Art Exhibition at the Box - Opening Reception
Published by Box Factory for the Arts
Friday 28th of September 2018
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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The Box Factory for the Arts is pleased to invite you to the opening reception for our Series 6 Art Exhibition!
Friday, September 28th
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Artist Talk led by Eli Zilke at 5:45
Free and open to the public
Exhibition runs September 28 – November 10
Exhibits open daily Mon-Sat 10 am – 4 pm
Eli Zilke Collaborative – Williams Gallery
Collaborative Art of Glass
Box Palette Group – Whitlow Gallery
"Bloomin’ at the Box"
Jennifer Tomshack – Riverwalk Gallery
"Spirit of Place"
The Eli Zilke Collaborative presents “Collaborative Nature” in our Robert Williams Gallery. Eli runs the studios at Water Street Glassworks in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He has designed this show with a number of very talented glass artists from the immediate area and beyond. The show speaks to the collaborative nature of how glass is made. Lynne Clayton, Executive Director of Water Street Glassworks, is among the artists who will exhibit work in the show.
The Box Palette Group - also known as "Friends with Artitude," is a group of five artists who meet on Fridays to paint at the Box Factory for the Arts. Barbara Pries, Joan Judd, Jean Postelli and Diana Seely came together in 2012 in an Open Studio class at the Box Factory and later added group member Ann Brainard. The women came together with one common desire - to express themselves artistically and to grow in that endeavor. Most had dabbled in drawing or painting and some had even exhibited work in local art shows. Joining this class meant the women were truly committing themselves to pursuing their artistic passions.
The women met weekly on Friday mornings. Working in their chosen medium, be it watercolor, oil, acrylic, charcoal or pastels, each gradually developed the skills needed to create and applied techniques which supported progression. They watched their “sister artists” grow as well, cheered each other on and celebrated when challenging pieces were completed. When the opportunity presented itself, the women encouraged each other to exhibit pieces in shows locally. The instruction and support found in the group inspired artistic confidence in each of them and they began to believe that, indeed, they were true “artists.” Their show, "Bloomin' at the Box" celebrates both their individual and collective artistic journeys.
Jennifer Tomshack is a St. Joseph-based digital photographer and a member of the Berrien Artist Guild. Her photography has previously been exhibited in Chicago and Detroit. Jennifer also works as a graphic designer and writer, both of which have shaped her as a photographer. As a designer, Jennifer is drawn to the intrinsic design of the natural and human-made world and she seeks to capture in photographs how profoundly satisfying it can visually be. As a writer, Jennifer learned well the cardinal rule of all artistic endeavors: create without fear and edit without mercy.
Jennifer’s show “Spirit of Place” will be on display in our Riverwalk Gallery. In Jennifer’s words: “I’ve long been preoccupied with spirit of place, which refers to the particular, treasured aspects of a place, aspects that are extolled by artists. Spirit of place is the physicality of a location, imbued with culture and history, and layered with personal connections and shared experiences. It is vibe, it is atmosphere, it is essence. I love seeking out a place’s soul, exploring it, falling in love with it, and trying to capture its beauty, purity, and joy.”