Past St Joseph Event: VOL 15

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VOL 15

December 06, 2018
@ Box Factory for the Arts

$3 suggested donation at the door.

Doors open at 6 pm.

Event starts at 7 pm.

Nosh Village Food Truck On-Site.

​Alex Halbleib, Telling a Story Without the Ending
Japhy Bartlett, Poverty, Wealth, and Income
Jeff & Theresa Heaton, Why Be Normal? Our 20-Year Exchange Student Hosting Journey
Jesse Hibler, The Solace in Bonsai
Lynn Todman, What is “race”… really?
Michael R. Hill, Pursuing the Ampersand
Nathan Waters, The conservation of happiness: Life on a Nuclear Submarine
Nicole Pierard-D’Herde, A Journey to the City of Joy
Nikki Gauthier, Late to the pARTy
Sharron Ott, Many Artists Creating as One
TJ Schwartz, Evoking Spirit

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Telling a Story without the Ending

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

Alex Halbleib is an Electrical Engineer, with strong interests in the power grid, the power of appliances, and telling stories with numbers in all kinds of ways.

"I love a well-told story. Stories come in a number of new formats these days, from movies, to songs, to video games! Little did I realize that I'd find my favorite type of story by sitting around a table with my friends, telling a story that I didn't know the ending to." -ah

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Poverty, Wealth, and Income

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

You may remember Japhy Bartlett from such adventures as "Graduating from the University of Michigan", "Running for Mayor", "Sound Guy at the Livery", or "Writing Code For Tech Startups". Nowadays he runs the Phoenix Coffeeshop in Benton Harbor's Arts District.

He'll be talking about Poverty, Wealth, and Income.
"Some people are living in a brutal poverty that other people will never experience. Meanwhile, some of us are accumulating wealth at an unprecedented rate! Maybe as a society, we could provide everyone, universally, with a baseline income." -jb


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Why Be Normal? Our 20-Year Exchange Student Hosting Journey

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

After retiring as an art educator and school secretary (respectively) Jeffrey D. Heaton & Theresa Erchenbrecher Heaton left Ohio and relocated to Michigan to begin a new adventure. They established Cheeky Chic-y Studio using primarily recycled materials to create beautiful and functional objects. Their bonding and family relationships continues to this day with visits from and to their “kids and grandkids”. This 20-year AFS (American Field Service) hosting experience influenced and changed their lives in ways they could never have predicted, discovering the truth in the Depeche Mode song, “People Are People”.

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A Journey to the City of Joy

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

Nicole Pierard-D’Herde's talk will be about her first trip to India and a famous encounter that changed her life.

Nicole is a French Teacher from Europe, an artist with a studio at the Box Factory for the Arts and a volunteer & member at Krasl Art Center.

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What is "race"...really?

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

What is “race”… really? "I invite the audience to reflect on this question: Are we “ok” with the social meaning attached to the concept “race” and its implications for the health and well-being of our society?" - Lynn Todman

Lynn Todman, Ph.D. is an urban planner by training whose work focuses on health equity, the social factors that impact health, social disadvantage, and community development. Currently, she is the Executive Director for Population Health at SpectrumLakeland Health. In addition, Lynn is the driving force behind Community Grand Rounds: Health the Trauma of Racism – an initiative jointly executed by Spectrum Health Lakeland and the Todman Family Foundation that seeks to highlight the insidious ways that racism harms community health and creates and sustains health inequities. Prior to Lakeland, Lynn was Vice President for Leadership in Social Justice and Executive Director of the Institute on Social Exclusion at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Lynn loves her work, cycling and the gym. But, she really enjoys time spent with Michael, Sean, Melanie, Rob, Madeleine and Lilah!
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Pursuing the Ampersand

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

Michael Hill is an interdisciplinary social scientist with strong interests in the visual arts. After many years of teaching, research and publication, he received the Distinguished Scholarly Career Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on the History of Sociology. He is currently a docent in theKrasl Art Center, a part-time artist, and the Associate Director of the Jane Addams Research Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

