Stahl Marketing - Walking
“Disco Bear,” a creation of
Taylor Backes’ glassblowing studio,
and sponsored by Jane and Paul Stahl, Stahl
Marketing, glimmers in the afternoon sunlight.
- William T. Dexter and Etta Boettger
Taylor Backes and Tibitu Glass
Second and Washington Streets
Boyertown, PA 19512
- Jane and Paul Stahl
901 North Reading Avenue
New Berlinville, PA 19545
About the Artist(s)
The home of Taylor Backes and TibiTu, glassblowers extraordinaire,
located at Second and Washington Streets, Boyertown, is
the place to go for eye candy. Entering their modest studio
will take your breath away. Colors, textures, shapes will
take you on visual journeys toward the skies and seas through
their luster and beauty. You’ll love it.
Will Dexter and Etta Boettger will always find time to talk. It always feels like home at Taylor Backes. And the artists themselves welcome you to watch them create their pieces of sparkling beauty. Just step carefully into the room with the kiln where the “magic” takes place.
Paul and I love glass; and so, when we had a chance to approach
Will about being part of the project, he was eager to participate
but wanted only to be linked to a sponsor who would let him
create whatever he wanted. Paul and I knew we’d love
whatever type of bear he’d create.
Disco Bear is unfinished; Taylor Backes’ artisans
and BASH students have spent hours in time-consuming and
sometimes (literally) painful work epoxying hundreds of sharp
pieces of glass properly in place and must spend many hours
more to complete him.
But Disco Bear has already lured first-time visitors into
the studio where they no doubt are as “wow-ed” as
we always are when we enter. And, potential sponsors should
note that Will would love to do another bear.
Will’s plans for Disco Bear include installing the
proper plumbing so the bear will become a fountain. Imagine:
sunlight reflecting from a spray of water sprinkling over
a mosaic of glass. Stunning! You’ll love it too!
Will commented recently to Bruce R. Posten of the Reading
Eagle, July 31, 2005, F3, about his mesmerizing blown-glass
display titled “Tidal Waters” installed July
2005 in the first-floor heart center in Reading Hospital’s
N Building: “My thinking behind this [display] is to
have something aesthetically pleasing, calming and soothing.
I happen to love ocean imagery—and there are seductive
qualities of glass that evoke the ocean. When you make the
most rudimentary glass, it oftentimes ends up looking like
a lens into the sea.”
Posten writes, “Dexter feels the spiritual aspects
of art aid in physical healing. And he believes the marriage
between art and modern medicine is becoming more important.”
Will continues, “When people feel good spiritually,
it is a given they are more compelled to feel good physically.
In my mind, this is sort of a hotel for health.”
Beauty in mind, body, and soul What more could you want?
About the Sponsor
(Information for this essay is courtesy of BBB’s “What’s
Up with the BBB” October 2004 newsletter edited by
Main Street Manager Linda Flederbach which featured the Stahls
in its “Meeting the Members” column.)
They’re everywhere…they’re everywhere…or
so it seems!
Everybody knows Paul and many recognize his work all over
the community in the logo marks and advertisements you see
everyday. Ask his grown children, Amy or Jeff, and they’ll
point out their dad’s signature style in store front
signs and T shirt designs, for example.
Paul’s been in business for 28 years—as Stahl
Advertising Design—until 1992 when he sold his full-service
advertising agency to Epps Advertising in Collegeville—and
created his current consultant business known as Stahl Marketing.
Paul’s a “bottom line” guy and has his
own line of university sweatshirts sporting the motto developed
by his associates: “PSU—Paul Stahl University—Educating
the World Since 1947.” Ask for information; he’ll
be happy to provide a realistic perspective of the world
seasoned with his unique humor.
Paul is a co-founder of the Raccoon Club, Boyertown’s
largest service organization, which boasts over 200 members
and almost $2000 in donations to charitable and non-profit
organizations over its short history.
Home of the Raccoon Club is also Paul’s Boyertown
branch office—The Grill Shop. At the Grill Shop It’s-All-About-Mike
meets regulars like It’s-All-About-Frank, The Pie Man,
The Mailman, The Egg Man, The Water Guy, The Carpet Dude,
and Squiggs-on-Sports as well as the mayor and the “movers
and shakers” of the Boyertown community every Tuesday
through Saturday. (Chaucer would love the place.)
Not a fan of recognition, Paul enjoys serving as an “Indian,” not
a “chief,” but his life is all about service
to the Boyertown community. He is a 30-year member of the
Boyertown Optimist Club and was an invaluable member of Boyertown’s
first Holiday Open House Tour. He currently donates his time
and talents to Bear Fever, Boyertown’s public art project;
the Holiday House Tour; the BBB’s Promotions Committee’s
plan for a book about Boyertown as well as assorted Main
There are only a handful of people that Paul doesn’t
know. These few individuals Jane may have taught in her 35-year
career as a teacher at Boyertown Junior High West or Boyertown
High School. Jane’s mission is to provide her students
opportunities to use their communications skills in real
life activities so that her students learn about the “real
world” and the community in which they live and so
that the community know and love her wonderful students!
Call her to discuss Bear Fever, and she’ll happily
bring young people to meet you.
Jane is proud not only of her students’ recent efforts
in the Bear Fever project; but also their involvement in
the Holiday Open House Tour; “Insight,” Boyertown
High School’s cable TV talk show; and in the series
of books featuring student essays about transforming moments
in their lives. Retired now from teaching, Jane collaborates
with Paul on assorted community projects and offers her communications
skills in his marketing consultant business.
Both born and raised in Boyertown, Jane and Paul are eager
to beautify and promote the Boyertown community, maintain
its charm and economic health, build community spirit, and
have fun too through their assorted activities.