Stu­dio B Art Gallery to open ‘Di­verse El­e­ments’ Oct. 19

The Community Connection - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Emily Branch

Stu­dio B Art Gallery, 39A East Philadel­phia Ave., Boy­er­town, is pleased to an­nounce the open­ing of an ex­hibit en­ti­tled “Di­verse El­e­ments” fea­tur­ing the paint­ings of San­dra and Bob Wood and the 3D sculp­tures of Daniel Sch­lenker and Bob Hakun on Fri­day, Oct. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. The ex­hibit runs un­til Dec. 2.

The ex­hibit show­cases the unique ways each artist in­ter­prets the world us­ing as­sem­blage, ce­ram­ics, wa­ter­color, and paint.

San­dra Lee Wood has spent most of her life as a well-known and award-win­ning art ed­u­ca­tor. She is a world trav­eler with sev­eral of her trips set­tling in one place to paint “en plein air”. Her del­i­cate water­col­ors cap­ture the joy of pat­tern, color, and tex­ture found in the nat­u­ral world she sees.

Since re­tir­ing she has been able to study wa­ter­color and pas­tels with na­tion­ally known pain­ters who have helped her to con­tinue her jour­ney. San­dra’s new work fea­tures new tech­niques and ap­proaches in­spired by re­cent trav­els and work­shops.

Artist Bob Wood is a long time re­searcher, writer and speaker on Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch (Ger­man) folk cul­ture. His long­time ex­pe­ri­ence, along with his lit­er­ary back­ground, in­fuse them­selves into art that presents a very con­tem­po­rary take on es­tab­lished themes.

Wood grew up on a New Hanover Town­ship farm and draws much of his in­spi­ra­tion from mem­o­ries of work­ing the land.

Self-taught with no for­mal art train­ing, Bob likes to quote a friend who de­scribes his paint­ings as “Basquait and Dubuf­fet crash into a Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch vil­lage.”

“We have a hard time putting words to him to de­scribe his art, to put a la­bel on him,” said Jane Stahl, co­founder of Stu­dio B in Boy­er­town. “But what we love about him is that he is so eager to try new things, to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and go in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.”

Bob Hakun brings his ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing in the toy in­dus­try de­sign­ing Hal­loween cos­tumes and masks and graph­ics for silkscreen print­ing along with his work as a com­puter pre­press spe­cial­ist and dig­i­tal graphic de­signer to his re­cent medium—assem­blages built from dis­carded items that jux­ta­pose nor­mally unas­so­ci­ated items.

Pur­posely cre­at­ing an un­re­fined im­age in col­lect­ing old, dis­carded items— some nat­u­ral like bones or wood, some man-made like wheels or rusty wire— Hakun looks for old things that show the beauty and harsh­ness of ag­ing. Ob­jects that are burnt, bro­ken, rusty, crushed, bent, and stained im­ply a his­tory or nar­ra­tive that he stitches or bolts to­gether to as­sem­ble a piece of art­work that tells a story or con­veys a mes­sage greater than the in­di­vid­ual items project on their own. He seeks an emo­tional re­sponse in his au­di­ence and leaves the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of any mes­sage to each viewer.

Dan Sch­lenker is an emerg­ing artist whose sculp­tures have been shown and re­ceived warmly in sev­eral re­cent ex­hibits at Stu­dio B. He re­ceived a first place award for 3D art in the stu­dio’s “Farm/Earth” ex­hibit in Jan­uary 2018 for his mixed me­dia/ceramic sculp­ture en­ti­tled “Pod.”

Sch­lenker’s re­cent visit to Ari­zona and re­turn to Berks County pro­vided the in­spi­ra­tion for his work. “The place has a dif­fer­ent type of en­ergy and feel—pos­si­bly be­cause of where it is lo­cated on the tilt of the world,” he ex­plained.

“It’s beauty is made up of jagged, sharp edges, tex­tures, and muted tones with oc­ca­sional splashes of color that caught my eye and con­trasted dra­mat­i­cally with my up­bring­ing on a Penn­syl­va­nia farm sur­rounded by the color green and lots of wa­ter—wa­ter be­ing the most im­por­tant and valu­able com­mod­ity of change.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Wa­ter­color by San­dra Wood

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