The “WORDS” exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A virtual tour and awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Facebook LIVE, archived as a Facebook event and on YouTube following the opening. Amy Muzopappa of Muzo Media Productions hosts the virtual tour.
The exhibit is accompanied by the release of the studio’s 9th book of poetry, prose, and art entitled “Transforming Moments: Finding Our Voice”. More than 50 local and international writers contributed to the anthology that is edited by Jane E. Stahl, Studio B’s Director of Community Relations and former teacher of English, and Mish (Eileen) Murphy, book reviewer, visual artist, editor, teacher, poet, and Florida resident.
The art exhibit; book of poetry, prose, and art; and the activities offered at Studio B throughout the length of the exhibit are sponsored by the Boyertown Community Charitable Fund through Berks County Community Foundation.
Additional activities include a Writers’ Reception scheduled for June 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Sunday Afternoon Book Talks scheduled for July 10, 17, 14, and 31; and a project entitled the “Human Library” that will be held on Aug. 7, and feature selected members of the community invited to tell their life “story.” The exhibit opening and writers’ activities are free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through Aug. 21.
Juror selecting the art exhibit awards is Suzanne Fellows, a painter, printmaker, musician, teacher, designer, and gardener. She saved 20 elephants from extinction with her art project “99 Elephants a Day.” She holds a bachelor’s of fine arts from Kutztown University and a master’s of fine arts from Vermont College of Fine Art. Fellows is an acting professor of fine art and design at Reading Area Community College and is one of the select studio artists at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.
Jurying the writing awards is Susan LeClair. For more than 25 years, LeClair taught English at the high school and college levels in Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, served as librarian at Boyertown Senior High School, and was a faculty member in the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Teaching. LeClair earned her bachelor’s of arts in English from Illinois Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s of arts in English and her master’s in education from Seton Hall University. An avid traveler, LeClair toured widely nationally and internationally. A love of art surfaced while growing up in Chicago where she took art lessons at the Art Institute.
Books will be available for purchase at both events. If you cannot attend the events and wish to order a book, payment can be made by check sent to Studio B, 39A Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512 or by using the “Donate” button on Studio B’s website. Copies will be sent by U.S. mail. Be sure to include your postal address when you order. Cost is $25 and includes tax and postage.
Source: Berkshire mont