Not only is the GoggleWorks a place for art classes, movie watching, fabulous events and watching artists work in their studios, but it is also the place that over 20 arts organizations call home. Some have likened the GoggleWorks to an “Art Think Tank.”
ACOR: The African-American Coalition of Reading | Studio 240
ACOR was formerly known as The African-American Planning Committee of the Reading Public Museum. It worked in conjunction with the Reading Public Museum for the February events for Black History Month for two years. Each year it holds a series of fundraisers to gear up for the February event for Black History Month. It is seeking to increase membership and invites anyone interested in becoming a part of ACOR to give us a call. Your help and input would be greatly appreciated.
ACOR’s mission is education through the arts; enlightening people to the essence of African-American art, history, and culture. ACOR is open to anyone interested in the promotion of this endeavor. Our goals are to bring African-American artists and craftsmen of all kind together for the purpose of giving them a chance at networking and exposing their talents.
Contact: 610-898-7684 office | 610-370-7857 |
Apple of the Earth | Studio 510
For Michele Swigart Uhrich, the natural world and the creative process are doorways into the spiritual realm. Her poetic and photographic images, along with the natural and crafted materials she uses, are her means of celebrating the sacred light of life.
Michele specializes in creating note cards and jewelry. Call her at 610.507.0249 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Berks Arts Council | Studio 523
The Berks Arts Council´s mission is to encourage and promote all the arts, to develop an appreciation of the arts and to enrich and enhance the quality of life through education, presentation and collaborations with other arts organizations.
Berks Jazz Fest is a 10-day celebration of jazz, blues and soul music held in and around Reading in mid-March each year. Begun in 1991, the Berks Jazz Fest attracts over 45,000 attendees from around the globe at 130 venues in the Greater Reading area. In addition to bringing in tourist dollars and enhancing the quality of life in Berks County, Jazz Fest supports educational opportunities for area music students, offering workshops and special concert events to perform with and learn from professional musicians.
The Bandshell Concert series began in 1991 as an initiative among the City of Reading, Berks Arts Council and downtown merchants to encourage people to visit the city. Concerts, held Friday nights in July, draw 2,500+ people from all over Berks County and the surrounding area to enjoy a diverse line-up of music: reggae, big band, jazz, polka, country & western, blues oldies and more. These concerts serve the needs of the local community, offering free quality entertainment to those less fortunate within the area.
Individuals making significant contributions to the arts in Reading and Berks County are eligible for this prestigious honor presented in an annual awards ceremony. Pagoda Awards are distributed in three categories: Lifetime Achievement in Art; Patron of the Arts; and Excellence in Artistic Development.
The festival began in 2006 as the Berks Movie Madness Film Festival, and was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking in the Berks County area. Subsequent fests have expanded to showcase more independent feature and short films, as well as monthly 4th Sunday film screenings. Activities for the annual 3-day fall festival include filmmaker panel discussions, filmmaker receptions, and special screenings.
The Berks Arts Council is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to make grants for public arts projects in a four-county area: Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon and Schuylkill. The impact of this program ensures that countless new arts programs begin in these counties by groups that previously did not consider seeking state dollars.
Six issues per year (2,500+ circulation) featuring the activities of Berks Arts Council and more than 100 arts and cultural organizations countywide.
Exhibition Opportunities for Artists
The Berks Arts Council partners with local businesses and organizations to showcase member art in various locations throughout the region.
Funding for the Berks Arts Council is received through ticket sales, artists’ commissions, art council memberships, government and private grants, and the generous arts patrons of the greater Berks County community.
Contact: P: 610.898.1930 | F: 610.898.1932 | berksarts.org
Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance | Studio 401
Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance is committed to offering the highest quality training to its students. Our goal is to elevate each student to their highest potential, inside and outside the dance studio. We provide a disciplined, yet fun learning environment for your child and the lessons learned can be applied to any area of their life.
