Arts Festival Reading, presented by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, welcomes thousands of visitors to explore our historic, post-industrial campus and immerse themselves in the arts. Now in it’s 7th year, Arts Festival Reading aims to act as a conduit for established and emerging artists to network and sell their work, while showcasing the processes of making through live art demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The two-day event also features live music and performances on the Sly Fox Stage, locally-sourced food and craft beverages by Belly: Kitchen & Drinkery, and much more. Event is held rain or shine.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601

Dates & Times:
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7
10am – 5pm

$8 – advanced purchase
$10 – at the door
kids 12 and under are free

Artists //

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Arts Festival Reading is a great place to meet local artists and buy handcrafted items — whether for yourself, your home, or you’re checking off items on your holiday gift list.

In addition to our Studio Artists, artists from around the region will be represented, selling ceramics, glass, jewelry, apparel, mixed media, photography, and fine art.

This year, we welcome:

Art Plus Gallery : West Reading, PA
Walk In Art Center : Schyulkill Haven, PA
l&m studio : Catskill, NY
Taking Turns : Denville, NJ

Renie Beidleman
Rinal Parikh
Alecia Miller
Tina Crespo
Barri Riley
Chris Rhoades
Chris Plaisted
Sharon Carlucci
Vincent Pellegrini
Jill Heir
Tessa Downs
Jay Ressler
Martha Ressler
Suzanne Bruhn
Ki Crittenden
Vincent Burke
Derek Rosenberry
Mary Burke
Lee Muslin
Sue & Ken Berkenstock
Meg Oliver
Heather Steif
Danny Polk
Phillip Guele
Robert Vielee
Melanie Ferrara
Jose Lucena
Susan Roggio
Renie Beidelman

NEW! Workshops & Demos //

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Did you know GoggleWorks offers year-round workshops and classes in seven different teaching studios? Explore our campus and learn more about the making process. New this year — get your hands dirty and make something of your own!

Saturday Demonstration Schedule:

ongoing 11am-4pm | virtual reality and 3D printing
12pm | woodturning, raku firing
1pm | raku firing
2pm | glassblowing, raku firing, woodturning
3pm | glassblowing, raku firing
4pm | glassblowing, raku firing, woodturning

Sunday Demonstration Schedule

ongoing 11am-4pm | virtual reality sculpting, 3D printing, flameworking
11am | glassblowing
12pm | woodturning, raku firing
1pm | raku firing
2pm | woodturning, glassblowing, raku firing
3pm | glassblowing, raku firing
4pm | woodturning, raku firing

Workshops include:

Print-Your-Own-Tshirt | $20 (purchase in Print Studio)
Glaze-Your-Own Raku Pottery | $15 +cost of pottery piece (purchase in Ceramics Studio)
Design-Your-Own Fused Glass Housewares | $15 night light, $25 slumped dish, $30 set of 4 coasters (purchase at info desk)

NEW! Kidspace presented by Yocum Institute for Arts Education //

This year, Arts Festival Reading is partnering with Yocum Institute for Arts Education to present Kidspace. Children ages 5-12 can be dropped off for timed workshops while their parents/guardians shop!

Kidspace workshops include:

Kusama-inspired Painted Pumpkins
Pip & Pop in a Box

$5  per child. Advanced registration required.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!