The Box Factory Kicks off their 2022 Gallery Exhibition Series

The Box Factory Kicks off their 2022 Gallery Exhibition Series

Local artist Robert R. Williams and Michigan City artist Edwin P. Shelton will kick off the 2022 series of gallery exhibits at the Box Factory for the Arts on Friday, January 21 with an opening reception scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Williams, who has a studio at the Box Factory and teaches portrait classes there, will have an exhibit in the Whitlow Gallery. He said he will have a variety of art that many may not have seen and of course many portrait and figure paintings.

Bob is a self-taught artist; however, he has taken numerous studio art classes and workshops. He has won awards at the Midwest Museum Juried Regional Show in Elkhart, IN and in the Michiana Annual Arts Competition at the Box Factory for the Awards. He has also won awards at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, IN and at the Chesteron Art Center. He had a piece accepted into a national show of the Pastel Society of America.

Shelton, who teaches at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, will exhibit sculptures from discarded objects in the Williams Gallery. In his artist statement, he says, “I work to provoke the blend of joy with mysteries.” The non-representational sculptures range from smaller objects to large assemblages. He was an exchange teacher in Zibo, China, which he says still influences his artwork.

Shelton majored in sculpture and earned his BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. He achieved his MFA in sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his final credits at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. 

The exhibits are free and open to the public through February 27.  The Box Factory’s winter gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays-Sundays. For more on this and other Box Factory events visit the website at or on Facebook at the Box Factory for the Arts.

Box Factory to host Local Recording Artist December 18

Box Factory to host Local Recording Artist December 18

Local recording artist, Mark Ficks, will be joined by “The Significant Others” and special guest Chris Spitters at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph on Saturday, December 18 at 7 p.m.

Tickets available online are $10 in advance at or with credit card by calling the Box office at 269-983-3688 during normal gallery hours of Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays thru Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets at the door are $12. Seating will be limited. A portion of ticket revenue will be donated by the band to the “New Heights CCDA.” 

Masks are required for this concert. A cash bar will be available for audience members over age 21. 

“The Significant Others” are a group of local musicians connected by family, close friendships, and a love of music. Tristan Ficks will be on keys, Greg Collins on drums, and Aaron Youngstedt on bass. Rock, blues, pop, country and gospel influences will be performed with themes of family and humor woven throughout. Many original tunes penned by Mark and Chris will be performed as well as some of the band’s versions of favorite covers.

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Berrien Artist Guild Welcomes Two New Board Members

The Berrien Artist Guild, Inc. Board of Directors recently appointed Salle Huber and Nicole Pierard to one year terms to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bret Witkowski. Both Salle and Nicole tied in votes during the 2020/21 election for board positions; however, all incumbents were elected.  Since the by-laws allow for 12 board members, it was decided to appoint both members to director positions on the board. Both Salle and Nicole have studio space at the Box Factory and serve as volunteers at the reception desk.

Salle Huber

In her studio, The Aware Lab on the Riverwalk level, Salle teaches movement. She has been a movement teacher for the past 13 years, teaching both Pilates and the Melt Method. She has past board experience with the Hinsdale, IL Historical Society. Other non-profit experience includes an internship at the Bloomington Area Arts Council, Volunteer Coordinator and Liaison for the Goodman Theater Women’s Board and a Special Events Manager for the Hinsdale Humane Society.

Nicole Pierard

Nicole is a visual artist who shares a studio with Marten Meyer on the Riverwalk Gallery. She has volunteered at receptions and as the Box representative for Lake Effect Jazz rehearsals. She regularly hosts open houses in her studio. She has been a Financial Analyst, an Attorney’s Assistant and a French teacher. While living in Europe, she created her own non-profit organization.

WNIT Documentary Preview at the Box

WNIT Documentary Preview at the Box

ST. JOSEPH, MI – Then, Now and Always… The St. Joseph River Story, a new documentary by WNIT (PBS Michiana), will be previewed at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, at a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, August 29. The documentary will premiere on WNIT on Thursday, September 9, at 8 p.m. The Box Factory screening is free and open to the public.

The new documentary is part of a collaborative effort this summer by communities along the River to “Celebrate the St. Joe.” The Box Factory has been participating since July 23rd with a River-themed exhibit “At the River’s End” in the Sky View Gallery on the third floor The exhibit will continue through September 12.

WNIT tells the story of the St. Joseph River, including the people, history and life along this storied river from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan. The documentary celebrates how the River has shaped the region and continues to be an integral part of the communities along its banks. The river runs through the history and tradition of the Box Factory from its beginning up to the present. From it’s start in 1903 on the St. Joseph riverfront, the Box Factory Paper Manufacturing Co.(now the Box Factory for the Arts) has enjoyed a river view. 

More information on Celebrate the St. Joe events and public screenings of the documentary is available at For more on Box Factory events visit our website at or follow us on Facebook.

Calling all Shooters

Calling all Shooters

Photographers of all ages are invited to enter “ReShoot,” the Box Factory for the Arts photo show to be on exhibit July 23 through September 12. An opening reception will be held on July 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Photographers are limited to two entries for which a $5 per photo entry fee will be charged. Photos must fit into the categories of still life, people, animals or landscape. All images must start in the camera and be taken by the photographer entering the show. Manipulation or enhancements made to the photo are acceptable. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st place and runner up photographs for each category.

Photos will be accepted at the Box Factory, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI on July 16 and 17 from noon to 4 p.m. They must be wired for hanging. No saw-tooth hangers, hanging loops or easel-back frames will be accepted.

Susan Johnston of Stevensville will judge the show. Susan began her photographic career 40 years ago; and worked to develop her style by attending the Santa Fe Workshops and the Brooks Institute. She has exhibited her work at the Buchanan Art Center, Fernwood, the Box Factory for the Arts, Lakeland Hospital, and the Gilmore Car Museum. In 2018 she was awarded Best Photograph at the Midwest Museum of American Art.

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