South Haven Area Mural Project (Sh-amp) is a new non-profit satellite branch of Foundry Hall. We are an artist collective working with local business owners and residents who want to participate in a South Haven beautification initiative. We believe that the often overlooked areas – parking lots and side streets – offer a great opportunity for collaborative public art projects. The murals we create will catch the eye of visitors, offer locals a more pleasing environment, and encourage public interaction with art. Sh-amp is dedicated to using self-expression as a tool for positive social change, and our work is impossible without donations and grants.
Please consider making a tax deductible contribution today to ensure that our
Our mission is to enrich our environment while nourishing creativity though large- scale murals. These paintings will inspire the viewer, form community, challenge perception while beautifying our neighborhood.
This project will promote South Haven and the surrounding area as being at the heart of Michigan’s “art coast” and generate more interest in visiting our
community while supporting the local art community.
We believe in expression, collaboration, community and education.
Thanks to collaborations with businesses and the generous donation of paint from Lakeshore Paint, our current projects for 2017 include the exterior wall of Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle, the exterior basement wall of Black River Tavern, the interior of South Haven Ice Rink.
We are currently planning the projects for 2018. If you have a wall that you’re
interested in having painted by Sh-amp, please feel free to contact us.
This project is in it’s early stages and is currently made possible with donations. Through grant funding and collaborations we are working toward sustainability for this ongoing project. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution today to support public art in South Haven!
Click here to hear the “Arts and More” interview with Sh-amp on WMUK!
This is an informal and incomplete archive of Foundry Hall. It’s really just a running log of the stuff that happens and anyone is welcome to contribute. (Email photos and comments, reviews, etc, to firstname.lastname@example.org with archive in the subject). Artists’ websites are linked so you can find out more!
12/21/17 open mic @ the River Bottom
Christmas themed Open Mic!
12/16/17 Foundry Hall Christmas concert (and benefit for WeCaRE) (United Methodist Church)
Musicians Ron Van Lente, Al Cole, Senior Center Chimes, Shyreece Pompey, Dan Pierce, South Haven Men’s Chorus. Joe Foster, Brianna Rigozzi, Modre Sonnette Bells, Tom Rasely and Katie Hillyard performed a variety of Christmas themed music from classics to originals, instrumentals to a capella voices. It was a wonderful evening of music and the generous audience donated more than $900 to the WECARE non-profit organization that helps out so many of our local residents with basic needs and resources. Thank you to these musicians for helping make it a special night for so many.
12/14/17 A Songwriter’s Trio featuring Allison Downey, Ed Dupas and Andy Baker (BRT)
Three MI songwriters took turns playing their original songs and telling us how they write them, their inspirations and back stories.
12/2/17 Steve Barber Family Concert plus petting zoo @ the South Haven Memorial Library
There wasn’t a huge crowd for this afternoon family concert, but the people who did come had a fun time singing along with Steve and then checking out percussion instruments with Foundry volunteers Dan Pierce and Lotte Resek as well as guitars, ukuleles, banjo and violin. Music for all ages, music can be fun and accessible for everyone!
Anna P.S. 11/18/17 House Concert @ Casa Roja Grande in Bangor
Anna P.S. performed her original music using acoustic guitar, foot percussion and the flute for a group of about 22 friends and family in a comfortable living room in Bangor. For more information on Anna and her heartfelt music check out her website!
House concerts are wonderful things. We’d love to create more opportunities for musicians to share their original music and for music appreciating folks to experience it and meet others! Let us know if you’d like to get in on this as a host, audience member or artist!
OPEN MIC 11/16 @ The River Bottom
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ADRIAN LEGG 11/12/17 @ The River Bottom
This was a fun Sunday evening concert with this British custom acoustic-electric, fingerstyle guitar player with over 40 years under his belt. He brought with him an eclectic set of effect pedals and we set up a separate speaker so we could create a stereo sound for the “sloshing” of his reverb. It was a memorable concert with beautiful, inventive songs and hilarious stories.
