Current Exhibits

In the Cohen Gallery

Art is My Religion: Peter Jon Snyder

On View: January 9, 2016-February 21, 2016

Opening Reception: January 8, 2016 from 5:30-8:00pm

Belief. Commitment. Energy. Creation. Possibilities.
Like all other religions of the world, mine is based on the fictionalized idea of a higher power. And like most other religions, this power comes from within. But for me, there is no place of worship, no gods to be praying unto, no judgements, no wars, no money control, no brainwashing, no false promises, and no fantasy afterlife. This power comes from an inner strength and draws from the same creativity harnessed for millions of years by all the living creatures that have inhabited this planet. Art is my religion and I want to share my visions with you—in peace, love and the spirit of universal vibrations.
Peter Jon Snyder, 2015

Peter Jon Snyder is visual artist who has been creating spectacular landscapes, innovative interiors, found object sculptures and non-traditional paintings for 35 years. His goal in life is to show people things that they have never seen before, while being true to his own artistic integrity.

Challenges: Jim Bloom, Brent Brown, Barry Simons, & Sybil Roe Thompson

On View: January 9-February 21, 2016

Opening Reception: January 8, 2016 from 5:30-8:00pm

Good art is made by good artists. Great art is made by great artists. Great artists produce great art, whether they are trained or simply have the natural gift for expressing themselves through the outlet of their art. The four artists presented have all been
faced with special challenges that have required great mental or physical effort in order to be met successfully.

Sybil Roe Thompson records Reading, PA history through her
eidetic imagery and singular patterning. Brent Brown cuts out and articulates super heroes and animations he sees on television and recreates them with his creative, inventive abilities. Barry Simons put aside the voices he heard in his head and created art with his own singular style. Jim Bloom works through physical limitations to create scenes that require a reaction from the observer. We all face challenges in life. These, ordinary, but heroic, artists face life head on and with unfiltered, nonjudgmental honesty.

In the Schmidt Gallery

The gallery is currently in between exhibitions. Please view the Future Exhibits

Green Wall

Sharon McGinley | Just Visiting

January 8-February 26, 2016

January 8, 2016 from 5:30-8pm

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An award winning artist, Sharon McGinley has been creating and exhibiting her work nationally and internationally for over 38 years. For eight of those years, she has been a studio artist at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.

McGinley says:  “Mostly a painter and Illustrator, I stumbled into ‘repurposed art’ about 16 years ago when I started creating crosses during Lent as a spiritual discipline and only used materials I already possessed. Ever since I can remember, I have delighted in finding the extraordinary (or unique) in the ordinary. Old shoes take on personalities, spoons become palettes for eyes, folds in fabrics and shadows resemble dancing bears. Flattened bottle caps, found in parking lots, become a bounty of ancient coins and faces emerge from everywhere, especially in nature.

Finding multiples of almost any object, makes my heart skip a beat and calls me to give them a transformed existence. I believe this is what artists do naturally – create and transform. I sometimes like to think of myself as a midwife – birthing new life into neglected or discarded forms births in me a great sense of play and fulfillment.”

McGinley has illustrated 13 children’s books published by Simon& Shuster and Green Willow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins). Her books have been reviewed by Publishers Weekly, The New York Times Book Review and People Magazine.

Café Space

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3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Xavier’s Marvelous Monstrosities

February 1-February 26, 2016

Xavier Martinez is a 10 year old emerging artist. GoggleWorks is proud to present this first public showing of his body of work.

“I started creating clay models when I was in kindergarten. We had recess inside and I chose to use the clay instead of playing games. I began with simple shapes; like snakes, adding more and more detail. I moved on to re-creating my favorite video games such as “Angry Birds”. I began watching Youtube videos to get ideas for different types of monsters. One of my favorite clay models were “Plants vs. Zombies”. I loved how they looked. I became more and more creative, designing my own fantasy creatures. My mind was flooded with ideas. I would make and create monstrosities every day. My mom bought me clay tools but I really never used them. I use many different techniques with my hands to create my sculptures. Today I have hundreds. I enjoy creating clay models for friends and family on special occasions.” – Xavier

Studio 240

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VIST Financial Gallery

The Willson History Project

On permanent display

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The Willson History Project is a retrospective showcasing the 130-year history of Willson Goggles. Historical artifacts and interactive learning activities depict the groundbreaking innovations of a company that led the world in the development of safety products. Explore the industrial history of Reading along with the personal histories of Willson Goggles factory workers. In addition this exhibit connects the history of Willson Goggles to pivotal highlights in national and world history, as well as key moments from arts and pop culture.

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The Willson History Project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People initiative on American history.

Also special thanks to Allegro Arts and Custom Framing and Corbis Images.

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