Ramiro Rodriguez
Drawings, paintings, prints

Linda Canfield
Photography, mixed media

Laurel Ellerbrook
Books, photography

Word and Deed

Ramiro Rodriguez is the son of Mexican immigrants who settled in southwestern Michigan in the early 1960’s. He is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design, and received an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He states: “My work has always dealt with the relationships that inform my world. The prints in this exhibition are an attempt to show respect and admiration for my family’s history while presenting a bit of this story to a larger audience.” Rodriguez currently serves as Exhibition Coordinator with the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. He has taught art at several universities, and has exhibited and won many awards in Indiana and Michigan.

A portion of this exhibit was made possible
through an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission

Barns of Berrien County

Linda Canfield has been a “fixture” in Buchanan for many years.
She is a storyteller and loves working with children. She has performed and directed at the Tin Shop Theatre, directed drama at Buchanan High School, and helped to create the Buchanan Art Center. Linda was associated with the Snite Museum for 30 years, first as volunteer and later as an employee. Regarding her photography show, Barns of Berrien County, she says her love of barns “goes back a very long time. Barns are an integral part of farm life. Sometimes barns were as important as the home. A well-built barn represented wealth and stability.” Her husband, Rex Canfield, builds birdhouses out of old barn siding, and some will be on display with her photos.

In the Beginning

Laurel Ellerbrook was born in Wisconsin and raised in several small towns there. She graduated with a B.S. degree in elementary education from Sioux Falls College in South Dakota. After moving to Buchanan, she taught first graders for five years, then became a stay-at-home mom. In the Beginning, her exhibit, shows how she alters photographs, paper, prints, etc.
“As a photographer, I love to travel, explore, and discover new and interesting people and places….
I love to make little books and journals and by making my own paper I am assured that each project is truly unique.”
She always has some kind of art project in process.

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