Series 3 Artists Announced for Virtual Gallery Show

Series 3 Artists Announced for Virtual Gallery Show

The Box Factory for the Arts continues its online exhibits with Series 3 opening with a virtual reception on the Box Factory for the Arts Facebook page at 6 pm on Friday, July 31. The reception will be live streamed and artists will introduce themselves and discuss their work during the online reception.

The work of four artists, including Biff Vigil, David Criner, Jeanne Fields, and Anthony “Scooter” DiMaggio, will be featured during the exhibit which runs through September 6th. Visit the website at  All work is available for purchase  by contacting

Biff Vigil in her words is “a rust belt printmaker who utilizes all forms of print media to celebrate the intersections of the mind, body and heart.” This year she received a BFA in printmaking from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IUSB. In 2019 she entered the Michiana Annual Arts Competition at the Box Factory and also participated in the Southwest Michigan Printmakers exhibit at the Box.

David Criner, a painter based in Chicago, works in acrylics and collage. In his recent work, he transforms material either visually or musically in pursuit of an aesthetic which celebrates the present moment of life and consciousness. He received his MFA in painting from the University of Kansas in 1995 and has shared his work throughout the world. He teaches in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.

Jeanne Fields focuses on nature in her oil and acrylic paintings. “I am a lifelong art and state of Michigan appreciator!,” Jeanne says. “Kalamazoo became my home in 2013; but earlier exposures to Lake Michigan begat a love of nature that continues to grow.”

Anthony “Scooter” DiMaggio grew up in St. Joseph Michigan, majored in fine art at Kalamazoo College and went on to earn an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  In this exhibit his medium of choice is duct tape on wood. He says he is “always seeking new challenges and opportunities in various forms of creative expression including making videos and publishing a blog. All the while, I maintain my addiction to art making, and have seen my work evolve from painting to sculpture to invention, and now using colored tape on wood.”

The Box Factory for the Arts is located at 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI. The galleries are currently closed due to COVID-19. Any change to the schedule will be announced on the website and Facebook

Emerging Artist Award Winner 2020

Emerging Artist Award Winner 2020

This year’s High School Art Exhibit featured some amazingly talented students and from that exhibition has emerged our Emerging Artist Award Winner, Sonja Heath of New Buffalo High School, New Buffalo, Michigan.

Sonja will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design this fall in Georgia. She has an interest in animation and digital art as well as traditional art. According to her Art Teacher, Jake Zapor, “Sonja has been an excellent student overall, a dedicated artist, hard-working, and incredibly kind”. She was a leader of the New Buffalo High School anti-bullying club, a founding member of the school’s Peer-to-Peer program (a program where older students mentor special needs students within the school), and a star softball player at New Buffalo. In addition to her dedication to her school community and artwork, she has worked at her part-time job throughout high school to help save up for college, and she helps to take care of her brother who has autism. Zapor went on to say “I am biased, but I believe you would be hard pressed to find a more deserving student”.

Here is Sonja’s artist statement from earlier this school year:
“I create artwork focusing on expressions of embarrassment, longing, and fragility. I came about this theme living and attending high school as a teen girl in a co-ed environment and basing many of my pieces off of things I see, hear, or experience. I want to challenge set boundaries for who is allowed to show their true feelings as well as what feelings are appropriate to express both in artwork and in real life. Through my art I want to inspire and encourage authentic communication, open emotion, and a breaking-away from the status quo.”

Featured Image by Sonja Heath titled “Xander”.

Berrien Artist Guild Election Results

Berrien Artist Guild Election Results

Please welcome the six newly-elected board members for the Berrien Artist Guild.

Winning three-year terms: Dennis Gast, Stephen Smith, and Susan Solon
Winning a two-year term: Bret Witkowski
Winning one-year terms: Jane Rush and Jennifer Tomshack

Dennis, Jane, Stephen, Susan, Jennifer and Bret will join Linda Cooper, Scott Gane, Rose Narregan, Michelle Rumsa, and Judy Sokolowski in leading the Guild for the new fiscal year which begins July 1, 2020.

They will be introduced to the membership at the annual meeting on July 27th. Details will be announced closer to the date.


Series 2 Gallery Show Coming Soon

Series 2 Gallery Show Coming Soon

BOX CONTACT:  Carol Myers – or 317-432-1668 (cell)

ST. JOSEPH — Due to COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing, the Series 2 artists — Jacqueline Baerwald, Wesley DeVries, and Joel Brussell — will have a virtual exhibit of their work on the Box Factory for the Arts website beginning Friday, June 19 and running through July 26, 2020.  Visit the website at or the Box Factory for the Arts Facebook page to view the artists’ work. All work is available for purchase online at

Jacqueline Baerwald’s “The EmBRAce Project” features still live portraits that capture a feminine self image and what lies close to each woman’s heart. The object placed on her “heart” symbolizes what is nearest and dearest to her right then, some cheering, others challenging. She works in a variety of media – painting, drawing, collage, ceramics, miexed media sculpture, photography or whatever method and materials at the time best represent the ideas she wishes to convey. She lives in Southwest Michigan.

Wesley DeVries presents “In the Garden: A series of work inspired by the artist’s garden.” He is an abstract expressionist who works in acrylics, using credit cards as his brushes. A Grand Rapids native, he is associated with Artists Creating Together and a member of the Grand Valley Artists Association.

Joel Brussell lives close to the beach in New Buffalo and has captured “Savage Sunsets” in his current exhibit of photographs. “With sunsets in the photography world having been done to death, my personal challenge was to create work a few notches above the schmaltzy greeting card imagery, to find the somewhere else of being here, that mystery at dusk, yet keep the peace among the savage sunsets.”

The Box Factory for the Arts is located at 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI. The galleries are currently closed to the public; however, the artists’ studios on all levels are open by entering the lower level East entrance of the building.

Welcome Back: Holly Barefield

Welcome Back: Holly Barefield

Holly Barefield recently returned to the area from California. We welcome her back and are delighted she has continued to produce beautiful art while working her day job.

Some of her recent pieces include: “Joy,” an acrylic on canvas. It is 18″ x 14″ and unframed. Priced at $500. The large, 40″ x 32″ framed “Return Me to Calm Waters” is a 21″ x 28 1/2″ watercolor on 400# paper. Priced at $1,200.

For information, private message her on Facebook or email at