Local historian, former public school English teacher,
writer, presenter, potter, and fine art painter, Bob Wood announced his Fall
schedule of informal discussions of local history at Studio B Art Gallery on
Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.
Wood has published 4 books of local history that he offers
for sale. He is a popular presenter among groups dedicated to preserving local
history; his articles appear in assorted publications.
Wood serves as Gallery Adjunct at Studio B. In addition to
hosting his popular history talks, his varied roles include funding support of
exhibits of emerging artists along with his own artwork and the artwork of his
wife Sandy Wood—longtime Boyertown Area School District art instructor;
assistance in staging exhibits of local artists at local businesses;
facilitating poetry readings and book signings; and participation in community
Sept. 22: Cannons: New Findings about Casting Cannons for
the Revolutionary War at Warwick, Reading, and Hopewell Furnaces.
Sept. 29: Shorts: There are many topics of local 18th &
19th century life that are interesting, yet too short for an hour-long
discussion. Speaker’s choice and attendees’ choice.
Oct. 13: Small Presentation Fraktur (frok-tur). Filled with
a combination of color, whimsy, piety, and design, small presentation frakturs
provide a window into the soul of early settlers.
Oct. 27: The Owl’s Mirror—an evolution of certain folk
Nov. 3: Daniel Royer’s Diaries— An interesting and complete
record of 19th century local village life.
Nov. 10: Keeping Warm in the Old Days—A talk centered on
stoves, fireplaces, and firewood.
Alvernia sets dates for 2019-20 Performing Arts Series
Alvernia University’s 2019-20 Performing Arts Series
features professionally recognized artists with ties to the City of Reading and
Greater Berks County community.
“Alvernia has a longstanding commitment to providing a
dynamic environment for students and community members to experience arts and
cultural events,” said Alvernia Artist in Residence and Managing Director of
the Performing Arts Series Jessica Warchal-King. “We are excited for the
opportunity to celebrate and showcase our local artists with this season’s
This season features The Wheatland Chorale (Sep. 27), JCWK
Dance Lab (Nov. 21), and Jill Haley (Feb. 4). In addition, Alvernia has
extended its partnership with the Berks Jazz Fest in presenting Germaine Ingram
and The Red Rose Collective (March 11).
All performances will be held in Francis Hall Theatre on
Alvernia’s main campus in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Ticket information for Alvernia University’s Arts &
Culture Series is available at Alvernia.educommunity/arts-culture or by calling
610-796-8417. Discover more community events at Alvernia.edu/news-events.
An original dance production, “Where the Trees Walk,” will be
held on The Steps at the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth St. at noon Saturday, July
This fourth annual Storytelling through Dance presentation will
tell the story of a child who is separated from her parents after the family
flees their war-torn country.
For the fourth year, Barrio Alegria has partnered with
Reading Public Library to engage community members through the arts, creating
opportunities for participants to explore self-limiting beliefs and gain
More than 45 participants will tell the story through 14
dance choreographies in this premiere performance.
Participating organizations and groups include Abilities in
Motion, Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos, and the Reading School District. Live music
will be provided by Musical Acts of Kindness Society. The diverse musical score
includes works from a range of composers from George Harrison and Scott Joplin
to Joe Hisaishi and The Chrono Trigger Symphony.
There is no charge for admission and seating is general
admission on The Steps @ Main.
The Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival will
be held July 8-14, 2019. Participants and faculty will perform concerts each
evening July 8-12, with a closing concert July 14, at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s Festival will present seven varied programs that
highlight the development and evolution of music as an art form. The Festival
kicks off on Monday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium with an
exciting and dramatic performance in commemoration of Beethoven’s upcoming
250th birthday. Kurt Nikkanen, Maria Asteriadou and Daniel Gaisford will give
the rage, passion and tenderness of Beethoven’s monumental contribution to the
evolution of music from the classical era and beyond.
On Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room, Old
Main, the Festival’s faculty will present “Salon Artistique,” a
musical journey around the world that showcases the creation of diverse musical
styles of works by composers from 19th-century onward.
The rest of the week will present a diverse, talented and
dedicated group of young musicians who will assemble this summer at Kutztown
University to work, interact and perform chamber music in a wide variety of
styles and instrumental combinations.
Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA, is pleased to announce the opening of FACES of Boyertown on Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during Berks-Mont Business Association’s annual Philadelphia Avenue Street Fair. The exhibitions run through August 23, 2019.
