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Studio B Invites Fine Artists and Writers to Share Joys and Sorrows


Friday, July 19, 2013

Studio B, Boyertown’s Fine Art Gallery, is inviting writers and fine artists to participate in a juried art exhibit combining the visual and written arts entitled “Agony and Ecstasy” to open on Friday, February 21, 2014, and run until Saturday, March 15, 2014. The studio is looking for artwork in any medium AND writing samples that depict moments of great joy and/or great sorrow.
Written submissions are due Sept. 1.
Delivery of Visual Art is Feb. 18, 2014.
Pick up of Visual Art is March 18, 2014.
The exhibit: Visual representations of people, places and things that depict these feelings will be accompanied by pieces of writing in any genre--poetry, journal entries--blogs, narratives or letters. The artwork and the writings are planned as an exhibit at Studio B. The writings can be exhibited anonymously or signed.
Need help? Writers who may need help in getting something started, enjoy working with others, or appreciate feedback or editing help are welcome to join Sandy Williams and Jane Stahl on Saturday mornings 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Studio B each Saturday in June 2013.
Need inspiration?
For writers, photographs or images to inspire writing can be found by contacting Jane Stahl, janeEstahl@comcast.net or at http://andyland.com/v20/phot_trav/projects/20130601_agony_and_ecstasy/
For artists, pieces of writing will be available after September 1, 2013, by contacting Jane Stahl, janeEstahl@comcast.net.
“One of my favorite projects as a high school English teacher was a series of books I created from student essays based on a reflective writing assignment I labeled “transforming moments,” Stahl explained.
“I asked my sophomore students to write about a moment in their lives after which they were never the same. The pieces went through 5 phases of editing with a different goal each time. The essays were so thought-provoking and inspiring that I wanted the community to ‘meet’ these wonderfully kind and sensitive, mature and intelligent human beings in my classes.”
“So I created books of the over 100 essays and distributed them to each student to give to their parents as holiday gifts. We also placed them in beauty salons, doctors’ offices, and libraries around town and gave them to our local school board directors. I figured folks should know what their tax dollars were supporting!”
“When I retired, I became aware of the PostSecret project and figured that someday I might develop a way for our community to share, not secrets, perhaps, but the wisdom that life had imparted to them. Perhaps that moment has arrived,” Stahl continued. “We’ll see if there is any interest in the project.”
Contact Jane at janeEstahl@comcast.net, 610-367-8066 with questions or to register interest in the project. A prospectus is available at www.studiobbb.org under “Call to Artists.”
PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren in 2005, in which people began to mail their secrets anonymously on homemade postcards which were then posted on the PostSecret website, or used for PostSecret’s books or museum exhibits. The project has collected and displayed thousands of secrets since its founding.
Warren had hoped to empower the writer and inspire the reader knowing the healing powers of admission and sharing. Developing empathy for others and creating an atmosphere of acceptance were also among his claims for the project’s benefits.