2024 Series Four Artists

Williams Gallery

“Turn Left” by Kerri Mommer, Julie Miller and Danuta Peikoszewski

Kerri Mommer is a painter from Northwest Indiana who works in acrylic and watercolor. Her artwork at the Box Factory focuses on traveling by car.

“I have created a series of paintings that form a narrative based on a road trip I took with family members in a van that didn’t feel as big as maybe it should have,” Kerri says. “The subjects of the paintings include the people, the vehicle (both inside and out), and South Dakota landscapes.” She calls the series “Road Trip: 7 Days, 5 People, 3 Generations, 1 Van.”

Kerri exhibits regularly in the Midwest, including solo shows and juried competitions. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Northwestern University and worked in book publishing for over 30 years.

Julie Miller, a mixed-media artist in Crown Point, Indiana, pushes the boundaries of traditional techniques and materials to create dynamic and thought-provoking pieces. Her art is inspired by the ever-changing landscapes of Northwest Indiana and San Bernardino County, California.

“For this exhibit, I wanted to explore the different sources of light that inspire me—from the warm glow of the sun to the artificial beams of streetlamps, and even the enchanting twinkling of fireflies,” Julie wrote in her artist statement. “I hope to capture the beauty and wonder of these light sources and to share my love for them with others.”

Julie is deeply involved in her local art community and recently had solo exhibits at Hermes Fine Art Studio in Chicago and the Towle Theatre in Hammond, Indiana.

Danuta Piekoszewski lives in Northwest Indiana but is informed culturally and artistically by her experiences of having been born in Poland and living in the UK and the Midwest. She works mainly in acrylics and has shown her work in numerous galleries in Indiana including the prestigious South Shore Arts Salon Show.

“Places that speak to me are my inspiration, and my answers are my painting,” Danuta writes in her artist statement. “In my trip across the Plains, motels are ever present in a variety of shapes and conditions; they are pure travel nostalgia of yesteryear and childhood memories. These are snippets of a sunset, a lit window in the distance, a rusty sign. We can just call it a great trip.”

Kerri Mommer

Julie Miller

Danuta Piekoszewski

Riverwalk Gallery

“Midlife Crisis: A Retrospective of Irrational, Hysterical, and Excessive Artworks” by Nathan Margoni

For Nathan Margoni, director of education at Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph and adjunct faculty at Notre Dame University, “making art is about play.” As he explains, “I try to make respectable, serious art, but something always goes wrong. My good intentions are inevitably overcome by the allure of the comic grotesque. As an adult, I have responsibilities that I take seriously, but my art allows me to continue to play, laugh, and question the world like I did as a child.”

Nathan received his BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Arts, his MFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase College.

Whitlow Gallery

“Cardboard Artist” by Dorris Akers

Dorris Akers’ artwork for this show consists of twelve-by-twelve-inch cardboard collages, many of which contain boxes. “I have been enamored with found objects for the past 25 years, using them in myriad applications,” she says.

Dorris is an 84-year-old artist living and working in South Haven. Professionally trained, she exhibits primarily in group and solo shows in regional arts centers.

Skyview Gallery

“The Power of Color” by Mari Barros

While reflecting on her fascination with vibrant colors and their power to bring joy and positive energy, Mari Barros delved into studying the emotional effects of color. She wondered if colors also bring joy to impoverished countries like her native Brazil. She selected ten of the world’s most colorful cities and used their stories to inspire the abstract artworks featured in this exhibit.

Mari is a Brazilian artist who moved to the U.S. in 2019. Represented by All ArtWorks Gallery in Grand Rapids, she creates artwork in her studio at the Box Factory for the Arts, teaches workshops, and has participated in exhibitions across the country and in London.