dusko painting

A painting by Berks County artist John Dusko.

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 2000 Penn Ave., Spring Township, will host an exhibition by Berks County artist John Dusko from July 8 to Aug. 20 in the Holleran Gallery.

The exhibit is free.

There will be an opening reception on July 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

At 88, Dusko has been painting for 76 years. He began his formal art training at the age of 12 with George Walters in Pottstown. He was one of the first graduates of the now famous School of Visual Arts in New York City. After art school, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Dusko paints subjects of Berks County that he feels will have a strong emotional meaning for people, and he tries to capture that moment that will best communicate this feeling. His intent is for viewers to become moved by their own memories of a place when they see his work.

Masks and social distancing are required. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Books

John Steven Gurney, an illustration professor at Kutztown University, has released "Fuzzy Baseball 4: Di-NO Hitters," the fourth book in his "Fuzzy Baseball" graphic novel series, which is published by Papercutz.

The books, aimed at children ages 6 to 10, tell the story of the Fernwood Valley Fuzzies and their quest to finally defeat the dreaded Rocky Ridge Red Claws.

According to www.fuzzybaseball.com, in "Fuzzy Baseball 4, "The Fernwood Valley Fuzzies are about to face a team of dinosaurs, the Triassic Park Titans, in a match for the ages. Hammy Sosa thinks the Titans haven't evolved with the changes in the game, but Blossom Honey Possum and Bo Grizzley respect their 'old school' approach to the game. The story is interrupted periodically by Professor Rufus DeTerrier, who objects to the many scientific inaccuracies (can a T-Rex even hold a ball with those tiny two fingers? and where are the feathers?). The blast-from-the-past team is sure to deliver plenty of curveballs."

Gurney, who grew up in Langhorne, Bucks County, also is the author and illustrator of "Dinosaur Train" and "The Bossy Pirate." He has illustrated over 140 chapter books for children, including the "A to Z Mysteries," "The Bailey School Kids" and "The Calendar Mysteries" series.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in illustration from Pratt Institute and a master's of fine arts in illustration from the University of Hartford. He lives in Brattleboro, Vt.

"Fuzzy Baseball 4" is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online sellers.

Movies

Boyertown State Theatre, 61 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, is re-opening after being closed due to the pandemic. Per state guidelines, the theater is operating at full capacity. It will show a selection of three first-run movies over the next two months, including "F9 The Fast Saga" and "Black Widow."

"We are excited to bring back the epic cinematic experience to the big screen," said State Theatre Manager, Shannon Shaw. “There is something wonderful about the escapism that cinema provides, and I think we could all use a little escape today!”

The theater also will host a summer movie program for children featuring a selection of children's movies such as "Sing" and "Boss Baby." Ticket prices for the program start at $1, with snack packs available from $3. The summer movie program features children’s movies every Wednesday and Thursday morning at 10 and runs through the end of July.

Tickets for the new season can be purchased online or at the box office, with refreshments available for purchase at the concession stand or bar at the venue.

Tickets cost $3 for kids and $5 for adults before 5 p.m. and $5 for kids and $7 for adults after 5 p.m.

View the movie schedule and book tickets at www.boyertownstatetheatre.com.

Boyertown State Theatre is a not-for-profit run by the State Theatre Preservation Society to ensure the preservation of the building, which was founded in 1912.

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