Future Exhibits

Katherine Fraiser

August 30 - October 26, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 12, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Winner of GoggleWorks 2013 Juried Show HOME, Katherine Fraiser is a Philadelphia area artist specializing in large-scale oil paintings. She says of her work, “Life often strikes me as a string of moments, like a series of film stills, in which we observe ourselves. I paint people experiencing these moments of profound self-awareness and growth, when the rest of the world drops away and we are left bare.” Her paintings have the visceral quality of memories or dreams, where the imagery is reduced to the essential. Fraiser holds a Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is a Magna Cum Laude BFA graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lucy Gans, The Artist in Spite of Herself

August 30 - October 26, 2014

Opening Reception, Friday, September 12, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The relationship between image and text is one that occupies Lucy Gans’ work. She uses her own face and body as a stand-in for all women, so they are not really “self” portraits.  The subject of her work for the past seven years has been violence and injustices committed against women and girls. “I use drawing and printmaking as a way to negotiate my way through some of the irreconcilable differences I encounter in human behavior.”

Gans teaches at Lehigh University where she is also an affiliated faculty member in the women’s studies program. She earned her MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and her BFA from Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH. She studied at the Art Students League, NY, NY

On Scene, GoggleWorks Artists 10th Annual Exhibit

November 2, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Opening Reception, Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Around the town and on the scene, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is proud to present the 10th Annual Artists’ Exhibit. An exploration in multiple media, this exciting exhibit showcases the talent of over 30 artists juried into the GoggleWorks Studios. The annual expose’ includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media pieces in a variety of genres. More than just a work space, the GoggleWorks Studios provide a thriving community of dynamic individuals, a forum in which to share a critical eye and engage in discourse on contemporary art making. Come see the vital work produced from within the walls of the largest art center of its kind.

In the Schmidt Gallery 2014

January 1-December 31, 2014

August: TBA

September: Hawk Mountain 80th Anniversary– Seasons of Hawk Mt

October: Cynthia Goodman Brantley

November: Corazon: From the Heart of Latin America, Photography by W.R. Stanton | For more information go to: www.mainpoint.com

December: TBA

The Green Wall 2014

Flora Natalini: A Study of Time | Acrylics, Found Object Assemblages

July 11-August 1, 2014

July 11th, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm

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By the passing of days and nights, the fading of memories, the melting of snow, the rusting of metal, the peeling of paint, and the decay of wood. In a sense this is the only way we can describe time, age.  Through a rusty scrap of metal on the roadside that is caked in dirt and experience, having the seen the bottom of many men’s shoes and the burnt sunset orange on many nights. Or as obvious as the crinkled surface of a musty photograph containing the faces of strangers from an earlier time.

Flora Natalini has always been fascinated by time. She says of the work, “I take these objects, containing time, and I use the beauty they have born in their experience as pure inspiration. I like to think that by making these artworks with these objects and creating their new life, in a sense, they become timeless.”

Natalini graduated from Wyomissing Area High School in 2013, winning two awards in the Berks County Intermediate Unit Secondary School Annual Art Exhibit, including second place in sculpture. She is currently a student at Hampshire College concentrating in Studio Arts, Art Therapy and Arts Integration. In pursuing this, Natalini spent the past semester interning at youth Action Coalition, a non-profit organization promoting youth empowerment through creative expression and social action projects, in the program GirlsEye View, an afterschool series for middle school and high school girls focusing in social change and photography. She has recently exhibited her assemblage work at The Tarvern, an on-campus student run gallery at Hampshire College.

This new permanent exhibit showcases 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.

No future Exhibitions are currently scheduled.

Café Gallery

Stephen Mittl |The Power of Color

July 4- August 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, July 11th, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm

Stephen Mittl is displaying recent works in his abstract acrylic series “The Power of Color” at the GoggleWorks Café Space this summer. The works are powerful and thought provoking, while also pleasing to the eye. Mittl says of the work, “The paintings in this series represent my preoccupation with abstraction and color. The acrylic paints are blended and layered together to reveal interesting and unique color palettes.”

MITTL_2014Mittl is a self-taught artist who began painting after retirement. A chance encounter with noted New York City artist Martha Murphy served as his inspiration to begin painting. Color is his biggest influence. – clothing, cars, nature, painted walls are just  a few of the everyday items that contribute to his color choices.

“Creating my abstract acrylic paintings allows me to express myself with no boundaries. The finished pieces bring me great pride and a sense of accomplishment. My hope is that my art invites conversation among viewers”, says Mittl.