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Studio B Announces June Activities and “I AM Proud” Opening Reception

Studio B Announces June Activities and “I AM Proud” Opening Reception

by Studio B Art Gallery

Photo by Samuel Clara on Unsplash

Funded by a grant from the Boyertown Area Charitable Program administered by Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF), Studio B Art Gallery is gearing up for its annual project celebrating visual and literary art that also includes a variety of efforts to engage community members in the theme-of-the-year. A number of efforts are planned as part of the project.

“The theme ‘I AM: Proud’ addresses a serious challenge of our time—in which confronting great cynicism and anxiety, uncertainty and disappointment requires us all to find ways to preserve, protect, and further the courage, honesty, and integrity that bring us enduring pride,” explained Jane Stahl, Studio B’s Director of Community Relations.

“While we are often shy about sharing what we have accomplished for fear of being seen as bragging or of making others feel ‘less than’ somehow, at the same time, we are encouraged not to ‘hide our light.’ Our joy and example are often exactly what others need to motivate them or provide ‘permission’ to feel good about themselves,” Stahl continued.

The gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, June 28, from 5-7 p.m., featuring dozens of local artists in a variety of mediums showcasing work in response to the “I AM: Proud” theme. Boyertown High School senior Sarah Campbell will show a video she created featuring students expressing pride in their activities and accomplishments. In addition, for the 11th season, Studio B will publish the poetry and prose submitted by writers in The Boyertown Area Expression.

In preparation for the June events, the studio is inviting members of the community to submit articles and photographs to showcase their “pride and joy”—what matters to them. Photographs should be sent to [email protected] with “I AM: Proud” in the subject line. Articles should be sent to [email protected]. Photo submissions will run on a loop, televised inside the gallery through Aug. 27. Articles will be published on The Boyertown Area Expression throughout the summer of 2024 and available online at https://boyertownareaexpression.town.news/.

The Boyertown Community Library will host a self-discovery/community-building artistic activity for all ages entitled “Flowers in Bloom with Studio B,” beginning Saturday, June 29. Participants will create flower petals representing themselves using magazines, markers, construction paper, and more to show their “pride and joy.” Registration is required: bit.ly/m/BCLSummerQuest24. The library project will be ongoing during the summer and the participants’ creations will be on exhibit at the library.

On Sunday, June 30, from 1-3 p.m., the gallery will host an in-person writers’ reception and reading in which writers who submitted articles published in The Boyertown Area Expression will be invited to read their work and share their inspirations.

All events are free and open to the public.

Providing “space” of one kind or another for the community to share has been integral to each of the annual Studio B Art Gallery programs the Boyertown Area Charitable Program has funded in its community-building efforts and matches both the studio’s mission of seeking to be a dynamic part of Boyertown community, a “go to” destination for learning, fun, and friendship and The Boyertown Area Expression’s mission to share information about the Boyertown area’s people, events, and opportunities.

The “I AM: Proud” project is funded by a grant from the Boyertown Area Charitable Program administered by Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF). BCCF has been an important partner in funding projects facilitated by Studio B Art Gallery throughout its 15-year history.

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