Shop 53 sav­ing the bees in La Plata with art

Maryland Independent - - Business -

Shop 53 Cus­tom Tat­too & Art Stu­dio in La Plata is hold­ing a re­cep­tion Satur­day for its “Save the Bees!” art show that runs through De­cem­ber.

The bee-cen­tric show in­cludes 17 artists from the re­gion, from La Plata to the moun­tains of Vir­ginia, owner Shan­non Wang said in an email. The art in­cludes “quirky cross stitch­ings,” pho­tog­ra­phy, acrylic paint­ings, cyan­otypes and cro­cheted bees.

Fea­tured artist Cayty Dean made a shadow box show­ing the dif­fer­ent stages of a bee’s life. Some pieces have beeswax in­cor­po­rated, and lo­cal bee­keeper Eric Her­rmann has loaned the stu­dio a hon­ey­comb tray for dis­play.

A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the show and re­cep­tion will ben­e­fit the South­ern Mary­land Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which puts on a short course for new bee­keep­ers in Fe­bru­ary and of­ten gives live bees as door prizes to get hives started.

The re­cep­tion is from 6 to 8 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 3, at the stu­dio’s gallery at 6 St. Mary’s Ave., Suite 102 (next to the Greene Tur­tle) in La Plata. The stu­dio will be serv­ing food and drinks fea­tur­ing honey, such as cheese and bar­be­cue, and a bee­keeper will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions about keep­ing bee hives.

South­ern Mary­land rock-an­droll band “Run Molly Run” will close out the re­cep­tion with mu­sic.

“We are al­ways ex­cited about do­ing any type of bug tat­toos,” Wang added.

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