Educational Programs

The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen take great pride in its variety of educational programs which continues the study, practice and continuing excellence in design and techniques of handcrafts. We have monthly programs, offer a Mini-Grant to 4 members yearly, give cash awards to art and craft students annually, and we extend mentoring opportunities to our members and local students.

Memorial Awards

Click the icons below to learn more about these special members who we memorialize through awards.

Eugene Burkhart award from Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen
RICHARD M. LOEPER award from Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen
RUTHANNE HARTUNG award from the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen

Student Awards

The Stanley G. Seltz Student Awards Program (in collaboration with the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s High School Arts & Crafts Exhibit) offers cash awards to students who exemplify high levels of design mastery and use of materials. The Guild also extends an open invitation to students of all ages to exhibit and sell their work in its Student Gallery. A prestigious ‘Best in Show’ cash award of $50 is given to one student at each show as voted upon by the vendors themselves. Individual mentoring is available and advice generously offered to any student who wishes to learn more about how to improve and/or promote his or her craft. View the award guidelines

Our 2017 award winners

As part of the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen’s Stanley G. Seltz Student Award Program, the following awards were presented at the 2017 Berks County Intermediate Unit’s High School Art & Craft Exhibit ceremony which was held at the GoggleWorks in March.


The Guild awards four Mini-Grants of $50 each year, chosen randomly from applications submitted, to members in good standing who wish to continue their education. Mini-Grants may also be used to explore new areas of interest. The Guild is deeply committed to encouraging each member’s pursuit of excellence and growth. Download the mini-grant application (doc) »


2017 Mini-Grant Winners

  • Louise Mehaffey
  • Brenda Wilton
  • Bill Jones



Donations to benefit the Guild’s educational programs are tax deductible. Checks may be remitted to THE READING-BERKS GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN, P.O. Box 85, Mohnton, PA 19540. Download the donation form (doc) »



Guild members are also encouraged to demonstrate their craft during shows and to interact with the public as much as possible. Demonstrations by Guild members which are of interest to children are particularly appreciated.