Our Annual Member Show is Now Open

Our Annual Member Show is Now Open

ST. JOSEPH, MI – Series 6, the annual holiday exhibit by members of the Berrien Artist Guild, opens Friday, Dec. 4th at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph. The exhibit in the Heartha Whitlow Gallery will be available for viewing on Fridays-Sundays from noon to 4 pm through January 16.

This last exhibit of the year is an annual celebration of the variety of artwork created by Box Factory studio artists and the membership at large.  It is an opportunity to shop for local art during the holidays. Included are paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photographs, jewelry and much more.

Abstract Painting by Carr Pierce

A special mini gallery exhibit of paintings by Carr Pierce will also be displayed during the member show.  The exhibit “Here and There” includes abstract paintings inspired by the landscape of Southwest Michigan. The paintings are memories and impressions of landscapes with flashes of saturated colors and fields of muted grays. The painted surfaces are worked with brushes, trowels, and other mark-making tools. 

Carr Pierce is an artist whose practice includes painting, drawing, collage and ceramics. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Fine Arts. The recent transplant to Southwest Michigan has exhibited works in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph.

For more on this and other, Box Factory events visit the website at www.boxfactoryforthearts.org or on the Box Factory for the Arts Facebook page. 

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 misnap2015@gmail.com.

Promoting Our Artists: Kristin Hosbein

Promoting Our Artists: Kristin Hosbein

Berrien Artist Guild Member, Kristin Hosbein has been creating bouquets of flowers with her broad brush strokes the past few weeks. She is selling the pieces as part of the Artist Support Pledge. Each painting is 8×10 inches and sells for $200.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without galleries to show our work. Exhibitions & sales have disappeared. Kristin has joined an international group of artists, pledged to support each other and the arts, the Artist Support Pledge.


The concept is a simple. Artists post images of their work priced under $200.00. Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches $1000 in sales, they have pledged to buy the work of a fellow artist.

Learn more about Kristin’s work, commissions and lessons at http://www.kristinkhosbein.com/

Promoting Our Artists: Mark Wagner

Promoting Our Artists: Mark Wagner

This week in an effort to bring our artists’ work into the public eye we are sharing the work of a variety of our Berrien Artist Guild Members. Many of our artists sell online. Please take a moment to appreciate their talents and show support.

Long time member artist, Mark Wagner of Mark Wagner Sculptured Burls creates one of a kind burl wood vessels, and one of a kind artfully rustic birdhouses. All created with the same authentic old world craftsmanship. His work can be viewed in studio by appointment or visit http://www.mwburls.com/ for more details.

Promoting Our Artists: Greg Constantine

Promoting Our Artists: Greg Constantine

This week in an effort to bring our artists’ work into the public eye we are sharing the work of a variety of our Berrien Artist Guild Members. Many of our artists sell online. Please take a moment to appreciate their talents and show support.

Next Week, Professional Artist, Greg Constantine will be one of three artists showing their work in our 2020 Exhibition Series 1 show. The show will be online. Stay tuned for more details. Learn more about Greg at http://www.gconstantine.com.

Promoting Our Artists: Fred Holland

Promoting Our Artists: Fred Holland

This week in an effort to bring our artists’ work into the public eye we are sharing the work of a variety of our Berrien Artist Guild Members. Many of our artists sell online. Please take a moment to appreciate their talents and show support.

One of our newest members is Fred Holland. Fred is an Assistant Adjunct Professor with the Department of Contemporary Practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fred describes his medium as “Drawing from art history texts and vernacular print I juxtapose images and text as to provoke and question concepts of morality, politics, and contemporary art.”

“As a newer tenant at the Box Factory, I have enjoyed meeting some of the others who populate this very special place. Since the advent of the Virus, the Box Factory’s powerful and reliable internet connection has allowed me to remotely teach (from my studio) my classes for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Like all of you I am looking forward to the resumption of artistic programming here at the Box and for the chance once again to rub shoulders (figuratively) with my Guild mates.”

Learn more at https://fmholland.com/ or contact Fred to discuss his artwork anytime.