October 2017 News

President’s message:
A last minute reminder to get your show application in for our 68th annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Festival on November 4th and 5th, 2017, at Kutztown University. This is a great weekend to kick off the Holiday Shopping season and let it begin with us. YOU, our craftsmen of the Reading-Berks Guild, make this event happen. Shoppers come to this sale because of the uniqueness, the quality of the crafts they find here and to learn about you, the person who makes the piece of pottery, who paints the picture, who carves the wood, who weaves the wool, etc, etc. etc. We are doing a fun scavenger hunt this year for our customers and the only one of it’s kind, the Goldilocks Log Cabin will go home with someone this year at the end of the show. So don’t delay, get your application in and join us at this Holiday event.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault

Your President, Barry L. Bennecoff

Apply Now! to the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Holiday Festival.  Get the $10 discount by mailing in your application by October 1st or by bringing it to the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen’s Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7 PM at the GoggleWorks.

Goldilocks Log Cabin, made by this group of Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen’s Juried Members, will be raffled off at the 2017 Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Learn more about the Goldilocks Project here.

October 3, 2017 will be the 2016 Mini-Grant winners presentations.

November 7, 2017 will be Carol Haile with her most recent book: The Grumpy Groundhogs

December 5, 2017 will be our Annual Holiday Social at the Yellow House Hotel. Cash bar at 6 PM, Dinner served at 6:30 PM. Sign up at the October or November meeting or sign up online.

Programs Chair: Matt Vardjan

Learn more about these Grumpy Groundhogs at the November 7th Meeting.

A most exciting time coming up for BCTV is right around the corner—OCTOBERFEST. The Octoberfest auction takes place the week of October 16. There is so much great stuff to bid on that week and while you are getting great stuff, you are also helping our great friend, BCTV. On Thursday, October 19, will be craft night and that is the night that all the wonderful hand-crafted items by members of our guild along with craftsmen from the Kutztown Folk Festival, artists from the Goggleworks will be on the auction block. This is an exciting and fast paced night. If you have not already donated, you can bring your donation to our general meeting on Tuesday, October 3, and I will be glad to take it into the studio. Let’s pull together and make this Octoberfest the best ever for BCTV.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.                                                                   Your Host, Kay L. Bennecoff

The Bidding has begun!


Please congratulate the following newly juried members:  Jeff Nathans in Jewelry, John H Williams in Wood, and Brenda Wilton in Fine Arts.                                                  Standards Chair: Louise Meffey


Opportunities for Members:
Neil Haring is a retired member of the guild who no longer does his papercutting craft or shows. He has display panels, mat cutter, glass cutter, framing supplies, frames and mat boards he would like to pass on to another craftsperson. If interested please contact Neil Haring cutterneil@aol.com

Heather & Harry Boardman own and operate Exhibit B Gallery in Souderton, PA. They are a new gallery having opened their doors in May of 2017. They have ongoing bimonthly-changing exhibits, featured artist shows, and some group shows coming up. They are currently looking for artists for these group shows. One is a small works show called “Smalls” running from 11/17/17-1/13/18 where all work is 8″x8″ or smaller. The 2nd is called “Dogs” which is a fundraiser show for Dog Town’s rescue operation and in partnership with the Philadelphia Dog Show running 10/27/17-10/29/17. In both cases there will be a reception on opening night. Here is a link to their “enter shows” section of their site: https://www.exhibitbgallery.com/enter-shows Each show has it’s own banner to click on to enter.