Series 7 Art Exhibition Opening Reception at Box Factory for the Arts

The Box Factory for the Arts is proud to announce the Series 7 Art Exhibition, which runs October 18 through December 7, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Reception will be followed at 7:00 pm by Kecia Deroly in concert.

The Exhibition features the artwork of Alan Larkin, Ron Doyle, Tom Cernius and Southwest Michigan Printmakers. There will be a Gallery Walk with the Artists on Saturday, November 9th from 12:00-2:00 pm.

The Opening Reception and the Gallery Walk are both free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (and later for special events, listed on our website and Facebook).

About the Series 7 Artists:

Alan Larkin: Still Lives, Plein Air Paintings and Small Etchings

Alan Larkin received his BA in art from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota in 1975 and his MFA in printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University in 1977. Though retired, he taught drawing and printmaking for almost forty years at Indiana University South Bend. He has won many prizes in regional, national and international competitions for his artwork, including the prestigious Founder’s Award in the 2016 Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by the Pastel Journal and the Best of Show Award at the 75th and 91st Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition in Indianapolis. His works are in numerous public and private collections including the South Bend Museum of Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Indiana State Museum and the corporate collections of Pillsbury, NIPSCO, and Lincoln Life Insurance Companies. His work may be seen on the web at

Larkin presents Still Lives, Plein Air Paintings and Small Etchings in the Robert Williams Gallery. In describing his exhibit, Larkin says, “I like to take my time on some paintings, perfecting the designs, focusing on meaning and polishing details. Time slows down, and as details resolve, it slows down again. The challenge is about surface, atmosphere and emotional drama. It’s about thoroughness. These projects last somewhere between three weeks and three months. To counter this, I then work on plein air paintings. This is incredibly fast painting that requires intense focus and generally takes from three to nine hours of work, most of it on site. Really good paintings happen occasionally this way, but there are also quite a few that don’t work that viewers never get to see. It’s about design and color. To counter this, I work on small scale story-telling etchings that are often amusing but are also meant to be delicate or touching.”

Larkin says that each of these ways of thinking and working speak to a different side of his personality. He says they “help to keep my imagination fresh.”

Ron Doyle: Still Life

The Heartha Whitlow Gallery is home to Ron Doyle’s exhibit, Still Life. Doyle uses his skillful blending of watercolor and pastel to capture unique subjects with an attention to intimate details. The true appreciation of his work emerges from the intrigue beyond the frame – the interaction between what is created and what is seen – and the inspiration that keeps the viewer coming back for more. Whether it is the old fashioned pay phone depicted in “269-983-3688,” the weathered “Old Trunk,” the magnificence of “Tulips” or “Mom’s Hands” holding three perfect apples in the hem of her apron, Doyle will cause you to view Still Life differently with his collection.

Ron Doyle’s paintings have received numerous awards from various juried exhibits. Most recently, “Art of Medicine” was awarded Best of Show at the 2018 Carnegie Center for the Arts, Juried Regional Fine Arts Competition in Three Rivers, Michigan. His work may be seen at

Tom Cernius: Ceramic Raku Sculptures and Vessels

Doyle shares the Heartha Whitlow Gallery with Tom Cernius, who is bringing Ceramic Raku Sculptures and Vessels to the Box Factory for the Arts. Tom’s first exposure to ceramics was at the Indianapolis Art Center in 2007 when he took a wheel-throwing class for fun. Cernius continued to spend many great years there as a student/monitor and eventually emerging artist. He has also sculpted at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago and is currently the host of Monday Night Ceramics at the Chesterton Art Center in downtown Chesterton, Indiana.

Of his work, Cernius says “I work in clay because of its endless possibilities and I prefer its inexpensive cost of experimentation. Although often functional, my art is usually more abstract as function is not an overriding trait. Vivid colors, shiny metallic glazes or nice contrast are other appealing qualities I strive for. I am also very selfish with my art and create purely for myself and the pleasure and delight I get from it. There is no moral lesson, no story being told, just simply the cheap thrill of a visually appealing piece not unlike the joy of a 3 year olds first introduction to crayons.”

Southwest Michigan Printmakers: Miniatures and More

Southwest Michigan Printmakers is showing Miniatures and More in our Riverwalk Gallery. Begun in the late 1970s, the Southwest Michigan (SWMP) is a diverse and informal group of regional artist/printmakers dedicated to the creation of handmade and fine art prints. Meeting bi-monthly, the group encourages artists working in printmaking and promotes excellence in the various print mediums. Through exhibitions of their works, SWMP helps to encourage public knowledge, understanding, and support for printmaking.

Miniatures and More consists of two print exchanges from participating members of SWMP along with their individual prints of choice. Small prints for “The H20 Show” prints were created specifically for the Box Factory for the Arts exhibit. Most SWMP members originate from Michigan, and these images are based upon the simple, yet complex concepts associated with water. Each participant received a random set of ten prints.

Begun in the Fall of 2017, SWMP’s first print exchange was “Head-to-Toe & In-Between.” This idea grew from the Surrealist parlor game called ‘exquisite corpse’ where a compilation of words or images are collectively assembled. Each participant received one random ‘corpse,’ or set of four prints.