Box Factory Series 6 Art Exhibition and Face Off event

The Box Factory for the Arts is pleased to announce our next Art Exhibition – Series 6, featuring:

Grand Valley Artists – Juried Members Exhibition

Robert Williams Portrait Class Artists – The Art of the Portrait

Terry Choate – Laundry Is the Only Thing that Should Be Separated by Color

Lynne VanHusan – Copper in Transition

The Exhibition will begin on Friday, September 6 with an Opening Reception to celebrate the artists and their work. The reception is free and open to the public. Join us at 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, followed by Face Off – A Live Portrait Event at the BOX.

The Exhibition will run September 6 – October 12 at the Box Factory for the Arts, and can be visited during our normal business hours (Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm).

About Face Off:

Stroll through the galleries and watch portrait artists in action, painting and drawing from live models. See how each artist interprets the same model differently in their unique style. This one-of-a-kind event gives you the chance to experience art created right before your eyes and will immediately follow our Series 6 Art Exhibition Opening Reception (which happens to have an entire gallery devoted to “The Art of the Portrait”).

Other dates:

On Saturday, September 28 the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and take questions during a Gallery Walk from noon until 2:00 at the Box Factory. This event is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, October 2 the galleries will be open late (until 9:00 pm) and visitors are welcome to observe or participate in the evening portrait class from 6-9 pm. Please contact Bob Williams for more information ( about joining the class.

About the Series 6 Artists:

Grand Valley Artists was founded in 1957 by a group of artists who preferred an academic approach to drawing and painting as opposed to modernism. Today, however, GVA members’ art reflects both the traditional vision of the founders as well as modern interpretations of art in the contemporary world. Members are studio artists, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, printmakers, ceramicists, sculptors, mixed media and digital media artists. They come from all walks of life, many from art related professions and others who cultivated their talents outside their professional careers. GVA artists’ work can be seen in juried competitions and some have become regionally, nationally and internationally recognized. Some are just beginning to include art in their lives. Together GVA members share the love of artmaking and seek to grow in their craft.

Grand Valley Artists is a nonprofit, 401c3 organization of over 275 West Michigan member artists. They have their own studio/gallery/meeting space in Grand Rapids, where they have life drawing/painting, portrait, still life, photography and en plein air groups. On site GVA holds monthly Art Chats, Critique Nights and Program Nights. Throughout the year there are workshops, guest speakers, gallery exhibits, and off site large juried competitions in venues throughout Western Michigan. Annually GVA hosts the Reeds Lake Art Fair each July, a major community art event.

This Juried Members Exhibition is an excellent selection of Grand Valley Artists’ work, curated by Doug Klemm and juried by Kristin Hosbein. Nearly forty artists are participating in the exhibition with a variety of media represented, including oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, monoprint, woodcut, pencil and more.

Doug Klemm


Hay on Wye Vista by Doug Klemm

Robert R. Williams was born in Northeast Ohio and grew up on the Pennsylvania/Ohio state line just 7 miles from Lake Erie. He has lived most of the last 43 years in the St. Joseph, Michigan area. Williams holds a BSEE degree and did not attend art school but has taken numerous studio art classes and workshops over the years.  He has specialized in portraits since art class in seventh grade. He was one of the founders of the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph and has a studio there. Williams has won purchase awards at the Midwest Museum Juried Regional and has won first in category in the MAAC at the Box Factory and has won several awards including Best of Show at the Art Barn in Valparaiso and the Chesterton Art Center and had a piece accepted into a National show of the Pastel Society of America.

Williams has taught portrait classes at the Box Factory for more than 15 years. The Art of the Portrait is a group exhibition featuring the artwork of current and former students, as well as the teacher himself. Bob describes the exhibit in own words: “In our portrait classes at the Box Factory for the Arts we work from live models. Working from life is both challenging and rewarding for both the model and the artist. Capturing a likeness can be done from photographs but capturing a little of the personality and the actual flesh tones of the model can only be done while interacting with the model. While not always successful, we strive to attain that result.”

A portion of this exhibit will be rotated to reflect current work from students in Bob’s weekly portrait classes. The remaining pieces will stay on display for the duration of the exhibition.


Robert R. Williams


Williams working on his pastel portrait entitled “Hope”


Terry Choate has been painting and shooting photographs for over six decades – in fact, she got her first Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when she was nine and her first set of oils for her 10th birthday. Terry is continually amazed at the beautiful imagery she finds by simply opening her eyes to the wonders around her. Fortunately, Choate’s parents recognized her passion to create and provided her with early art lessons and she had excellent training in both high school and college. Her passion for photography put Terry through all formats including Instamatics, Polaroids, SLRs and early digital, but she now considers her iPhone her camera for its quality and convenience.

Choate was a pioneer in the computer animation and graphics industry and opened her own company in 1987. Animation Station, Ltd was located in Chicago, Illinois and Choate operated as President, Creative Director and Designer until 2005. Terry designed video graphics and animations for corporate and commercial clients, but is best known for having created the opening scoreboard animation for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks for the Sony Jumbotron scoreboard at the new United Center in 1994.  Staying on the cutting edge of such rapidly changing technology led Terry to close the graphics studio and return to paint brush and easel. She also acquired a job with a major airline so she traveled extensively and often paints from her photographs. Terry’s photography has won numerous awards and she has developed a line of photo greeting cards that are available on her website and in her studio at the Box Factory for the Arts, as well as the gift shop there. Terry also does portraiture of children, people, pets and homes on commission working from photos she captures or those clients provide. Her favorite medium is oils, but she works in all mediums.

Terry’s Exhibit, “Laundry Is the Only Thing that Should Be Separated by Color,” features a collection of Terry’s photographs from all around the world. She describes her intention behind the exhibit in her own words: “When asked to do an exhibit of my photography, I felt it very timely to do this show of just the laundry photos I’ve captured throughout my years of trials and travels. Something I’ve always known is that people everywhere throughout the world have the same basic needs: Shelter, nourishment, companionship, love and clean clothes. It doesn’t matter what color their skin is, or what their politics are, or what religious beliefs they hold, or where they come from, or what their sexual identity is because everyone does laundry. It matters not how large their wardrobe is or where the clothing must be washed and dried, it must be done. Reason suggests that if hot water is used, colored items must be laundered separately than whites to prevent dyes from running. In life itself, blends are beautiful. I trust my photos and their captions will speak for themselves. My message is not subtle but certainly sincere.”

Terry Choate

Photography by Terry Choate


Lynne VanHusan was born and raised in southwestern Michigan. She describes herself as an animal and art lover. VanHusan Attended Grand Valley State College where she enjoyed many art courses. Lynne owns Salon Headlines Inc. in Elkhart, Indiana and works as a hairdresser there. Lynne describes her exhibit “Copper in Transition” this way: “As the flame meets the copper, a transformation begins. Life’s etchings and color begin to appear during the aging process. It can be very spiritual and primal as the colors flow.”

Lynne VanHusan

Artwork by Lynne VanHusan