Artbag - Box Factory for the Arts
Berrien Artist Guild Newsletter
Who we are: We are the Berrien Artist Guild, centered in the community through the Box Factory – 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.
The Box Factory announces the winners of
the 13th annual Michiana Annual Arts
Competition (MAAC) Best of Show $500 –
Kali’s Wheel, by Douglas La Ferle, 1st Place
$300 – Before The Moon Went Down, by
Janet Lucking, 2nd Place $200 –
Yesterday’s News by Ron Doyle.
Awards will be presented on Friday, May 15,
at 6:30 p.m. to the winning artists at a
reception to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. In
addition there will be five $200 Merit Awards
presented by local businesses and individual
sponsors and the Al Farmer Young Artist
Award. The event which is free and open to
the public is being underwritten by the
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council.
The exhibits in all three Box Factory
galleries will continue through June 27th.
This is an opportunity for new collectors to
see fine art from the large selection of
regional artists who annually compete in this
juried art show.
The judges for this year’s MAAC
competition are: Doug McCauley,
Lem Montero and Michael Northrop.
The Show’s Curator – Cara Garnett is an
arts administrator and artist. Her passion is
to invent new, more powerful and efficient
ways to connect people with Art. Cara has
her BFA in Sculpture and MA in Arts
Administration from Eastern Michigan
Special thanks are given to all the
volunteers who work to make the Michiana
Annual Art Competition a success.
Box Factory Gallery Committee:
Co-chairs: Cara Garnett and Elaine Harju
Jeff & Theresa Heaton, Jim O’Haver,
Robin Maxon, Nani Murphy, Brittany Stecker
Other volunteers who assisted with MAAC
check in: Jacqueline Baerwald, Laura
Kraklau, Sherry Saenz, Carol Haney and
Meet the Board of Directors
Education: BA Public Relations
with a minor of Music from
Work Experience: Manager of
Howard Performing Arts Center
on the campus of Andrews
What do you feel you bring to the board…
At the Howard Center, I truly do it all, so I feel
that my professional experience is valuable for
the Box. I manage a budget, design and
implement a marketing plan each season,
update our website, social media, create and
send out email newsletters, volunteer
coordination, plan and book artist for
programming, facilitate other events, manage
staff, write for our season brochure, program
books, press release, apply for grants
I am very much interested in the arts, and would
like to work more with the people in St. Joseph.
and Art Education
Degrees, teaching certificate
from Michigan State University.
Art teacher and Art Club advisor
7-12 grade at Coloma
Community Schools for 8 years. Lake Michigan
College Adjunct Faculty – Teaches Ceramics
and Art Education.
What do you feel you bring to the board…
I bring experienced and input to the broad from
my 8 years teaching tenure – student and parent
needs, teacher and administration input,
community concerns and idea. I am also a
practicing artist and am very interested in
promoting public awareness of arts through
Open Mic Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
The Writers' Studio is sponsoring a
publication party and open mic for the latest
chapbook of members' writing, "Summer." It
will take place at the Box Factory stage on
Wed. May, 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone who has a
piece in the chapbook is invited to read
during the open mic. The event is free and
open to the public and light refreshments will
This is the last chapbook in the
series called "Seasons" and features writing
by 13 writers and cover artwork by Robin
Maxon. Additional copies of this chapbook,
and all the ones previously published, are
available to purchase for $9 in the Box
Factory Book Nook. All proceeds go to the
writing programs at the Box Factory.
Where's It Hanging? Keys to Selling More
Artwork. Register at
www.kalamazoo.score.org Thursday, June
4, 1- 3 p.m. at Western Michigan Univ.
Southwest, Benton Harbor Campus
The purpose of this workshop is to get
artists to do what other businesses do to get
customers, and to market their products so
they can sell more. Artisans, craft persons
and handcrafters who want to increase sales
should register today; space is limited. The
registration fee of $15 per attendee includes
all materials. Credit cards are accepted online only; payment by cash or check at the
July 6 – 8 Art drop off 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
public programs and virtual media.
“A Really Big Shoe”, here is your opportunity
to be creative with 2-D and 3-D art. Shoes are
the subject, make them, decorate, paint them,
paint pictures of them, photograph them, but
most of all have fun and stretch your
In the Galleries:
May 13- June 27
Monday – Saturday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
May 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Awards will be presented at the
From the President: April Showers bring
May Flowers – its Blossomtime here in
Southwest Michigan! That means that the
community is starting to come alive for
the busy summer season. As part of the
busy spring season, the Box Factory is
proud to once again host our MAAC show
in May and June. We have had 239
entries this year from area artists! As our
process continues with jurying, we look
forward to congratulating all the winners for this year and
viewing all the wonderful exhibits in all three of our galleries.
