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Kevin Ostromecki to speak at Studio B Friday night; Art-ful Conversations a.k.a. Cheap Date Nights resume

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Want to be inspired about the youth of today? Are you a fan of TV’s Shark Tank? College student, artist, and entrepreneur, will talk about Altix Clothing, a clothing and shoe company that he has created, designed, and developed from the ground up as a high school student. He will talk about his artwork, designs, inspiration and more.
Ostromecki will share what he learned about business and “the sharks” themselves from his invitation to appear on Shark Tank on Friday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Studio B in Boyertown. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Bob Wood--former Boyertown Junior High School English teacher, artist, and published author—resumes his popular “Art-ful Conversations” bringing life to downtown Boyertown on Friday nights by inviting everyone to Studio B, Boyertown’s fine art gallery and studio for a “cheap date.”
“They can come, have a beverage and a snack, learn a thing or two about some area of the arts, and enjoy the company of other art lovers,” he explained, “and still be home by 9:00 p.m. or go out for dinner somewhere after enjoying an hour with us.”
Following a summer “vacation,” Wood’s third series begins October 4, 2013, and features 8 artists during the solo shows of print maker and metal sculptor Melissa Strawser through Oct. 12, and folk artist Barbara Strawser through November 30, 2013.
During his third solo show at Studio B, which opened in October 2012, Wood created a schedule of conversations led by Studio B artist members and friends. For six weeks the studio welcomed its “regulars” and also folks from out of our immediate area to conversations about the arts. His second series began in April and ran until the end of June.
On Oct. 11, two teachers from Boyertown Area Senior High School, inspired by their participation in a 10-day summer workshop in New York, are scheduled to introduce a series of discussions about contemporary visual art and improvisational events called TASKS that they hope will become fun, art-related events the entire community enjoys.
Will Upstrung, a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and signature member and Development Director of the National Collage Society will discuss his work in collage and the intuitive process in “art making.” Sandy Frazier, newly-retired art teacher who owns an alpaca farm, will share her new-found passion for fiber arts which her alpacas inspired.
Artist Lisa Muller captures the “snares” of modern life in her contemporary folk-inspired tile and earthenware projects and glazes. Author Craig Bennett returns to surprise attendees with little-known facts about “great (classical) music.” There’s much to like, he insists.
Mister Jean (Esther), Studio B’s beloved imaginative drawing teacher, will demonstrate portrait and landscape drawing and discuss the importance of teaching art to children.
The final Friday in the 2013 series of Art-ful Conversations occurs on Black Friday, 2013. The studio welcomes art lovers to stop by and “Shop Studio B” as they unwind from what has become the busiest shopping day of the year.
Studio B hosts Art-Ful Conversations on Friday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The programs are free to the public; donations are happily accepted.
Information provided by Studio B, Boyertown.