ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY ////
Avenue Art by Judy Ballinger, Art Plus Gallery
pring is a time to begin new growth, and that is what the 24 co-operative artists of Art Plus Gallery are doing. The gallery remodeled its interior to include a permanent gift shop with artist-made craft items and a well-lit special exhibit wing to feature a new exhibit every month. The main gallery is enhanced with new wood floors, a new counter, and a comfortable easy chair, table and tablet for visitors to enjoy looking online at art pieces not currently on display. Three young new artists have joined the co-op, adding their pottery, prints and surreal watercolors.
March Featured Member: Jay Ressler
April Featured Member: Karen Weber
Jay Ressler, a photographer who recently moved back to Berks County from Pittsburgh, is our March featured member artist. His digitally created pictures often combine multiple images. Some are in color, some black and white. Working on the theme of the Seven Deadly Sins, Jay uses still photos he shoots from motion films, layering the photos for a dynamic confusion of boundaries to show the paradoxes in our personal and societal failings. Find out more from Jay about his thought-provoking images at Art Plus’ 2nd Friday Reception, March 11, 5-8pm.
In April, oil paintings by member Karen Weber will be featured. Her work is straightforward, fresh depictions of everyday objects, animals, street scenes and landscapes. She calls herself a “color nerd,” but it is easy to love the gentle hues on her old shoes and beat up cars. Meet Karen at the 2nd Friday April 8 Reception. In addition to Jay and Karen’s exhibits, Art Plus will show works by the Exeter High School photography students in March and by guest artist Carol Spigmyer in April. Dreamscapes will be the theme of the 24 members’ exhibit in the main gallery room through March and April.
Also on Penn Avenue: Café Bold will show photographs by Brian Clark in March, prints by Naomi Walker in April and paintings by Crystal Domino in May. Crystal’s work is at Crave Café on Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring in February. The West Reading Tavern hosts a variety of artists’ styles in the Food for Thought exhibit by Art Plus members through March. A new multi-member show will be hung at the Tavern in April.
Your Gateway to an Amazing World of Art
With nice weather coming, take time to stroll the Avenue and enjoy our local art!
604 Penn Avenue West Reading, PA 19611 610-375-9122 www.artplusgallerypa.com
Art Plus Gallery 604 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA artplusgallery.com
new hours: 12-7pm Weds-Sat. 10-4pm Sunday, 12-5pm Tues. Receptions every 2nd Friday 5-8pm. lovewestreading.org