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Re: David and Goliath: Studio B Art Gallery Offers Donation Toward Secret Valley Trail Feasibility Study Matching a Donation by Retail Giant WalMart
Date: July 5, 2018

 

Studio B Art Gallery is proud to announce a $1,000 donation toward the Secret Valley Trail Feasibility Study toward the development of 6+ miles of the trail in Boyertown Borough, Colebrookdale Township, Douglass Township and possibly Amity Township, Berks County.

Studio B’s recent Secret Valley Bike Tour generated the funds toward the donation through the riders’ registration fees.

Susan Biebuyck, Gallery Director, fine artist, and coordinator of the bike tour, presented an $800 check recently to the Building a Better Boyertown Board of directors. Yet, learning of a donation by WalMart, in the amount of $1,000, the studio’s directors decided to join the retail giant and offered an additional $200.

“It’s our David and Goliath story,” noted Jane Stahl, Director of Community Relations, but we’re collaborating, not fighting. When would the ‘little gallery that does’ have the chance to perform at the same level as the retail mammoth? We couldn’t resist matching their effort!”

The bike tour was the culminating event in the gallery’s community project entitled “Wheels” supported by a grant from Berks County Community Foundation. The project included a fine art exhibit featuring all types of wheels, coupons for reduced or free rides on the Colebrookdale Railroad and Pottstown Carousel, free admission to the Museum of Historic Vehicles, a caricature by cartoon artist Alan MacBain, and wheel-related activities at Boyertown Community Library and the Boyertown Area Historical Society.

Biebuyck and her husband Gavin, co-owner of Liberty Environmental, headquartered in Reading, PA, are avid bicyclists and protectors of the environment who spent hundreds of hours designing three routes for riders of varying skill and endurance, coordinating volunteers, and stocking feed and hydration stations along the paths. Each rider was presented with a Secret Valley Bike tour water bottle and encouragement to continue supporting the Schuylkill River Trail feasibility study through additional donations.

“The Schuylkill River Trail is a favorite among hikers and bicyclist enthusiasts—once they hit the trail in Pottstown,” explained (Susan) Biebuyck. “It will be wonderful for cyclists to be able to ride from the Boyertown area to Philadelphia.”

“My husband bicycles to work from Boyertown to Reading every day; think of all the traffic we could eliminate on 422 if enthusiasts like Gavin and me can bicycle our way to work in Oaks or King of Prussia, for example. Love your cyclists! Please!” she encouraged.

Biebuyck is also eager to promote the 4-foot law in Pennsylvania that requires drivers to give 4 feet of space to a bicyclist for safe traveling. The gallery’s front window during the recent “Wheels” exhibit promoted awareness of the law and the need.

“Once our ‘Wheels’ art exhibit was hung, the gallery focused on the tour for the entire spring season, explained Biebuyck. “It was an incredible amount of work and stressful in creating routes that were beautiful and safe. The tour became the ‘La Tour Detour’ as roadwork—construction and chipping and tarring—for example, created hazards every other day, rendering our planned routes impossible or dangerous. We were adjusting the routes until the evening the tour was scheduled to begin.”

The Family Fun Ride took bicyclists on a scenic ride for @10 miles; the ½ metric offered others @27 miles of biking through Berks County. Riders in the full metric logged 62 miles on country and urban roads.

Building a Better Boyertown and Boyertown Borough have been awarded a matching grant of $35,000 by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Building a Better Boyertown. Campbell Thomas and Company in collaboration with Gilmore and Associates, Inc. are performing the $70,000 trail study.

For more information, visit Boyertownpa.org for updates on the upcoming planning meetings.

Studio B Art Gallery: 
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.

