The Return of the Box Factory Annual Poster

The Return of the Box Factory Annual Poster

The Berrien Artist Guild has announced the return of the annual poster which was collected over a period of several years by friends of the Box Factory for the Arts. The last poster of the lighthouse by the late Foster Willey, Sr. was issued in 2005. 

The 2022 poster which features a photograph of a Water Lily pays tribute to the women who in 1962 founded the Berrien Artist Guild. It also celebrates the “reblooming” of the Box Factory after the pandemic. The co-chairs of the poster committee, Julie Brockman and June Starke, selected the water lily image because the flower symbolizes feminine power and rebirth. Betsy Gill incorporated the design details and typeface used in the past posters into the 2022 one.

Jennifer Tomshack whose photograph “Illumined” was selected for the poster said she was “flabbergasted with honor” that her image was picked. 

“I submitted the photo, taken last summer in the Paw Paw River, for consideration because I felt it represented the renaissance happening at the Box. Witnessing the incredible creative spirit at work there through difficult years reaffirms my belief in the saving grace of art and beauty.”

The limited-edition posters are $25 and are available in the Box Factory’s gift shop. They will also be available at the Krasl Art Market on July 16 and August 20. 

Michiana Annual Art Competition Prize Winners Announced

Michiana Annual Art Competition Prize Winners Announced

The artwork of more than 130 regional artists has been accepted in the Michiana Annual Arts Competition (MAAC in the Box) and will be on exhibit in the Box Factory for the Arts galleries, 1101 Broad St., beginning on May 13 and continuing through July 3rd. The galleries are open Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Awards will be presented to artists during a reception on May 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. Music will be provided by Matt Lenny and the Breakdown band. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Thea Grigsby, who served as the MAAC judge, will offer comments about this year’s exhibit. She has managed museums and galleries, including the South Haven Center for the Arts, the Holland Museum and the Hearst Art Gallery in California. Prior to her non-profit work, she had a 20-year career in graphic design developing creative graphic software in Silicon Valley

The Best of Show award of $1,000 is sponsored by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. It goes to Miranda Heward of Bridgman for her drawing “Life is Strange.”

Providing the $200 category awards are: Foster Swift Collins and Smith, Krasl Art Center, DeVries Insurance Agency, MailMax, Cooper and Associates, CPAS, Gast Family Farm, The Aware Lab for Movement and Creativity, and Bryan Lubeck.

The category winners are:
Laurel Kuehl, Kalamazoo – Drawing – “Winter Blooms”
David Baker, St. Joseph – Water Media – “Storm”
Marcy Mitchell, Dowagiac – Oil – “Making Sense of Time”
Yehudit Newman, Berrien Springs – Fiber Arts – “Hope and Fury”
Andy Sawyer, St. Joseph – Black and White Photography – “Resiliency 1”
Carly Norris – Niles – Color Photography – “Equilibrium of Decay – Triptych”
Douglas LaFerle – St. Joseph – 3-D/Sculpture, Ceramics/Glass – “Earth, Wind, Rain, Fire”
Kathleen Thometz – St. Joseph – Pop-Up-Assemblage/Collage – “Gray Room”

Honorable mention awards also go to:
Mary Firtl, South Bend – Drawing – “Nature Entwined”
Robert Briggs, St, Joseph, – Water Media – “The Befallen”
Rebecca Hungerford, St. Joseph – Oil – “A Night Out”
Laurel Izard, Michigan City – Fiber Arts – “5 of Wands”
Nathan Harrmann, St. Joseph – Black and White Photography -“Braids”
John Gatto, Stevensville – Color Photography – “Relics of Michigan Avenue, Benton Harbor”
Becky Rotter, Sodus – 3-D/Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass – “Garden Passage”
Teri Starosta, St. Joseph – Pop-Up/Assemblage/Collage – “Love and Lies”


For more on this and other Box Factory events, visit the Box online at https://boxfactoryforthearts.org or on Facebook at https://facebook.com/boxfactoryarts.

Mural created by Matt Payovich now showing at Box Factory

Mural created by Matt Payovich now showing at Box Factory

 A limited showing of a mural created by local artist Matt Payovich will be at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St. from April 10 through April 24. The mural depicts a kindergarten room of the 1960s and includes visual reminders of the objects that would have been in the classroom. The Box Factory is open to the public on Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Commissioned by Bob and Joan Judd the approximately 8-foot x 8-foot mural has been painted on plywood panels. When the mural leaves the Box Factory, it will find a permanent home in a hallway at the Jefferson Loft Condominiums. The Judd’s home at Jefferson Lofts is actually in the space once occupied by the classroom. Once installed, it will no longer be available for view by the public.