The main exhibit features photographic portraits taken by local fine art photographer Linda Bell of people who live, work, or visit the Boyertown community. Studio B Fine Art Gallery, Taylor Backes Glass Studio, the Museum of Historic Vehicles, and the Other Farm and Forge, and private residences have been locations for the photo shoots.
“Including the people I know and love—and those whom I’ve not yet met—as the very contentof the exhibit embodies the spirit and mission of Studio B,” explained Jane Stahl, Director of Community Relations. “Since we opened in 2008, we’ve strived to be a space for art and artists and the ‘go to’ place for learning, fun, and friendship for the entire community.”
Bell will be taking photographs during the Philadelphia Avenue Street Fair at Rita’s Water Ice, corner of Franklin Street and E. Philadelphia Avenue from 11:00-2:00 p.m.
In Studio B’s Grey Gallery is an exhibit by Ron Schira entitled “Experiments, Wanderings and Inquiries: Works on Paper.” Schira has served as the area’s leading art critic for the Reading Eagle for over 24 years.
Schira’s body of work displays three decades of drawing, watercolor and mixed media pieces on paper. Many of the works have never been exhibited; and, seen like an artistic journal, they explore the artist’s thinking process and his interest in abstraction and spontaneity. Schira has exhibited in over 30 solo displays in Berks and Lehigh Counties since the mid-seventies and writes poetry and short stories on art and other cultural topics.
Schira explains, “Since I have found myself suddenly with more time on my hands, no longer writing for the paper, I decided to dig through my boxes and show a little history. Many of these are disconnected from my present process but all are me.”
Additional Gallery hours are Friday – Sunday, 11-3pm or by appointment.
Sponsors: Local businesses and individuals serve as sponsors for the 3-month exhibit. Realtors contributed toward the exhibit and include Ingrid Weil of Ironhorse Realty, Kim Welch and Mark Toepel of ReMax Achievers, Rich Zuber and Brian Gilbert of Richard A. Zuber Realty, and Kathy Kolarz and Greg Herb of Herb Real Estate.
A group of financial and insurance services businesses and individuals funded the exhibit’s second month including Barbara Akins, CPA; Reinhart and Company CPA’s; Jessica Burger of uFinancial Group; Frank Morgan of Morgan Financial; Rob Theisen of NY Life Insurance; Body Borneman Insurance; and Liz Peters of TriCounty Federal Credit Union.
The final month is supported by Twin Turrets Inn, the FCB (Family, Community Business) Network, McDonald’s in Gilbertsville, Everything Printing, several local attorneys, and anonymous donors.
“The sponsorship aspect of this exhibit is another inspiring part of this special exhibit,” Stahl continued. “With the help of Kim Welch, Debbie Bertolet, and Tessi Melchior—members of the FCB Network—the exhibit illustratesa positive example in our present-day climate: working together toward the greater good—building a better Boyertown.”
“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.
“We have been grateful for the support our business community has provided throughout our history, and it is now most gratifying to have added members to our growing list of sponsors,” Stahl concluded.
Photographer Linda Bell: Linda Bell, Berks County resident, is a photographer and world traveler. During the winter months, she heads south with her husband Kit and dog Jezebell in their cozy camper van. Her passions include photography, gardening and raising peacocks. She is a strong supporter of the arts and music communities.
For additional information, visit Studio B Gallery on Facebook, visit www.studiobbb.org and sign up to receive our monthly e-blasts. Further information about photographer Linda Bell and images of photographs for purchase can be found on her website: https://labellimages.zenfolio.com
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.
Fifty-five Albright College students presented original
artwork for the Freedman Gallery’s annual juried student exhibit this May.
Several artists earned prizes and awards in different categories during a
special reception and many of the exhibitors sold work to visitors.
Luis Fernandez of Temple, studying accounting at Albright. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Fernandez’s artwork included: Photograph, “Current Meditation” on sale for 15 alongside Photograph, “Mural in New York” for 10. app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/124414/ispqipyE7Wo.jpg
Kyle Gantert of Reading, studying business
administration/management at Albright. A graduate of Reading High School,
Gantert’s artwork included: Pen and Ink, “The Fields” .
