop is $150. A materials' list will be provided with a pre-paid registration.

Laurie will demonstrate a simplified approach to watercolor portraits using the same five tube colors. No portrait drawing skill is required; however, a basic knowledge of watercolors is helpful. The same method also works for still life, landscapes and abstracts. Laurie will provide short demonstrations throughout the day with plenty of painting time for participants. Each day will end with a group exhibition and discussion of the day's work.

Register online, or by calling the Box office 269-983-3688 during normal gallery hours of 10 am to 4 pm, Mon.-Sat. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Playwriting Workshops with Jim Henry
"Writing the 10-Minute Play" - May 10, 10 am to 3 pm
"The 10-Minute Play Practical Workshop" - May 17, 10 am to 3 pm
$35 Berrien Artist Guild Members; $50 non-members; per session

Jim Henry

Two workshops on May 10 and 17 by Jim Henry will kickoff this year's "Out of the Box Playfest." The topic of the workshop on May 10 will be "Writing the 10 Minute Play." Participants will learn the fundamentals of playwriting in a fun, interactive session from 10 am to 3 pm (includes a working lunch break.) Actual play writing assignments will be given to help the beginner or veteran play wright prepare a script for the play writing competition to be held on May 16 - July 1, 2014.

The second workshop on May 17 will be a "10 Minute Play Practical Workshop" which will guide the participants through the practical steps of play writing resulting in a finished first draft of a play by the end of the session.The session from 10 am to 3 pm with include a working lunch break. Those enrolling in this second workshop must have completed either the 2013 or 2014 beginner's workshop.

Cost of each workshop is $35 for Berrien Artist Guild members; $50 for non-members. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants. Register with PayPal and receive a Course Overview for each workshop, or register with credit card at 269-983-3688.

Jim Henry Bio
JIM HENRY (Playwright/Screenwriter/Actor)
Represented by Michael Moore Agency, NYC

Jim Henry’s play 7th Monarch recently had a 3 month run off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre on 42nd St. 7th Monarch is the winner of three playwriting awards: Plays for the 21st Century ( Dallas , TX ), DramaRama 2000 ( San Francisco , CA ), and The Panowski Award ( Marquette , MI ). Other productions include The Road Theatre - North Hollywood CA , Chicago Street Theatre, LaCrosse Community Theatre and Missouri Valley College .

Mr. Henry’s first play, The Angels of Lemnos has been produced throughout the US and in Australia . Angels world premiered at Chicago Dramatists where Jim is a Resident Playwright and he won Chicago ’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work. The play ran for five months in Los Angeles receiving an L.A. Times Critic's Choice, rave reviews from Variety, and a Robby Award for Best New Play.

Mr. Henry’s play Backwards in High Heels received its World Premier in LA to rave reviews. His play Brother of All was produced at Chicago Street Theatre and will have its professional World Premiere at Detroit Repertory Theatre in March 2014.

Mr. Henry's other plays include Bury Me, Jellofish, Busting the Fence, Mairzy Doats, Masterminds, Greetings from New Guinea, A Birthday Story and A Worthy Choice.

His Screenwriting credits include: Jupiter in Vegas, Young Again, Moon Shadows, The Seventh Monarch, Eternal Patrol, Illegal Aliens and The Angels of Lemnos . Moon Shadows won 4th place in the Final Draft Screenplay Competition (out of over 2500 entries). The Angels of Lemnos won Third Place at the Hollywood Film Festival and was a finalist in the Sundance Feature Film Project two years in a row. Mr. Henry has optioned two screenplays with Producer Ian Bryce (Transformers I, II & III, Savings Private Ryan, Spiderman, Almost Famous).

Mr. Henry is an actor and writer in the Chicagoland area and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Literary Manager at Chicago Street Theatre. Jim and his wife, Dona, have been married thirty-five years and are blessed with eight children and eight grandchildren

Call for Entries - May 16 to July 1
"Out of the Box" 10-Minute Play Writing Competition

The Berrien Artist Guild, through the multi-use facility, the Box Factory for the Arts announces the third annual 10-minute play writing competition to be held from May 16 – July 1, 2014.

Competition Dates: May 16 – July 1, 2014

Performance Dates: December 5 & 6, 2014

Juried Prizes: This year the six playwrights whose plays are selected by the judges will each receive a $50 award. A panel of judges at the December 6 performance will select the “Best Play Overall.” That playwright will receive an additional $200 award.

Audience Choice Award: One given per playwright per evening at the end of the performances on Friday and Saturday nights. This award is selected by audience ballots.

Competition: Open to all Berrien Artist Guild members as well as residents of Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. Participants directly involved with the competition are not eligible for awards.

Download Competition Rules and Guidelines (pdf:300kb)



While you're at the Box

Visit artists at work in the Box Factory's Artist Studios
Attend a concert, see the Music, Film, and Theatre schedule


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