Studio B receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio Names Katelyn Poe
in Budding Artist Program for Young Local Artists
Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio is proud to name Katelyn Poe as their next Budding Artist. An opening reception, with light refreshments and the opportunity to meet other local artists, will be held Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 5pm to 7pm. The Budding Artist Program provides school-aged artists an opportunity to join over 200 local and national artisans in exhibiting and selling their crafts for a three-month period of time with all proceeds going to the Budding Artist.
Poe, a junior at Boyertown Area Senior High, is the Gallery’s thirteenth Budding Artist; her work will be available through July 2018.
Art has always been a crucial part of Poe’s life. As a child, she filled dozens of notebooks with crayon drawings of flowers, hearts and her family. She then graduated to old craft paint on sheets of printer paper and her love of painting blossomed from there. Now, creating art and painting has expanded into every aspect of her life. She believes that art isn’t just creating a pretty picture; it is a mindset, a new way of seeing and solving problems.
As she entered high school, she wasn’t certain whether or not she wanted a career in art. Now she knows that she wants to continue doing what she loves and hopes to find new applications for her art in the real world.
While she originally enjoyed drawing and using colored pencils, her true passion is painting. She loves blending colors and seeing how they interact with each other to mix the perfect hue. Painting for her is sort of an escape from reality. When she has a paintbrush in her hand, she doesn’t have to think about anything besides the image she is creating. “There is something incredible about the process of painting,” Poe says, “and I am blessed to be able to see each one start as a pencil skeleton and layer by layer transform into something extraordinary, no matter the complexity of the piece.”
Poe credits one of her painting teachers, Ms. Pamela Hendrix, with facilitating her development of her love of art and painting. Poe is down in Hendrix’ room working on a project (or two!) everyday whether she has a class or not. Hendrix has helped Poe decide that she wants to pursue art as a career and realize that she should continue to do what she loves because she’ll always come back to her art, no matter what changes may occur in her life. Poe also acknowledges another one of her art teachers, Mr. Thomas Dareneau, with making her a better artist by getting her to pay more attention to the details in drawings and creating interesting and even compositions.
Nature is another huge inspiration for Poe. She loves incorporating it into her art to add freshness and life. Leaves and flowers are favorites of hers to add to any piece and with such a wide variety of types and colors, she is always able to find some that fit the work.
Looking forward, Poe wants to focus on expanding into digital art and other mediums. She’s excited to see what else she can create and hopes that art is as important in her future as it has been in her past.
“We hope you’ll be able to join Katelyn at her reception to encourage her further and learn more about this talented budding artist,” said Lyn Camella-Rich, co-owner of Dancing Tree Creations. “It’s always a fun night out having the local artists, school teachers and public mingle with our Budding Artist and encouraging them to continue working on their art,” she concludes.
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For more information on the Budding Artist Program or to sign up to receive e-invitations and e-newsletters, visit Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio’s Facebook page or website, http://dancingtreecreations.com.
About Dancing Tree Creations: Dancing Tree Creations, LLC is an artisan’s gallery and studio, located at 220 South Reading Avenue (Rte 562), Boyertown, PA, representing 200+ local and national artisans. The gallery features a wide variety of art for sale for you, your home, office, and garden including ceramics, glass, wood, jewelry, paintings, sculptures and more. Dancing Tree Creations is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, additional hours during tours or other events or by chance or appointment.

The Borough of Boyertown & Building A Better Boyertown Our town has been awarded a Trail Feasibility Study grant in the amount of $70,000 ($35,000 match to the raised $35,000) though the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, to prepare a trail study for the development of approximately six miles of the Secret Valley Trail in Boyertown Borough, Colebrookdale Township, and Douglass Township, Berks County.

This trail will connect to the Tri-County Trail System in Upper Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough in Montgomery County. The Borough of Boyertown has hired Campbell Thomas & Company in collaboration with Gilmore & Associates, Inc. to perform this study and to prepare a written, bound report.

Our Planning Workshop is April 26th, 7 p.m. at Borough Hall (100 S. Washington Street)

The State Theatre is hosting The Right Price Game Show on Saturday, April 21st at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets are $25 per person. Buy online at www.boyertownstatetheatre.com or purchase at the box office, Patsy's Potpourri of Gifts, Zimmer's Pets and The Peppermint Stick Candy Store.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 13:55

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 21st from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. we are kicking off summer with the "Awaken Summer Imagination Program" at our Spring Street location.

Kids can enjoy Kids Yoga, Kids Pound, a Moonbounce, facepainting, fire trucks, healthy snacks and more!

Join us on April 19th at 4:30 p.m. to congratulate Modellbahn Ott Hobbies on their 1 year anniversary!

April 21st from 11 - 2 p.m. Join Us! Moon Bounce, hot dog eating contest, games and FUN for the whole family!

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