Painting, Pottery, Photography,

July 12 through August 26, 2017

Mary Broccolo-Derr
in the Roti Roti Gallery

Greg Allen
in the Showplace Gallery

Rex Rose
in the Hess Gallery

A public reception was held
Sunday, July 16, from 2:00-4:00pm.


Color, Light and Harmony

Mary T. Broccolo-Derr, originally from the Chicago area, has lived in southwest Michigan for over 40 years. She received a BS in Secondary Art Education at Texas State University, and an MS at Indiana University. She teaches art classes at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI, and also teaches high school art at Eau Claire, MI, public schools. Her exhibit, Color, Light and Harmony , concentrates on the local scenery including dunes, country fields, forests, and orchards. “Most recently my interest lies in the break of dawn when the light plays with the local colors in the landscape. This golden hour has its own color language that infuses the elements in the landscape with a unique color key, be it cloudy, rainy, sunny, or hazy, they all have their own mood which inspires a new way to express myself with color and paint.”

Journey from the Earth

Greg Allen presently works as a studio potter from his home in South Bend Indiana. His show, Journey from the Earth, features unique clay pieces which “have come from the earth, have been thrown on the wheel, have come out of the heat from the kiln, and now into your hands.” He has spent the majority of his working career as a mechanical engineering designer, working for the Torrington Bearing Company and Robert Bosch. It was not until he moved to Rutherford County, North Carolina, when he discovered his interest in southern folk pottery. Since moving back to South Bend he has owned and operated West End Studios, a ceramic studio and gallery, located in Buchanan, MI, where he produced his wares and taught pottery classes. He has participated in various art shows throughout Southwestern Michigan including Art Beat in South Bend and the Michiana Pottery Tour in Goshen, Indiana. Greg and his wife, Rebecca, are currently building a new home and studio in Niles, MI, where he will also open a gallery to display his work.

My Flower Garden

Rex Rose is a lifelong Buchanan resident whose love of photography began at an early age, with a Roy Rogers’ box camera, and grew into a wonderful hobby. He now shoots with a Canon Rebel XTSLR. He is a retired machine repairman who spent 20 years at Clark Equipment Company and 23 years at AM General. His premier exhibit, My Flower Garden, is a collection of photographs taken on travels to Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, and in his own back yard. His photography interests also include sunsets, wildlife, lighthouses, and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Rex and his wife, Jean, are involved with the Buchanan Scarecrow Charities with Rex providing all of the photos for the organization’s yearly catalog.

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