Shop 53 saving the bees in La Plata with art
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.