A Life of Creativity

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The Box Factory for the Art starts off the new year showcasing a lifetime of art and creativity, by artist Sherwood Snyder. All three galleries will be filled with Snyder’s work. It appears that Sherwood Snyder has been involved with art for the entire span of his eighty nine years. Though he spent four years in the U. S. Navy and some thirty two years teaching theater on the university level, he was never far from his studio where he carved out a second career creating maquettes for larger sculptures, designing carpet and needlepoint canvases for some major firms, working on assemblages composed of made and found objects , designing settings and costumes for well over ninety theater productions, and painting everything from portraits to landscapes. Examples of that body of work will go on exhibit throughout the galleries at the Box Factory for the Arts. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist onFriday, January 19, 2018. The public is invited to the opening from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.


Sherwood Snyder: A Retrospective will be displayed from January 19th - March 3rd. The Box Factory galleries are free and open to the public during regular business hours ofMonday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM.





5:30 – 7:30 PM

Artist Talk

6:00 PM

EXHIBITION OPENING at the Krasl Art Center


6:00 – 8:00 PM

707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph


Toast to Artist


7:30 PM



Curator led tour of exhibitions

Box Factory for the Arts

11:00 AM


Sherwood Snyder


The Box Factory portion of the retrospective will feature the artist’s designs for large, outdoor

sculptures, his carpet and needlepoint designs, many paintings, his Mantelpiece Series and a collection

of costume plates, scene designs and model stage settings from his years in the theater. On loan from

the Chapel Hill Church in Sodus, his CHRIST AT THE WELL which was done in 1946 will be displayed along

with several earlier works such as a stick puppet done back in 1939 and a WWII cartoon found behind

wallboard during a recent renovation of the artist’s 1926 family home east of town.

His exhibition at the Krasl will be mounted in the Lab Gallery centering around the artist’s use of found objects as seen in his massive QUILT II which was created for the 2011 ART PRIZE. It was created of

hundreds of cat food cans of various sizes enhanced with wooden beads and geometric forms to make

the 9’x12’ quilt pattern of blues, yellow and white . Also on display will be QUILT IV which is composed of many multi-colored bottle caps and jar lids . A large selection of bottle caps and all the necessary materials will be available for visitors to construct an individual bottle cap rosette that will go into the construction of the next quilt or a piece similar to the artist’s 3”X3”X3” OR THERE ABOUT which won a people’s choice award in a recent Krasl Members’ Show.

“Art has been a part of my life since I could hold a pencil. Crayons and colored pencils were my constant companions throughout my youth, long before I learned about watercolor and oils, long before I could afford either. With some degree of natural talent, I was able to find validation from the early age of five. Encouraged by teachers in a one room school house, I was called upon to design such things as posters, Holiday decorations, the Valentine’s box, May baskets, each chore fortifying my hold on Art. Few items from those halcyon days remain. The first major piece that drew attention in the Herald Palladium in 1944 was an oil, CHRIST AT THE WELL, which still hangs in the Chapel Hill Church, Sodus, Michigan. From that point on, daily life has always included two or three art projects at a time. In that same year, I became involved with the Twin City Players bringing about my dual interests in Theater and Art. High

School centered around both disciplines with mentorship from Margaret Meyn, Marquerite Frederickson, and Josephine Bridgham. Four years of involvement with the Norfolk Little Theater, the

Portsmouth Civic Theater, and WTAR-TV kept the creative juices flowing while serving in the U. S. Navy

(1950-54). Western Michigan University, the University of Oregon and the University of Minnesota consumed the next ten years of my life, majoring in Art, Film, Speech and Theater, earning a Doctorate

in 1966.

I have had four major exhibitions (David Strawn Gallery in Jacksonville, IL; South Haven Center for the Arts in Michigan; The Ferguson Gallery of Concordia College, Oak Park, IL; President’s Gallery of Chicago State University, Illinois;) and have always hoped for a retrospective of my work in my home Twin Cities, an exhibition that would include that early 1945 painting, costume and set designs for the theater, carpet and needlepoint designs for various manufacturers, sculpture (assemblages), works in acrylics and the large QUILT from the 2011 Grand Rapids ART PRIZE.” - Sherwood Snyder


Sponsored by: Frank and Lana DeFrancesco


The Box Factory for the Artsis 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 https://boxfactoryforthearts.org/





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