South Haven sculptor Marian Anderson says her favorite piece of her own artwork is "the next one."The former advertising art specialist and art teacher is always trying something new with her sculptures.As a result, the pieces she has in the new show, "Marian Anderson: Sculpture Retrospective," represent a wide variety of influences, forms and media.The exhibit of her works is one of three opening today at the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, and continuing through Feb. 26.The others are "FOCUS: Photos by Jim Galbraith" and "Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul."An opening reception for all three shows will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the art center. The public is invited free of charge to the reception where Doug Fordyce will play the piano and refreshments will be provided by Tootie and Dreamer's of St. Joseph. Anderson also plans to attend.Anderson spent most of her working career in commercial art doing designs for advertising in Chicago.She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, went to work in advertising, left to teach at her alma mater, and went back to advertising in Chicago.While living in Joliet, Ill., she and her husband had a summer home in Palisades Park at South Haven and moved here permanently when they retired.Her artwork is represented at the Joyce Petter Gallery in Douglas, a gallery in Chicago, and in the Sales Gallery at the Art Institute in Chicago."I once had a two-person show there (Art Institute)," she said. "It was exciting.""I started art strictly for fun," she said. "I went into sculpture and a couple of years ago decided I would do one painting a year, just for kicks. But, I got hung up and I've been working on the last one for three years." Her sculpture includes a variety of media."I started in stone, then clay and bronze, steel," she said. "I kept getting into different materials. The latest is cement with Fiberglas in it."She forms her sculpture in Beadboard, which is Styrofoam."I carve it as if were marble, only it's Styrofoam, and cover it with cement and Fiberglass," she said. "It's hard as a rock."She learned it from an artist in North Carolina, who learned about it from a builder in Florida. She calls this kind of sculpture "controlled" rather than loose. "If I want to be loose, I'd work in clay," she said.Her work also is influenced by ancient cultures, Cycaldic (islands in the Aegean Sea) and African people along with such greats as Picasso."When you look back in history, the various cultures were doing the same thing at the same time (in art)," she said."The simplicity of much of that art is most appealing. There is minimalist today, and there was minimalist way back when."While the show opening today features smaller, indoor artwork, Anderson also does larger outdoor pieces. She currently has outdoor pieces on display at Saugatuck; Sculpture in the Park at Ottawa Hills, Toledo, Ohio; Gibsonburg, Ohio; and at the Michigan Art Initiative at Bloomfield.She muses about the variety in her work."That's probably my problem. I've never settled on one thing."But, she doesn't mind."I have a marvelous time," she said. "I work every day. I love it."Krasl curator Susan Wilczak met Anderson in 1996 during the art center's first Sculpture Invitational show."There were about 12 sculptors in that exhibit, and Marian was one of them," Wilczak said.Anderson also was included in subsequent invitationals including the Krasl's "Women in White" show."We struck up a really great relationship," Wilczak said. "We have a lot in common. Her sculpture has clean lines and is design oriented. There are a lot of influences in her work, African, ancient Cycaldic. She creates clean, elegant forms."Jim GalbraithThe late photographer Jim Galbraith who lived in East Jordan, Mich., was a familiar face in St. Joseph during the Krasl Art Fairs on the Bluff.Galbraith once was a photojournalist who took photographs of celebrities and notable personalities for a newspaper in southeast Michigan. Among the faces people may recognize are dancer and choreographer Martha Graham and labor leader Walter Reuther.When Galbraith ended his career as a photojournalist, he traveled from art fair to art fair making his living, according to Dar Davis, retired executive director of the Krasl Art Center. Galbraith had the same spot at the Ann Arbor Art Fair for more than 10 years.Davis remembers seeing a photograph in Galbraith's studio that he took of the famous classical guitarist AndrŽs Segovia."It is really wonderful," Davis said. "He was a great photographer who loved to work in black and white."Galbraith was always trying new photography methods, Davis said."Some he tinted, some he manipulated — like taking a Polaroid and making it look like painted glass with water on it."He was looking for what the public wanted to buy, and keep his integrity," Davis said. "No matter if they were portraits, or sheep in a field, his photographs are of great quality.""He was highly regarded," Davis said. "People liked both his art and his personality. Jim was bigger than life — when he entered the room, you knew it."Galbraith also took a photograph of Davis."It shows me at the Art Fair, up close in a cowboy hat."Right before Galbraith took the photo, he convinced Davis to put a cigarette on his ear — which made it look like the Marlboro ad."He had a gift to know how to take a picture of someone that helped define them, like Annie Leibovitz, not to make you look beautiful, but to make you look important," Davis said. "He had a sense of humor," He loved something that said ÔZap, I got you,' and this picture says it all for me."Galbraith passed away in 2002, Wilczak said."A lot of people may have remembered his name or have been familiar with his name as he was an Art Fair artist for many years," she said. "His photos also have been in the (Krasl) Gallery Shop from time to time. A lot of people in this area collect his work."Travis Erion"Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul" is a traveling exhibition of Katharine T. Carter and Associates that showcases Erion's oil paintings.Erion is from Loveland, Colo., and the exhibit includes 20 of his works."They are all very, super realistic," Wilczak said. "They look very real. They are still lifes for the most part and deal with a sort of symbolism, a whimsy along with the symbolism such as oranges on a ledge and an after-dinner mint. There's some humor involved, and intrigue. You look at them like a little ÔI spy.' They are family friendly.""His super realism is very stunning," she said. "He has nice form and tone, some mottling with a nice play of light across the painting."Erion's artist statement begins this way:"I feel at peace sitting in front of my easel with a paintbrush in hand. My thoughts are focused, and I am able to hold the outside world at bay. At the easel, statements must be made, truths must be uncovered and ideas must be created."The three shows feature a nice mix of materials, photographs, paintings and sculpture, Wilczak said.The mix was intentional, she said, as a nice way to start a new year especially with the schools starting again and students coming to visit the art center.The Krasl Art Center is at 707 Lake Blvd., St. Joseph. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.For more information, call 983-0271 or online at