“Twinkle”: Studio B, Boyertown hosts tenth annual Members’ and Friends’ Exhibit

Studio B, 39 E. Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, PA, will celebrate its ninth-year anniversary with its tenth annual “December Members and Friends exhibit entitled “Twinkle” opening Friday, December 1, 2017, in conjunction with the 15th and final annual Boyertown Holiday Open House Tour.  The show continues through January 14, 2018. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Please visit studiobbb.org for more information.


Studio B Fine Art Gallery Celebrates Its Ninth Anniversary

 at Annual December Members and Friends Exhibit

Studio B is excited to celebrate its 9th anniversary with an opening of its tenth annual December exhibit entitled “Twinkle” on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. during Boyertown’s 15th and final annual holiday open house tour. The show continues through January 14, 2018.

The gallery’s artist members and new friends have been invited to feature their best work. Various media, from oil, pencil, and watercolor to clay, glass, and fiber, will be represented. This annual exhibit showcases dozens of local artists and offers an array of styles.

“It is our mission at Studio B to promote the artists,” said Studio B director Susan Biebuyck. “This exhibit is another opportunity for the many talented people who have graced our walls to exhibit and for us to celebrate their artistic accomplishments. We want to ease our community into the darker months by showcasing the illumination of talent by our artist members and friends.”

Prizes will be awarded on Friday night, including the coveted “Best In Show.”

“Even in tough economic times, art is an investment gift. It brings joy and hope to both the giver and the receiver,” Biebuyck noted. “This is a special annual exhibit for us. We opened our doors for the first time with this exhibit in 2008. As part of the Holiday House Tour we were introduced to hundreds of visitors to Studio B that evening and look forward to hundreds every year during this annual community celebration!”

The gallery is located at 39 E. Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, PA. Please visit studiobbb.org for more information.

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.

Alvernia students selected for Collegiate Choral Festival

Four Alvernia University students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association Festival in Selinsgrove, Pa., Nov. 9-11. Local students include:

English major Rebecca Dunst and nursing major Melisa Rivera both of Reading, and occupational therapy major Sarah Rothenberger of Fleetwood.

Artist studios invite the public into their studios during 7th annual Fall into Winter Tour

Artists and galleries in Barto, Boyertown, and Oley will open their spaces to the public for the seventh annual “Fall Into Winter Tour” the weekend  before Thanksgiving, Nov. 18-19, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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.

Participating artists and galleries include the founder of the studio tour Linda Rohrbach- Austerberry and her friends artist Gail Fronheiser, woodworker Ken Burton, and jewelry designer Angela Colasanti in Barto; in Boyertown, Studio B Fine Art Gallery featuring an exhibit entitled “Larger Than Life”; Frecon Farms and The Other Farm and ForgeDancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio showcasing over 200 American fine crafters; Taylor Backes Glass Studio and Gallery; and in Oley, Clay On Main.

The stops include 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 http://studiobbb.org/fall-into-winter 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 Rohrbach-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 and 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.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19, 2017. Maps of the tour sites are available by e-mail, Facebook, on websites of participating venues, and at participating studios.

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

151 Weller Road
Barto, PA 19504

Linda Rorhbach-Austerberry

Studio B Fine Art Gallery
“Larger Than Life” is the exhibit theme at Studio B Fine Art Gallery. Fine artists were invited to offer a closer look via a magnified image or an artistic response to a person, place, thing, or idea that exacts mammoth influence.

Co-curator and fine artist Lynn Millar wants visitors to feel like they’ve shrunk when they walk into the gallery. The artwork for sale is created by local artists and showcases a variety of mediums.


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.

39A East Philadelphia Avenue
Boyertown, PA 19512
Susan Biebuyck, Gallery Director

The Other Farm and Forge 
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.

“It’s an adventure we’ve embarked on by working alongside our family and friends because we believe that connecting good food, great drink, and quality community programming will enrich us all in the end,” noted Brendan O’Connor.

128 East Philadelphia Avenue
Boyertown, PA 19512
Hank Frecon, Brendan O’Connor

Taylor Backes
Taylor Backes Glass Studio and Galleries extends an invitation to their 30th 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 2017. 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.

The Emerald Building
150 S. Washington St., Corner of 2nd and Washington Streets
Boyertown, PA 19512
Will Dexter, Etta Boettger

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio
At their new location, Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and 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.”

220 South Reading Avenue
Boyertown, PA 19512
Lyn Camella

Frecon Farms

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 our farm market, scratch bakery, craft cidery, community farmrs’ markets, Pick Your Own fruit operation, culinary clases, farm-to-table events and gift baskets.  Frecon Farms is open all year and promises a true orchard experience.


501 South Reading Avenue
Boyertown, PA 19512
Steve Frecon, Josh Smith

Clay on Main
Clay on Main is a non-profit artists’ cooperative studio in Oley, PA. 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.

313 Main Street
Oley, PA 19547
Rhonda Counts

(484) 797-3703


Boston Brass to Join Reading Pops at Kutztown University

The Boston Brass will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus.

KUTZTOWN – The Boston Brass will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus. Tickets may be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 610-683-4092.

The Boston Brass quintet will be joined by the 50-piece Reading Pops Orchestra, directed by Willis Rapp.

Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass captivates audiences of all ages with their unique brand of entertainment. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

The Reading Pops Orchestra, established in 1969, is made up of musicians from the Reading and Berks area, and the surrounding counties. The combined group will present several patriotic pieces saluting Veterans Day.

