Literary and visual art come together in Studio B’s “Let’s Rant” opening

"I Heard You the First Time", acrylic, 5" x 7", by Suzanne Fellows.
"I Heard You the First Time", acrylic, 5" x 7", by Suzanne Fellows.

Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, is pleased to announce the opening of “Let’s Rant,” the studio’s fifth annual show and book release combining literary and visual art.

The exhibit opens March 16, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through April 15.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Effenesse Foundation, formerly the Biesecker Foundation, a foundation established by Suzanne K. and the late Fred Biesecker.

Prize awards for artists and writers are offered by the exhibit’s jurors Lesley and Robert Misko.

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The exhibit and book will showcase the writers’ and artists’ pet peeves. People, places, things, and ideas that frustrate or annoy are subjects of the prose and poetry and rendered visually by the artists.

“Complaining is a popular pastime as a human being,” said Jane Stahl, Studio B’s Director of Community Relations. “I figured knowing one another’s ‘hot spots’ was an effective ‘getting to know you’ exercise and satisfying for the artist to share his and her triggers.”

She encouraged all kinds of venting.

“All-out attacks on people, places, things, and ideas; snarky observations; subtle jabs; wishful prayers for change; heartfelt whines and whimpers against the Universe... toward anything or anyone that poses a challenge to our peace of mind,” Stahl said. “I was also hopeful that our artists would take the opportunity to include a piece of advice or insight for those who will follow them, some advice for their younger selves should they be able go back in time. What insights would they share?”

A booklet of prose, poetry, and illustrations edited by Stahl and designed by Susan Biebuyck, gallery director, featuring the work of local writers and artists, will be offered for sale in addition to the fine art offered in the exhibit.

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.