Stu­dio B presents ‘All Crea­tures Great and Small’

The Southern Berks News - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Emily Jones

Stu­dio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadel­phia Ave., Boyertown, is pleased to an­nounce the open­ing of “All Crea­tures Great and Small” on Fri­day, June 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. The ex­hibit is spon­sored by BB&T bank and Cow­painters, LLC — fab­ri­ca­tors of Boyertown’s Bear Fever bears. Cow­painters, LLC is lo­cated in Chicago, IL.

Spon­sors for prize awards in­clude GiGi’s at Home Pet Care; Art Plus Gallery, Read­ing; and Tammy Sny­der Photo.

Prior to the for­mal open­ing, Stu­dio B wel­comes vis­i­tors to view the ex­hibit and cast a vote for their fa­vorite pieces of art on Satur­day, June 9, dur­ing Berks Mont Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s Philadel­phia Av­enue Street Fair. The Street Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cu­ra­tor for the ex­hibit is Pamela Hodges, writer and artist, whose cat paint­ings and wooden cutouts are fa­mil­iar fea­tures in Stu­dio B’s ex­hibits. Hodges fa­cil­i­tates writ­ing work­shops at Stu­dio B and has self-pub­lished sev­eral books in­clud­ing “The Artist’s Man­i­festo,” and “How to Be a Cat.” She de­scribes her­self as the typ­ist for her cat Harper who blogs at TheCatWhoWrites. com. Pamela writes about art and cre­ativ­ity at pame­la­hodges.com.

“An­i­mals are part of our lives,” ex­plains Hodges. “Those we keep as pets love us un­con­di­tion­ally and help us nav­i­gate a world where we can some­times feel iso­lated.”

“The un­tamed crea­tures of our lives re­mind us of the need to be aware of our place in the world of na­ture and our re­spon­si­bil­ity to be kind and care­ful to all those crea­tures—great and small,” added Jane Stahl, Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions.

The ti­tle for the ex­hibit is taken from James Her­riott’s book by the same name. Her­riott was a Bri­tish ve­teri­nary sur­geon and writer who wrote a se­ries of books con­sist­ing of short sto­ries of an­i­mals and their own­ers. “All Crea­tures Great and Small” was taken from the sec­ond line of the hymn “All Things Bright and Beau­ti­ful” and in­spired by Her­riott’s daugh­ter who sug­gested a more ap­pro­pri­ate, and hu­mor­ous, ti­tle for the vet­eri­nar­ian’s book would be “Ill Crea­tures Great and Small.” The books have been adapted for film and tele­vi­sion.

Her­riott is quoted, “If hav­ing a soul means be­ing able to feel love and loy­alty and grat­i­tude, then an­i­mals are bet­ter off than a lot of hu­mans. I hope to make peo­ple re­al­ize how to­tally help­less an­i­mals are, how depen­dent on us, trust­ing as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…[they] are an obli­ga­tion put on us, a re­spon­si­bil­ity we have no right to ne­glect, nor to vi­o­late by cru­elty.”

“We wel­come BB&T and our long-time friends at Cow­painters, LLC to our com­mu­nity of pa­trons,” added Stahl. “As co-spon­sors of this ex­hibit, BB&T and Cow­painters, LLC be­come mem­bers of our “Beam­ers Club.”

The stu­dio ac­knowl­edges donors who of­fer $250 or more by plac­ing their name(s) on a ceil­ing beam in the stu­dio. The “Beam­ers Club” show­cases in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions whose fund­ing has been in­te­gral to the stu­dio’s sur­vival. To date, the names of 52 in­di­vid­u­als or or­ga­ni­za­tions are noted on a ceil­ing beam.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is free and open to the pub­lic. Artists are in­vited to sub­mit work in all me­dia, any genre and any sub­ject.

Stu­dio B Art Gallery is open Fri­days, Satur­days, and Sun­days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dur­ing classes and work­shops, by chance and by ap­point­ment.

PHOTO BY KAREN WE­BER

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