On the weekend of December 14-15, GoggleWorks held their 8th annual Arts Festival Reading & Holiday Market. This was my first year attending and I was very excited because it is one of the biggest events held there. Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the experience. There were around 1,200 attendees that gathered for immersive art experiences and holiday fun.

Over 70+ artists from around the country gathered to display and sell their unique, hand-made art. The types of art seen included ceramics, fiber, jewelry, fine art, mixed media, photography, wood, and studio art.

The community got to witness art-making through the demonstrations provided in the woodshop, print studio, ceramics studio, jewelry studio, and virtual reality lab. This gave patrons a live view of the techniques behind the amazing art that is made every day.

There were also activities for all ages. A raffle was held where the winnings consisted of art made by the artists that were present at the festival! Visitors were given the option to create their own glass blown ornaments or household items with the assistance of our glass artists. Children had their own dedicated space with Lego block building and creative make and take adventures. Live music performances were also happening throughout the building.

The weekend was full of fun and smiles. It is amazing to see the positive impact that art can have on a community. All of us at GoggleWorks want to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors (Jerlyn Foundation, Berkshire Mechanical, First Energy Foundation, Penn National Gaming, William G. Koch & Associates, Bone & Joint Care Center, Berks Fire & Water, Hollywood Cleaners LTD, and Alissa & Peter Carlino) and Sly Fox Brewing Company for providing food and drinks. We enjoy events like these where everyone in the community comes together. Thank you to all of our attendees for a memorable holiday weekend.