"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 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ben Risney To Talk About His Chainsaw Magic

The Hill School, Center For The Arts, Boyer Gallery from 7 PM to 9 PM

This is a relatively young art form. It was probably inevitable that eventually the woodcutting speed, power, and control of the chainsaw would be harnessed to sculptural ends. As the machines developed and improved after World War II, the increasingly nimble saws lent themselves to finer work. Excitement, danger, and beauty are just three of the essential elements of chainsaw carving. This creative woodcarving method is capturing the attention of a growing number of artists and enthusiasts. International chainsaw competitions and performances, attended by large crowds, are helping to promote chainsaw carving as a highly respected art form that resides in a class by itself. Ben has mastered this art form. He creates life-size sculptures and lifelike scenes in wood using just a chainsaw.

Ben will talk about his passion and will show a number of videos of him creating carvings using the chainsaw. Several of his pieces will be on display for this presentation.

Ben is a Master Woodcarver with several Championships to his credit. He is on demand throughout the summer for demonstrations at fairs and events all around the country.

Tuesday, October 15th

Taylor Backes Studio Tour

The Guild will tour the Taylor Backes Studio at 150 South Washington Street in Boyertown, PA. As part of the evening there will be demonstrated the creation of their glass sculptures. The evening starts at 7 PM at the studio.

Will Dexter and Karla Trinkley have exhibited their work nationally and internationally. Their objective in co-founding Taylor Backes Studio was to continue developing their own individual styles and to collaborate with other glass artists to produce distinctive, innovative work.

Both Will and Karla received BFA degrees from the Tyler School of Art and MFAs from the Rhode Island School of Design. They’ve lectured and taught at Tyler, RISD, the Pilchuk Glass School in Seattle and at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC.

Their work is in the permanent display collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The American Craft Museum, The Corning Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian Institute

Friday, October 18th

Fall Photography Exhibit by PAAG members

PAAG members will exhibit their photography at Shorty’s Sunflower Café on North Charlotte Street in Pottstown. The event will kick off with an opening reception on Friday, October 18th from 6-8 p.m. Light Hors d’Oeuvres will be served and this is also a BYOB (wine & beer). So bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beer and enjoy the exhibit and conversation with fellow artists!

All photography will be exhibited and for sale, from Oct. 18th through November 21, 2019.

If you would like to exhibit and you are a current dues-paid member of the Guild for the 2019-2020 year, review The Call for Photographer details, sent in the entry form and use the labels for your entries. All this material is available at the Guild meetings and for download by clicking on the link below.

To get the Call for Photographers, Entry Forms and Entry Labels, click Here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

3D Collage and Assemblage Artist, Michael Good Talks about Creating a Unique 3D Piece

The Hill School, Center For The Arts, Boyer Gallery from 7 PM to 9 PM

Mr. Good will display an assortment of glass, tiles, etc. that he uses in his works, and talk about how he uses these materials to design and create a pleasing work considering light , color , texture with an overall interesting appearance. He will show how he makes his own frames, does faux finishing, and uses different colors of grout to make a finished piece. He also creates recyclable art designs and collages using handmade papers, bits of wood, jewelry, and whatever is on hand to create interesting works.

Mr. Good’ earliest memory of creating art was when, at the tender age of 5, he was at the blackboard hanging on the rear wall of his parent’s dining room. He clearly saw himself drawing mid-century style ranch houses, which is amazing for a kid, who, up to that point, was mostly exposed to row homes in Reading PA. All through school, he took every art class that he could, including 3 years of architectural drafting classes, which firmed up his love of the decorative arts that goes along with that field. As an adult, he continued to take a variety of classes and workshops including but not limited to: stained glass, upholstery, faux finishing, wood graining, oil painting, mixed media, assemblage and so on. His most recent projects have been greatly influenced by the Philadelphia dumpster divers, outsider artists, and the steam punk etc. Finally, he is the President-elect of the Berks Art Alliance for 2020.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Annual Guild Solstice Party

The Hill School, Center For The Arts, Boyer Gallery from 7 PM to 9 PM

An evening to meet with other artists of the Guild, nosh and have fun.