Harbor Country Community News
Harbor Country and the surrounding communities are valued by those of us at Pobocik Funeral Home. In appreciation of our Harbor Country roots, on our Home Page we offer community news and civic event announcements for the enjoyment of our neighbors in Three Oaks, Harbor Country, Galien, Glendora, New Buffalo, New Troy, Baroda, Sawyer, Lakeside, Union Pier, Harbert, LaPorte, New Carlisle, and Rolling Prairie.
Marilyn O'Bryant of St. Joseph, Michigan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Buffalo. Her expertise in art ranges from watercolor painting, to colored pencil and graphite drawing. Her artistic philosophy consists of representation from a personal point of view. Subject matter has a broad scope for this artist, from tree-filled landscape to the dunes of the lakeshore; she shares her reaction to some favorite sights. She depicts her subjects from many viewpoints, ranging from the distant to the close-up and enjoys capturing with her brush a variety of surfaces and textures. Ms. O''Bryant focuses on Berrien County as well as her travels to the Upper Peninsula and Canada. Whether it is the vineyards and orchards in autumn, the waterfalls in summer or the marinas in winter, she seeks to celebrate the beauty of the area. She hopes to bring some little known or rarely noticed perspective to the attention of her viewers in the nearby towns and beyond our small town borders.
Ronald Ferguson is a lifelong resident of New Buffalo and began teaching art in the New Buffalo Area Schools in 1969. He graduated from New Buffalo High School in 1962 and Western Michigan University, majoring in art education in 1967. He also attended West Georgia college and attended 2 terms with the University of Georgia. These 2 terms were with the UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Concentration was in painting and drawing the Italian landscape as well as extensive art history studies. "Recurring themes in my work are my conceptions of natural surroundings and the interaction of color. Because of my art education background and its variety, I enjoy changing my style and subject matter to evoke a certain feeling or point of view. Life is too diverse and wonderful to limit oneself in the creative process. Watercolor and pastel are my mediums of choice along with that diverse and wonderfully portable tool, the pencil. Collage and mixed media thoughts are filling my head with ideas, I'm anxious to experiment. Seeing things in different ways and not being afraid to try are the keys to creating art work, or anything, for that matter. I try to keep my eyes and mind open so that I won't miss out on what life has to offer. It is jammed full of wonderful imagery. My job is to make choices and modify them to suit my creative goals"
The Undertaking "A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be." Thomas Lynch, author, poet and funeral director.
If you were not able to watch "The Undertaking", a moving, hour long documentary about funeral service produced by the award winning PBS series, FRONTLINE, you may watch it on the FRONTLINE Website or borrow the DVD from Chris and Linda Pobocik.
After watching this program, which is filled with intimate, personal stories of families dealing with grief, mortality and the rituals of a funeral, you may want to know more about the value of a funeral, the work funeral directors do, and the importance of honoring a loved one. If so, call us. We're here to help and we're available to answer any questions you have.
Eric Heward, displayed some of his works at the funeral home when he was just a Bridgman High School student. Eric began drawing at the ripe ol’ age of 3, when he wanted a picture of a truck. When his mother was too busy to draw one for him, she gave him some pencils and paper and directed him to draw one for himself.
And the rest, they say, is history.
Eric’s first oil painting was Whaleplay. It was done when he was 8 years old. It was at that time that his astute art teacher began directing his talents in wildlife and landscape oils.
Eric likes to be a well-rounded person. He enjoys the Japanese art of Bonsai, watching animals and playing sports such as football and basketball.
When he is able, he would like to be an illustrator or anime cartoonist. He has illustrated one novel, based on a concept of his own and is now working on illustrating a children’s book and an anime comic.
Hal Higdon has contributed to Runner's World for longer than any other writer, an article by Hal having appeared in that publication's second issue in 1966. Author of 34 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, Hal also has written books on many subjects and for different age groups. His children's book, The Horse That Played Center Field, was made into an animated feature by ABC-TV. He ran eight times in the Olympic Trials and won four world masters championships. One of the founders of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Higdon also was a finalist in NASA's Journalist-in-Space program to ride the space shuttle. He serves as a training consultant for The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and operates that race's InterActive Training Guide that sends daily emails to runners. At the American Society of Journalist and Author's annual meeting in 2003, the Society gave Higdon its Career Achievement Award, the highest honor given to writer members. An art major at Carleton College, he lately has begun to sell and exhibit his paintings in a Pop Art style. Hal's wife, Rose, hikes, bikes, skis and supports him in his running and writing. They have three children and nine grandchildren. For more information on Hal Higdon, visit his web site at www.halhigdon.com
Dave lives in Three Oaks and displays his pottery at various locations around town. The funeral home is displaying some of his blue pottery.
Kelly has works displayed at the funeral home. Kelly, her husband Tim and daughter Sydney, make their home in Three Oaks. Kelly is currently displaying some of her black and white photos of Three Oaks at the funeral home.
Dave Demske is a potter and the owner of the Lone Crow Studio. Dave lives in Three Oaks and displays his pottery at various locations around town. The funeral home is displaying some of his blue pottery.
Laura Elliott, Artist, Poet, Holistic Therapist and Facilitator of Expressive Art Workshops
As an artist, Laura's primary disciplines are acrylic, watercolor and pastel. Laura has four fine art prints currently displayed at the funeral home. The three mandala images, "Equinox", "Free Spirit" and "Wild Calm", were originally created in chalk pastels for a calendar. "Passion" was created in tempera, inspired by Laura's desire to live from her heart and be true to herself, living life with passion.
Photo of our building as it used to be: