arts-walk-logo-croppedPottstown Arts Walk

Our inaugural event was Saturday, January 7, 2017. Arts and culture organizations, local businesses and restaurants teamed up up to bring our community an amazing day of fun and food. Family-friendly activities were scheduled from 2-4pm, while 4-8pm was reserved for more great activities designed for adults.  Click here to see the map from that day.

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Events

Check out the organizations below to see what special activities each one planned. (Click on the plus sign to expand each listing.)

ArtFusion 19464

ArtFusion 19464 is proud to present a wonderful collection of pieces created by our talented local artists. We set a creative challenge and 22 artists accepted. Each artist created work that speaks to the theme of Frost and Fire. The gallery will be open from 2-8pm.

We will also be hosting a fun interactive art experience. Be part of creating a cooperative art piece from 2-4pm. This activity is perfect for families of all ages! You can also participate in a fun MAKER activity!

From 2 to 4 pm, join Pottery Studio Director Kristen VonHohen and help us get ready for our Soup Bowl Fundraiser (check out the details of the event here). We will be glazing handcrafted ceramic bowls created by other wonderful volunteers throughout this past year. No experience necessary! Ages 6 and up with an adult.

Location: 254 E. High St, Pottstown

Contact: Call 610-326-2506 or email us.

Steel River Playhouse

On January 7, 2017 Steel River Playhouse proudly joins with our neighbors in Pottstown for a day of art, beauty, family and fresh air!

The Playhouse, at 245 East High, will be displaying original hand-made theatrical costumes designed by Ally Boughter and original art work by Thomas Poplawski in the lobby of the theater. Mr. Poplawski’s work is available for acquisition. This event is free and will run from 2PM to 8PM.

Russ Ferrara will be on hand with ukuleles and guitars for you to give it a try!

Family activities from 2 – 4 pm

  • Individual and family try it sessions for ukulele; we supply the ukes!
  • Family guitar try it session (more than 3, bring guitars).
  • Plus topics for discussion: Choosing a Guitar for Your Student, and Music Lesson Success for Your Student

Adult activities from 4 – 8 pm

  • Ukulele and Guitar try it sessions
  • Rock improvisation for beginners
  • Plus topics for discussion: Choosing a Guitar, and Differences in Guitar Styles

At 8:00PM the uproarious antics of the N CROWD Comedy Improvisation group will start on the main-stage of the theater. Tickets for N CROWD are $15.00 to $19.00 and are available at www.steelriver.org.

Location: 245 East High St., Pottstown

Contact: Lauren Swanson Email Lauren.

MOSAIC/Pottstown Arts

Pottstown Arts and MOSAIC Community Land Trust will be partnering for the January 7 Arts Walk.  We will be painting Schuylkill river rocks as our free community art project from 2-4pm. The project will take place in MOSAIC’s office on Hanover St. Once the rocks are sealed, we will lay them in MOSAIC’s gardens around town.

Location: MOSAIC Community Land Trust, 10 S Hanover St, Pottstown

Contact: Marie Haigh 610-574-8016

Weitzenkorn's

Weitzenkorn’s fine men’s clothing store has been a part of Pottstown for over 150 years. Please join us during the 2017 Art Walk to view works by our families fifth generation. Adam Weitzenkorn, recent addition to Weitzenkorn’s sales team, who while having an extensive background in retail, is also a Graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and will be displaying some 2-D and 3-D work in the store. A few other artists works will be on display as well (to be determined). Beer, wine, and some light refreshments will be served from 2pm-5pm. See you there.

Location:  145 E. High Street, Pottstown

Contact: Adam Weitzenkorn 610-323-8810

Smith Family Plaza

Take a self-guided tour of the wonderful sculpture in this beautiful space right by Borough Hall.

The sculptures in the Smith Family Plaza were done by sculptor Eric Berg. Here is a brief excerpt from the minutes of the May 9, 2001 Council meeting:

Mr. Jones (Manager Robert Jones) briefly explained the proposed design of the ¾ acre plot in front of Borough Hall regarding trees, lighting and a fountain.  At this time Mr. Jones introduced Eric Berg, Sculptor, to discuss a proposed animal sculpture for the Town Center. (Smith Family Plaza).

 Mr. Berg, a graduate of the Hill School, described his design for the Center.  He noted that the bear would be made of bronze and the three fish composition would be steel.  He added that he chose the bear because of its relationship to the area and noted that the steel fish would reflect light for an added attraction. 

Location: 100 E. High Street, Pottstown

Connections on High

Connections on High will offer an interactive experience where children and families can make their own custom portraits and display them one of our 55” TV’s. We will also be featuring art from local artists throughout the day. Stop by for a refreshing latte or holiday peppermint mocha.

Contact: Josh Detweiler Email Josh.

The Hill School Center for the Performng Arts

Come join us for an art activity and a backstage tour. Participants will decorate a paper lantern using either a warm or cool color scheme depending on their mood. Participants will also be given the opportunity to get a tour of our backstage. Experience what it is like to be a technical crew member for a theatrical production! 2-4pm. Light refreshments provided.

Location: The Hill School, 717 East High Street, Pottstown, PA

Contact: Ellen Nelson. Email Ellen.

@107/Advantage Insurance

@107 will have the work of John Gwinn displayed. Between 2-4 there will be fresh fruit smoothies by The Plantie, Hot cocoa, coffee, tea and snacks are available. Cordelia Arcay and Matt Silsi will be performing.

Wine tastings at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. We will have a variety of different wines to sample. The 4:30 tasting will be paired with specialty cheeses and the 7:30 tasting will be paired with different chocolates. There is a suggested donation of $10.  Proceeds to benefit the 4th of July Festival of the Arts event in Pottstown.

Advantage Insurance will have the work of Cordelia Arcay on display from 2-4pm.

Location: @107 107 E. High St., Pottstown;  Advantage Insurance 105 E High St, Pottstown

Contact Rachel Matute Call 484-769-4208 or email Rachel.

The High St. Music Company

The High Street Music Company will be hosting an exhibit of artwork created by students at Pottstown High School. The Craig Clemens Jazz Trio will be performing from 2-4pm

Location: 135 E. High St., Pottstown

Contact: Louis Rieger 610-906-3357

North Hall Art Gallery

Theatre In the North Hall Art Gallery

Montgomery County Community College faculty and staff will be presenting a staged reading of A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner and discussion in the North Hall Gallery. A Bright Room Called Day follows a group of artists and activists struggling for love and meaning in 1930s Berlin, as Germany surrenders to the seduction of fascism. Performance begins 4pm.

Location: 16 High St., Pottstown

Contact: Michele Cuomo Call 215-641-6250 or email Michele.

Memory Madness Photo Studio

Memory Madness is a small studio for big results! If you or someone you know is looking for an affordable photographer, stop by Memory Madness, located at 16 north York street across the street from lords and ladies. Mini sessions starting from $75.

Location: 16 N. York St, Pottstown

Contact: Matt Applegate Email Matt.

Swing Kat Entertainment

Swing Kat Entertainment will be hosting a FREE dance lesson & live band dance event at the Ballroom On High on Saturday, January 7th from 3pm – 7pm.  Come out and see how fun it can be to dance swing!

Doors will open at 2:00pm with snacks & refreshments.  The free dance lesson will get started at 3:00pm (no partner needed).  Then at 4:00pm the band Temple Avenue will take to the stage & we will take to the floor!  Come join us and see why Swing Kat has been Pottstown’s #1 downtown location for evening events since 2006.

Location: Ballroom on High, 310 East High St., Pottstown

Contact: Faryl Codispoti. Call (610) 348-6727 or email Faryl.

The Carousel at Pottstown

Carousel at Pottstown is a 1905 mechanism built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) with original rounding boards being re-created by local students, artists, and artisans. The Carousel proudly holds 50 new and antique carved, solid wood figures. This majestic Carousel is the second oldest PTC carousel in existence. Meet artists of the all-volunteer organization and hear presentations on the history of the project. The Carousel will be in full operation. Souvenirs and concessions will be available for purchase. The Carousel will be open from 12-5pm.

Location: 30 W. King St., Pottstown

Contact: Email or call 610-323-6099.

 

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library will be holding a used book sale in the Book Nook from 2-4pm on January 7.

Location: Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 High St, Pottstown

Contact: 610-970-6551

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