Reading Pennsylvania Art
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Berks Public Museum of Painters, which has been open to the public for over a hundred years. The museum will mark the anniversary with the opening of its third annual exhibition "Reading Public Museum of Berk Painters," which opened on Saturday, 25 May 2013 and runs until Saturday, 14 September 2013. This exhibition traces the history of painting in Reading and the Berks region, with a focus on landscapes, still lifes and portraits. This time, the museum's "Works in Paper" exhibition is on view, a collection of works by Berks County and region artists.
Many of these artists have exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and other museums and galleries throughout the state. One of the earliest works of art to be included in the collection is a portrait of a locally known painter, William H. Clements, exhibited at Penn State University Museum of Art and the Center for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and exhibited with Penn State College of Arts and Sciences in Pennsylvania and New York.
The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, which opened in 2005, offers courses to the public and hosts exhibitions, workshops and other events. The centre covers a wide range of arts, from the performing arts to art history, which includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, music, film, video, performance and more, as well as a variety of educational programmes.
In addition, the Reading Public Museum has one of the largest collections of this kind in the United States. Unlike most museums, a relatively small part of this collection can be seen at any time, but the galleries offer a wide range of works by artists from around the world, as well as a large number of rare books and manuscripts.
There are many small shops and restaurants in Reading city centre that appeal more to urban shoppers. The shops on the Broadcasting Square represent a mix of local and national brands, as well as some of the city's most popular restaurants and bars.
Penn Avenue hosts many independent cafes and shops, and West Reading across the river has a thriving arts scene for many years. This is surprising, given that the historic space is inspired by the city's historic buildings, such as the Reading Museum of Art and the Reading Public Library. Also just a few blocks from Reading city centre, across Penn Avenue, is the former Pennsylvania State Museum site, now an art museum.
Here are some of the organisations and institutions that are preparing artists to participate in Reading's emerging arts scene. The competition is open to artists living in the Reading area, but also to artists living outside the city.
The artists selected will receive $1,000 to create a 4-foot-4-foot artwork that will be made in their home or studio. The artist selected will receive $500 for the creation of a mural and $250 for the creation of a permanent artwork in the city.
Randy Rowe, a graduate of Reading High School, studied commercial graphics at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia. His brother Edmund created idyllic landscapes of Berks County and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The images were published on the cover of the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
His work has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Carving Museum in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He had an exhibition in Science and civilization and his works were exhibited in May 1970 and 1971 at the Center for the Study of Science and Culture at Pennsylvania State University.
A space for artists with snacks and an exhibition of their works was opened in the centre. There is an exhibition of his work at the Center for the Study of Science and Culture at Pennsylvania State University in Philadelphia.
Founded in 1934, the Yocum Institute of Arts and Education in Wyomissing offers a wide range of artistic education, from music and dance to theater and drama. It offers year-round programs in the fields of acting, music, dance, art courses and workshops for children and adults.
RTP, which presents dozens of performances each season, focuses almost exclusively on original and experimental theatre works inspired by Reading and Berks County. Among the largest productions is "The Storm," an art center that features an extensive collection of original works by local artists as well as new works from around the world.
Goggleworks is an art centre and exhibition space in a spectacle factory that used to house the Berks County Art Museum and the Reading Public Museum. The Arboretum of Reading and the Public Museum have been a jewel in Berks County since the museum opened in 1928. The extensive restoration of this factory has resulted in an extensive collection of original works by local and international artists as well as new works from around the world.