Art Exhibition Series 5 - August 10 - September 22

David Baker

Doug and Cindy La Ferle

Gray Lyons

Art Exhibition Series 5 - August 10 - September 22
Exhibition Opening - August 10th 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Featuring Artists David Baker, Doug & Cindy La Ferle and Gray Lyons
The Box Factory for the Arts welcomes artists David Baker, Doug & Cindy La Ferle and Gray Lyons for our
fifth exhibition of the year, running August 10 through September 22nd. The exhibition opens with a
reception for the artists on Friday, August 10, 2018 . The public is invited to the opening from 5:30
pm-7:30 pm at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
MON. - SAT. 10 AM - 4 PM
David Baker - Williams Gallery
“Broken” is a series of 37 oil paintings and charcoal drawings by David Baker. Additionally, Baker has
produced a limited edition, hand-bound artist’s book of his drawings. These will be available at the
opening and from The Art Market at the Box.
Nineteen of the oil paintings were done ‘en plein air’ on the campus of Ox-Bow School of Art in
Saugatuck. The artist studied at Ox-Bow. He has taught there many times, and frequently uses the 115
acre wooded landscape as his muse.
The artist describes his process: “I searched out trees that were broken, split by the wind or other
accident. Fallen trees, dead trees, diseased trees; all seem to possess much more character than the
perfect trunks. The variety of the damaged forms also offered more expressive possibilities. Their very
wounds have a kind of beauty and tell their history.
I put away the original paintings, then repeatedly drew the images from memory. Forgetting the specific
details allowed the images the freedom to transform themselves. They became more poetic, romantic,
tragic, or surreal. These sketches were the genesis for larger oils and large format charcoal drawings on
These 18 works form the second phase of the exhibition. The original plein air paintings recorded the
facts. The poetic images that came later used broken trees as metaphor with alternate narratives. They
suggest the myriad ways that humankind experiences brokenness. Finally, the artists’ book of drawings
muses on finding beauty in the broken forms.
For more information about David Baker, please email him at
Doug and Cindy La Ferle - Whitlow Gallery
Curiouser and Curiouser
The name of Doug and Cindy’s show, “Curiouser and Curiouser,” was inspired by a quote from Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. As longtime collectors of ephemera, found objects, and
other curiosities, Doug and Cindy enjoy finding unusual ways to incorporate these treasures into their
artwork. Whether making kinetic sculptures, altered books, or mixed-media assemblages, Doug and
Cindy like to think of their work as creative recycling.
Cindy La Ferle’s mixed-media pieces have been exhibited in many juried competitions in Michigan. Her
artwork and photography have been published nationally in The Rust Belt Almanac, Country Gardens,
Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Michigan Living and in regional magazines and newspapers.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Cindy is an award-winning journalist and author, with articles
and essays published in many national magazines, including The Christian Science Monitor, Country
Gardens, Reader's Digest, and Victoria. She is author of an essay collection entitled Writing Home.
Using found objects, fabrics, and ephemera, she sees her mixed-media pieces as another form of
storytelling. As a writer, she looks for beauty in the details of ordinary life, and tries to bring that
sensibility to her artwork. She believes that broken or damaged things have an irresistible mystique, and
she honors the back stories they bring to a piece of artwork.
Doug La Ferle’s interactive robotic sculptures reflect his love of art, science, and salvage. Combining
reclaimed items and everyday objects with technology, he creates imaginative machines that are
animated by motion, light and sound. It’s as if the discards from the Edison lab and Grandpa’s attic woke
up and came to life.
Also accomplished in the fine arts, he has produced paintings for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan,
HopCat Restaurant in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan State House of Representatives office building.
Earning a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan, La Ferle has been a
professional architect for over thirty years and recently renovated the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Carl
Schultz House in St. Joseph, MI.
His work has been featured in The Herald-Palladium, MLive, the Macomb Daily, Royal Oak Patch and the
Grand Rapids Press.
Cindy’s Art Blog:
Cindy’s Photo Diary:
Cindy’s Writing Website:
Doug’s Artist Website:
Website for the Carl Schultz House:
For more information about Doug and Cindy, please email them at
Gray Lyons - Riverwalk Gallery
Gray Lyons is a photographer and installation artist whose work addresses themes of memory, history,
sexuality and self. She has received degrees from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Savannah College of Art
and Design and Towson University. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and
internationally, and can be found in the collections of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender
and Reproduction, the Siena Art Institute Library, the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur and the Brauer
Museum of Art. Ms. Lyons has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Georgetown
College, Goucher College and other venues.
From the artist: “My images are large-scale cyanotypes. They are life-sized images of my body, created
by using my body as a photographic negative, directly on the paper. Cyanotypes are created by
hand-coating a surface (in this case, paper) with a light-sensitive solution, then exposing the coated
surface to the sun. The body resting on the coated surface blocks the light, which creates a photographic
impression. This is an antique photographic process (circa 1840).”
For more information about Gray Lyons, please email her at
The Box Factory for the Arts is located at 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085 .
For more information, contact the Box Factory for the Arts at 269.983.3688 or visit

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