Please join us for the MAAC opening on Friday, May 15, 2015.
As mentioned in the April article from the Board, we have many
things happening with the operations of the Box Factory. Our
Building and Grounds committee has been hammering away at all
the challenges owning a historical building will give us; mystery
leaks, constant painting, fun with HVAC, having brick and mortar
repairs and ordering windows just to name a few. Our Finance
team is also working hard; working in a not-for-profit always has
its ups and downs. Right now, we have several spaces available
for rent. If you know of anyone interested in a studio, we have
two available and two more that could be made available. Please
see the office if you are interested. We also have the former
Fathom Works space that is available. This is nearly 8000 square
feet and although we’ve had some interest, it remains vacant as
of the writing of this article. Again, if you know of anyone
interested in that space, do let us know.
This month we have some great classes happening as well as concerts nearly every weekend! Our hope is to have even
more events to help our organization thrive. If you have interest in volunteering to support these events, please let us
In June we will have our annual election to the Board of Directors. If you have interest in becoming a “super” volunteer,
please consider a run for the Board. We will publish vacant seats and which directors are up for re-election in June. We
will also host our Annual Members Meeting in late June (a notice of the exact date will be sent under separate cover).
Enjoy the warm weather, the blossoms and, of course, don’t forget to stop by the Box and see what’s happening!
President – Board of Directors
May, 2015 Events
Box Factory: 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, May 2, No Concert
Saturday, May 9, Women of Riversong
Saturday, May 16, The Boulevard Billies
Saturday, May 23, No Concert
Saturday, May 30, Mike Cortson & David Lham
CLASSES: Sign up for classes at the Box Factory front desk, or call 269-983-3688.
Writing Workshop Flash Fiction with Thisbe Niessen
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. break for lunch – soup & salad provided Writers’ Studio .
In the Box Factory 3rd Floor Meeting Room. Cost $40 members, $50 non-members
Home and Garden Pottery with Sherrie Styx on Wednesday June 17 & 24 10 a.m. – noon, fee is
$40 includes clay and glazes, teens & adults are welcome.
Art Retreat Intuitive Collage with Sherrie Styx on Friday, June 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., fee is $40
includes all materials; ages 10 and older are welcome.
Making your Mark with Pastels with Helen Kleczynski on Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in
the Gast Classroom, Cost $70, all levels welcome.
Carrying out Your Vision in Pastels with Helen Kleczynski on Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
in the Gast Classroom, Cost $70, all levels welcome.
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. Call Bob at 269-449-8163 with any questions.
Kristin Hosbein Realistic Art in Oil or Acrylics, Mondays 6:30 -9:30 p.m., or Thursdays 1:00-4:00
p.m. Box Factory front desk has materials list.
Open Studio– Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost 6 classes: Members $80, Non-members $90,
Instructor: Pam Kirkham.
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 3rd floor
meeting room. Led by Denise Tackett - (Class is full this term)
Writers Anonymous – Meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday each month in the 3rd floor
meeting room for a potluck dinner. Contact Joni King for information at [email protected]
For more information call the Box Factory at 269-983-3688 during normal gallery hours of 10 a.m.to
4 p.m. Monday – Saturday, Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. (May 17, 24 & 31).
Office hours Monday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check our web site
at www.boxfactoryforthearts.org or our Facebook page for up-to-date info.
Berrien Artist Guild Board of Directors
Laura Goos - President
Anthony Schaller – Vice-President
Penni Casper – Secretary
Pam Hartman Kantor – Treasurer
Susan M. Craw - Director
Jim DeVries – Director
Erica Griessel – Director
Kristen Maniscalco - Director
Bob Williams – Director
Karen Brandt – Office Manager
Cindy Kinney – Project Manager
Sherrock McClinton – Custodian
Members of the Month:
Each month we feature artists as “artist of the
month.” On the Box Factory web site, click on
“art” at top, then “featured artist.” This month we
are featuring Bob Williams.
Box Factory for the Arts
1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Thanks to Jim DeVries and his crew
of happy painters:
They did a great job on the galleries.
The Box Factory will be closed on
Memorial Day - May 25.
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.
Sun. 1 – 4 p.m. (May 17, 24, 31)
Hours: Office 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. and
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Fri.