We offer an array of classes for all ages, starting with Mommy & Me sessions and progressing into Creative Movement thru Pre Professional Level 7. Each level has an age appropriate syllabus designed to encompass all of their needs, physically and mentally. Once a student moves into Ballet 1, we begin to build their classical ballet foundation that will guide them through the ascending levels. Included in that foundation are other forms of dance including Jazz, Tap and Modern, depending on their level. The goal of the Conservatory is to offer a level of training that makes it possible for those who want to pursue a professional career in dance to do so.
BBT Conservatory of Dance has a long history of providing the best of everything to its students. We aim to continue that tradition and raise the BARRE to new heights.
Once students reach the age of 11 and are in Ballet 3 or higher, they are eligible to audition for Berks Ballet Theatre´s Pre-Professional Company. BBT provides many performing opportunities throughout the year, including the annual production of The Nutcracker with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and various community events. Refer to the Company page to learn more.
We look forward to having you be a part of the Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance family!
Ages 18 months to Adult. Contact us at 610-373-7577
Berks Youth Chorus | Studio 529
For more than twenty years, Berks Youth Chorus (formerly Berks Classical Children’s Chorus) has given its youth a voice. Singers – from a diverse cross-section of neighborhoods, cultures, religions, and economic strata – come together, make music, and make friendships that last a lifetime.
BYC singers delight audiences with their superb artistry and joyful enthusiasm, and, through a rigorous music curriculum, acquire an outstanding education and learn crucial life lessons — like teamwork, time management, priority setting, self-presentation, communication and personal responsibility. And the culturally diverse, musically diverse repertoire performed with precision by these trained young voices is inspirational and uplifting for anyone who listens.
With its headquarters and rehearsals located in Reading’s geographically accessible GoggleWorks, and through community engagement projects for inner-city children such as Summer Sing, BYC is dedicated to making life-changing musical opportunities accessible to all children. Singers represent school districts and private schools through Berks County, and beyond. Numerous members of the chorus are home-schooled.
Contact: 610-898-SONG | Fax 610-898-SUNG | email@example.com |
Berks County Genealogical Society | Studio 413
Have you always wanted to do your “family tree?” Dying to know your local ancestors? The Genealogical Society can help you do just that. The Society´s goal is to collect, preserve, and distribute the rich genealogical heritage of Reading and Berks County. This broad tapestry of data is ripe with history and factual accounts of life here in your own backyard. The Genealogical Society is a non-profit corporation providing many profitable results. Gathering historical facts and data is informative and fun. Staffed entirely by volunteer support, the Genealogical offers membership to anyone with an interest in genealogy.”
The Berks County Genealogical Society was established in 1980.
Contact: 610-921-4970 | berksgenes.org
Berks County Living | Studio 525
Berks County Living is the region’s premier lifestyle magazine dedicated to highlighting all that is unique and wonderful about the Greater Reading/Berks area. BCL’s first issue was published in the spring of 2000. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, this monthly lifestyle magazine continues to inform readers about what makes Berks County an exceptional place to live.
As a high-end publication that is compelling and attractive in design, and thought-provoking and entertaining in concept, each monthly issue brings to light an abundance of activities available to Berks Countians. BCL features a variety of topics, from home improvement and décor tips to fashion and beauty trends. Also featured are regular profiles that spotlight the experience of dining out at area restaurants as well the talent of local artists, craftsmen, musicians, and locally owned businesses and organizations. The ongoing mission of Berks County Living is to adequately reflect the sense of pride Berks County residents have in their community and to encourage residents to make the most of living in Berks.
Jennifer Breton Photography | Studio 541
Jennifer Breton is nationally-published lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in capturing authentic and natural portraits of families, children, babies and expectant parents. She is noted for her outdoor on-location work with children and their families that focuses on the unique bond among family members. Additionally, she uses her newly-renovated GoggleWorks natural light studio to capture artistic portraits of babies and their parents. Jennifer also accepts commercial, editorial and travel assignments. She is in her studio by appointment only. 610.223.9700 | JenniferBretonphotography.com
Community School of Music and the Arts, Inc. | Studio 555
Our Purpose is to provide the highest quality instruction that will lead to a full and satisfying appreciation of music and the arts.
The school is open to all who wish a music or arts education. Scholarships and financial aid are awarded on the basis of ability and financial need.
Governed by a board of directors, the school is staffed by professional musicians and experienced teachers. Many hold degrees from America´s finest colleges and universities and perform professionally.
Design Revolution | Studio 329Design Revolution – “Intrepid Partners in Modern Marketing”
If you think like we do, marketing drives sales but winning long term brand loyal customers requires developing a deeper connection. Since 2003, our team has been helping clients understand how and when to selectively develop and implement the relevant formula of technology, traditional and modern marketing for their unique needs. Together, our in-house strategic, research, creative design (print & web) and video production team are a nimble and proactive key component of the brands we represent. Our clients range from international industry leaders to household brand names and local community outreach organizations.
Some folks call us a graphic design firm, others a strategic marketing agency. You can call us a full-service modern marketing firm, because that´s what we are, and well, there´s a difference.
Mickey Getty | Studio 327Mickey Getty lives in Reading, Pennsylvania with her husband, her son, a black cat, ans a pug who thinks she is head of the household. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University where she studied writing. She has had several nonfiction articles published in peer review journals: The Journal of American College Health, The Journal of Florida Public Health. She was the recipient of the fiction award from the 2004 Pennsylvania Writer’s Conference.
Her novel, The Junk Lottery, was published in 2006. Mickey she is seeking an agent for Soot, an historical novel depicting the struggles of an Irish immigrant wife of a coal miner who lived in Schuylkill County in the late 1800s. The Gift of Sin, her fourth novel, is a work in progress.
You can find Mickey in her studio at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, where she offers free writing critiques for anyone who brings a sample of their writing to her writing studio. She has taught Creative Writing for GoggleWorks, for the local community college’s Saturday School and for their Community School. “Helping others, especially women, find their voice, and tell their stories has enriched my own writing,” she says. Visit her on facebook, and her web site www.mickeygettyauthor.com
David Himes | Studio 538
David has been writing music in Berks County for the past 14 years. He has been commissioned by Reading Choral Society, Berks Classical Childrens Chorus, Fall Festival of the Arts, Reading Musical Foundation, Berks Arts Council, Trinity Lutheran Church and local individuals.
His music has been performed at the Berks Movie Madness Film Festival, by the Reading Pops Orchestra, the Kutztown Percussion Ensemble and he has written several new pieces for the Berkshire Chorale.
He is also writing music for film, video production, advertisements and gaming. Please visit www.boochmusic.com for examples of his work.
Hoffman Entertainment | Studio 410
Key Klick Design | Studio 543
KeyKlick Design Studio is a creative and reliable graphic design company that provides all your two dimensional print materials for your advertising and promotional needs. Our ultimate goal is to evolve our clients’ problems into profitable solutions. We achieve this
goal by implementing a well structured process for all projects which allows for quality design and very fast completion rates.
Key Klick Design Studio offers a wide variety of projects for our clients. It´s very important to us here at Key Klick Design Studio that our clients are taken care of throughout their entire experience with us. Their problems are our problems with solutions at hand. Here is a list of services that we provide.
Logos, Stationary Packages, Brochures, Postcards, Invitations, Newsletters, Sell Sheets, Fliers, Package Design, Menus, Posters and more!
Key Klick Design Studio
Lips Speak Magazine | Studio 544Lips Speak Magazine was founded in 2011. We are a digital/printed magazine. We sponsor young activities in the community, such as prepare events and ceremonies. We express young culture in a positive way through art; music; culture and poetry. Our Office hours are Mon-Fri by appointments only. We offer other services for models; photographer; artist; E.t.c for online business and local business. We offer media kits on a sliding scale.
To schedule an appointment contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mark and Phyllis McLaughlin | Studio 412
More information about the Arts Partner coming soon!
