ArtBag - Box Factory for the Arts



ArtBag - Box Factory for the Arts
February 2015
Berrien Artist Guild Newsletter
Who we are: We are the Berrien Artist Guild, centered in the community through the Box Factory for
the Arts – a place that embodies our Vision and Mission.
Our Vision: To create and maintain an outstanding place to practice and celebrate artistic diversity
through interacting, educating, learning, and growing.
Our Mission: Nurturing the arts and creativity
are a school-based, partnership program
presented by Berrien RESA, The Box Factory
for the Arts, and Krasl Art Center. The three
collaborating organizations are proud to offer a
high quality visual arts experience that
provides an important exhibit opportunity for
students, and leadership opportunities for
teachers. The student art exhibits will
celebrate and support student artists,
encourage artistic growth, and provide
recognition for students of the arts.
For updates and more information,
visit us at:
and find us on Facebook at:
Sponsored by:
Celebrating Creative Kids:
Elementary Art Exhibition Reception:
March 7th open between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
Inspiring Future Artists:
Middle and High School Exhibition Reception:
April 7th open between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors:
Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation
Green Bay Packaging
Whirlpool Corporation
Clementine's Too Restaurant
Vail Rubber
Oscar's Printing & Copy Center
The Cayo Family
Mark your calendar! The Deep Fried Pickle
Project will perform on March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at
the Box Factory as part of the Lego BYWAT.
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From the Director:
Facing another deadline,
Opal reads the Burpee Seed
catalog cover-to-cover.
In the Galleries:
Fri. Jan.16th – Feb. 25th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Robert Williams Gallery
The Splendors of India Culture &
Traditions Photography Exhibit
by K.V. Rathnam
Heartha Whitlow Gallery
by the Indiana Women’s Caucus
for Art
(Whithlow Gallery Show runs to
February 28 with a special closing
party from 1-4 p.m.)
Riverwalk Gallery
Parables Ingrained
Mixed Media
by Mary Amador
Ceramic Creatures
by Benjamin Frank
Coming in March
Community Student Art Exhibits
Celebrating Creative Kids
Elementary School
March 7th – March 23rd
Inspiring Future Artists
Middle & High School
March 27th – April 20th
I’ve had this silly greeting
card on my bulletin board
for years. Looking at the
stacks of paper and my list
(started every Monday with
leftovers from the week before, or the week before that) on a
yellow legal pad, I am very tempted to go check the mailbox
and hope that it holds rescue for me.
February is a month when we plan, prep and work out the
details for events to come. The Gallery Committee has
moved the MAAC show up a notch in the schedule and that
means that judges, rules and particulars need to be sorted out
two months earlier than usual. Our role as a partner in the
Student Art shows continues to evolve as has our partnership
with the LEGO Build Your Way Around Town. We have
new ideas and programs in the works; some of the existing
programs are changing. It takes time to think things through
and the paperwork stays on my desktop until I’m confident it
can disappear into an appropriate file.
Oh, look—a new Shore Magazine has arrived in the lobby—
guess I’ll make a cup of tea and browse through it!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Ali Hansen
Executive Director
“Volunteers Needed
Grand Rapids Cottage and
Lakefront Show
We are looking for volunteers for our booth at the Cottage
and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids, March 27 – 29.
Please contact Cindy at [email protected] for
more information
Meet the Box Factory Board
Laura Goos, President
Work Experience:
Senior Human Resources
Manager, Whirlpool
(2005 – present) Human
Resources Manager,
Cascade Engineering, Inc.
– Grand Rapids, MI
(1995 – 2005)
Michigan State University; Bachelors of Arts,
Employee Relations
Experiences with the BAG/Box Factory for the
When I moved back to my hometown of St. Joseph
in 2006 with my husband Ron, I was looking for a
writer’s group. Since the fall of 2007, I have been
a proud member of the Box Factory for the Arts. I
became more involved with volunteering at the Box
Factory. I worked the front desk a few times and
then eventually was asked to lead the Personnel
committee. From there, I became a Director on the
Board in 2013. While I love volunteering as a
member of the Board, my greatest pleasure is
when I am at our events and, selfishly, at Night
Writers. The Box Factory has become my home
away from home at times when I just need to get
away and write – I go to my 3rd Floor Studio on
Writers (plus one Photographer) Row. Sometimes
my daughter, Emma joins me in my studio and we
share our passion of writing.
What do you feel you bring to the board...your
point of view, professional experiences, etc.
Primarily, I believe my professional experiences in
Human Resources, Conflict Resolution, Risk
Management and Change Management make me
an asset to the Box Factory. As our small
organization grows, we need to look ahead and
plan for any and all possibilities and prepare our
members for them. This is one of my specialties.
Currently, we are working on Strategic Planning
and long term plans that will continue to provide our
members with a nurturing place for their Art and
Anthony Schaller, VicePresident –Work
Experience: Owner of
Schaller Gallery
What am I currently doing? First and foremost:
running the gallery. The gallery has a little foot
print here in St Joseph but has a major internet
presence; we work with clients all over the
globe. The gallery is considered one of the top
functional ceramics galleries in North America.
Aside from the gallery- I'm off to Halifax, Nova
Scotia at the invitation of the Canadian Department
of Arts and Culture to lecture, consult and critique
in early February at the Craft Alliance Expo.
