Reading, PA – GoggleWorks Center for the Arts comes alive during our new, recurring monthly event, Spotlight Night. Spotlight Nights feature exhibition openings, artist talks, live demonstrations, open studios, participatory art activities, and more. Complimentary wine and beer, light refreshments, coffee, and desserts will also be offered. All ages are welcome; admission and parking are always free.
This month, on the evening of June 9th and in conjunction with Berks Country Fest, GoggleWorks presents a live musical performance by Tin Bird Choir, a nationally-renowned alt-folk barn rock band from Chester County, PA. With literate lyrics, organic harmonies, and urgent melodies, their music has been picked up by Starbucks and has earned them a spot as one of the finalists in the nationally-syndicated Mountain Stage Newsong Contest. Opening for Tin Bird Choir will be Eve Sheldon. Musical performances will begin at 5:30pm.
Opening exhibition in the GoggleWorks galleries include Voice, by Fumi Amano, winner of last year’s Juried Exhibition, in the Cohen Gallery east, and Lineage, by B. A. Harrington, in Cohen Gallery west. Both shows are on view through August 27.
For the opening of Voice, Fumi Amano will present a live performance utilizing a complex glass house she constructed to perform inside. She explains, “the shape of house and windows are constructed in a distorted manner to reflect the misunderstanding between people. I will perform inside as a housewife and sometimes draw and write messages to the viewers who are directly front of me. Through this performance, I am expressing my feelings of loneliness, irritation, and my struggle to survive. Through my fleeting “messages” I create for the viewer, I hope to connect more intimately with people in hopes overcoming invisible barriers and go beyond our differences.” The performance starts at 7:00pm and is anticipated to run about 40 minutes long.
Additionally, a closing reception for visiting artist and Albright professor, Brian Glaze’s Explorations in New Media will occur in the Schmidt Gallery, located on the second floor. Guests can also view ongoing artist demonstrations in the hot glass and ceramics studios throughout the evening.