Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, PA, announces a Facebook LIVE event for February 14, 2021, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. entitled “A Love-ly Story: How the ‘B’ Came to Be.” Another casualty of the COVID crisis is Studio B Art Gallery’s annual Valentine’s Day reception honoring the many donors that have supported the existence of the studio through substantive donations since the studio opened its doors in December 2008.
“We would have enjoyed our third annual ‘Hugs and Kisses’ celebration of our donors this year,” explained Jane Stahl, Director of Community Relations. “For the past two years, we have invited them for champagne and chocolate…and an array of appetizers created by artist and potter Linda Austerberry. But obviously, gatherings such as these are discouraged this year. And so, instead, we are celebrating our donors in several other ways,” she continued.
One way is through a Facebook LIVE event in which Stahl and gallery director Susan Biebuyck tell the origin story of Studio B, the serendipity that brought two women in different stages of their lives together in service to a shared mission.
Their partnership in the business of providing a space for local art and artists has resulted in an enduring friendship that has sparked their creativity resulting in 13 successful years of serving over 800 artists and hundreds of students—children and adults—in the visual and literary arts, along with thousands of members of the community–nurturing what Biebuyck terms the soul of the Boyertown area community.
“During a recent video recording with several artists, one of the artists asked Jane how the studio began and how she became involved,” explained Amy Muzopappa, who is the woman behind the camera recording the studio’s Facebook LIVE events. “I was fascinated to hear her tell the studio’s history and told Jane that the ‘love story’ of the studio’s beginnings should be shared,” Muzopappa continued. “And Valentine’s Day this year seemed to be a perfect time to tell the story,” she concluded.
“We will also thank our donors–community members and leaders, volunteers, friends, businesses and non-profits, in daily Facebook posts from February 1-14, 2021. The studio survives because of their support,” noted Stahl.
“Early on, Sue established what we call our ‘Beamer Club’—those who contributed substantially to our fledgling effort. Their names are found on the studio’s ceiling beams. Each year we add names of our new “Beamers’ who join to offer their monetary support.
“We all share in the goal of maintaining a strong community and know that a thriving arts and culture scene in a community contributes to the economic growth and stability of a community, attracts families to move into the area, take pride in home ownership, and participate in the community,” she added.
“We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our ‘love-ly story,” quipped Stahl. “And we hope you will help us thank our donors in any way you are able—perhaps you’ll become a donor yourself. In addition, we want to thank Amy for inspiring us to create our Facebook LIVE events and especially February 14’s opportunity to share some of the details of our beginnings,” Stahl said. “We sometimes can’t believe how the stars aligned that activated the onset of our journey.
“And we hope you’ll visit our exhibits, buy some art, donate if you can to help us continue our efforts to bring art and culture to our beloved community. But if you miss our LIVE events, they are archived on Facebook and will soon be available on our new YouTube channel. Stay tuned for details.
Visit Studio B’s website: www.studiobbb.org or Studio B Art Gallery or Studio B Virtual Exhibit Group on Facebook. The studio is open on Sundays 12:00-2:00 p.m. or by appointment. Call or text Susan Biebuyck 484-332-2757 or Jane Stahl 610-563-7879.
Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 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.