Donna Searle McLay | Studio 327
A former teacher and administrator, Donna Searle McLay consults with teachers and schools to facilitate writing instruction across the curriculum in educational institutions. She also teaches classes in writing for all ages from 6 to 96 plus. With a special interest in memoir, Donna leads workshops in the community. She is available to consult with authors and to edit manuscripts. See the website for classes and contact information.
Paisley Dog Press | Studio 329Paisley Dog Press is an artisanal letterpress print shop based in Eastern Pennsylvania. Their craftsmen (and women) are putting a new spin on the centuries old art of letterpress printing. Their work combines newfangled ideas with century old equipment and a 550-year-old printing process to tell new stories through unique, inspired paper goods.
PDP´s work has been published in national publications such as Family Circle, Uppercase, and Bark Magazine as well as online features on popular design and wedding blogs. From their line of wedding invitations and greeting cards to custom projects they specialize in printing challenging designs not traditionally suited for letterpress, the more creative the better! They print by hand using the finest quality inks and 100% recycled paper. Paisley Dog Press was founded by husband and wife team, Shane and Janelle Paisley, and is family owned and operated. Whether it´s down the road or across the globe, they´ve built honest relationships with customers as trusted and dependable letterpress specialists.
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaisleyDogPress
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/PaisleyDogPress
Twitter – http://twitter.com/paisleydogpress
Instagram – http://followgram.me/paisleydogpress
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/jables/
Jane Palmer | Studio 534
Jane Palmer is a writer and community organizer.
Picture This by Patrice Photography | Studio 540“Picture This” by Patrice Photography, owner/photographer, MaJuana “Patrice” Sutton. It´s a great feeling to be a part of the GoggleWorks´ team.
Aside from my 16 year profession in the mental health field as a Child-Centered Psychotherapist, photography is a great love of mine and has been a rewarding life experience for nearly twenty years. No matter where I am, I´ve always seemed to be ready for that perfect shot, long before the camera phone ever existed.
After so many years of freelancing behind the lens, I decided it was time for me to take the “CLICK” to the next level. My work is not just limited to a single group or person. On-location photography, brings a special kind of light to a photo shoot, which has been the main type of work I´ve been doing over the years.
Photographing children and babies, is an all time favorite. However, I consider all of my work as specialties, such as family portraits, single portraits, wedding ceremonies and other special occasion events. I am very passionate about my work and the need for me to capture that special moment and produce a unique and unforgettable photograph, for you, is what drives my creativity.
So, if you´re in the neighborhood, come on over to the GoggleWorks and visit me in Studio #540. Looking forward to this great experience and I cannot wait to put my studio to work! My studio hours are by appointment only so feel free to contact me through the information provided in order to schedule your studio or on-location shoot.
Polish-American Cultural Center | Studio 509
The Mission of the Polish-American Cultural Center is to foster and preserve the history and heritage of the Berks County Polish-American community and, in conjunction with other organizations, to promote and to share public awareness and appreciation of our Polish
heritage through cultural, educational and social activities.
RACC Classrooms | Studio 330
Reading Area Community College is a two-year, open enrollment college that provides the first two years of a bachelor´s degree, career education for immediate employment, courses to assist in the transition from high school to college, community education and public service activities and training for area business and industry. Classrooms at GoggleWorks are used for both credit and non-credit classes and activities.
Reading Choral Society | Studio 529
Founded in 1875, the Reading Choral Society is one of America´s oldest musical ensembles, and from its earliest days has pursued performances characterized by vocal excellence and musical distinction. Under its current music director, Peter Hopkins (only the eleventh person to hold this position), the Reading Choral Society continues to evolve and change. While continuing the tradition of programming choral masterworks, the Society has expanded its repertory to include the more frequent performance and commissioning of new music and the exploration of more “popular” literature, like folksong, spirituals, and musical theater.
Its educational programs now encompass regular performances with invited local high school and college choirs and continuing collaborations with the Berks Classical Children´s Chorus. In addition, the RCS sponsors a Young Composers Project and a Young Artists Competition, both designed to give college and university music students early professional experience. Recently RCS has begun an MVP award to honor outstanding high school choral singers chosen by their choral director. This award is given at the RCS Spring concert.
