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 and February.
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.
Running now through the end of August 2021
We invite you to enjoy
showing on the paag.info home page. A new selection of artwork will be shown starting the first of each month.
Tuesday, May 18th
My Little Finch
My stitched collages — which sometimes include found objects and papers along with fabrics — often echo my feeling that, “Here is this place, where I saw, breathed and absorbed the atmosphere. Here are some artifacts from other people who share my time on earth.”
I was a painter first, and though painting is a more fluid media, I aspire to achieve equal or more depth and richness with the fiber arts. My passion for the colors and textures of fabrics, and bringing fragments of them together into award-winning art, is a thread that goes back many years.
I learned to sew at the age of 13. By high school, I was making all of my own clothing, including my prom dress and Easter coat. Later, I was drawn to art, and began painting plein air and industrial subjects.
It wasn’t long until my painterly pursuits intertwined with my love for fabric.
I continue to be drawn to specific places as subjects. First comes a tug of interest in light, shadow, or shape. Once I am hooked on a subject I tend to work quickly, combining fabrics, found objects and a combination of machine free motion stitching and hand stitching. At the end I slow down and finish meditatively with hand stitching and evaluation.
I particularly treasure my affiliation with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). I am active in the Pennsylvania chapter, and am honored to have been juried into a number of the prestigous SAQA shows.
Tuesday, June 15th
Jeff will talk about and his career in the art world and the various the mediums he has used, from encaustic to silk screen, and a path from galleries to the other venues: a TV show, murals, and outdoor shows.
Jeff creates textural art pieces, which incorporate representational form with the printed word. In essence, the visual and written symbols merge to create a unique aesthetic language that is both provocative and whimsical. His multiple-image pieces, with images ranging from polka dots to popular culture, evoke emotions and memories in the view. The combination of images tells a story and provokes a personal exchange between the art and the audience.
Provocative and whimsical, Schaller propels the viewer into scenes of seemingly unrelated subjects, creating his own captivating and complex sonatas. Simultaneously, they are pop and edgy, esoteric and direct. Using encaustic paints, Schaller weaves lost and found images and words to paint with a precision and intricacy not normally found in encaustic paintings. His approach is expressionistic, contemporary, and painterly, with powerful brush strokes that are set instantaneously..
Jeff, who holds a BFA from Arcadia University, has shown both nationally and internationally, in Philadelphia, New York, Switzerland. He is in the permeant collection of The Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and Lancaster Museum of Art, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is frequently published in magazines and newspapers, been chosen for juried art exhibitions, and selected for special projects, commissions and murals. He has completed many art installations for PREIT and Main Line Health at the Exton Mall in Pennsylvania, Iron Hill Brewery and SEPTA. He is considered one of the Top 5 Most Influential Artists in Chester County.
In 2002 Jeff left his corporate design position to follow his heart and passion in the art world. While making a successful career as a self-employed artist and entrepreneur he has not looked back or regretted his decision to leave the corporate world.
On top of all this, Jeff has created one of the most successful studio tours in Chester County. Helping over 250 artists exhibit and sell their work in Chester County over the past 11 years. Schaller has taken his studio tour concept and also established successful countywide studio tours in Delaware County and Montgomery County.
If live, talk will be presented by Pottstown Area Artists Guild at The Hill School in Pottstown on June 15th, 2021 at 7 pm. If this facility is not available to us due to Covid restrictions, we will use Zoom with sign-ups starting June 1. Information about signing up for this talk is below.
To sign-up for this Masters of Art lecture, go to https://www.picktime.com/PAAGmeeting, click on “Book and Appointment”. Then under MASTER of ART LECTURE, click on the Jeff Schaller, a Versatile Artist “class”. The click on the June 15th, 7 PM session , and complete the form with your information. Click the “Book Appointment” button at the bottom of the form. To see the ZOOM details click the green button that appears on the Confirmation screen.
The months of June and July
Focus on Fine Art
During the months of June and July, Guild members who do Fine Art will be featured on a Focus on Fine Art page. Starting June 1st, you will be able to select that page from the menu at the top of this page.