In The Galleries

Sept 17- Oct 30, 2021: Series 5

The Box Factory for the Arts and the Berrien Artist Guild are proud to showcase local
and regional artists throughout the year in our four galleries.
Much of the artwork is for sale with a portion of the profits to benefit the Box Factory for the Arts.
For more information please contact: gallery@boxfactoryforthearts.org

Riverwalk Gallery

“Quarantine Critters”

Susan Sheldon | Coloma, MI

 Photography

Artist Bio

Originally from Chesterton Indiana, Susan now lives in Coloma Michigan. She operated a full-time portrait studio for 12 years in Indiana, photographing people,  not rodents! and another studio for 8 years in Colorado.

These days Susan spends her photography days shooting stock photography which she sells all over the world. Some clients that have purchased her photos, include the BBC, Associated press, and Michigan secretary of state. Her images are on commercial stock sites Getty images, Alamy,  Dreamstime, Adobe stock, Shutterstock, Depositphotos, Crush pixel, and Eyeem.com. In addition to photography, she also enjoys oil paintings, and her work is sold in St Joseph at Waterfront Framing and Fine art, and of course here at the Box factory.

Artist Statement

2020 was a challenging year for so many people, but it hit me especially hard when I lost my job due to covid shutdowns in March, and my son was murdered in May. And of course, the covid pandemic!!! I quarantined for almost 6 months, and through my grief, I knew I had to do something to keep busy. The active squirrels and chipmunks in my front yard started to catch my attention, and I spent days setting up scenes to photograph these adorable creatures.

Thus, was born this special display I call my ‘Quarantine Critters.’

Some photographers like to create mini sets for these special animals, but I enjoyed seeing them interacting with regular items I had around my home, such as a hollow log I found on an afternoon walk, a garden setting of plants on my steps, a spilled bag of makeup, or a worn-out pair of work boots.

 

Williams Gallery

Group Show 

St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society | Northwestern Indiana & Southwestern Michigan

 Watercolor

Artist Bio

The St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society is comprised of area artists dedicated to providing exhibit, educational and social opportunities to our members while offering inspirational and unique art to our community. Founded in 1959, the Society serves the Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan areas by showcasing our members’ work and by promoting interest in watercolor painting. St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society sponsors the annual Leeper Park Art Fair, an invitational, juried fine art fair featuring 100 artists from the U.S. and Canada.

The show will feature recent work of the members of the St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society including:  Jude Phillips (Granger, IN), Barbara Walsh (Granger, IN), Nancy Arsenovic (South Bend, IN), Nancy Turner (South Bend, IN), Eileen D’Haeze (Niles, MI), Gina Mitchell (Oscela, IN), Joan Spohrer (South Bend, IN), Marta Francis (South Bend, IN), Martha Hollett (South Bend, IN) Dee Thorton (Granger, IN) Diane Dorn (Granger, IN) Janet Johnson (South Bend, IN) and Millie Steveken (South Bend, IN).

Williams Gallery

“Loss and Pregnancy”

April Seybold | Portage, MI

Metal Work & Jewelry 

Artist Bio

Emerging artist, I have just finished a 9 month Artists Residency at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. I have been working in jewelry and metal for the last 10 years as a second calling. I was part of the WMAS 2018 in Jewelry/Metals, two works were accepted. 

Artist Statement

This exhibit explores the range of feelings experienced during my cancer while pregnant. I moved away from my more traditional jewelry which focused on texture and space and created a body of work that spoke to a time in my life where everything was tipped upside down. Moments were terrifying, facing ones mortality, choices weighing your life against your unborn child’s. This exhibit takes the viewer thru the process- death, unknown, fear, choice, loss and in my case exhilaration.

This exhibit allowed me time to reflect on that experience.

Whitlow Gallery

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

 

Bryce Culverhouse | Brownsburg, IN

Typography

Artist Bio

Born in St. Joseph, Michigan on February 13, 1951. Currently living in Brownsburg, Indiana. Inducted into Indiana Artisan on October 17, 2019. Past member of the Art Director’s Club of Indiana and the American Advertising Federation. Graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University majoring in Advertising Design. The title of my current exhibition is “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

Kendall College of Art and Design, Professional Certificate in Advertising Design, 1972 Lake Michigan College, Beginning Watercolor Painting and Advanced Watercolor Painting, 1974-76

Email: brycecul@aol.com

Facebook (Bryce Culverhouse, Bryce Culverhouse Advertising Design and Bryce Culverhouse Fine Art Typography)

Instagram—@culverhousebryce

Artist Statement

After developing a strong interest in typography while attending Kendall College of Art and Design, and after a career as a Graphic Designer, Art Director and Creative Director, I decided to develop a new style of art based solely on letter forms that create images.

I’ve combined my passion for history and visual art. I have created specific history or biography lessons that both communicate information about the subject as well as an interesting concept to visualizing the subject. Each piece is meant to be read as well as viewed for its visual value.

So far, I’ve limited my subject matter to portraits of famous individuals and mostly restricted my palate to grayscale values on colored backgrounds. I have started exploring color palates to further the scope of my technique.

I recently started working with a poet to visually portray her poetry.

The typography that forms each subject is usually interesting bio material and well known quotes or in the case of my Mount Rushmore series, Presidential speeches or letters they have written.

Some of my artistic influences are Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Leroy Nieman, Peter Max, Edward Hopper and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

Whitlow Gallery

 

Cameron Covert | Union Pier, MI

Ceramics

Artist Bio

Cameron is a retired university ceramics professor from University of West Georgia where he worked for 36 years. Recently he moved to Michigan and built a ceramics studio in Union Pier. He has taught summer sessions in Italy and France. His BS and MFA are from Western Michigan University and his MA is from Wayne State University in Ceramics.

He will be showing original wheel thrown glazed ceramics in porcelain and stoneware.