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Take Some Rides, Learn About the History and Future of Transportation at “Wheels” Exhibit

Apr 10, 2018 • by Studio B
Pictured (l to r): Studio B's Jane Stahl (Director of Community Relations), BCCF's Heidi Williamson (Vice President For Programs And Initiatives), and Studio B's Susan Biebuyck (Gallery Director)

The invention of the wheel is traditionally cited as the hallmark of man’s innovation. In Boyertown, the “wheels” of trains, trolleys, carriages, trucks, bicycles, and cars have played an integral part in its history and continue as a prime form of entertainment as well as a necessity of modern life.

In celebration of “wheels,” Studio B’s art exhibit begins a two-month project funded by a $5,600 grant award from the Boyertown Area Charitable program of Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF).

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, PA, is pleased to announce the opening of “Wheels,” an exhibition of fine art submitted by the area’s fine artists, on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The exhibit will run through June 3, 2018.

“We’re very excited about the art exhibit and the other projects and opportunities for the community’s involvement in our “Wheels” project,” noted Jane Stahl, Studio B Fine Art Gallery’s Director of Community Relations.

The “Wheels” project will include a two-month exhibit of fine art along with coupons for 30 people toward a ride on the Colebrookdale Railroad, free admission to the Museum of Historic Vehicles, a free ride on the Pottstown Carousel, and a caricature by cartoon artist Alan MacBain.

(Coupons will be available at Studio B beginning April 21, 2018, during Studio B’s regular hours on a first-come, one coupon per venue, per person availability.)

In addition, a bike tour will be held on June 24, 2018. Three levels of rides will accommodate varying levels of abilities and interest. Details and registration on https://www.bikereg.com/38292 or on Studio B’s website www.studiobbb.org, Facebook page, or by contacting Susan Biebuyck by text 484-332-2757 or email [email protected].

The Museum of Historic Vehicles will showcase special exhibits and activities throughout the project. Building a Better Boyertown will hold information sessions about its plans for a bike share program and biking trail. The Boyertown Area Historical Society will offer exhibits featuring the history of transportation in our area. The Boyertown Area Community Library will host activities. Boyertown Area School District art students are invited to create and exhibit “wheels-related” work at Studio B. Vendors retailing in bicycle equipment will be invited to showcase their products and offer workshops on bicycle maintenance and repair.

“In pursuing the grant award, we were encouraged to involve as much of the community as we could,” continued Stahl. “And Sue (Biebuyck, Studio B Fine Art Gallery’s Gallery Director) has had an exhibit featuring trains in order to showcase the Colebrookdale Railroad on her ‘to do’ list for several years, so it seemed the perfect time to mount this exhibit.”

“And of course the suggestion to extend the exhibit into more of the community brought the Museum of Historic Vehicles to mind,” Stahl offered. “That thought gave us cars. The Pottstown Carousel is an attraction at the end of the train ride. Sue and her husband Gavin are bicycle enthusiasts; and so, finding the common thread among these venues naturally gave us ‘wheels’ as the theme and the title of the project,” Stahl explained.

Stahl’s encouragement came from Rich Graver, Chief Lending and Delivery Officer of Victory Bank, Limerick. In June 2017, Stahl and Biebuyck approached Graver regarding possible sponsorship of a Studio B exhibit; Graver suggested applying for a BCCF grant with the added advice of inclusivity–involving as much of the community as possible.

Further details will be forthcoming on the studio’s website www.studiobbb.org or on Studio B on Facebook. Contact Jane Stahl, 610-563-7879, [email protected] or Susan Biebuyck, 484-332-2757, [email protected] for details, to discuss donations toward prizes during the exhibit, or future sponsorship of an exhibit.

The project will invite artistic responses and historical information regarding trains, automobiles, carousels, and bicycles through an art exhibit; presentations and discussions of the history of vehicles and the community’s future plans involving them; and tours of present facilities and equipment.

BCCF noted many benefits in its decision to fund the project. Acquainting the community with Boyertown’s history regarding trains and cars will enhance their appreciation for the community.

The Museum of Historic Vehicles is already considered a “best kept secret” in the community and is eager to bring its storied history involving the manufacture of multi-use vehicles.

The Colebrookdale Railroad has achieved acclamations regarding its restoration and involvement in the community including efforts to enhance the community’s economic vitality and preserving its history and culture.

Learning more about Building a Better Boyertown’s visioning plan for a bike share and biking trail will create enthusiasm and support for cycling and enhance the health and well-being of cycling enthusiasts and the general community.

Greater appreciation for art and artists and involvement in art-related activities provides enhanced recreational opportunities.

Boyertown Area School District encourages students and their families to be involved in the community and appreciate its history and many offerings to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Berks County Community Foundation

Berks County Community Foundation was founded in 1994 to help individuals, families, organizations and businesses achieve their charitable objectives and improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County. Since that time, the Community Foundation has grown to manage hundreds of charitable funds. Each year, those funds distribute scholarships and grants to support local students and assist a variety of nonprofit organizations and causes.

Studio B Art Gallery

Studio B, located in the heart of historic Boyertown, is the home of the Arts and Activities Alliance, a committee of Building a Better Boyertown, a nonprofit Main Street program dedicated to revitalizing small towns.

Studio B celebrates lifelong learning, creativity and personal involvement in the visual and communication arts and seeks to be a dynamic part of Boyertown community, a “go to” destination for learning, fun and friendship. The studio seeks to showcase the work of fine artists in themed exhibits—some juried, some open to all—and welcomes art in diverse media. In addition to art exhibits, workshops, and classes, Studio B also hosts activities and informal gatherings on assorted topics for small groups or meetings, gallery talks, and “Getting to Know You” opportunities.

Visitors are always welcome to view the changing exhibits; take lessons in the visual, literary, and communication arts offered by highly-trained local artists and teachers; and schedule small events or parties in its elegant facility. The studio proudly collaborates with the many unique businesses in the Boyertown community.

Studio B receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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