“Adrian Legg is a guitariist’s guitarist; a true musician and master of his instrument. I’ve known of Adrian for decades but this is the first chance I’ve had to see him play live. I’m glad I went.” Tom Rasely, local musician
Danny Schmidt 10/30/17 @ Epiphany Church, small chapel
The sound is really nice in the small chapel. This was a really nice show with sweet songs, wonderful finger picking. Thank you Linda Baker and Sheral Bradley for helping bring Danny Schmidt back to South Haven! Danny Schmidt
Open Mic 10/19/17
Tidbits from Foundry Hall’s 79th consecutive monthly Open Mic hosted by Paul Hogan at The Black River Tavern “River Bottom”. Kicked off at 7pm by Steve Barber and closed a little after 10pm by Andy Baker with several really well written and performed original songs with this month’s song prompt “fall to pieces”. Seven dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies were consumed. Performances also by Dan Smith, Bryan Klnesteker, Guy and Karen Stinson, Tom Meldrim, Ron Van Lente with Jill Priebe and David Veenstra, Erica Huizenga, Doug Huizenga, Chuck Rysenga and William Nelson.
Those in attendance donated $110 to Foundry Hall’s mission of building community through music. It was a great night of music, networking and supporting Foundry Hall. November’s Song Challenge prompt words are “be well” and “too bad you’re so …”. Performers using either prompt in an original song receive one free drink. Foundry Hall’s Open Mic takes place from 7-10pm on the third Thursday of every month at the River Bottom (downstairs at the Black River Tavern – 403 Phoenix Street).
before this there was a lot…we’re working on the archive backwards and slowly!
Kayla graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration in the Spring of 2014. Following her graduation, Kayla received her first major commission; a mural welcoming visitors to the city of South Haven, Michigan co-funded by South Haven Health Systems and the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home.
Having served a year-long internship at the South Haven Center for the Arts, Kayla co-chaired the 2015 Mistletoe Market, co-judged the 2015 South Haven Art Fair, designed publications, and assisted in coordinating and executing building renovations and maintenance. Still an active member, Kayla regularly enters her work in the various exhibitions held at the center and volunteers there.
Kayla joined South Haven Area Mural Project, aka “Sh-amp”, a new non-profit in collaboration with Foundry Hall in Spring of 2017. Since joining she has completed her first mural in partnership with Sh-amp on the RocknRoad building in South Haven, Michigan. She plans to continue to add beauty to her hometown in conjunction with this new non-profit in the years to come.
Family focused and driven, Kayla’s work centers around relationships and loved ones. Portraiture as her forte, Kayla enjoys illustrating captured memories shared by generations of family. Kayla’s love for portraiture and current employment at the local funeral home have found her a new niche of projects, creating memorial portraits for families who have lost loved ones.
In addition to her figurative work, Kayla also creates landscapes often inspired by her hometown and state. She very much enjoys being outside and has a great wonder and admiration for nature and all its elements, especially water.
Kayla is fluent in an array of traditional media including, but not limited to, graphite, colored pencil, pastel, and watercolor. Although she uses digital programs to assist in her process, Kayla’s true passion lies within traditional media. As Kayla’s media changes, the themes driving her work remain consistent.
Outside the studio, Kayla enjoys spending time out doors with her family. She enjoys strolling through the streets of South Haven while taking in the scene of Lake Michigan. Kayla also enjoys riding bicycles, swimming, and running with her beagle, Buddy.
Family oriented, nature inspired, and community driven, Kayla strives to enrich the lives of others and herself through her art. She works to illustrate and share the beauty of creation and its processes.
Kayla’s “Sawyer’s Passage” mural at 315 Broadway, South Haven. Completed October 2017.Click here to view the creation of “Sawyer’s Passage”.
