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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014-06-18T02:00:00Z 2014-06-18T16:40:11Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 19, 2014By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
June 18, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Take a deep breath because there are a zillion events this weekend and construction on the upper I-94; taking this in order starting from the northwest corner of the Lake with the Ed Paschke museum debut in Jefferson Park, Chicago.

Ed Paschke Arts Center opens Sunday in Jefferson Park, Chicago: Opening day of the arts center, which would have been the artist’s 75th birthday, will feature a party “Paschke in the Park” across the street from the center. The art center will hold the largest collection of Paschke’s work from 1969-2004 and will also showcase other Chicago artists and eventually, an artist-in-residence program. Upcoming events include a Paul Natkin photography exhibition; collaboration with Luminarts, a cultural foundation that supports and encourages rising Chicago artists; and a Steve Schapiro photography exhibit: Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground..Ed Paschke Arts Center, 10am-7pm Mon-Sun, Jefferson Park, Chicago. 312.533.4911 or visit edpaschke.org. http://www.edpaschke.org/

Barrymore event at Miller Arts District: “The performance Saturday night by Chicago actor, Jeffery Baumgartner, was extraordinary….,” Karren Lee enthuses, best one-man show in NWI ever. If you weren’t able to make it last weekend, the second and final performance is Saturday at 8 pm. The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District in partnership with Chicago City Creatives is presenting the production at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St. in Miller. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be ordered online at Eventbrite.com. Also, a very impressed patron loved the play and is offering 25 tickets free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Accidental Tourist at the Michiana Show at The Box Factory for the Arts: A reception for the winners of the 12th annual Michiana Annual Arts Competition (MAAC) from 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday, June 20th. The event which is free and open to the public is being underwritten by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. I love this show because the art is so extraordinary. Mary Amador of Goshen, IN won The Best of Show award for her piece titled By His Wounds. She will receive a $1,000 award donated by the Berrien Community Foundation. I have a photo from last year’s exhibition that didn’t win any prizes just my heart. The exhibits in all three Box Factory galleries will continue through August 2nd. One of the prize winner’s this year is Shore Contributor Richard Hellyer, for one of his The Tree’s. There are two or three of them at the Inn at Harbor Shores and of course, one in the July issue of Shore magazine.

Best of category winners:

Ceramics – Steven Hansen of Berrien Springs, MI - Yellow Wonder Man

Drawing/Pastel – Debra Eiswald, Constantine, MI - Marion May, Savannah, GA

Miscellanea – Lauren Strach, St. Joseph, MI - Hopscotch

Painting – Kari Friestad, Berrien Springs, MI – Cell Phone Illumination

Photography – Richard Hellyer, Sawyer, MI – Simply Known as “The Tree”

Sculpture – Marcia Sindone, La Porte, IN - Bachelor

Watercolor – Barbara Balis, Michigan City, IN – A Soul’s Journey

Young Artist Award – Benjamin Frank, Cassopolis, MI – Godzilla

Honorable Mention Awards go to:

Ceramics -Joseph Chomyn of South Bend, IN - for Horizontal Data

Drawing / Pastel - Mary Amador of Goshen, IN - for Daughter of a King

Miscellanea - Cindy LaFerle of Saint Joseph, MI - for Fairy Tale

Painting - Harry Ahn of Berrien Springs, MI - For the Birds

Photography - Darci Young of South Bend, IN- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Sculpture - Sean Hottois of Mishawaka, IN - AgoraProbe_1

Watercolor - Joan Spohrer of South Bend, IN - Bus Stop

The judges for this year’s MAAC competition were: Norwood Viviano who judged glass, sculpture and ceramics; Kathie Johnson who judged watercolor and drawing / pastels; Rob Gartzka who judged painting and miscellanea; Cat Crotchett who judged photography. For more on this event visit the Box Factory online at www.boxfactoryforthearts.org/exhibits or be a Fan on Facebook. The Box Factory galleries are open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 am to 4 pm and Sun. from 1 to 4 pm.

The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band at The Box Factory on Saturday: At 7:30pm (ET) The band is now in its 14th year of bringing a unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to St. Joe and the region every summer.

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