Hello art lovers! Our next reception is Sunday, July 15th from 2-4pm. As always, our receptions are free to attend, open to the public, and will have light refreshments (and air conditioning!) available. Come help us celebrate the work of our current artists, Matthew Payovich, Jennifer Watts, and Lynda Price.
R O T I R O T I
M A T T H E W P A Y O V I C H
B E T W E E N T H E M U D A N D T H E S T A R S
Matt Payovich is a painter who lives and works in St. Joseph, MI. Matt uses several different media to produce life-like images of his subjects, all of which he feels a personal connection to, whether these might be still-lifes, portraits, or even a series of renderings of his beloved pet and mischievous muse, Winnie the Wunderdog.
Matt always strives to depict the essence of his subjects, and this naturally leads him to contemplate their spiritual nature. Early in his career, Matt became interested in the works of the classical masters and their paintings of Christian images and sacred icons. Trying to replicate the patina of these ancient masterpieces, Matt often uses thermal enamel on ceramic tile in his own art. This has been his preferred medium for several years.
Indeed, much of Matt’s work is inspired by his deep personal fait and his enduring interest in Christian art. Matt believes that Christian art is a genre which is underrepresented in the collective portfolio of the present-day art world. “Too much egocentricity, not enough Christ-centricity,” as he would say. For Matt, truth and beauty are essential elements in creating good art.
Some of Matt’s artistic influences would include great masters such as Rembrandt and Velasquez, as well as more contemporary artists like Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.
Matt has done several commissioned pieces for both Catholic and Congregational churches in Southwest Michigan. Most recently, he designed and created art for the Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MI, featuring mosaic tile pieces for the chapel’s altar.
Matt was an Art Department faculty member at Lake Michigan College for many years and is currently teaching at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, MI.
JE N N I F E R W A T T S
!VIVA! TRES TYPOS
Jennifer is a 4th generation artist, influenced in her works by the colors and cultures of Latin America, Russia, India, the Middle East, Africa, the ancient Silk Road, and numerous other cultures. Since her first trip to Russia at 17, the folklore, architecture, music, culture and history captured her imagination. While living in Costa Rica for two years, she spent her time studying the arts and natural habitat. African American artists in Chicago, New York and Detroit also influenced her while her mother acted as an art agent. Jennifer studied at several colleges and universities, and is a graduate of ORU’s Ministry Training and Development Institute. Her interest in ancient history and archaeology stemmed from her father’s profession in that field. Jennifer became a Texas Master Naturalist in 2008, following the path of her grandfather, who was also a naturalist and conservationist. She served on the board of Valley Nature Center for two years. Her most recent inspiration comes from research travels in Honduras, Belize, and Cuba, and at the largest Dia de los Muertos cultural event in this country. The research of the San Antonio missions is continuing as well. She enjoys spending time in her hometown, Niles, Michigan, and another on the border of Texas and Mexico, where she and her mother run Cross-Cultural Ministries, feeding the poor, researching, and teaching. All proceeds from sales go to help the poor around the world through Feeding The Nations, of South Bend, Indiana.
- Member of the Berrien Artist Guild
- Directed a youth mural project in 2012, Niles, MI
- Ira Clark Art for a Cause (Lake Michigan College) – 2011, 2012, 2014
- Honorable Mention – Ira Clark, AFAC, 2014
- Shoot! – Box Factory For the Arts ,
- Creation Without Borders – Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
- Painting on loan at Santa Ana NWR
- Work shown at the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum, 2014
- Jewelry was featured at the Box Factory for the Arts 20th Anniversary Celebration
- Painting and photography in the MAAC 2016 show, at the Box Factory
- Jewelry available at Buchanan Art Center, and the Box Factory for the Arts
- Photography featured by Pure Michigan’s fall campaign
- Arts on the Millrace, Goshen, IN, 2015-2018
- Photography featured by various news stations, and tourism websites in both MI and TX.
L Y N D A ‘ S L E G A C Y
H E S S & S H O W C A S E S
Lynda Price attended Indiana University and The University of Hawaii and received her MFA from Indiana University at Bloomington. Lynda’s art career has included several mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture, pottery and folk art. She taught art in the South Bend Community Schools for 30 years and retired to her own country art studio overlooking pastures of horses. Her favorite medium was always clay and her favorite subject was often horses. She was able to combine her talent with her father who was a retired tool and die maker. Together they produced what they called “Earth, Metal and Fire.” After his passing she continued to create pieces in a new direction incorporating clay with other objects.
Jeff Price, Husband and partner
Lynda Price’s work has been recognized
in various galleries and art shows across
the country. Through her passion of fine
arts, she brought individuals of all walks
of life together. She taught pottery to
friends and family, always encouraging
and supporting their work. Additionally,
Lynda taught fine arts in the South Bend
School System for over 30 years.