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Photography as Art

BY NICOLINA HOLT
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Nicolina Holt, an award winning photographer, earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in photography and graphic design. She has worked as a photojournalist, art teacher and photography instructor. She continues her fine art photography and is the Volunteer Coordinator at Krasl Art Center and the Community Relations Director at Holt Bosse. She works and resides in St. Joseph, Mich. with her family.

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The Fascinating House of David: Whiskers in Paradise

BY CHRIS SERIANO
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Chris Siriano is a historian who will shed light on the fascinating story of the religious colony founded in Benton Harbor in 1903. The House of David entertained the nation for over three-quarters of a century, and made a rural southwestern Michigan county into an economic powerhouse while waiting for the world to end. Their members weren’t allowed to have sex, eat meat, drink alcohol, or own personal property. To this day, people talk about how fun they were.

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Dish Pit to Restaurant Owner: A Chef Story

BY JAMES GALBRAITH
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

James Galbraith is a local chef who has been cooking in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor for 15 years. He lives (and cooks) in the Arts District with his little girl Ava, and their dog Roxy. James is one half of the sibling-duo behind the New American restaurant Houndstooth coming to the BHAD.

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Beyond Obstacles

BY ALYSA GOULD
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Members of the Lake Michigan College Honors Program will talk about their personal experiences related to opportunity and taking risks as they attend community college and work towards life goals. Members of the group include Hattie Folsom, Alysa Gould, Caleb Lewis, Caleb Capps, Stella Pyo, Amy Scrima, Zenah Farhan, Chris Symonds, Jonathan Upson, and Paige Massey-Orlando.

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Evolution of an "Artist"

BY ANTHONY DIMAGGIO
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Anthony "Scooter" DiMaggio was born and raised here in Michigan but has lived half his life in New York City. Naturally, he combines a homespun mid-western practicality with a more global and holistic sensibility. As a visual artist, he moved quickly from drawing, to painting, to sculpture, then on to wacky invention. After graduate school, he reluctantly moved into the real world and among other things; enjoyed life as a bartender, helped to start a custom made bobblehead business, and began to seriously confront the age-old existential ponderings that yearn for spiritual enlightenment. Today, he expands this evolution with fresh intention and personality to share his brand of humor and awareness through newer features and formats.

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Feeling PhiloSLOTHical

BY SARA KOTANKO
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Emily McKenna and Sara Kotanko have a strange fascination with sloths. Instead of working at their respective jobs, they spend most of their time researching obscure sloth facts, texting sloth memes and giggling incessantly. They have never before shared their obsession with the public... until now. Find out why sloths are such a popular phenomenon, why they are so adorable and what they teach us about the world we live in.

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My Journey as an Artist into Buddhism

BY KUNGA NYIMA DROTOS
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Kunga Nyima Drotos currently maintains an art studio in St. Joseph, Michigan. His artwork has been featured in multiple solo shows and many group exhibitions in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Ohio. After spending the last fifteen years focused on making artwork, he presented a one-person exhibition of thirty-five mixed media paintings at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI in 2017. In the fall of 2018, he participated in a group show at Randolph-Macon College Flippo Gallery in Ashland, VA. Kunga Nyima also works as a hospice social worker for Caring Circle.

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Evoking Spirit

BY TJ SCHWARTZ
@ 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

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Many Artists Creating as One

BY SHARRON OTT
@ 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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Late to the pARTy

BY NIKKI GAUTHIER
@ 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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The Solace in Bonsai

BY JESSE HIBLER
@ 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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The Conservation of Happiness: Life on a Nuclear Submarine

BY NATHAN WATERS
@ 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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