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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 https://www.boxfactoryforthearts.org or the Box Factory for the Arts Facebook page to view the artists’ work. All work is available for purchase online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.