ArtsFestival Reading This Weekend!

This weekend is my penultimate craft show for 2012. I’ll be at booth #423 (that’s on the forth floor) and I hope to see you there!

Avocado Pendant ©2012 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass

Exhibiting along with me will be around 70 juried artists as well as the resident GoggleWorks artists. There will be hot glass demonstrations, music, food, and performance art. Admission sales will benefit GoggleWorks Center for the arts whose mission is to nurture the arts, foster the arts, promote education and enrich the community.

Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from 10:00 to 5:00 daily


Inside the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts buildings at 201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601.


  • Adults: $8.00
  • Online Ticket for Adults: $7.00
  • Children under 12 admitted free
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Patron Parking

Free weekend parking is available to the public in any of three adjacent parking garages. See the map for parking.

Lancaster and the Arts

This weekend is the Spring Art Walk in Lancaster, PA. While I currently don’t have any work up in the area, there are plenty of other artists and craftspeople who do. There are all kinds of great exhibitions, performances, and other events planned.

I’ll be working at the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s gallery on Prince Street, and we’ll have artist demonstrators on both days. Looking through the events listing at other venues, you can make some of your own art, touch other people’s art, shop the artisan market at the museum, and pretend that you’re Jackson Pollock. Make sure and grab a map to plot your course.

It’s always a fun time and great to see so much art at one time. There’s so much to see and do you’ll probably need both days to get through it all. And don’t forget to grab something to eat at one of the great restaurants downtown. Mmmm, crepes at Rachels, locally sourced fine dining at John J. Jefferies, or one of the cafes for soup and sandwiches. And don’t forget the micro brews…

(Images from the Lancaster Art Walk website)

A Fine Art Exhibition That’s All About Process

Watercolor Installation at Exhibition

You may remember last week my rambling about some people thinking that craft was about process and fine art about the end result. Yesterday I went to an exhibition of Paul Manlove’s work at Marietta Art House in Lancaster County where he also gave a talk. His work totally disproves this theory. It is ALL about process.

The exhibition contains drawings, watercolors, and prints showcasing a style that’s seems more sketch-like than the tight and polished look that many watercolorists (around here) use. In the margins and sometimes within the main piece you can see his color tests, original pencil marks, and words that may or may not have a narrative bent to them. It’s fresh and raw with themes drawing heavily from nature (particularly roots and rocks – my favorites.)

Watercolor by Paul Manlove

It was really refreshing to see this sort of exhibition in Lancaster County. The talk was also interesting because you got to hear even more about his process, where he was going with this series of work that seemed to have gripped him, wrestled with him, and then left him there to move on somewhere else. He briefly spoke of his newer work (and I saw some of it on his website) and it is much less frenetic.

I liked a lot of the aspects of this exhibition and I think that it is worth a visit even if you’ve missed his talk. I just thought the timing was awfully interesting since he was so focused on his process and I just posted about that. Must be something in the air…

The exhibition will be up at the Marietta Art House until March 25th.