Foundry Hall proudly presents the first annul South Haven Jazz Festival, two evenings of jazz in downtown South Haven. Join us Friday and Saturday, September 15th and 16th from 5-10pm at Dyckman park in front of the Huron Street Pavilion for a showcase local and regional jazz musicians.
Jazz Brunch at Cogdal Vineyard 11-2pm $30 (space limited – advance tickets available here!)
All of this is made possible by the contributions from the following sponsors and individual donations:
Annie Brown and Jeff Filbrandt
Michigan Local Market
Steve and Sheryl Drenth
The Wise Family
Thank you all for helping create the First Annual South Haven Jazz Festival!
If you’d like to help with the financial considerations (90% of which is for the music) please let us know. If you are interested in volunteering to help plan or to help make sure the two evenings go smoothly let us know!
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Foundry Hall is proud to be a participating organization in the community! In addition to our regularly scheduled community music programs (as well as the many concerts we host by touring musicians) we have taken on additional projects collaborating with other organizations to bring more music to the community. How do we do it all? With help from volunteers, generous members of the South Haven community, grant funds from the South Haven Community Foundation and partnering with the City of South Haven. If you would like to get involve send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you join our effort.
Foundry Hall presented the First Annual Jazz Festival in Dyckman Park. This two evening festival showcased local and regional musicians
Featuring regional musicians: The Andrew Fisher Quartet, Ivan Akansiima, Edye Evans Hyde, Blue Shoes, the South Haven Area Mens Chorus, Pete Wehle, Grant Frabe, Jazzmin II and the Lake Effect Jazz Band featuring vibraphonist Jim Cooper.
JigJam, a touring musical group all the way from Ireland, performed at Glenn Square community park. This free show was presented by Foundry Hall and marks the first collaboration with the small community of Glenn just north of South Haven.
The second Annual Rhythm on the River – July 22nd
Foundry Hall offers the second annual one-day free Rhythm on the River festival featuring Michigan musicians performing their original music. There was lots of fun at this family friendly event and a wide range of music enjoyed while relaxing on the grass at Riverfront Park .
Foundry Hall continues to book and host the Riverfront Concert Series for the City of South Haven with the South Haven Public Schools’ High School Jazz band kicking off the series in late May.
Foundry Hall partners with Cogdal Vineyards to offer a jazz lunch, free admission at the Vineyard featuring Kalamazoo musicians Benje Daneman and Rufus Ferguson.
Foundry Hall presents local musicians at the Congregational Church on Phoenix Road during their free community dinners on Thursday nights. Musicians are paid a small amount from the Community Music Fund and get a chance to share and connect with community members.
Projects for Fall 2016:
This October, Foundry Hall produced an educational program in the South Haven Schools featuring Michigan musicians, Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn of The Moxie Strings. In addition to two days of clinics with orchestra students from 6th to 12th grade, the project also provided a community concert free to all students and open to the community. The 75 minute concert closed with the orchestra students performing along side The Moxie Strings joined by drummer, Fritz McGirr. They played songs they had learned in the clinics and everyone had a chance to give an improvised solo.
The feedback from students, parents and the community members that attended the performance was overwhelmingly positive. We feel we have given the students a memorable experience that was eye-opening, inspirational and fun. We want to thank SHPS Orchestra director Jessica Fiederowicz for working with us to make this happen. This program was made possible in part by a grant from the South Haven Community Foundation and the Albemarle Foundation. We greatly appreciate their support in Foundry Hall projects.
In September, Foundry Hall volunteer and songwriter, Andy Baker, assembled a “songwriter’s circle” with fellow musicians Michael Crittenden and Joe Shields. A fun format of taking turns sharing songs, the show was very well received. We’d love to do this sort of thing more often!
Fall Festival downtown featuring Grand Rapids alt-folk, indie pop, jazz group Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe and the zany jug band stylings of the Coloma based Deep Fried Pickle Project starting at 12:30pm at the Huron Street pavilion as well as local musicians on the streets all day.
