Studio B opens a one-woman show of pop-inspired art – Reading Eagle | Candle Made Easy

Studio B Fine Art Gallery in Boyertown opens Yenna Hill, a one-woman show featuring work by the aspiring, self-taught artist known for what she calls “pop-infused ancestral hieroglyphs.”

Hill uses acrylics, pen and markers, bold colors, and line art while using layers of paint, imagery, patterns, designs, and shapes.

“Yenna makes it possible,” Studio B gallery director Susan Biebuyck said in a press release. “Not only is she prolific on the canvas, but she also paints commissions with a distinct delicacy.”

In 2021, the Berks artist painted a mural on the exterior of the Young Ones Record Store in Kutztown at the intersection of South Whiteoak and Sander Alley.

“I can’t think of a better place for this generation’s next talent from the Haring family,” said Biebuyck.

Berks artist Yenna Hill, during the 2021 Kutztown Community Mural Project at Young One Records, Kutztown. The niece of Kutztown native Keith Haring, Hill’s pop-infused hieroglyphic art covers the entire exterior wall of the Whiteoak Street storefront. (Submitted photo by Al Haring)

Hours spent as a child with her grandfather Al Haring, a cartoonist and illustrator, in rooms displaying the work of her uncle, Kutztown pop artist Keith Haring, inspired her journey. She has been exhibiting since 2009 and is known as a contributor to public art installations.

“Her use of acrylic pencil and marker brings with it the same respect for line drawing that we know from Haring’s legacy,” she said. “However, Yenna uses layers of selected color that lean into a chakra, spreading energy and vibrations from her hand onto the substrate.”

Hill calls her style “pop-infused ancestral hieroglyphs”.

Part of the new mural painted outside of Young Ones Records.  (Submitted photo by Ben Hoffman)
A portion of the mural, designed by Yenna Hill, was painted in front of Young Ones Records in Kutztown in 2021. (Submitted photo by Ben Hoffman)

In addition, Hill works as a trained henna and body paint artist.

“She’s very popular with Goggleworks as a life model. She makes it a point to travel and expose herself to art in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami to mingle with the next generation of street artists,” said Biebuyck.

Hill’s work was also featured in her 2021 exhibition at the Yocum Institute of Art Education and has been exhibited in Reading since 2009. She is currently working on a jewelry line with jeweler Chrissy Cook and has a growing following on Instagram. Follow @yennakills, @imakethingswithmyhands and see her work at www.yennahill.com.

“Studio B looks forward to showcasing Yenna’s work and introducing her to the community and our artist membership,” said Biebuyck. “She’s seen a masterful development in her work lately. I see her as the next generation talent from the Haring family. It’s exciting to see her break into the art world with such a strong portfolio!”

There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 26 from 5-7 p.m. with a virtual tour from 6-7 p.m. on Facebook LIVE, which will be archived as a Facebook event and on YouTube after the opening. Amy Muzopappa of Muzo Media Productions will host the art tour. The exhibition runs until October 23.

Located in the heart of historic Boyertown, Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, is home to the Arts and Activities Alliance, a committee of Building a Better Boyertown, a nonprofit Main Street program dedicated to small town revitalization.

Celebrating lifelong learning, creativity and personal engagement in the visual and communication arts, Studio B aims to be a dynamic part of the Boyertown community, a popular destination for learning, fun and friendship.

The studio seeks to showcase the work of visual artists in themed exhibitions – some juried, others open to all – and welcomes art in multiple mediums. In addition to art exhibitions, workshops and classes. Studio B also hosts activities and informal gatherings on various topics for small groups or meetings, gallery talks and socializing opportunities.

Visitors are always welcome to view the changing exhibits; take classes in the visual, literary and communication arts offered by highly qualified local artists and teachers; and plan small events or parties at his facility. The studio proudly works with the many unique businesses in the Boyertown community.

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