"To promote, inspire and support the artistic spirit within the community."

Calendar of Events

 

The meetings of the Guild are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. During the COVID-19 pandemic most will be via ZOOM. You can either use the free ZOOM Meetings app or join the meeting using your web browser. Information on how to register for a meeting and to connect to the ZOOM Meeting will provided in the description of the event when it becomes available.

Meeting are held in September, October, November, March, April and May. There are no meetings during the months of January, February, July and August.

The meetings are free and open to anyone interested in art.

More information on getting the ZOOM Meeting app is available at https://zoom.us/meetings. You can download Zoom Mobile Apps by clicking on the either of these: iPhone or Android. Or, you can download and install the desktop version at Zoom Client for Meetings.

March 15, 2022


Gregory Freedumb Didyoung


Mr. Didyoung will discuss three main aspects of his work: development of the photograin process for creating artworks on wood, the injury that pivoted my career and how my portfolio has grown to include installations and murals. 

Gregory Didyoung is a Reading native and Kutztown University Alum. He was previously employed as a photojournalist for 69 News and is a proud Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker. It was during his hike that the idea of putting photographs of the woods directly onto wood was born. Didyoung spend years modifying (and often times breaking) wide-format printers to achieve his goal and began selling his works at craft shows. He dubbed this pioneering process of applying digital and photographic work directly onto wood as “Photograin Printing.” In 2017 a life-threatening injury refocused his perspective on life and allowed him to enough time to immerse himself into art full-time.

Didyoung is fortunate enough to win numerous awards and now has gallery representation at Art Plus Gallery in West Reading and Studio B in Boyertown. His body of work has grown to include large sculptural installations with Teleflex Medical and panoramic walls with Penn State Health. In the fall of 2021 Didyoung designed and helped to complete the large “Hope Blossoms” mural with Mike Miller in downtown Reading.

Information about attending this talk will be available starting March 1st.

April 19, 2022


Libby Cerullo


“Portraits of Women as Trees”

Focusing on my series “Portraits of Women as Trees,” I will speak about the conceptual and technical process of how my images emerged, and how that series is changing. I will also touch on some experiments in identity through the lens of the nature—as though the natural elements have the agency of the artist.

I often find inspiration in nature and the natural elements, exploring images that emerge from combining photographs and textiles in unexpected ways. I am concurrently working on three series: Portraits of Women as Trees, 7 Modern Sins, and Global Warming, which, with very different design approaches, reflect on identity, relationships, and culture.

Libby is a textile artist who combines digital photography and fabrics. Her work is portraiture at its foundation–using nature and the natural elements to explore identity, relationships, and culture. Focusing on her series “Portraits of Women as Trees,” she will speak about her creative and technical processes and how that series is evolving.

Working with textiles started in 2010 as a practical issue and became a passion. Part of the appeal to her are the construction techniques she uses–transparency, image manipulation, collage, layering and cut-outs–which she finds interesting in the context of portraiture as metaphors for self-expression and perception.

Libby is a self-taught artist. She was influenced by her mother, a painter who exposed her to art galleries, museums and landscapes across Australia and the United States. She took a few art classes along the way and was tutored in darkroom photography in the 70’s and more recently in digital photography and Lightroom.

Information about attending this talk will be available starting March 1st.

Aurora Collage

May 17, 2022


Jean Esther


Jean Richard Esther has worked as a professional artist for over 5 yrs. Born in Martinique, a small French Island in the Caribbean, He moved to the United States at age 5 and lived in New York, Long Island. Today a resident of Berks County, having lived here for five years. Jean is known for his portrait drawings and comic Illustrations along with design, painting, cartooning, and mural painting. He has done a number of commissioned artwork, custom logos, and participated in many community events. As well as writing and illustrating an independent graphic novel called Meta Sabian. Growing tremendously from this experience, he opened his own art service company, Art Corner (www.artcorner.net).

Art Corner was founded in 2007 by Jean Richard Esther. it was created to promote and inspire others in the arts. Specializing in art consulting, art classes and Commission work in illustrations, fine arts, portrait drawings, logo designs, and mural projects.

Artist Rhonda Counts says, “[Jean is] One of my favorite young artists in the Reading area, Jean is one of the most enthusiastic artists I have the pleasure of knowing. He has encouraged so many young artists in the area. I met him through Studio B, when he was in instructor for young school aged artists.“