In November, Foundry Hall partnered with Al-Van Humane Society to present Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie, members of Canadian touring band Enter the Haggis at the Black River Tavern. Proceeds from the concert went to Al-Van raising $250.
Summer 2016 projects:
Foundry Hall hosted many kid friendly music experiences this summer. In coordination with his Riverfront Concert Series performance, pianist Matthew Ball did a special “Boogie Woogie” preschool program at the library during the regularly scheduled Tunebugs program offered weekly by Foundry Hall. The regularly scheduled Kids’ Cabaret Talent Share had a special patio edition with our old friend Andru Bemis. Michigan Folk Duo Gemini
gave a wonderful free family concert that was made possibly by generous donations from supportive community members. The lawn is a great spot to listen to music on the gentle sloping hill, dance in the grass and watch the boat traffic go by on the river! We will try to use that space more next summer for sure.
Foundry Hall coordinated a small group of college music students providing music in the Youth Development Corporation (YDC/PAL) day camps in June and July. This is the first summer that we have worked with this organization, but we hope to be able to enrich more of their programs with music. We are very happy to be job creators for these young folks, even if just for a few weeks!
After a full year of preparing, Foundry Hall also presented a one day music festival called Rhythm on the River on July 23rd at Riverfront Park. The festival featured Michigan musicians performing original music and had such family friendly activities as chalking the sidewalk, painting a naugahyde covered piano (now living
downstairs at the Black River Tavern) and corn hole games. Rising stars and long time Foundry Hall Talent Share participants, Daniel and Isabel Noguera, kicked off the festival with their fantastic original music.
We threw a party/sale at our soon to be vacated office space at the Warren Center (don’t worry we’re not disappearing, just working out shared space for lessons and workshops) on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in July. The South Haven Area Mens’ Chorus and our own music educator Doug Peterson performed in the late afternoon and then traveling musicians Drew Gibson, Jon Nazdin and Dave Hadley provided lovely entertainment on the patio that evening.
Finishing up the summer, local (Benton Harbor) musician and LMC student, Chris Kang, performed on the patio at the Warren Center announcing his upcoming CD release. Gobles musician, Andy Baker, performed his original work at the Black River Tavern.
Spring 2016 projects:
Foundry Hall coordinated local musicians for Spring Fling party in downtown South Haven on Saturday, April 23rd. Thirteen musicians, young and old, performed on the street corners to help create a festive environment. Foundry Hall paid a small stipend to each musician for their efforts from the Community Music Fund. This was a great opportunity for a lot of young musicians to try out informal performance and to meet other musicians. It also exposed lots of people to a variety of music styles and instruments.
In May, Foundry Hall hosted two free community music concerts. Local piano student, Hannah Jessup, performed her repetoire at the library and Joe Foster and Ron Van Lente who perform together as “Silver Threads” were featured at the Warren Senior Center. Andy Baker performed a the Black River Tavern (downstairs venue) as a community concert as well and we joined by the Silver Threads for a couple of songs.
The Riverfront Concert Series kicked off on May 26th with a performance of the South Haven High School Jazz Band directed by Jeff Bopp. Foundry Hall has partnered with the City of South Haven to book and host the Riverfront Concert Series, a series of free concerts on Thursday nights from late May to Labor Day.
Winter 2016 projects:
Foundry Hall hosted more Community Music Concerts including Pete Wehle‘s return to singing Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits and local musicians, Star and Charlie. Foundry Hall added to the Ice Breaker festivities in town by hosting the Deep Fried Pickle Project along the chili tasting tour. Danny Donuts livened up the library’s Ice Breaker story hour, as well.
Our monthly Kids’ Cabaret Talent Share continued through the winter with lots of fun music making, story telling and puppeteering creating a time and place for free creativity with friends and family.
Fall 2015 projects:
“A Gift of Music” Performance Series at the South Haven Memorial Library. The series showcases a variety of music performed by talented, local musicians and is free and open to the community. Featuring Roger Ransom, Eden Morris and Michael Vanden Tak, a South Haven High School Choir Ensemble led by Katie Hillyard and Erin Hill Van Horn and Catlin Nell Lancaster, the Library and Foundry Hall give the gift of live music this holiday season in the comfortable Library community room.
Foundry Hall, with the help of Roger Ransom, are maintaining the library’s Everett Piano. This was the last piano made at the Everett Piano factory in South Haven in 1986 and was donated to the City of South Haven. The inside of the cabinet is inscribed by the employees of the Everett Piano Company, then owned by Yamaha.
Summer 2015 projects:
Families from South Haven and the surrounding area hosted a traveling dance group from the Czech Republic this past August. Coordinated by Foundry Hall twenty-one members of the dance group Dance Studio Light of the Na Popolce School in Prague visited South Haven for two days en route from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to Chicago. They gave a very well received, free performance for the community on Thursday, August 21st at the First Hebrew Congregation Synagogue which the congregation let us use for free.
Foundry Hall was excited to be contacted by Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and happy to bring together so many people for a cultural exchange and performance opportunity and we hope to have more opportunities in the future.
Foundry Hall has hosted theRiverfront Concert Series with the City of South Haven this summer. We will do our best to carry on this long standing series offering a variety of local and regional musical talent and genres. Concerts are Thursday evenings in the summer at Riverfront Park on Water Street.
Foundry Hall and South Haven Center for the Arts are presented professional harpist, Laurel Federbush, closing the Talmud: Marc Chagall and Ben Zion exhibit at SHCA on July 24th, 6-7:30pm. Federbush has composed original music based on the Jewish Bible for the harp and will perform for the community at this free event.
Projects from earlier 2015: Earth Day Celebration with Transitions South Haven, Michigan History Day at North Shore Elementary with the Historical Association of South Haven, Arts Day at Lincoln Elementary and a four day African music project featuring Ugandan musician and educator, Kinobe.
Kinobe led workshops and performed for the students at Baseline Middle School. Foundry Hall obtained funding from the South Haven Community Foundation, South Haven Public School Foundation to make this possible. Foundry Hall coordinated with the school and provided technical assistance for the program.
In addition to the day at Baseline, Kinobe gave two performances reaching all of the students at Covert Public Schools. We greatly appreciate a donation from Suzanne Blair as well as the funding from the Covert School District that made this program possible.
Foundry Hall provided opportunities for the general community as well facilitating a workshop at our Warren Center location as well as an evening community performance at Listiak Auditorium in South Haven.
Coordinating this event for our community and particularly for so many students was a very satisfying experience for the Foundry Hall volunteers and we hope to create more opportunities like this in the future!
Projects from 2014:
September: Foundry Hall hosted Blues Benefit Concert for South Haven’s Sister City, Quilali, Nicaragua featuring the Elwood Splinters Blues Band.
March: Foundry Hall hosts and organizes SPRINGFEST: Liberty Hyde Bailey’s birthday bash with music performances and jams, instrument petting zoo and crafts.
Sat July 22ndRhythm on the River (ROTR) 2017, Foundry Hall’s free all day music festival featuring original music home grown in Michigan at Riverfront Park in South Haven.
We did it! It was a huge effort pulled off by a great group of volunteers this year – thank you to all of you! We did manage to pay for it all through generous sponsorships (listed below) and donations and on beer t-shirt and ice cream sales. If you were there and would like to help support this year and hopefully next year’s effort, it is never too late to send something in!
2017 Rhythm on the River Sponsors:
Whiteford Wealth Management
Black River Tavern
South Haven Visitor’s Bureau
Pro Powder, Inc.
