KUTZTOWN PA – One of southeastern Pennsylvania’s popular seasonal shopping events for authentic local fine arts and crafts, the holiday show conducted by the Reading-Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, will be held Nov. 10 (2012; Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Nov. 11 (Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Keystone Hall on the campus of Kutztown University, South Campus Drive and Baldy Street.
- This event has been added to The Post calendar.
This is the 63rd year for the craft show that premiered in 1949.
Promoters say the show offers museum quality examples of contemporary and traditional Pennsylvania folk artwork produced by members of the largest chapter in the Pennsylvania Guild, and other juried craftsmen. Kutztown University and other college art students will also display and sell their work.
Several genres of crafts and fine art are represented, including assorted arts, basketry, clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, paper, photography and wood. Traditional holiday show favorites are stained glass, hooked rugs, pressed and dried flower art, furniture, woodworking, ceramics, wear-ables, tole and folk art paintings and holiday collectibles, including Santas.
Show Chairman Terry Boyer said this year the show will feature a display of the work of the late Gene Burkhart, an award-winning flower artist. Burkhart, who died in April 2012, was a lifetime Guild member and active in supporting and promoting its many programs. He had his studio at the GoggleWorks in Reading, where he was an active volunteer and was also host of the Guild’s “Your Berks Craftsmen” and GoggleWorks monthly shows on BCTV.
- Watch a video (above) about the guild chapter and its November show, or see it at the YouTube channel of RBGCraftsmen.
Other attractions scheduled for the Guild’s two-day holiday show include working demonstrations by some of the crafts people, live music by the Acoustic Road Show, and refreshments by Dori Martin Catering. Free parking is available with handicapped accessible areas, and the show is wheelchair accessible as well. The donation for admission is $4. Children under age 12 are free. For more information, call 610-678-6650.