July 15th Reception

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.

Exhibit 2018 Slot 5Exhibit 2018 Slot 5  <–Click the link to the left to see the brochure.


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.




Artist Bio

 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.

April 15 Public Reception

The public is invited to attend this free reception on Sunday, April 15th from 2-4pm to celebrate the current exhibitions at the Buchanan Art Center. Light refreshments provided. Exhibit runs 3/28/18-5/5/18.

Roti Roti Gallery – Inside / Outside
Oils by Jackie Welsh and Cheryl Phelan

Showplace Gallery – High School & Middle School Art Exhibit

(Show runs 3/28/18-4/19/18)

Hess Library Gallery – The Art Experience
Featuring artwork by GateWay Services Participants.



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Kewanna Landscape by Cheryl Phelan


Several of the still life paintings in this exhibition were created while Cheryl and I were painting (with others) in a turn of the century building in Kewanna, Indiana.  Why do we paint when others are so much better? We paint to discover ways to show viewers what we see in a vista that inspires us to make a painting. Maybe it’s a cloud with the light behind it? Or, we struggle away to mix just the right color to paint the inside of the teacup. Sometimes we get it right! Our Kewanna mentor and friend, Diane Tesler, continues to inspire us. A few of the landscape paintings shown here, were started in the wildlife-filled environment of Edisto Island, South Carolina, where we spent a chilly week in January 2018. Even with strong winds, we sketched at the beach and set up our easels on the last sunny day to paint at Mossy Oaks Farm. Painting partners and best friends, we share tips, art books, encouragement, while making coffee and art and enjoying a good laugh. At least one of the paintings was started on location and finished in my garage.

Jackie Welsh

When painting still life paintings in oil, I see more than the objects.  The objects transcend into characters or icons for me.  The groupings can tell a story, establish a moment in time, develop a dialogue…or sometimes it is just about beauty, color and form.  The landscapes are mostly painted outdoors and finished with reference photos.  I try to capture the beauty around us in every day places in our every day life.  My hope is to transport the viewer to a place or evoke a feeling or an emotion. I paint with friends in a workshop setting, in each other’s studio or outdoors.  Painting together is not only pleasurable, we are constantly learning from each other.  Jackie and I travelled to Edisto Island, South Carolina this January. We have included several of our paintings from that time. We have painted together for a long time. She pushes me to do more, see more and has my back. And, yes, I have been in her garage many times. Life is pretty good and art makes it better.

Cheryl Bennett Phelan


Biography – Jackie Welsh

Jackie Welsh has been looking at, thinking about, talking about, and making art for over thirty years.

Welsh is known in the South Bend, Indiana, arts community for her twenty- plus year career as curator of education, public programs, in South Bend art museums. Welsh worked first at the South Bend Museum of Art, followed by ten years at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, where she collaborated with schools, taught docents, and developed community programs. In the early 1990’s Welsh was the manager of the Art Market Sales and Rental Gallery (now the Dot Shop) at SBMA.

While developing the annual Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community celebrations held at the Snite Museum, (2000 – 2010) Welsh discovered her love of Mexico’s cultural traditions, Latino art and artists, and the colorful folk art created for the Day of the Dead. She volunteers with Day of the Dead celebrations at Notre Dame, at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture and elsewhere in the South Bend community. In 2017, she returned to Oaxaca, Mexico for Day of the Dead festivities, visits to the cemeteries and churches and to the studio homes of folk artists in the suburbs of Oaxaca City.

Welsh has volunteered at the SBMA with the Scholastic Art Awards, at ND Center for Arts and Culture, Perley Fine Arts Academy, Fernwood, and the Hoosier Art Patrons since her retirement.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Welsh graduated from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, fifty years ago with a BA in Psychology and Studio Art for Teachers. She has studied painting with several Notre Dame professors including Doug Kinsey, Don Vogl, and Maria Tomasula.  While living in Baltimore in the mid 1980’s she studied with Eugene Leake, former head of the Maryland Institute of Art.

For several years, Welsh has attended a still life painting workshop with noted teacher and artist, Diane Tesler, in Kewanna, Indiana. Summer, 2017, she spent a week at Oxbow, (the summer school of the Art Institute of Chicago) focused on printmaking techniques. She participated in a Monotype workshop and exhibition at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture. Following a trip to Cuba in May 2017, she created a series of monotypes with Master Printer, Jill Lerner.

Welsh’s art has been included in exhibitions at the Midwest Museum of American Art, Church of the Savior Atrium Gallery, Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve, the Jewish Federation Gallery, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, and the Hoosier Salon. She was recognized in the IUSB publication entitled “ Fine Arts of the South Bend Region 1840-2000”.

Biography – Cheryl Bennett Phelan

Cheryl Bennett Phelan divides her time between family, friends and art making.  She is as passionate about her art as a full time artist. As an artist, nothing inspires her more than visiting art museums or artist’s studios, looking at art reproductions in her collection of art books, discussing art over coffee or painting with friends. Although Phelan has worked in many media, she now spends her time painting in oils.

Phelan has been heavily involved in the South Bend area arts.  She has been an art instructor in area schools and museums. She has been involved with museum administration and was the Director of Scholastic Art Awards Program. Phelan works part-time as a curator for The Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve Galleries.

Growing up on a farm in Beaverton, Michigan, she now treasures her precious childhood setting as a foundation for life long learning. She was a non-traditional student.  After 2 years of study at Western Michigan University, she married and began her family.   Years later after signing up for a local art class, area artist Lois Scannell encouraged her to return to her studies.  Phelan eventually earned her Bachelor of Science at Indiana University of South Bend, taking as many art classes as possible. After attended classes at University of Notre Dame, St Mary’s of the Woods and more graduate classes at IUSB, she earned her Masters in Education and teaching certification.  She continues to attend workshops for further instruction.

Phelan’s mentor and influence in recent years has been Diane Tesler, teacher, friend and artist.  While attending IUSB, she studied with Alan Larkin, Harold Zisla, Susan Hood and Stephanie Spencer.

Exhibition of Phelan’s artwork includes:  The Midwest Museum of Art, The South Bend Museum of Art, Fernwood Clark Art Gallery, Kewanna Show, Woodlawn Hospital and The Church of the Savior Atrium Gallery. She was also mentioned in the IUSB publication entitled “Fine Art of the South Bend Region 1840-2000” listing of Michiana Artists.



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