Image: “Superheroes” by Brent Brown, mixed media on cardboard
Boyertown, PA. Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, PA, announces the opening of a fine art exhibit in all media and book release entitled “Superheroes: What the World Needs Now.”
The exhibit will be featured through photographs and a video tour beginning July 3, 2020. The exhibit will run through October 11, 2020.
The photographs and video tour can be found on the studio’s website www.studiobbb.org, the Studio B Facebook page, and as part of the Facebook group Studio B Virtual Exhibit Group.
“This exhibit had been scheduled for March 2020, as the pandemic hit; of course, we needed to pivot and adjust our ways. We found virtual exhibits a great way to promote art and artists and keep our Studio B family connected,” explained Susan Biebuyck, gallery director. “However, as soon as it’s safe, we’ll re-open for our usual receptions and celebration of talent” she added.
“Serendipitously, superheroes have surfaced throughout the pandemic and protests; our artists have been inspired to create art in their honor. Our world is filled with superheroes of all kinds. Art is life-sustaining; our show must go on,” Biebuyck continued.
“Private showings by appointment for small masked groups will be available as always. Visitors to the studio will be restricted as appropriate. Patrons wishing to arrange gatherings of friends and family are always encouraged,” Biebuyck noted. “Preventative measures will be observed to protect the health and well-being of our patrons,” she continued. E-mail [email protected] to schedule.
Book Release “Superheroes: What the World Needs Now” is the 7th exhibit combining visual and literary art in which a book of poetry and prose by local writers was created as part of the exhibit and will be available for sale. Books will be available at the studio by appointment during its regular hours-Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11-3 or by special arrangement. E-mail [email protected] to schedule.
A special exhibit entitled “Saints of COVID,” watercolor drawings by Amanda Condict, fine artist and fashion design professor at Albright College, Reading, PA, in the Gray Gallery at Studio B. Condict was inspired by health care workers whose heroism surfaced throughout the pandemic.
Condict noted, “My passion as an artist lies in the drawing studio, working up images from life around me, especially people and their possessions. My artwork speaks of my everyday contact with people and positions them as central, as subjects in their own lives, as well as subjects in my artwork.
“I have always drawn people, almost to the point of obsession. My paintings, photographs, prints and drawings are about people; their relationships with the things they own, their relationships with each other and their relationships with me,” she concluded.
Conversations with Artists and Writers In addition to the “Superheroes” exhibit and book release, both conversations with artists and writers and poetry/prose readings will be held as part of Jane Stahl’s “B Inspired” podcast. Writers and artists will share their submissions along with the details and stories of those individuals who inspired them. The podcast can be found on Google, Apple, Spotify, and Anchor, for example.
Prizes and Sponsorships Prizes will be awarded to artists and writers. The exhibit and prize awards were made possible through donations from BobbiGail Lipton, former owner of Zern’s Farmers Market, and Lesley and Robert Misko, former educators. Ron Schira, art critic with the Reading Eagle newspaper for over 20 years, will serve as juror for the exhibit.
Ron Schira has been published in the Greater Berks and Lehigh Counties, along with a few selected shows in Philadelphia and New York City. Writing for them and a handful of other publications, covering art events in museums, art centers, commercial galleries, schools, colleges, studios, ateliers, street fairs, restaurants and garages, he has given recognition to the visual art community as well as voice to the arts. In 2005, he was invited by Columbia University to be included in a published list of the most-read arts writers in the United States.
Prior to his work as a critic, aside from the numerous exhibitions of his paintings and various curatorial projects, he has been on the recruitment board of the East Penn Emerging Artists Program and the Pagoda Gallery Installation Committee for the Berks Arts Council. Since the mid nineteen seventies, he has been an integral cultural proponent of the area, actively participating and advocating for the arts. He recently received a Life Achievement Award from the Yocum Institute for Arts Education.
Gallery Director Susan Biebuyck, 484-332-2757, [email protected] or Director of Community Relations Jane Stahl, 610-563-7879, [email protected] for submission details, to discuss donations to the studio or a future sponsorship of an exhibit.
Jane Stahl, the studio’s Director of Community Relations, challenged the writers and artists, noting, “We all have men and women who have inspired us in some way. Studio B’s exhibit will feature artwork, poetry, and prose in which artists share their stories—in words and/or through their art–about a person or incident in their lives exemplifying uncommon strength and superpowers.”
“Perhaps a coach, teacher, scout leader, or relative became a mentor. Perhaps a friend overcame hardship and pain and went on to forgive his tormentors, refusing to give up, and maybe even reaching out to others in their need. Maybe someone showed uncommon joy or forgiveness, mercy or grace. Perhaps one special person merely listened without judgment to nourish selfworth, provide encouragement, realization of a passion or inspiration toward personal betterment,” she continued.
Stahl added, “Sometimes we have a chance to recognize the influence of others and thank them in some way for their influence; other times we are too young, too late, unaware, or not provided the opportunity or the right moment. This exhibit and book of poetry and prose provides the time to acknowledge the superheroes of our lives. And I firmly believe that ‘meeting’ them through the art and literary submissions will inspire others—both to exert their own superpowers as well as thank those in their lives who have inspired them. Spreading appreciation for one another’s gifts is a large part of Studio B’s mission,” Stahl concluded.
Student artists and student writers of all ages were encouraged to submit artwork and essays on the theme of “Wonder Women Among Us.”
To motivate them, professional writer and tutor Heather Goodman and fine artist/architect Charles Farrell spoke with several Boyertown Area School District high school classes facilitated by art instructor Thomas Dareneau and English teacher Penny Valentine to explain their artistic processes and offer suggestions, tips, and techniques. In addition, Studio B’s art instructors Jean Esther and Ozzie Sneddon facilitated several free art classes for students and Goodman offered one-on-one tutoring to budding writers in preparation for the exhibit and book of poetry and prose.
Studio B: 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.