Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, PA, combines visual and literary art in opening “My Favorite Things: Beauties Are Joys Forever,” an exhibit of fine art, and the release of the studio’s 8th book of poetry, prose, and art on Friday, June 25, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Exhibit runs through August 22, 2021.
“My Favorite Things” exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public; all COVID safety protocols will be observed during the in-person reception. In addition, the gallery invites visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-2 p.m. or by appointment by contacting Susan Biebuyck, [email protected], 484-332-2757 or Jane Stahl, [email protected], 610-563-7879.
A virtual opening on Facebook LIVE will run at 6:00 p.m. when awards are announced and a brief video tour of the exhibit will showcase the artwork and artists and authors in attendance.
The exhibit is funded through the Boyertown Area Charitable Program of Berks County Community Foundation(BCCF). Prize awards are sponsored through the generosity of BB&T(now Truist) Bank and Lesley and Robert Misko, career educators and benefactors of Studio B.
“Somewhat ironically and also serendipitously, while the theme was ‘in the works’ prior to the COVID crisis, our continuing struggles throughout 2020 and 2021 have made the need to focus on our joys more relevant than ever,” noted Jane Stahl, Director of Community Relations for Studio B.
“I encouraged writers to share their favorite things, those beauties in their lives that strengthen their resilience and resolve during the challenges of life,” Stahl explained. “I thought perhaps they’d write about the ‘raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens,’ those favorite things that Julie Andrews loved in ‘The Sound of Music.’ We all have people, places or things that bring us relief, joy, serenity.”
“Or perhaps, like me, they’d create an ode to the sound of my sump pump during a flash flood or the freedom I feel unleashing the ‘contraptions’ that we impose on ourselves. Our “favorite things” save us in many ways on many days; they provide meaning and motivation. To enjoy them, we are required to stick around—dissolving into a dew just won’t do!
“The pandemic has brought greater awareness of those simple beauties; our trying moment(s) have brought our favorite things into clearer focus, and celebrating our inspirations may be just what we need to do to save our sanity!
“We are grateful to BCCF for their on-going efforts in support of art and culture! They stepped in early in the crisis, recognizing our need to supplant lost opportunities for funding our programs, and provided needed dollars to keep us alive for critical months,” Stahl continued.
“We have been encouraged to utilize 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,” she added.