Face Off

Event by Box Factory for the Arts

Fri. May 03, 2024 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fifteen professional artists will
demonstrate their craft by creating portraits of live
models in front of an audience. They will be
accompanied by music from electric cellist Michael
Jon DeHays.
The public is invited to the Face Off event on May
3, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Box Factory for the Arts,
1101 Broad St. in St. Joseph, MI.
A cash bar and refreshments will be available. Admittance is $5 at the door, free for children
12 and under.
Face Off gives audience members the rare opportunity to watch accomplished portrait artists,
many of whom are professional artists and art teachers, paint or draw exquisite likenesses of
their subjects. At least 15 artists will work at easels throughout the performance area of the
Box Factory’s main floor. People watching are free to move around to view the different
creative processes.
Attendees can place bids on portraits they like in a silent auction. The highest bidder will take
the piece home.
The five models were asked to create a “look,” such as a character from history, says Robert
Williams, the award-winning portrait artist and educator who spearheaded this year’s Face Off.
“Because the artists’ work will be sold during the silent auction, we’re
encouraging the models to be part of the creative process to help the
artists create a beautiful piece of art rather than a portrait of a specific
person,” Williams says.
Adding to the relaxing, creative vibe of the event is electric cellist
Michael Jon DeHays, whose music is described as “natural earth tones
on solo cello.” DeHays, from Mishawaka, IN, performs and records under
the name “Imphormal.” (Hear a sample at
Proceeds from the event will benefit ongoing arts programming at the Box Factory.

Admission: $5

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