Fleming Bros. Oil
Sherman’s Ice Cream
*special thanks to Dan Greve for generous support
**special dedication in memory of Brain Eugene Moody, Sr.
We did it! It was hot, it was so, so hot, but we made it through the day enjoying great music from local and regional musicians, including a debut of South Haven’s premier high school band, BorderLyne, playing their original funk/rock! and having fun with sidewalk chalk, corn hole, painting the piano and playing music in the tent. Isabel and Daniel Noguera kicked it all off with their original set – at 13 and 11 these kids are already creating some cool music of their own. Tom Rasely, Brennan Quinn and Andru Bemis kept us going in the crazy heat and Cold Mountain Child jammed for us into the midday haze (it was really hot!) Nate Holley held his own on his stage creating full sound with his talented loop pedaling and Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts shook everyone up as the heat started to break.
Then it cooled off for a rockin’ set from Slim Gyspy Baggage and everyone settled in for the grand finale from the Crane Wives, BUT the cruel, cruel weather turned and an electrical storm cut their set way too short and we all scrambled to gather “trash and treasures” under cover.
So, it was not as we hoped, but we did it! Little, ol’ all volunteer Foundry Hall managed to pull off an all day event that took a year to plan and hours and hours of hard labor organization.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors without whom this would not have been possible!
Lake Michigan College (Stage Sponsor)
Clementine’s (Headline Sponsor)
Whiteford Wealth Management (Headline Sponsor)
Black River Tavern
Sturgis Bank – South Haven Banking Center Taste Black River Books Adventure Water Sports Julia’s Cafe Phoenix Street Cafe
Bumbleberry Farms Vanderzee Motorplex
Wolverine Hardware!! For their awesome engineering skills to get and keep the beer tent up!
The City of South Haven for believing that our festival would be a welcome addition to an already busy summer season for our little town.
And, of course, to the many volunteers who came out and did what it took to get the job done! We truly appreciate the help of everyone that worked Friday night to Sunday morning! A one day festival is not a one day affair for sure! You are GOLDEN!
The 2017 Riverfront Concert Series is booked! This is the third year that Foundry Hall has partnered with the City of South Haven to book and present the series for the residents and visitors of South Haven.
This year’s series is brought to you by the following sponsors:
South Haven Community Foundation Albemarle Foundation Entergy – Palisades
South Haven Visitor’s Bureau SHOUT for South Haven Abonmarche
Rotary Club of South Haven
Sunny Brook Resort
Foundry Hall is packing up and moving from our Warren Center location. We have been working to grow and build an education and community music program from this location for 18 months and struggling to find the partnerships and financial means to do it. The Foundry Hall Board of Directors has decided that we are not able to continue maintaining this effort.
So, we are packing up, parting with some of our instruments, equipment and unnecessary pieces and moving to a more virtual existence for a while.
We have many partnerships with local non-profits that we can rely on for presenting our performances as well as our community programs so they will continue! We will still offer lessons for piano, guitar and ukulele and will still do our best to connect people with teachers for other instruments as well. We just won’t have the location to host regular lessons anymore.
Thank you to all who donated toward our efforts at the Warren Center! Many great things happened in the 18 months that we were there and we are happy that we had the opportunity to provide so many musical experiences for people.
Please feel free to contact us via email at email@example.com if you have any comments or questions.
Kyle McNees teaches saxophone and piano and is available this summer for late afternoon lessons during the week. He also will be helping with our summer Ensemble program on Tuesday evenings.
Kyle is a 20 year old saxophone and piano student at Lake Michigan College with years of performance experience on many instruments. He started playing saxophone in 2007 and moved on to play at state level all through my high school career. He is currently performing on alto and soprano saxophone in two different concert bands and the LMC jazz ensemble.
He also has 4 years of semi-professional piano performance experience, playing for different churches across southwestern Michigan and at LMC along with choir accompaniment.
He is also capable of teaching basic music theory and a variety of wood winds and percussion instruments.