Agri-CUL­TURE art show opens Jan. 20 at Stu­dio B.

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Stu­dio B opens its 9th an­nual Agri-CUL­TURE show fea­tur­ing art in­spired by agri­cul­ture.

The ex­hibit opens Jan­uary 20, with a re­cep­tion from 5 to 8 p.m. The ex­hi­bi­tion and open­ing re­cep­tion are free and open to the pub­lic.

Prizes will be awarded on Fri­day night, in­clud­ing the cov­eted “Best In Show,” which nets the win­ner a cash prize as well as a fea­tured spot dur­ing the agri­cul­tur­ally-themed ex­hibit in 2018.

Juror for Agri-CUL­TURE is Miles DeCoster, pro­fes­sor at Kutz­town Uni­ver­sity, PA. DeCoster has a stu­dio at the Gog­gle Works Cen­ter for the Arts in Read­ing, PA. His work has been in­cluded in many ex­hi­bi­tions through­out the United States, as well as Mex­ico, Italy and Hun­gary and in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago, the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, the Walker Art Cen­ter in Min­ne­ap­o­lis and the Rare Books and Spe­cial Col­lec­tions at the Olin Li­brary at Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity among oth­ers. He has re­ceived grants from the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts, the Illi­nois Arts Coun­cil, Post News week Sta­tions and the Head­lands Cen­ter for the Arts in Marin, Cal­i­for­nia. For more go to http:// miles­de­coster.com.

The show con­tin­ues through Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 12, 2017. Please visit stu­diobbb.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

Su­san Biebuyck, Stu­dio B’s gallery di­rec­tor, looks for an an­gle each year to chal­lenge artists to a fresh take on the tra­di­tional sub­jects of agri­cul­ture and farm­ing while salut­ing the area’s agri­cul­tural roots and pay­ing trib­ute to its nat­u­ral beauty in cre­ative ways. Each year Biebuyck selects a juror from her net­work of artists, gallery di­rec­tors, and di­rec­tors of area art cen­ters to choose win­ners for monied prizes.

“We are al­ways very ex­cited to see what our artists bring to this show,” noted Biebuyck. “They have wowed us with their in­no­va­tion and fresh takes on the tra­di­tional sub­jects of agri­cul­ture and farm­ing.”

En­tries in all me­dia are of­fered from artists in Berks County and be­yond and over the years have re­vealed a broad spec­trum of work, from sculp­ture to wa­ter­color to linocuts to mixed me­dia.

Stu­dio B opened its doors dur­ing Boy­er­town’s De­cem­ber 2008 Hol­i­day Open House Tour and wel­comed hun­dreds of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to its premiere ex­hibit. In Jan­uary 2009, “The Farm” served as the stu­dio’s first ju­ried themed ex­hibit and has been staged an­nu­ally as its most pop­u­lar “sig­na­ture” ex­hibit, and con­tin­ues to “pack the house” at its open­ing.

Each year artists pre­pare to meet Biebuck’s cre­ative chal­lenge on the theme. Fine artist and for­mer art teacher Dave Lar­son was awarded “Best in Show” at the stu­dio’s in­au­gu­ral ex­hibit “The Farm” for an oil paint­ing show­cas­ing Oley’s “Sa­cred Oak.”

In Jan­uary 2010 for­mer ju­nior high English teacher and area his­to­rian Bob Wood took Best in Show for his acrylic con­cep­tual paint­ing en­ti­tled “Stark En­gine.”

In Jan­uary 2011, Travis Trainer, was awarded “Best in Show” for his cap­ti­vat­ing paint­ing of crows on a wooden fence en­ti­tled “Black Di­a­mond.”

In Jan­uary 2012, Bar­rie Maguire’s “Okie’s Pal,” an oil paint­ing of an an­cient, rusted car, took Best in Show.

In Jan­uary 2013, Carol Sum­ner’s paint­ing “Le Ferme,” an ab­stract pre­sen­ta­tion of the area’s farm­steads, was awarded top prize.

In Jan­uary 2014, Joanne Schlosser’s “Hammy Tale,” a cre­ative home­made book, was named Best in Show.

In Jan­uary 2015, Bob Wood’s acrylic paint­ing “An­nie Weed­ing Lima Beans”—an iconic ex­am­ple of his farm and gar­den se­ries—was se­lected for first place hon­ors in the ex­hibit, ti­tled “The Mod­ern Farm.”

In Jan­uary 2016, Biebuyck took the term “Cul­ti­vate” as the ex­hibit’s theme and in­vited Pottstown’s Art Fu­sion’s di­rec­tor as juror to “cul­ti­vate” the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the stu­dios. Hi­lary Fra­ley was awarded Best in Show for her oil paint­ing en­ti­tled “Corn.”

In this year’s 2017 ex­hibit en­ti­tled “Agri-CUL­TURE,” Biebuck hopes artists will some­how re­spond to “cul­ture,” the root of the word “agri­cul­ture” in their work.

Stu­dio B is lo­cated at 39A East Philadel­phia Av­enue.

COUR­TESY OF MILES DECOSTER

“Taplin HIll,”oil on can­vas

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