Dual Event at the Box Factory for the Arts June 7th as 2019 MAAC Exhibition opens and recording artists Genna & Jesse perform in concert

The Opening Reception for the 2019 Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC) exhibition will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Box Factory of the Arts in St. Joseph. This year’s MAAC Exhibition will feature almost eighty artists and over 130 pieces. The reception will be followed by a concert at 8:00 pm with recording artists Genna & Jesse.

Opening Reception 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is free

Genna & Jesse in concert, 8:00-10:00 pm. Admission is “pay what you want”

A cash bar will be open during both events serving beer, wine and select cocktails.

About the Michiana Annual Art Competition:

The Michiana Annual Art Competition is a local juried fine art exhibition intended to recognize, foster, and reward excellence of top artists in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. The MAAC is held each year at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan. This marks the MAAC’s 17th year of success provided by the vision, energy, and generous funding by our association members, area businesses and corporate sponsors.

Categories: photography, digital imaging, mixed media, painting, drawing, glass, sculpture, ceramic

Exhibition Dates: June 7 – July 13

Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. We are also open after hours for special events (visit our website or follow us on Facebook for a complete calendar).

A Gallery Walk will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 12:00-2:00 pm. The tour is free and open to the public.


Image credit: Nicole Brown, “Light Broke In”


The Box Factory wishes to thank our 2019 MAAC Sponsors:

Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

The John DeVries Agency, Inc.

Chemical Bank

Krasl Art Center

Kate and Joe Ulrey

Twin City Camera Club

Susan Craw

Box Factory for the Arts Emerging Artist Fund

Bistro on the Boulevard

About Genna & Jesse:

Genna & Jesse are duo alchemy at its finest. Sweet and savory, raspy and smooth, together they create heartfelt, unique acoustic-soul music, featuring tight and soaring harmonies and energetic guitar and piano accompaniment. Whether they sing their own songs, or the well-chosen songs of their peers, audiences are along for the ride in an intimate, witty and inclusive show. Drawing inspiration from their romantic nomadic lifestyle, Genna & Jesse might best be described as modern troubadours, generously offering listeners glimpses of their always-moving world with something fresh, true and genuinely independent.


Genna and Jesse

Their live performances are gentle and inviting – yet powerful – due in part to solid stagecraft and a comfort level with their music and with each other. Another big factor in their shows is Genna’s subtle phrasing and exceptional interpretation. She delivers songs as gifts to an audience. The stunning harmonies that Genna and Jesse weave are the final secret ingredient in their performance magic.

They are not content to perform only their own songs, however. With so much talent flying under the commercial radar, Genna and Jesse actively seek out and perform songs by lesser-known artists who they meet in their travels and collaborations. Their evocative performances of these tunes provide a springboard for connecting community – artists and audiences. Every show is different because they are not content to sit in their comfort zone. They stretch their creative boundaries, finding new music and playing with it – truly playing WITH it, having fun.

Genna and Jesse began performing together in 2009 when Genna hired Jesse to play piano in her band. While working together, a romantic union blossomed and the two decided to write and perform as a duo.

Genna Giacobassi is originally from Lansing, MI. Her parents are both musicians and she grew up surrounded by, and immersed in, music. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy High School, where she studied voice. A rebellious spirit, she put aside a future in performing the works of others in order to obey her internal muse. In 1995, still a teenager, she dropped out of school and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to hone her performance and songwriting skills. Her soulful voice is at once easygoing and acrobatic, with hints of Billie Holiday, Ricky Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Joni Mitchell.

Jesse Dyen has a colorful musical history — he has drawn praise for his anti-war anthem “Sons and Daughters,” from Willie Nelson, bought beer for Joe Strummer, broken Joan Baez’s guitar string, and been to jail with Daniel Ellsberg. Jesse has self-produced hundreds of tracks and has appeared in projects as nearby as Oakland and as far away as Cape Town, South Africa. His album “Contents Under Pressure,” recorded in his hometown Philadelphia and featuring some of Philly’s finest musicians, has received radio airplay both domestically and internationally, and was recorded by producer/drummer Andy Kravitz, who also engineered and produced a number of the duo’s recent singles including “Tumbleweed and Tonic” and “I Won’t Do it Again.”