The Arts Are Better In Boyertown
World-renown Taylor Backes Glass Studio welcomes visitors from around the world to enjoy the beauty of glassblowing. You’ll stand in awe as you watch glorious works of art created out of hot, molten sand, turning out both the beautiful and the useful. Exploring the shop, you’ll discover that molten glass can be turned into a multitude of things from glassware and sculptural bowls to jewelry, and dramatic floor to ceiling pieces. Their work is on display in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian Institute. Glass blowing demonstrations are held on a regular basis and they also have classes suitable for beginners to advanced glass artists.
The soul of a community is found in its arts and cultural offerings – and that certainly is true at Studio B, the community arts center of Boyertown. They feature ever-changing exhibits by local and regional artists and in addition to engaging arts exhibits, Studio B also offers: “Fall into Winter,” an annual tour of artists’ studios, summer workshops for children; writing workshops; monthly art socials where artists gather, classes in visual and communication arts, poetry readings, history talks, book talks, and artist events. Studio B also holds an annual themed exhibit and book release event combining visual and literary art. The Bear Fever Art Walk through Boyertown was a product of this group of very creative imaginations.
If you want to admire, purchase or learn the clay arts, Clay on Main, which serves as a community arts center in Oley, offers a variety of clay arts programs for adults and children, professional workshops, collaborations and other learning opportunities through art. Clay art for sale is featured in a cooperative gallery, located in the rustic farmhouse attached to the studio. The Dining Room, a great backdrop for creativity, with wide planked unfinished floors and an authentic fireplace is located in one of the oldest portions of the building. The facility also includes the Half Moon Café, a venue for local musicians and all who enjoy listening to music.
Daniel Boyer, native son of Boyertown, graduated from the Hill School in 1907 and since then the Boyer family has made significant contributions to the organization. Each year, the Boyer Gallery established by the Hill School in his honor and considered one of the finest exhibit spaces on the East Coast, presents a series of exhibits of local and regionally recognized artists, as well as the work of area art guilds. The Center for the Arts at the Hill School also maintains a permanent collection of the work of area artists who have exhibited in the Gallery. Each show features both two- and three-dimensional work to add interest and variety to the exhibits.