Fall 2019 History Talks with Bob Wood resume Sept. 22 at Studio B, Boyertown

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 events.

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 stories.

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.

Performing arts series showcases Berks County artists

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 events.”

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.

Reading Public Library to stage outdoor dance production

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 27, 2019.

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 leadership skills.

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.

For more information, visit readingpubliclibrary.org/storytelling-through-dance-2018/.

For more information about “Where the Trees Walk” contact the Reading Public Library Foundation at 610.478.8977.

Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival Slated for July 8-14

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.

For more information please call 610-683-4550 or visit www.kusummermusicfestival.com.

2019 Concert and Workshop Schedule

All concerts and workshops listed below are free and open to the public.

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Opening Night

Tenderness and Rage: Beethoven, Force of Nature

Works by Beethoven

Performed by festival faculty

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Georgian Room, Old Main

Salon Artistique

Works by 19th and 20th Century Masters

Performed by festival faculty

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Kutztown Park Bandshell

440 East Main Street

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Works by Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Piazzolla

Movie scores: Coco, La La Land and James Bond

Performed by festival students and orchestra

Special guest appearance:

Rosin, The Two Cello Duo, playing pop transcriptions on electric instruments

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Style and Substance: Classical Masterpieces

Works by Haydn, Kuhlau, Beethoven, Weber

Performed by festival students

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Masterful Melange

Works by Dancla, Brahms, Doppler, Ewazen, Tillmetz

Performed by festival students

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Chamber Music Competition

Pre-formed and ad hoc groups will compete for the Grand Chamber Music Prize

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Saturday Night Live

Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Gaubert, Reinecke, Brahms, Schumann, Strauss

Performed by festival students

Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Grand Finale

A Musical Extravaganza

Works by Mozart, Foote, Rota, Shostakovich

Performed by festival students

The Festival Orchestra

Conductor: Julien Benichou

Workshops

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Georgian Room, Old Main

Flute Masterclass

Susanna Loewy: Flutist and Music Entrepreneur

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 4-5 p.m.

Schaeffer 13G

Leadership & Entrepreneurship through Music

Susanna Loewy: Flutist and Music Entrepreneur

Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 3-4 p.m.

Schaeffer 14G

Harmonics and Intonation

A workshop on understanding the harmonic series and principles of piano tuning

Daniel Sponenburg: Concert Piano Technician

Friday, July 12, 2019 from 3-4 p.m.

Schaeffer 13G

The Violin Maker

Principles of Instrument Making and Setup

Peter Yang: Luthier & Violin Maker

(Mr. Yang will be available throughout the Festival for any necessary repairs and adjustments of instruments)

All programs are subject to change

Central Penn news

Central Penn announces lots of free events happening in July 2019. Here’s what’s in the line-up:

· Entrepreneur Speaker Series – Juliet Jones 

Who: Juliet Jones, CEO & Founder, VIP Fortune 500 Consulting

Presentation: “The Secret to Success Using the Dream – Build – Win Model!”

When: Tuesday, July 16, 6–7 p.m.

Where: ATEC building 200

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Family Flicks Film Series: How to Train Your Dragon 3

When: Saturday, July 20, 2–4 p.m.

What: The 2019 film – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Career Services Internship Fair

When: Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. to noon.

What: Annual internship fair will feature more than 30 local companies.

Where: The Conference Center

Cost: The event is free and open to local college students.

· Faculty Film Series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

When: Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

What: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix––the fifth installment in the series––will screen at 7 p.m.

Who: Professor Marcie Rovan will speak on the movie’s theme of grassroots activism at 6:30 p.m., prior to the start of the film. There will be a brief discussion after the movie, as well.

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, Boyertown Opens “FACES of Boyertown,” by Photographer Linda Bell and “Experiments, Wanderings and Inquiries: Works on Paper” by Art Critic Ron Schira

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: 

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.

Albright students present original artwork at Freedman Gallery

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.

Local artists included:

Moises Burgos of Bernville, studying art education at Albright. A graduate of Kensington Interntnal Business, Burgos’s artwork included: Digital, “Sharpener Spice.”
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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.
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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.

Riona Mackey-Wood of Reading, studying music industry studies at Albright. A graduate of Wilson High School, Mackey-Wood’s artwork included: Acrylic Paint, “The Abyss.”
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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.
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Kierstin Moses of Birdsboro, studying Digital Communications at Albright. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Moses’s artwork included: Archival Inkjet Print, “Tire Typology” on sale for 55 .
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Raquel Rohrbach of Reading, studying biology at Albright. A graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, Rohrbach’s artwork included: Acrylic, “Old Age” on sale for 75.
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Alex Goshert a part of ‘Masters Choreographers’

Pictured from left are dancers Jordan Page (’19) and Nadia Urena (’19) from Master Choreographers.
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.

Brenna Klinger among students to present senior seminar and portfolio in art student exhibition

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 no cost.

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 Art History.

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.

Art for Arf’s Sake

Contributing Artist Spotlight: Tim Riegel

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.

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