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

PAAG History

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


Pottstown area artists Fred and Sarah Griesemer, Albert and Sylvia Sanft, Joseph F. Landis, Mildred Sands Kratz, and Dorla Dean Slider founded The Pottstown Area Artists Guild (PAAG) in 1960. They all shared a common vision and formed an organization whose purpose was to bring together area artists to promote the local art “”scene” through shows, lectures and classes.  Back then, events such as National Art Week enabled local artists to display their work in Pottstown store windows. During the summer months there were “clothes line” art shows on High Street with artwork hanging on clothes line stretched between parking meters.

Click Here to see a video about the early history of the Guild.

The PAAG is a 501c-3 non-profit organization and meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM from September to June (except January, February, July, and August) at the Hill School Center for the Arts at Beech and Sheridan Streets in Pottstown.

Members enjoy interesting and informative lectures, demonstrations and workshops while socializing with other artists. Numerous nationally and locally known artists have given demonstrations and lectures in watercolors, oils, encaustics, political cartooning, courtroom illustration, and photography.  Professional artists are also on occasion invited to offer critiques on improving your art, how to best promote art, and suggestions for better presentation.

Members also get to show their work in PAAG sponsored exhibitions such as our annual “Art on the Hill – The Pottstown Art Show and Sale” held each year at the end of May.

Together with the Studio B Gallery in Boyertown, monthly, we have the Art Social, a gathering where artists come to work on their artwork, chat and compare notes. The Art Social is held during the afternoon on the weekend following the 3rd Tuesday of each month from September through June at Studio B.


PAAG By-laws – pdf