Calendar of Events
The meetings of the Guild are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Boyer Gallery in the The Hill School Center for the Arts, located at 760 Beech Street, near the intersection of Beech and Sheridan Streets in Pottstown, PA.
The meetings are free and open to anyone interested in art.
April 16, 2019 Nancy Bea Miller
Artist and Author Nancy Bea Miller will talk about for her still lives and figurative work. She will discuss her work and career to date, art-making despite the various struggles of life, that in her case includes a child born with profound disabilities, writing and teaching.
She writes that “The richness of the world is almost overwhelming, crowding in at us from all sides and using every sense organ to make itself known. In my art I process this sensory overload by simplifying and focusing, by gathering up and presenting little stories people and objects tell as they relate to each other visually in space and time. when I paint or photograph, I create a picture of stillness pregnant with impending movement: a moment held in suspension, inviting the viewer’s contemplation Unexpected or inexplicable details in an image may trip up the viewer’s accustomed visual progression causing them to stop and look again. “
Ms. Miller is an Adjunct Professor in Art History and Studio Arts at Montgomery County Community College and at Harcum College, is on the CE Faculty at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and teaches at the Main Line Art Center. In addition to her career in art, she is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. Ms. Miller has degrees from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. She is represented by Watson Gallery in Stonington, Maine, F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and by Gallery 222 in Malvern, PA.
May 21, 2019 Doug Zucco
Artist and Craft Paper maker, Doug Zucco will talk about his path to making paper and using this medium for both 2D and 3D creations. In doing so, he has worked with a number of techniques including paper sculpture, cast paper collages and screen printing with gestural inking. Most recently, his “Safety in Number” series uses layers of solar-plates pressed into hand made cotton paper creating depth and beautiful embossment.
He writes that “I’ve always been attracted to new marks and surfaces. In traditional mediums used in art marking you follow in big footsteps and well trodden paths. I always was aware of this so I looked for new marks that were visually exciting. I also consider the surface that the marks are carried on to be as important as the color and information (marks). … I still believe the works are linked to the creative process, and meaning beyond the immediate association. I am relying on the understanding of the viewer to make those iconographic associations and comprehension.”
Doug Zucco is a master printmaker and educator who manufactures his own paper through his Fleetwood PA based company, White Crow Paper. He was educated at Kutztown University for his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978 and in 1980 at the University of Georgia for his Master of Fine Arts Degree. At present, he teaches Printmaking at Northampton Community College and Moravian College and has also taught at Cedar Crest College and Kutztown University. His work has been shown internationally including the PEW Charitable Trust in Philadelphia, the Rosenfeld Gallery, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Professional Art Critique, Art Related
Silent Auction and Member Art Display & Sale
The Hill School, Center For The Arts, Boyer Gallery from 1 PM to 4 PM
At the June event of the Pottstown Area Artists Guild, the Guild invites both Guild members and other local artists to bring a small painting, drawing, photograph or sculpture to be critiqued by noted artist and professor from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Stuart Shils. Artists wishing to have their work critiqued need to register at the door for a critique. The critiques are on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a $10 fee for non-Guild members to have their works discussed. The artwork of Guild members only will be on display and be available for sale by the artists. The critiques will take place from 1:30-3:30.
A silent auction fundraiser will also take place during this event, from 1-3 p.m., and benefits the PAAG. We are asking that people donate items for the auction such as artwork, art related materials, antiques, vintage collectibles, gift cards and gift baskets. Drop off your donated items from 10:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Food and refreshments will be served, and we are asking persons attending to bring an appetizer or dessert for all to share. Beverages will be provided by the PAAG.
Professor Shils is a well-known teacher and enjoys working with people of all ages. He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in the 1970’s after going to college for literature and architecture. He is currently is on the faculty at PAFA as a critic for advanced undergraduate students. He teaches classes regularly all over America and occasionally in other countries.