Established to be the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

Governor Mifflin to welcome Kenyan choir

Who:  Governor Mifflin Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club and The Maisha Project’s Light the Future Choir

What: In the spring, Governor Mifflin’s FCA Club launched a fundraiser to help build athletic fields for the Maisha Project in Kenya, Africa. Through t-shirt sales and donations, the students raised more than $16,438 that funded the construction of athletic fields at the Maisha location in Kenya, which is a safe haven for orphans whose parents fell victim to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that plagues the region. The Maisha Project aims to break the cycle of poverty and enhance the quality of life for children and families living in Kenya.

On November 2, ambassadors from the Maisha Project in Kenya will visit Governor Mifflin High School to meet some of the students who helped improve their Kenyan facility. The members of the Light the Future Choir will represent the Maisha Project and their friends and families in Kenya while visiting with Governor Mifflin faculty, students, and members of the district’s local Ministerium.

For more about the Maisha project, visit http://www.maishaproject.org/

Where: Governor Mifflin High School

101 S. Waverly Street, Shillington, PA

When:  Thursday, November 2

9:30 a.m. – Choir arrives and meets with FCA

10:00 a.m. – Q&A session with students

10:45 a.m. – Lunch with students

12:00 p.m. – visit with local Ministerium

1:00 p.m. – visit classes

Fiber Festival comes to Berks County; Features Local Farmers, Artists

The Pennsylvania Llama & Alpaca Association will host its annual Fall Fiber Festival Nov. 18 and 19, 2017, at the Leesport Farmer’s Market, bringing fiber artistry to Berks County.

Dozens of local fiber artists and crafters from Pennsylvania and surrounding states will be present featuring their fiber blends and hand-made finished products. Visitors will find various blends of alpaca, llama, wool, angora, and unusual products that include yak, camel, and beaver.

The Pennsylvania Llama and Alpaca Association is a cooperative group of llama and alpaca breeders and enthusiasts from Pennsylvania and neighboring states. This will be PLAA’s second year holding the festival at the Leesport Farmer’s Market grounds, it’s fourth overall since adopting the annual event under the association’s name in 2014.

To celebrate, hundreds of dollars’ worth of products will be awarded as door prizes to attendees on both days. On-site spinning and weaving demonstrations will be held during the two-day festival while hands-on beading and felting classes are available on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Pre-registration is required–class size is limited.

Jake Shimabukuro to perform at Kutztown University Oct. 25

Jake Shimabukuro will take the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus. Tickets are $32; $16 for students and can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11a.m. – 4 p.m. at 610-683-4092. Established to be the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

Noted for his solo ukelele arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Jake Shimabukuro shares his unique talent as part of the KU Presents! season at Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium. In 2005, Shimabukuro became an international phenomenon when a video of him performing the George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals around the world. His most recent album, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

Kutztown University professor named 2017 Pennsylvania Higher Ed Art Educator

Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder has been named the 2017 Pennsylvania Outstanding Higher Ed Art Educator by the Pa. Art Education Association (PAEA). She is a professor of art education at Kutztown University. She will receive her award at the state conference held Oct. 19 – 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Prior to joining the faculty at KU in 2009, she worked as an elementary art educator with the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and both a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Prior to her move to Pennsylvania, Pfeiler-Wunder was an active member of the Iowa Art Education Association (IAEA), where she served as secretary and member of the Mentoring Committee, and Co-Chair of an IAEA annual conference. She was a 2009 Western Region Leadership participant, 2006 IAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator and the 2007 NAEA Western Region Outstanding Art Educator of the Year.

Pfeiler-Wunder is the coordinator of Graduate Art Education Programs at Kutztown University. She also helped write courses for the new doctoral program in the College of Education. As a graduate student advisor, she is an essential partner in students’ development and growth. She was recently elected chair of the Commission on Human Diversity-a highly significant organization at KU. This ties closely with her life-long passion for social justice issues.

Pfeiler-Wunder has been published numerous times and has designed several new courses at the university including Integrated Curriculum in the Art Class and Discover! Science and Art Integration for the K-12 Educator.

Pfeiler-Wunder is an actively involved scholar and presents extensively at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) regional, and international conferences. She served on the Editorial Board of NAEA’s Art Education Journal, serves on the NAEA Research Commission and is the Higher Education Director-Elect for the NAEA Board.

PAEA actively supports and promotes visual art education through professional development, leadership, and service.

Kutztown University to Host an Evening with Kay Haring

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born-and-raised artist Keith Haring.

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born and -raised artist Keith Haring, will host a lecture and book signing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m., in room 223 of the McFarland Student Union Building at Kutztown University. The event is free and open to the public.

Kay Haring’s professional career has been a blend of the for-profit and non-profit realms, including management roles with a community college foundation, and fundraising professional for Planned Parenthood. Both are previous recipients of the award. She has held many board positions for a wide variety of non-profits over the last 20 years, including Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Berks Arts Council, Reading Musical Foundation, AAA Reading/Berks and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii.

Her new book, “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” seeks to investigate an aspect of Keith’s life not extensively covered: his childhood.

“I wrote this story to answer the question, “What was Keith like as a kid?” the answer; “HE WAS ALWAYS DRAWING!” says Haring on a section of her website.

Haring’s talk will map Keith’s journey from Kutztown, Pa., as a student, throughout his astronomical rise to the top of the art world.

Afterwards, Haring will sign copies of her book. Book proceeds will benefit Kutztown University’s GLBTQ Resource Center.