Friday June 23! In Boyertown Fourth Friday Art Walks

Boyertown, PA—Berks County—an established small town in rural PA, but up-and-coming as a 21st-century Destination for the Arts community! Come and join the parties around Boyertown each fourth Friday of the month. We want to have fun!

Enjoy a watercolor sundae, live music, student musical and dance performances, a meditation experience, and gong bath!

Create doodle art or an acrylic painting under the direction of professional artists. Learn the techniques of wood art; chat with a local children’s book author; and meet crafters and fine artists who paint, draw, create cartoons, comics, fantasy art, jewelry, and sculptures.

Then, stay for dinner at one of several eateries in the community and, in upcoming months, enjoy a show at the newly-renovated State Theatre.

Beginning on April 28, 2017, Boyertown, PA, Berks County, will continue in its mission to brand itself as a “Destination for the Arts” in its latest monthly initiative entitled “Fourth Friday Art Walks.” Each fourth Friday of the month between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., businesses in the community will host visual artists, writers, jewelers, musicians, and crafters—introducing them to the community and showcasing their art inside their businesses. The Art Walk is free and open to the public.

To the right is a map to guide folks to participating businesses.

The artists themselves will be on location to demonstrate or answer questions about their work. And, of course, if you fall in love with something they’ve created, they will be happy to facilitate a sale!

The Fourth Friday Art Walk was coordinated by Boyertown’s newly-formed Merchants Committee, dedicated to bringing folks into Boyertown in support of local businesses.

Some History
Boyertown has been the home of fine artists and artisans throughout its history. The allure that the area has offered to creative people is found in the beauty of its rolling hills, working farms, lush meadows and forests, creeks, and streams that provide the beauty of Nature as inspiration along with freedom from the distractions of big city life.

Proximity to Philadelphia and New York allowed many artists opportunities to earn a living—often as illustrators for publishing houses. The practicality, rugged work ethic, and attention to detail of the Pennsylvania German culture provided fine craft artisans with creative outlets for decorative and functional fine crafts.

Taylor Backes Glass Studio has been a favorite venue for buying art glass, taking glass blowing classes, and/or watching the artists perform their magic.

In 2005, Boyertown caught Bear Fever, (www.bearfever.org) a community art project that has resulted in featuring 70+ life-sized bear sculptures installed in and around the community sponsored by local businesses and decorated by local artists. The project is on-going; new bears appear each year to commemorate an event, to act as mascot to a business, or to attract “bear hunters” from around the country.

In 2007, the Arts and Activities Alliance (A&AA) was organized. The A&AA operated as a committee of Building a Better Boyertown (BBB) and offered art exhibits, classes and workshops, activities and a Progressive Art Walk before establishing Studio B Fine Art Gallery and Teaching Studio (www.studiobbb.org) in 2008.

Since its opening, Studio B has staged over 100 exhibits and offered art and writing classes, workshops, summer camps, and art activities to hundreds of children and adults. Most third Fridays Studio B hosts an exhibit-opening reception. We art lovers like to party!

BBB is the community’s non-profit organization formed in 2002 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to focus on downtown revitalization.

Local businesses like Dancing Tree Creations and Artisans Studio, Patsy’s Potpourri, and the Book Nook arrived in recent years and feature hundreds of fine crafters, writers, and artisans from around the country, many from the Boyertown area.

When Common Just Won’t Do” serves as the motto for Dancing Tree Creations featuring high-quality 3D art for sale, workshops by area artisans, and opportunities for young artists to introduce themselves and showcase their work.

There is no doubt! Boyertown, PA is fast becoming a Destination for the Arts. This small community has a big heart determined to make their love of the arts one of your loves too! Come on! Let’s party!

~jane stahl april 25, 2017