“Lynn Andreen Bowen was the kindergarten teacher for several years during the 60’s,” said Joan. “When we moved into Jefferson Lofts, she gave us photos which have been very valuable resources for Matt. Lynn and Dennis Bowen shared many memories and a few objects that as a teacher Lynn would have used every day.”

In the creative process, Matt sought other historically accurate objects for reference as he painted them into the scene.  Noah and Ellison, the son and daughter of Box Factory office coordinator Amy Kuchan, were the models for the two kindergarten students portrayed.

The Judd’s own daughters attended kindergarten at Jefferson as did so many other St. Joseph residents. Matt remembers playing basketball at the school and has a love of St. Joseph history so “he was the perfect fit” to paint the mural, said Joan.

For more on this and other Box Factory events, visit the website at boxfactoryforthearts.org or be a Friend on Facebook. 

A Win-Win: Box Factory Event Marketing

A Win-Win: Box Factory Event Marketing

With our community getting vaccinated and the COVID restrictions changing, the Box Factory for the Arts is hopeful to be hosting more and more events, workshops and gallery shows in the upcoming months. We just love the sight of people roaming our galleries on all three floors thanks to the MAAC 2021 Exhibition. But thanks is also due to several new tenants and studio artists in residence hosting workshops and classes. 

We’d like to invite those who are hosting events, workshops and classes inside the Box to share your event information with the Box Marketing Committee. Here’s how:

1. Complete the following online form, https://boxfactoryforthearts.org/share-your-event/ to have your event added to the Box Factory for the Arts Event Calendar.  (Please allow 3-5 days for your event to be approved and added to our calendar

2. Create Event Listings on your Facebook Page and list the Box Factory for the Arts as a Co-Host. Or share the post with @boxfactoryarts to have your event appear on our Facebook Page. We currently have over 4,000 followers who would love to learn more about your events.

If you have any questions please contact susan@boxfactoryforthearts.org

Winners Announced for the Michiana Annual Arts Competition

The artwork of 90 regional artists has been accepted  into the Michiana Annual Arts Competition (MAAC) and will be on exhibit in the Box Factory for the Arts galleries, 1101 Broad St., beginning May 14 and continuing through July 11th. The galleries are open Fridays-Sundays from noon to 4 pm, and are free to the public.

Mary Whalen, Photography and Digital Media Department Chair at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, judged the work and selected 162 pieces of artwork to be on exhibit. She also selected the Best of Show, six category awards and honorable mention awards. The sculpture award was selected by Tami Miller of the Krasl Art Center.

The Best of Show award of $1,000 is sponsored by the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council. It goes to Mary Amador of Goshen, IN for “Her Hiding Place.” The piece is acrylic and colored pencil on a wooden panel with gold leaf and small crystals.

Providing the $200 category awards are: An Anonymous Friend of the Arts; B.E.R. Refrigeration, Heating and Cooling and Plumbing; Caffe Tosi; Foster Swift Collins and Smith Attorneys; John DeVries Insurance Agency;  Krasl Art Center; and MailMax.

The category winners are:

Doug LaFerle, St. Joseph, MI – Sculpture – “Icarus”

Zech Ray, Berrien Springs, MI – Watercolor – “Summer Lillies”

Kei Constantinov, Michigan City,  IN – Oil and Acrylic – “Strumpets on the Rialto”

Becky Rotter, Sodus, MI – Ceramics – “Trio in Black and White”

Pamela DeMarris, Benton Harbor, MI – Photography – “Woman with Apples”

Laurel Kuehl, Portage, MI – Pastel and Drawing – “Veiled Light”

Judy Hallisy, Saugatuck, MI – Miscellanea – “Peyote”

Honorable mention awards also go to Pam Nivala, Sculpture; Pallavi Manjrekar, Watercolor; Zech Rey, Oil and Acrylic; Kari Black, Ceramics; Jay Wise, Photography; Laurel Kuehl, Pastel and Drawing; and Denise Tackett, Miscellanea.

The awards will be presented to the artists at a tent reception and open house at the Box Factory on June 19. The event from 5:30 to 8 pm is free and open to the public. Guest moderator Pat Moody of Moody on the Market will present the awards at 7 pm.