The Reading Choral Society is comprised now, as it has always been, of dedicated semi-professional singers from all walks of life, between the ages of 18 and 80. Determined to present the highest caliber musical performances possible, the 75-voice Society rehearses weekly in a professional atmosphere, fulfilling the lives of its members by immersing them in great music, and through RCS performances enriching and enlivening the musical life of the greater Reading community.
Contact: Susan Coughlin, RCS Business Manager
Reading Musical Foundation | Studio 503
Over 80 years old, RMF is a public charity that provides financial support for music presenters in Berks County, music scholarships by audition and in response to financial need, and extensive music outreach, including programs in most of Berks County’s public and parochial schools. RMF is governed by a self-perpetuating board of volunteer trustees and is administered by two full-time employees. The Foundation depends upon the public’s support each year.
Tracy Schott, Producer | Studio 326Tracy Schott is a writer, producer and director of film and video with 15 years of production experience, including hundreds of credits in television programming and advertising, corporate and non-profit projects.
Tracy describes her work as storytelling – the most basic of all art forms. She defines production as the fusion of story, images, music and emotion.
With master’s degrees in both social work and telecommunications, Tracy is an unusually
skilled listener and communicator. She uses these talents to create projects that make an
impact on their viewers. And, she has a deep knowledge of the film industry, and works
with the most talented professionals in the region to bring each project to life.
Current projects include: writing/directing Dream Weddings – a local reality TV show which
airs on WGAL, producing and writing several training and marketing projects for both
corporate and non-profit clients, and developing a documentary on Domestic Violence.
Donn Shires | Studio 542
Sharon Wells Wagner & Steven Wagner | Studio 533
Soothing Moments Massage | Studio 551
Soothing Moments Massage Therapy is owned and operated by Nicole Guzowski. Nicole is a nationally certified massage therapist and a graduate of the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks in Pottstown, PA. At Soothing Moments, you can experience the art of massage therapy as you receive a massage custom tailored to your needs.
Unproofed Studio, Joan and Elliott Groves | Studio 536Here at the GoggleWorks in Studio 536, we–Joan and Elliott–desire to utilize the gifts that God gives to us all to produce art in word and image that is positive, peaceful, and pure. In the fearless light of wholeness, we desire to help illuminate the fearful dark and to be worthy stewards of these gifts.
Visit their website here
Kim Woerle | Studios 545, 547
Kim Woerle, owner of EVOKE by Design, LLC., is honored to bring her 20+ years of Advertising, Marketing, Web and Communication Design experience to the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.
A life-long resident of Berks County, Kim is a graduate of Kutztown University and has worked for a number of Advertising and Interactive Agencies. As lead creative director at EVOKE by Design, Kim blends award-winning, brand-building creative with professional partners and resources that best fit the need of the client… at savings that are smart for businesses and organizations looking to stretch their budgets even further. That´s the Art of Business!
On-line and On Target!
Being a member of our area´s first Interactive Agency, Kim had the opportunity to help design, program, content develop and launch many websites, micro-sites and cross-media campaigns for local and national clients highlighted by:
HASBRO (developing their first Mr. Potato Head and Tonka brand broadcast email campaigns, geared for parents)
Association of National Advertisers in NY (creating their first “Brand Building” website which became the communication portal for its super-brand members)
Off-line and Best for Your Bottom Line!
Kim has developed over a hundred brand identities for businesses and products. A designer for print and other traditional media, we welcome you to visit the EVOKE studio and see the complete portfolio.
Core Services: Branding, Marketing, Design, Web, Social Media, Content and Project Management, SEO, Illustration, Catalogs, Flyers, Brochures, Ads, Signage, Invitations and Cross Media Campaigns.
Personalized One-on-One Training in Adobe Creative Suite (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Web Development Applications and Digital Illustration.
Contact: 610.781.5239 | kim@EVOKEbyDesign.com
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