GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Presents the 5th Annual Arts Festival READING on October 1-2, 2016 with Exciting New Elements

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This year, arts festival READING will feature handcrafted works by almost 100 artists from around the country, live music, food, and more. New this year, attendees can marvel at live demonstrations in ceramics, glassblowing, lampworking, jewelry, and painting and experience "arts meet decor" - featuring several interior design vignettes.

“Locals are learning that this is the event to attend to find all sorts of unique gifts for the holiday season. It’s a great venue to start your holiday shopping,” said Ginny Hand, co-chair of arts festival READING.

For the fifth consecutive year, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will present arts festival READING on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at 201 Washington St., Reading, Pa. Admission to arts festival READING is $7 in advance or $8 at the door; ages 12 and under are free. Free parking is available.

This year, arts festival READING will feature handcrafted work by almost 100 high-caliber artists and crafts people from around the country. Attendees will enjoy browsing through artisans’ booths and over 30 GoggleWorks artists’ studios. One-of-a-kind art by all participating artists will be available for purchase. Work includes ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography, painting, and sculpture, and is offered at all price points. “Locals are learning that this is the event to attend to find all sorts of unique gifts for the holiday season. It’s a great venue to start your holiday shopping,” said Ginny Hand, co-chair of arts festival READING.

Each year arts festival READING coincides with the national American Craft Week to strengthen and promote the awareness of high-quality artwork in our own community. “Adding to that awareness will be our new element, featuring four local interior designers, who will showcase how purchases can be highlighted and enhance your home,” said Penny Golden, arts festival READING Co-Chair. The participating designers will “shop” the artists prior to the event and utilize these elements in unique room vignettes, on view during the festival.

To date there are approximately 25 new artists this year, added to the many others who are returning from the previous four years. Additionally, six emerging artists are attending, showcasing their new work and learning from seasoned artists and craftsmen on the touring circuit. Additionally, there will be a rotation of fine art and craft demonstrations in hot glass, raku, wheelthrowing, lampworking, watercolor and oil painting, and jewelry making to allow attendees the opportunity to see several processes of making firsthand.

Local restaurants, among them Judy’s on Cherry and Mi Casa Su Casa, provide a wide range of portable food options to enjoy. West Reading’s Sweet Ride Ice Cream will offer their signature flavors out of an ice cream cart. Attendees can also enjoy a wine and beer bar, where patrons can relax and admire their purchases, with local wine tastings featured each afternoon.

To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.artsfestivalreading.org or call 610.374.4600 ext. 104. Proceeds from this unique event benefit GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and its mission to nurture the arts, foster creativity, promote education, and enrich the community.

About GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Located in the former Willson Goggle Factory, GoggleWorks is the largest community arts center of its kind in the country offering arts education, public events, and rental spaces. The five-story, 145,000-square-foot complex features six large teaching studios in ceramics, hot and warm glass, metalsmithing, photography, and woodworking; 35 juried studios for artists and makers working in a variety of mediums; and dozens of music, arts, and other cultural organizations. The complex also includes several major exhibition galleries, a 130-seat film theatre, cafe, and gift store featuring the work of over 200 artists from GoggleWorks and beyond. GoggleWorks is open daily from 9am-9pm. Admission and parking always free parking. To learn more and plan your visit, call GoggleWorks at 610.374.4600 or visit http://www.goggleworks.org.

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