Tyanna Guzman of Reading, studying art at Albright. A
graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Guzman’s artwork included: Ink Wood Cut
Print, “Love’s Complicated” on sale for 20 alongside Acrylic,
“Naturally Beautiful” for 60 . Guzman’s “Love’s
Complicated” earned this year’s second place award for $150.
Faith Miravich of Reading, studying Digital Studio Art at Albright. A graduate of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Miravich’s artwork included: Watercolor, “AZ Dream” on sale for 160 alongside Encaustic, “Tumultuous” for 85 and Wood and Acrylic, “And through Trial I will Rise like a phoenix” for 200. app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/124423/HMGQVzbYEZ4.jpg
Goshert one of more than 70 students who performed at Muhlenberg College
The Muhlenberg College dance program showcased seven
world-premiere works by seven world-class choreographers in its annual
“Master Choreographers” concert, Feb. 7 through 9, 2019.
Alex Goshert from Shillington was one of the dancers who
took part in “Master Choreographers.”
“This concert presents a sensational evening of
dance,” said Karen Dearborn, founding director of Muhlenberg’s dance
program and the concert’s artistic director. “We’re excited to showcase
these electrifying works by our acclaimed guest artists and faculty.”
This season’s concert featured works by critically acclaimed
guest artists as well as Muhlenberg faculty choreographers.
Read more here and check out a video preview here.
East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will
feature art works and portfolios of advanced students in the university art and
design department in a Senior Seminar and Portfolio in Art Student Exhibition
April 29 through May 8, 2019.
The exhibition will include works produced by students
completing independent study projects and works from selected art and design
classes, including Brenna Klinger, of Blandon.
Hours for the gallery, located in the university’s Fine and
Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, are Monday, Tuesday and
Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A reception for the artists will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday,
May 1, in the gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public at
At the reception, the 2019 Excellence in the Arts awards
will be presented. The art and design department also will present the Dr.
Irene Mitchel Three Sisters Endowed Art Scholarship in memory of Helen Mitchel
Stetz and Mary Mitchel Kurello and the Cecilia S. Cohen Award for Excellence in
Seniors majoring in integrated art and design participating
in the exhibit include Andreas Alomar of East Stroudsburg; Laila Andujar of
Milford; Kelliann Brown of Bogota, N.J.; Kristen Cappello of Milford; Samatha
Dietz of Johnstown; Brenna Klinger of Blandon; Alicia Koval of Broomall; Lauren
Lawrence of Bronx, N.Y.; Timothy Morrell of Staatsburg, N.Y.; Brendan Reilly of
Mount Bethel; Ellen Rosenfield of Bethlehem; Jennifer Tullo of Cedar Grove; and
Ryan Zacharias of Brodheadsville.
Senior art and design majors featured in the exhibit include
Stephen Coleman of Summit, N.J.; Elizabeth Lyman of Bristol; Cody Sarisky of
East Stroudsburg; and Ryan Wenrich of Wyoming.
Two senior art and design majors are graduating with double
majors: Laura Hatch of East Stroudsburg with a second major in psychology and
Maryruth Maichin of East Stroudsburg with a second major in English.
The exhibit also will include works by junior integrated art
and design majors Isis Hodge of East Stroudsburg and John Maffei of Milford and
junior art and design major Alaina Warner of Rockaway, N.J.
For more information on the exhibit or reception, contact
the Fine and Performing Arts Center at esuarts.esu.edu or call 570.422.3483.
There would be no Art for Arf’s Sake without the incredible artwork donated by renowned local artists and makers.
Today we want to highlight one of our contributing artists, Tim Riegel. His passion for drawing and painting started in grade school and has grown stronger ever since. Tim was always sketching outside direct from nature and took Saturday and evening classes at the Wyomissing Art Institute to hone his talents.
Wildlife, nature and rural landscapes with barns and farms have always fascinated him and has inspired him to paint.
Growing up, Tim spent a lot of time on his grandparent’s farm in Berks County and cabin in rural Potter County. Both places were great inspiration to sketch and photograph ideas for paintings.
For Tim, the joy of completing a painting or mural that people can enjoy is truly rewarding. To see the reaction of little kids especially, when they see a big wall painted with scenery is a personal satisfaction money can’t buy.
Thank you Tim for sharing your talents and passion with us. The funds raised from the sale of your donated piece will directly provide vital resources and care for homeless, abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in our community.
Remember folks, the art auction is less than two weeks away. Grab your Art for Arf’s Sake Auction tickets today and help save animals with art.