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 www.wnit.org/celebratethestjoe. For more on Box Factory events visit our website at https://www.boxfactoryforthearts.org 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.

For more information, visit the Box online at https://www.boxfactoryforthearts.org or follow the Box Factory on Facebook.

2021 Gallery Exhibition Series Announces Upcoming Shows

2021 Gallery Exhibition Series Announces Upcoming Shows

With only a few weeks left to view the MAAC show at the Box Factory for the Arts, the Gallery Committee is gearing up for four upcoming exhibitions which will appear in the galleries July 23rd through September 12th. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Williams and Whitlow galleries will feature the works of two local artists David Baker and Matt Payovich. While in the Riverwalk gallery the public will be able to view the return of the RESHOOT: The Box Factory Photo Show. And our newest gallery on the 3rd floor or Sky level will host a Pop-Up Show “At The River’s End” which will coincide with the release of a new documentary titled, Then, Now and Always…The St. Joseph River Story produced by WNIT.

For more information please contact the Gallery Committee at gallery@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. 

Taylor Hartley selected Emerging Artist

Taylor Hartley selected Emerging Artist

photo of emerging artist
Taylor Hartley

Each year, a young artist is chosen from the Community Student Art Exhibitions sponsored by Berrien RESA, Krasl Art Center and the Box Factory for the Arts as the Emerging Artist. This year’s award winner is Taylor Hartley, St. Joseph High School. Taylor won the Emerging Artist Award Inspired by the Life of Jean Gast in this year’s high school show for her video “The End.” The award was established at the Berrien Community Foundation by the family of the late Jean Gast.

Art was very important to Jean Gast who served as a board member for the Krasl Art Center and one of the first board members for the Box Factory for the Arts . She was instrumental in envisioning the transformation of the Box Factory as well as helping to secure funding.

Taylor wrote the following letter to Jean Gast’s family to thank them for receiving the award.

To Jean’s family, I would first like to start off by saying how thankful, grateful, and honored I am to have received this money. Not only will it immensely help my financial situation, but it will also ensure that I can continue to incorporate art into my future. Although I am not one hundred percent sure on what path I want to take in school, I know for certain I want to include aspects of art, whether it is through any type of design media or film. My current plan is to attend two years of community college, where I will take general education classes and also take the time to decide what I really want to do. The money that this award provided will allow me to take art courses on the side where I will be able to continue to grow my skills and feel secure when it comes time to decide my path and further study them. Once again, thank you very much for this opportunity, I cannot wait to see what the future holds

Best Regards,
Taylor Hartley 

To view Taylor Harley’s award winning video “The End” please go to https://communitystudentartexhibition.smugmug.com/High-School-Video/i-PvzBkMP/A

Saluting the Women of the Box Factory

Saluting the Women of the Box Factory

This weekend we ran an advertisement in the special Saluting Women in Business section of MailMax. The size of the advertisement limited us in displaying all of the roles that the following female leaders of the Box hold in the community. We wanted to expand here. Thank you for helping drive our success!

The Berrien Artist Guild was established in 1962 by a group of women sitting around a kitchen table planning a local arts organization. The grit of those women over five decades ago is still evident in today’s Berrien Artist Guild women.

We salute the women who serve on the Guild’s Board of Directors, and the Office Coordinator who all keep the organization running smoothly while maintaining their own positions at area businesses. Many also volunteer for other organizations. (Judy Sokolowski, a grateful President of the Board of Directors)

BOX: Rose Narregan, Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
BIZ:   Accountant with Tri-County Bookkeepers.
BOX:  Linda Cooper, Board Secretary and member of Finance Committee
BIZ:    Managing member of Cooper Boettger, a CPA firm
BOX:   Michelle Rumsa, Board Director and Fundraising/Development Chair
BIZ:     Licensed architect with Edgewater Resources
BOX:   Susan Solon, Board Director and Marketing Chair
BIZ:     Retired from City of St. Joseph, Communications and Marketing Manager
BOX:   Jennifer Tomshack, Board Director and Gallery Committee Member
BIZ:    United Way of Southwest Michigan, Communications and Marketing Manager
BOX:     Amy Kuchan, part time Operations Coordinator
BIZ:       Holistic life coach for her own business SPACE + SPARK
BOX:     Jane Rush, Board of Director and Gallery Committee Chair
BIZ:       Part time Spectrum Health Lakeland Co-ordinator of Healthwave, Employer Services

To get involved at the Box Factory for the Arts please visit our website at https://boxfactoryforthearts.org