Studio B Fine Art Gallery’s artists invite the public into their studios during 8th annual Fall Into Winter Tour

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Studio B Fine Art Gallery’s artists invite the public into their studios during 8th annual Fall Into Winter Tour

Artists and galleries in Barto, Boyertown, and Oley will open their spaces to the public for the eighth annual “Fall Into Winter Tour” the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 17 and 18, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New venues to the tour include Ladyfingers Sewing Studio, Oley, (SATURDAY ONLY) and Scott Rothenberger’s recently-opened PLACE Design Studio and Warehouse along Route 100N, Bally.

In addition, participating artists and galleries include, in Barto, the founder of the studio tour Linda Rohrbach Austerberryand artists Gail Fronheiser and jewelry designer Angela Colasanti; in Boyertown, Studio B Fine Art Gallery,Frecon Farms,The Other Farm and Forge, Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio, Taylor Backes Glass Studio and Gallery; and, in Oley, Clay On Main.

Featured along with fine art and fine craft studios are venues offering the artistry of Mother Nature: food and beverage products from the area’s orchards, gardens and farms.

The 2018 Fall Into Winter tour holds special significance for potter Linda Rohrbach Austerberry who will celebrate her golden 50th anniversary of creating fine art pottery with a retrospective at her studio during the tour in addition to her work for sale.

“I’ve hosted a show of my work at my home for many years,” Austerberry said. “I’ve decided that this 2018 Fall Into Winter tour will be the final year of my ‘private show’ at my home.”

Following the 2018 Fall Into Winter tour, Austerberry’s work will be sold exclusively at Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio, 220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown.

Each stop includes gift-able items, fine art, home décor, and local culinary art and beverages. All work is for sale. There will also be special events at several locations; tour-goers are encouraged to visit for the latest details, a complete list of participating artists and events, driving directions, and tour map.

During the tour, visitors will receive a ticket at each venue they visit that can be entered into a special drawing for hand-crafted items or gift certificates donated by the participating artists or venues.

“I love how this has grown,” offers Austerberry. “We have so much fun with this every year, and I’m really looking forward to sharing our work with everyone who stops by.”

Lyn Camella-Rich of Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio suggests, “We’re always excited to show our facility and the work of hundreds of artists. The annual ‘Fall Into Winter Tour’ allows you to finish your holiday shopping early with everything from pottery and glass to paintings and jewelry while supporting the talents of local artists in your communities.”

The hours of the tour are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, 2017. Maps of the tour sites are available by e-mail, Facebook, on websites of participating venues, and at participating studios. Google map URL

Fall Into Winter participants:

Linda Rohrbach Austerberry Pottery
151 Weller Road, Barto
Rohrbach Austerberry Pottery has been producing functional stoneware designed for cooking since 1968. The paintings of Gail Fronheiser and jewelry by Angela Colasanti will also be on display and for sale.

PLACE Design Studio and Warehouse

1780 Route 100, Bally
Award-winning and Internationally Recognized Designer Scott Rothenberger presents recently opened his PLACE Design Studio and Warehouse. PLACE is a company with more than 23 years of combined design and installation experience that unites all forms of design development for the enrichment of how you live from interior and exterior architectural design, site development and landscape creation, curb appeal analysis and interior staging, to party planning and event decorating. Scott Rothenberger’s PLACE collaborates with registered architects licensed in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland in order to offer complete architectural services.

Studio B Fine Art Gallery 

39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown
“Diverse Elements” is the exhibit theme at Studio B Fine Art Gallery. Four diverse artists – Bob Hakun, Dan Schlenker, Sandy Wood, and Bob Wood – use art in their own unique ways to interpret our world using assemblage, ceramics, watercolor, and paint. Studio B is a community-run gallery and teaching studio. The gallery offers monthly shows; year-round art and writing classes, camps, and workshops for children and adults; poetry readings; book talks; guitar lessons; and a space for community gatherings—birthday parties, meetings, and even weddings.

The Other Farm and Forge 

128 East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown
The Other Farm and Forge is a nano-brewery offering the community a chance to meet and enjoy beverages, music, and food. Their beers work close to Mother Nature and follow in the footsteps of the annual profile and taste variations akin to wines and ciders. Live music on Saturday sets the stage for fun and community connections. The Other Farm and Forge is located in the building that once housed the historic Boyertown Brewery. The Other Farm and Forge is brewing classic beers with hops grown locally offering many brews for distribution in Pennsylvania.

Taylor Backes

The Emerald Building, 150 S. Washington St., Corner of 2nd and Washington Streets, Boyertown
Taylor Backes Glass Studio and Galleries extends an invitation to their 31st Annual Holiday Open House.  Owner Will Dexter and his ever-ebullient associate Etta Boettger invite tourists to watch glass making demonstrations, enjoy some refreshments, see the gallery’s opulent Christmas tree, peruse the three galley rooms, and take a peek at the new ornament for 2018. The studio offers a “Make Your Own” program, an opportunity to participate in the making of a Paperweight, Pumpkin, or Christmas Ornament. Finished items can be picked up after the two-day cooling cycle. Follow Taylor Backes on Facebook and contact Will Dexter or Etta Boettger for details and to schedule an appointment for the “Make Your Own” experience.

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio

220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown
Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio combines the working studio of co-owners Lyn and Beth Camella-Rich with a retail gallery that represents the works of over 200 local and national artists. Their location at 220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, houses an extraordinary selection of ceramics, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, fiber—one-of-a-kind, hand- crafted art and fine craft to be viewed, used or worn. The venue brings an eclectic array of items for you, your home, office and garden from over 200 local and national artisans, for “when common just won’t do.”

Frecon Farms

501 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown
Frecon Farms has been growing some of Pennsylvania’s finest tree fruits since 1944. For 3 generations, the Frecon family has built their lives around providing guests the best fruit and produce, whole foods and fresh-baked goods through its farm market, scratch bakery, craft cidery, community farmers’ markets, U-Pick fruit operation, culinary classes, farm-to-table events and gift baskets.  Frecon Farms is open all year and promises a true orchard experience.

Clay on Main

313 Main Street, Oley
Clay on Main is a non-profit artists’ cooperative studio in Oley. It provides members time and space to create in a variety of ceramic arts. The work of 15 Clay on Main artists will be featured during the tour. Guest artists also offer fiber arts, jewelry, and paintings. Music and refreshments will be presented in the Half Moon cafe at the studio.
Ladyfingers Sewing Studio
6375 Oley Turnpike Road, Oley
The colorful sewing studio Ladyfingers is a BERNINA Excellence Dealer, owned by Gail Kessler, who is also the creator of 140+ Colors of Dimples for Andover Fabrics and a Craftsy Instructor with over 500,000 students. Kessler’s collections are featured at Ladyfingers, along with over 5000 bolts of designer fabrics from companies including Hoffman, Robert Kauffman, Michael Miller, P & B, Timeless Treasures along with an array of threads, notions, books and patterns including Aurifil Thread and Accuquilt products. Scores of finished quilts are displayed; classes are offered in a dedicated classroom. Ladyfingers Sewing Studio was transformed in 1995 from the former Griesemersville Hotel. Built in 1860, this stagecoach stop served travelers on their way from Reading to Philadelphia with over 40 rooms, a saloon, post office, and general store. Ladyfingers Sewing Studio prides itself on customer service to aid novices and experienced sartorial artists in learning and supplying them with quality fabrics, machines, and accessories.

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