In May I'll be going to Tall Hisban in Jordan at the
invitation of Bonn University, the Nubulsi Institute of
Cultural Heritage and the Jordanian Department of
Commerce to consult and conduct research. Tall
Hisban is an archeological site that will be
developing a Museum, History and Culture
Education program, and other tourism facilities;
restaurant, hotel, etc. My main focus will be on
developing a pottery workshop and education
program. I have some lectures and workshops at
universities and art centers scheduled throughout
the year.
How did you become involve at the Box Factory
for the Arts? My recent involvement with the Box
Factory started when I rented a studio a few years
ago. Shortly after that, I was nominated to run for a
seat on the board by Lynne Tann and Rebecca
Share something fun about yourself that few
people know about. Things about me that most
people don't know about...I'm obsessed with my
cats, Oscar and Addie, but then most people
already know that. I'm interested in, study and go
on vacations to further my knowledge of
geology. I'm also quite interested in astrophysics
and quantum mechanics, as you can't understand
the big picture without understanding the smallest
of the small. Lastly, I love to cook.
Members News: The Box Factory for the Arts
was well represented at the 2015 Regional
Juried Arts Exhibit at The Carnegie Center for
the Arts / W.R. Monroe Museum, Three Rivers,
The MAAC is a multi-media competition open
to residents within a 75 mile radius of the Box
Factory to include Southwest Michigan,
Northwest Indiana, and members of the
Berrien Artist Guild. Information about the
competition is available by clicking on the
"MAAC" tab on the Box Factory's website at; however, the
registration form will NOT be available until
noon on March 11th
MAAC 2015 Calendar
Submissions accepted March 11 noon –
March 22 midnight
Chicago Sails by Dori Beth Josimovich
Box Factory Members in the show include: Ron
Doyle, Debra Eiswald, Ail Hansen, Elaine
Harju, Ralph Harju, Al Harris, Jr., Jeff Heaton ,
Dori Beth Josimovich, Helen Kleczynski, Robin
Maxon, Jan Sonneman, David Jay Spyker, Jim
Thompson, Jerry Ward, and Robert R.Williams
Notifications posted on our website:
April 13
Delivery of accepted work:
April 25 – May 2
Opening Reception:
May 15
Exhibition Dates:
May 13 – June 27
Bee-ing Busy by Robin Maxon
Pick up exhibited artwork:
June 29 – July 2
The show runs through February 25, Tues. –
Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Underwritten by:
The Alley by Jan Sonneman
Congratulations Artists!
February, 2015 Events
Box Factory for the Arts: Concerts, Activities & Programs
CONCERTS: All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 general admission, $8
seniors (60+) and students; children 12 and under admitted free, unless noted
Saturday, February 7, The Ark Jazz Project
Saturday, February 14, Chris Vallillo
Saturday, February 21, Danny Dine & Phil Anderson
Saturday, February 28, Riversong Music Society presents Frederic and Ronza
CLASSES: Sign up for classes at the Box Factory front desk.
Portrait class - Monday 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Gast Classroom. $10 fee,
led by Bob Williams.
Kristin Hosbein Realistic Art in Oil or Acrylics, Mondays 6:30 -9:30 p.m., or Thursdays from 1-4
p.m. See Box Factory front desk for materials list.
Open Studio– Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost 6 classes: Members $80, Non-members $90,
Instructor: Pam Kirkham.
Lunch Express – Community Yoga Class
This will be a basic 45-minute yoga class, appropriate for all-levels. $5 cash only fee.
Pre-registration at the Box Factory front desk. Classes meet on the stage at noon & will be held on
the following dates: 2/12, 2/19, 3/5, 3/12, & 3/19
PRINT SHOP: The print shop is available for use, contact Nani: [email protected] for
Day Writing Group – Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – noon in the Box Factory 3rd floor
meeting room. Open to drop-ins. Led by Isabel Jackson – [email protected]
Night Writers –Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. in the Box Factory Library. Led by Denise
Tackett - (Class is full this term)
Writers Anonymous – Meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday each month in the main floor cafe area
for a potluck dinner. Contact Joni King for information at [email protected]
For more information call the Box Factory for the Arts at 269-983-3688 during normal gallery hours
of 10 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, Office hours Monday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday – Friday from
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check our Web site at or our Facebook page for upto-date info.
Berrien Artist Guild Board of Directors
Laura Goos - President
Anthony Schaller – Vice-President
Penni Casper – Secretary
Susan Craw – Treasurer
Jim DeVries – Director
Bob Gottlieb – Director
Erica Griessel – Director
Pam Hartman Kantor - Director
Kristen Maniscalco - Director
Bob Williams – Director
Ali Hansen – Executive Director
Karen Brandt – Office Manager
Cindy Kinney – Project Manager
Nani Murphy – Education Coordinator
Sherrock McClinton – Custodian
Contact us:
Mail: Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street,
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: (269) 983-3688
Fax: (269) 983-3771
E-mail: [email protected]
Hours: Gallery 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Sat.
Hours: Office 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. and
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Fri.
Pick your Valentine message at the Box Factory:
Members of the Month:
This month we are featuring three of our
members as “artist of the month.” Elaine Harju,
JoAnn Marsala. and Ken Kaszubowski. They are
working on the City of Saint Joseph’s Summer
Public Art Displays at the Box Factory. You are
invited to come watch them work!
Box Factory for the Arts
1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
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