"I was intrigued early on by the squiggly little symbol my father made in his handwritten manuscripts to indicate the English conjunction “and.” And, I learned later, it is called an “ampersand.” Most recently, an online typography course rekindled my interest in the origin, uses, and peculiarities of the ampersand as a visual & linguistic device. Did you know, for example, that it was once called the 27th letter of the alphabet? My pursuit of the ampersand has taken me, serendipitously, to bookstores, libraries, archives, art museums, art classes, billboards, and grocery stores. We live in a universe filled with letters and symbols; this is my attempt to better understand one of them." - michael r hill
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The Conservation of Happiness: Life on a Nuclear Submarine

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

Nathan Waters will give a small glimpse into life on a Nuclear powered submarine and the bond between the diverse service members that run these amazing machines.

When Nathan was 19, he married his wonderful wife on New Years Day in 1999. Two months later, he was in boot camp in Great Lakes Illinois. He went on to spend two years training to operate a nuclear power plant, 4 years on a ballistic missile submarine, and 4 years as an instructor training others to do the same. After 10 years of serving active duty in the Navy, Nathan decided to move on to civilian life and settle down with the family. All the while, he has acquired 3 beautiful offspring and somehow managed to make it to a 20 year anniversary.
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The Solace in Bonsai

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

Jesse Hibler owns an architecture and design firm in the historic Kephart Farmhouse in Berrien Springs. He serves on the Village Council as a Trustee, has 2 stubborn Basset Hounds named Charlie and Lucy, and is a transplant from Indianapolis 25 years ago. He loves SW Michigan, the Lake, and the people that call this corner of Michigan home.


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Late to the pARTy

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

Nikki Gauthier is the Events and Programs Coordinator for the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan. In her role at the Box Factory, Nikki helps to develop programs which nurture the arts and creativity. She plans special Box Factory events, such as concerts, open mic nights, gallery receptions and tours, films and more. Nikki loves being part of the team at the Box Factory and looks forward to continuing to build an organization which fosters and celebrates artistic expressions.

Nikki’s work at the Box Factory is a natural fit, as she has always had a passion for the arts in its many forms. She developed her own artistic talents as a musician early in life, but only recently discovered an affinity for painting. You can find Nikki’s work on Facebook as She Looks Designs, on Instagram (@shelooksdesigns) and also in person at local artisan markets.

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Many Artists Creating as One

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

Instead of a camera Sharron Ott carried sketch books with her throughout her life, recording the world around her. In this 'chit-chat' she takes us on tour with theatre groups that she worked with as a backstage artist. She reflects on lessons learned, and how they influenced her personal art.

Sharron Ott is an Expressionist Painter, and Sculptor.
She captures light waves with rhythms and textures of multiple mediums, hoping that her art serves as a guide to places of awareness. She exhibits regularly across the US and Canada, with works placed in many prominent collections. The owner of Papillon Design since 1997, she provides interior design, and fine art services to commercial and residential clients. Her art and design work graces many Midwestern locations. In the theatrical arts she has facilitated scenic, prop, and costumes for Cirque Du Soliel, Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago, and Red Moon Theatre Chicago. Ott received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a teacher she focuses on the fundamentals. She believes that it is her job to provide the tools of knowledge for students, enabling them to express their true selves.

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Evoking Spirit

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

TJ Schwartz currently is an artist and stay at home mom. Born in West Michigan, TJ Schwartz attended summers at Interlochen Arts Camp and the prestigious HSPVA school in Houston, Texas. After becoming a winner of YoungArts, she became a student of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland. There she learned ceramics and majored in fibers, focusing on weaving. After school Schwartz moved back to Houston to become an art teacher for several years. TJ Schwartz was inspired to return to ceramics upon moving to Saint Joseph, MI and joined the Krasl Art Center ceramic guild.

"My talk will tell the story of spirit within my work. Whether it be the spirits that inspire me or the spirit I breathe into my work. As a child I spent large amounts of time with my Grandparents and within their homes I learned of things that still haunt me to this day such as family stories, the spirit of nature, loss, and ghosts. As an artist I have strived to evoke my viewers the essence of those things." -tjs