Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Becker, who lives and works in Berks County, will be featured in a solo exhibit that opens with a reception today from 5-9 p.m. and runs through July 8 at Warehouse Studios, 700 Lancaster Ave.
Becker’s work has been shown, requested and performed around the world. This will be a rare exhibition of 150 of his oil paintings in his hometown, with an additional exhibit paying homage to his “Touch Is Essential” sculpture, honoring essential workers. This sculpture was created at the Reading Public Museum and has since traveled and been seen by tens of thousands of people.
Becker has taught art for the past 16 years at Alvernia University and Warehouse Studios. Many of its nearly 2,000 students have become successful artists themselves.
He worked with many organizations to raise awareness and funds for their causes, including the Amish after the school shooting in Nickel Mines. Later, he wrote a book reflecting his experiences during this time, titled “Kindness and Compassion”.
Studio B in Boyertown will host an opening reception for its “WORDS” exhibition on Friday from 5-7 p.m. A virtual tour and awards ceremony will take place between 6-7 p.m. and will be streamed on Facebook LIVE, archived as a Facebook event, and on YouTube. following the opening. Amy Muzopappa of Muzo Media Productions hosts the virtual tour.
The exhibition is accompanied by the release of the studio’s ninth book of poetry, prose and art titled “Transforming Moments: Finding Our Voice”. More than 50 local and international writers contributed to the anthology edited by Jane E. Stahl, Studio B’s community relations director, and Eileen “Mish” Murphy, book reviewer, visual artist, editor, teacher, and poet.
The art exhibit, book, and activities offered at Studio B throughout the exhibit are sponsored by the Boyertown Community Charitable Fund through the Berks County Community Foundation.
Additional activities include a writers’ reception on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.; Sunday afternoon literary talks scheduled for July 10, 17, 14 and 31; and a project called “Human Library” which will be held on August 7 and will feature selected members of the community invited to tell their life “story”. The opening of the exhibition and the writers’ activities are free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue until August 21, 2022.
Suzanne Fellows, painter, printmaker, musician, teacher, designer and gardener, is the juror who selects the art exhibition awards. She saved 20 elephants from extinction with her “99 Elephants a Day” art project. She holds a BFA from Kutztown University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art. Fellows is Acting Professor of Fine Arts and Design at Reading Area Community College and is one of the studio artists at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.
The writing awards judge is Susan LeClair. For more than 25 years, LeClair has taught high school and college English in Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, served as librarian at Boyertown Senior High School, and served as a faculty member at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Teaching. .
Clay on Main, 313 Main St., Oley, presents ‘Nine or Ten Works I Like, In No Order’, a ceramic sculptural showcase by local artist Madeline Consugar, from now and on July 24, with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. next Sunday.
Berks-based ceramic artist Consugar creates ceramic sculptures that focus on color and repetition to create a unique visual experience for the viewer. Similar to the petals of a flower, his works may appear similar in appearance and process from afar, but upon close inspection, each piece conveys individual personalities.
Smaller works by Consugar will also be available for purchase in the Main Street Gift Gallery in Clay on Main.
Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome or call 610-987-1273 for an appointment.
To learn more about “Nine or Ten Works I Like, In No Order” or other upcoming events, visit clayonmain.org.