Studio B in Boyertown combines visual and literary art | Local News
Studio B Fine Art Gallery in Boyertown combines visual and literary art in the opening of “My Favorite Things: Beauties Are Joys Forever” from 5 pm to 7 pm on June 25.
A fine art exhibition and the release of the studio’s 8th book of poetry, prose and art, “My Favorite Things,” runs through August 22.
“A bit ironically and also by chance, while the theme was ‘in preparation’ before the COVID crisis, our continued struggles throughout 2020 and 2021 made the need to focus on our joys more relevant than ever,” said said Jane Stahl, Director of Community Relations for Studio B in a release.
Stahl encouraged writers to share their favorite things, those beauties in their lives that build resilience and resolve in the face of life’s challenges.
She thought they might write about “raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, shiny copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,” those favorite things Julie Andrews loved in “The Sound of Music “. Or maybe, like her, they would create an ode to the sound of her sump pump during a flash flood or to the freedom she feels unleashing the “devices” we impose on ourselves.
âWe all have people, places or things that bring us relief, joy, serenity,â Stahl said. âOur favorite things save us in many ways for days on end; they give meaning and motivation. To enjoy them, we have to stick around – dissolving in a dew just won’t do!â
The pandemic has raised awareness of these simple beauties.
“Our hard times have brought to light our favorite things, and celebrating our inspirations may be what we need to do to save our sanity!” she said.
The exhibit is funded by the Boyertown Area Charitable Program of the Berks County Community Foundation. The awards are sponsored through the generosity of BB&T (now Truist) Bank and Lesley and Robert Misko, career educators and benefactors of Studio B.
The Charitable Program provides grants to support health, safety, recreation and other charitable programs in the area served by the Boyertown School District.
The mission of the Berks County Community Foundation is to promote philanthropy and improve the quality of life for residents of Berks County. Since 1994, the Berks County Community Foundation has helped individuals, families, organizations and businesses achieve their charitable goals and improve the quality of life for residents of Berks County. Many of these goals have been achieved by creating funds at the Community Foundation that have specific goals. Since that time, the Community Foundation has grown to manage hundreds of charitable funds. Each year, these funds distribute scholarships and grants to support local students and help various nonprofit organizations and causes.
âWe are grateful to BCCF for its continued efforts in favor of art and culture! They stepped in early in the crisis, recognizing our need to supplant lost funding opportunities for our programs, and provided the dollars needed to keep us alive for critical months, âStahl said.
A virtual opening on Facebook LIVE will take place at 6 p.m. when the awards are announced and a brief video tour of the exhibition will showcase the works of art and the artists and authors in attendance.
âWe have been encouraged to use technology to create ways to provide our community with virtual exhibits, virtual classes and workshops, and virtual LIVE events featuring our visual, literary and musical arts and artists,â said Stahl .
The “My Favorite Things” exhibit and opening reception at the studio, located at 39A East Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, are free and open to the public; all COVID security protocols will be followed during the in-person reception.
Studio B, located in the heart of historic Boyertown, is home to the Arts and Activities Alliance, a Building a Better Boyertown committee, a Main Street nonprofit program dedicated to small town revitalization. The gallery invites visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. or by appointment by contacting Susan Biebuyck, [email protected], 484-332-2757 or Jane Stahl, [email protected], 610-563-7879.