ntaa-fall-art-hop-poster-2016All ages can enjoy a fun twist on fall color tours in Southwest Michigan when they attend the Fall Harvest Art Hop on Oct. 21 in the arts district of downtown Benton Harbor, Mich. Hosted by The New Territory Arts Association (NTAA), this rain-or-shine event from 5 to 9 p.m. features more than a dozen colorful venues to take in art, music, dance, children’s activities, wine, beer and food.

Participating sites include:

3 Pillars Music, 198 Water St. This store features one of the area’s best selections of musical instruments, amps, turntables and thousands of classic rock CDs and vinyl LPs, 45s and 78s. All evening it will offer special prices, sips and bites.

6 Degrees Resale Store, 205 W. Main St. It will host its first sidewalk sale and community block party starting at 5 p.m. Teaming up with its neighbors Ravitron and Emergency Shelter Services, 6 Degrees will help kick off the United Way of Southwest Michigan campaign. Family activities will include a chili cook-off, bounce house, live music, karaoke, walking tacos and great deals on merchandise (the store will round up all sales to the nearest dollar and donate the extra change to United Way). A suggested donation of $3 at the door will also benefit the campaign.

ARS Gallery, Arts & Culture Center, 147 Fifth St. Art Hoppers are invited to a book signing by John Wilson, the renaissance man behind the world-renowned Chicago Art Exposition. Art enthusiasts can also see the gallery’s recently opened “Welcome to Hundoland” art exhibit featuring Brooklyn, N.Y. artist FUDD. The mixed-media work tells the story of a gritty group of Brooklyn teens as they stumble through the misadventures of first loves, heartaches and life’s ever-changing moments.

Benton Harbor Public Library, 213 E. Wall St. It will host an opening reception for local abstract artists Ashley Kalin and Sydney Ziemke and offer an opportunity to view their pieces. Visitors are encouraged to support the library’s “Take a Seat” campaign to raise $10,500 needed to replace 100, worn-out, 48-year-old plastic chairs. The evening’s refreshments will be provided by Benton Harbor’s Phoenix Rising and St. Joseph’s Biggby Coffee.

North Pier Brewing Company, 670 N. Shore Dr. It’s the first time for this new micro-brewery to be on the Art Hop tour. They will pour from their list of hand-crafted beers and Belgian-inspired and yeast-forward ales until 11 p.m.

OutCenter, 132 Water St. This community resource center will feature artwork by Kristin Abhalter and Ruby Thorkelson in an exhibition curated by Siobhan Leonard.  OutCenter board members and friends will be on hand to talk over snacks and beverages about services and upcoming events.

Pair Studio, 74 Wall St. Artists Laura Boyce and Cara Garnett will open their studio to show work in progress.

Phoenix Rising Café and Coffee Shop, 124 Water St. This popular lunch destination is extending its hours for Art Hoppers. Over a dinner of fresh-made soups, salads and sandwiches or fresh-brewed coffee, visitors can see the work of three photographers and their interpretations of the inner mysteries of Benton Harbor’s iconic building, Mary’s Fireproof Hotel.

The Citadel Dance Center, 91 Hinkley St. All ages will enjoy stopping in to watch dancers rehearse their upcoming performance of “The Steamed Nutcracker” from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Citadel Music Center, 204 Water St. Visitors can tour the studios, hear live performances by students, and enjoy small bites and sips.

The Collective Yoga Studio, 226 Territorial Rd. This site will feature the artwork of Gustavo Lamas. He describes his work at GOOSEarte Urban Mixed Media. The studio will offer guests complimentary fall treats as well as hot cider, juice, smoothies and coffee for sale in their café. Visitors at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. can also watch live aerial yoga demonstrations.

The Livery, 190 Fifth St. It will serve its hand-forged micro-brews and locally sourced foods until 11 p.m. Music enthusiasts are encouraged to come early to hear Georgian Brooks Williams, one of America’s “Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists,” perform his blues, country and touch of Americana at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

The Oak Room at The Citadel, 91 Hinkley St. This public and private event site will celebrate its fifth anniversary by showcasing posters and photos from the historic building’s recent happenings and past.

The Sweet Bar by Mason Jar, 138 Water St. This is a popular treat destination for the entire family. In addition to enjoying its artisan gelato and sorbetto, visitors can view functional ceramics and wearable knitted fiber by Jordan Adams, painted peg dolls plus mini-bird paintings by Lucy Alexander (age 11) and Olive Alexander (age 8) who will donate 20% of their mini-bird painting sales to Saugatuck Coastal Dune Alliance; mixed media jewelry by Lynne Clayton; and autumn still life oil paintings by Scott Elliott.

Wall Street Studio, 76 W. Wall St. This site also will display paintings by Scott Elliott.

Water Street Glassworks, 140 Water St. It will host its Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch and Fall in Love with Glass Exhibit featuring local artists’ seasonal inspirations. Visitors will enjoy picking a one-of-a-kind blown-glass pumpkin or glass art to start or add to their fall décor collections.  Each piece is made on site and sales help support Water Street Glassworks. Throughout the evening, students from the Fired Up! program will demonstrate their talents.

Other Art Hop stops include Artists at 210 Water St.; Dwellers Coworking, 140 Fifth St.; Murphee’s Boutique, 82 W. Main St.; The Inn at Harbor Shores, 800 Whitwam Dr., St. Joseph; Third Coast Paddling, 241 E. Main St.; Thayer Inc., 225 Fifth St.; The Hawk’s Nest, 165 E. Main St. and Top Hat Collectibles, 220 Water St.



September 17, 2016


artoberfest2016BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — A full-day of fall fun is on tap Sept. 17 during the New Territory Arts Association’s (NTAA) 10th Annual Artoberfest in downtown Benton Harbor, Mich., This rain-or-shine family festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. at the corner of 5th and Park Streets near the Livery Microbrewery.“This is our tenth year of celebrating regional arts, music and the craftsmanship of area winemakers and brew masters,” said Ken Ankli, president of the New Territory Arts Association. “Artoberfest is our association’s principal fundraiser to support arts programs, scholarships and projects in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Enjoying this fall fun makes a year-round impact on our grassroots arts community.”

Admission to the festival grounds is free from noon to 4 p.m. (a donation of $5 is suggested.) After 4 p.m., adult admission is $5 and those under 21 years old are free. This year’s Artoberfest sponsors are United Federal Credit Union, The Schalon Foundation, Silver Beach Pizza, Four Winds Casino Resort and Holt Bosse.

Festival activities include:

Noon-7 p.m.: Art seekers can explore up to 20 tents showcasing regional artists’ glasswork, paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fiber and repurposed art. Visitors are encouraged to also see the newly installed bench in the district’s Art’s Park featuring a mosaic of 2”x2” fused glass tiles created by hundreds of people of all ages and walks of life.

1 p.m.-9 p.m.: The Artoberfest Main Stage will offer a variety of musical entertainment. The shows kick off with local vocalist Meredith George and singer/songwriter and guitarist Dan Maxon. The duo’s intimate acoustic style contains influences from rock, folk and jazz.

2:30 p.m.: The Concussions, a quirky quartet of instrumentalists from Grand Rapids, Mich., riff like Link Wray with hints of Ennio Morricone, Joe Meek and Herb Alpert. But this foursome also diddles with Beatlesque melodies. Concert-goers can expect to hear arrangements from their most adventurous album to date, “Newago Sound Machine” recently released by Double Crown Recording.

4 p.m.: The Sypian Family Band will come up from Berrien Springs, Mich., to play its blues, jazz and rock-and-roll infused music. Popular with locals, the band members are best known for getting audiences moving with their soul- stirring performances.

Two headliner bands will close the evening.

5:30 p.m.: Mike Struwin & the Roots Down Band from St. Joseph, Mich., will bring its unique style to the stage. A prolific songwriter, Struwin creates his story-based tunes from a myriad of music genres including country, Americana, roots, rock, Memphis soul and even reggae. The band’s audiences rarely sit still.

7:30 p.m.: BYJR (Bill Yank and Johnny Reb) from Kalamazoo, Mich., will help bring down the sun with their funk/soul music. Influenced by Dr. John, The Meters, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Buddy Miles and Black Keys, this regional favorite has created a following with its addictive sound.

Ankli said throughout the event, festival-goers can enjoy a wide selection of craft beers, local wines and family-friendly fare from area food vendors. For an updated Artoberfest schedule and list of participants, volunteer opportunities or other Benton Harbor Arts District events, contact info@newterritoryarts.org or visit the New Territory Arts Association on Facebook.