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Handcrafted Holiday Market Comes to GoggleWorks Dec. 2

Artisan gifts, live art, music, food, and more at this day-long holiday festival.

Nov 16, 2023

by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome the annual Handcrafted Holiday Market, a creative celebration of handmade art, artists, and the holiday spirit. This special event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering a festive opportunity for community members to engage with local artists and makers at GoggleWorks’ unique former goggle factory campus in downtown Reading.

“I’m extremely excited for this year’s Handcrafted Holiday Market! We’re bringing you a number of amazing artists, activities for all ages, music, food, and more,” said Natalie Fenner, GoggleWorks’ Signature Events Manager. “It’s going to be a wonderful way to reconnect and share in a magical time of year. Come by to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones!”

Handmade, local holiday gifts

The Handcrafted Holiday Market is a vibrant showcase of high-quality gifts perfect for the holiday season, handmade by regional artists. The event features a diverse array of dozens of on-site and visiting artisans and crafters, ensuring a wide selection of unique gifts for your loved ones.

Pay-what-you-wish admission

In the spirit of inclusivity and holiday cheer, the event will have a pay-what-you-wish admission fee, welcoming everyone to enjoy this festive gathering and its many offerings:

  • Hands-on workshops: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., join us for holiday workshops in a variety of art forms for beginners, children, and experienced artists; there’s something for everyone.
  • Holiday-themed interactives: Engage in holiday-themed activities, including handmade wreath-making and ornament glassblowing.
  • Movie screenings: Enjoy short, holiday-themed movie screenings at the Albert & Eunice Boscov Theatre, a perfect way to relax and unwind.
  • Kids programs and family activities.
  • Live musical performances.
  • Holiday food and drinks, catered by DoubleTree.
  • Live demonstrations.

Attendees can shop remarkable, juried work from our 35 resident artists as well as these featured exhibitors:

  1. Erin Arms, Ceramics
  2. James Chaney, Ceramics
  3. Madeline Consugar, Ceramics
  4. Madison Hartzell, Ceramics
  5. Nancy Manubay, Ceramics
  6. Paola Mateo, Ceramics
  7. Heather McCord, Ceramics
  8. Colleen McNichol and Bri Shimer, Ceramics
  9. Sherman Oberson and Martha Knox, Ceramics and Mixed Media
  10. Bhavik Patel, Ceramics
  11. Chris Petroski, Ceramics
  12. Patricia Reeder Martin, Ceramics
  13. Sheila Shuman, Ceramics
  14. Marsha Biderman, Fibers
  15. Erika Hewston, Fibers
  16. Abby Ryder, Fibers and Mixed Media
  17. Sara Miller, Fibers and Mixed Media
  18. Marie Rissell Stalnecker, Glass
  19. Maxine Rhoads and Susan Ruhnke, Glass
  20. Serena Rogers, Glass
  21. Lakeesha Mallory, Jewelry
  22. Jill Henry, Jewelry
  23. Sarah Horvath, Mixed Media
  24. Corina Piller, Mixed Media
  25. Anna Schweigert, Mixed Media
  26. Luke Voytas, Wood
  27. Martha Ressler, Fibers and Mixed Media
  28. Suzanne Fellows and Sharon McGinely, Studio Artists
  29. Cheryl Elmo and Birdie Zoltan, Studio Artists
  30. Fran Parzanese and Becky Ross, Studio Artists

Located in downtown Reading, GoggleWorks operates in a former goggle factory and is composed of 145,000 square feet of creative space. GoggleWorks offers year-round arts education, including workshops, classes, and visiting artists; community outreach programs; a summer residency; youth programs and camps; 35 on-site studio artists; the Albert and Eunice Boscov theater; three galleries for exhibitions; the Berks Launchbox maker space; and 16 communal learning environments including hot glass, wood, printmaking, warm glass, metals, ceramics, photography, virtual reality, and urban gardens. More at

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