Art lovers, the Boyertown Area is your new destination! Right in our downtown, Taylor Backes Hand Blown Glass is world-renowned. Dancing Tree Creations represents 200 national, regional and local artists with an incredible variety of work and Studio B features special shows by regional artists. In addition to these intown locations, Boyertown is surrounded with 8 more locations where you can view great art, including the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art and John J Audubon at Mill Grove, which holds works by this master known worldwide.

The loop route we’ve mapped out for you takes you through the beautiful countryside surrounding Boyertown, and at the end of the trip, we loop you back to Boyertown, where you can enjoy an excursion into the Secret Valley on the Colebrookdale Railroad.

Instead of just hurrying in and out of Boyertown, we recommend making your trip more relaxing by booking into the Twin Turrets Inn, to reside for an evening in Victorian style, and dine in one of our local restaurants.

Bear Fever Walk
Downtown Boyertown  

Start your art delights in Boyertown with a Bear Fever Walk—a route that takes you past 71 huge, painted ceramic bears, inspired by the Cow Parade in Chicago. Named everything from Jingles, Bella, Gilbert, and Huggy to Barrister, sponsored by five local law offices, Bear-gon sponsored by Drug Plastics, Box and Townie.  The original bears were all sponsored by local businesses and created by arts students at Boyertown High School.

After the nearly 40 original bears debuted in 2005, the program has continued to grow with new bears debuting each year, and now artists from as far away as New Mexico are producing bears.

Following the Beat Fever Walk through Boyertown also introduces you to our delightful, historic town. Along the way, you can enjoy the unique Victorian architecture that lines the streets of downtown and stop in at some of the unique shops that line Philadelphia Avenue — our Main Street, that sponsored bears.   Moving out from downtown, there are clusters of bears surrounding Boyertown High School, the Berks County line, and south on Reading Avenue.

Bear Fever Walk
Downtown Boyertown  

Start your art delights in Boyertown with a Bear Fever Walk—a route that takes you past 71 huge, painted ceramic bears, inspired by the Cow Parade in Chicago. Named everything from Jingles, Bella, Gilbert, and Huggy to Barrister, sponsored by five local law offices, Bear-gon sponsored by Drug Plastics, Box and Townie.  The original bears were all sponsored by local businesses and created by arts students at Boyertown High School.

After the nearly 40 original bears debuted in 2005, the program has continued to grow with new bears debuting each year, and now artists from as far away as New Mexico are producing bears.

Following the Beat Fever Walk through Boyertown also introduces you to our delightful, historic town. Along the way, you can enjoy the unique Victorian architecture that lines the streets of downtown and stop in at some of the unique shops that line Philadelphia Avenue — our Main Street, that sponsored bears.   Moving out from downtown, there are clusters of bears surrounding Boyertown High School, the Berks County line, and south on Reading Avenue.

Studio B
39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA

As you take the Bear Fever Walk on East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, you’ll pass right by Studio B, which features work by local artists and hosts community events such as painting parties and art walks, to inspire budding artists of all ages to ply their craft. Stop in to Studio B to view ever changing exhibits or sign up for a lesson in the visual arts, communication, or literary arts offered by highly-trained local artists and teachers. You can also plan to attend an event, a history talk, workshop, monthly art socials where artists gather to work, chat and compare notes, or gallery showing. Creative and inspiring shows have included: Cul-ti-vate: art inspired by agriculture; ‘Til Death do us Art: a couple who both produce creative works; Out of the Woods: works by another couple with the last name Wood, Shine: ornaments for the holiday tour, Vessel: two and three dimensional containers, and It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: art inspired by felines and puppies.

Taylor Backes—Glass Extraordinaire!
150 South Washington Street, Boyertown, PA

As soon as you check the Trip Advisor reviews for Taylor Backes, you’ll want to visit. Says one customer, “Boyertown’s best kept secret!” Says another, “the difference here is everything is beautiful and as perfect as something handmade can be.” Still a third relates “I enjoy watching the glass blowing and creating the beautiful works in glass.” And we’re sure you will too!

As the word spreads, Taylor Backes welcomes visitors from around the world to enjoy the gorgeous results of glassblowing using both immense creativity and meticulous attention to detail. They hold regular glass blowing demonstrations, so you can see just how these works are created out of hot, molten liquid sand and turned into both the beautiful and the useful. Glass extraordinaire indeed! Don’t miss it while you’re in town.

Taylor Backes—Glass Extraordinaire!
150 South Washington Street, Boyertown, PA

As soon as you check the Trip Advisor reviews for Taylor Backes, you’ll want to visit. Says one customer, “Boyertown’s best kept secret!” Says another, “the difference here is everything is beautiful and as perfect as something handmade can be.” Still a third relates “I enjoy watching the glass blowing and creating the beautiful works in glass.” And we’re sure you will too!

As the word spreads, Taylor Backes welcomes visitors from around the world to enjoy the gorgeous results of glassblowing using both immense creativity and meticulous attention to detail. They hold regular glass blowing demonstrations, so you can see just how these works are created out of hot, molten liquid sand and turned into both the beautiful and the useful. Glass extraordinaire indeed! Don’t miss it while you’re in town.

Dancing Tree Creations
220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA

If you’re looking for a special piece for your home, of a gift for a special friend that must be out of the ordinary, a visit to Dancing Tree Creations will allow you to explore work created by 200 national, regional and local artists in ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, wood, fiber, garden art, stone, prints and cards, and useful handmade items. Owners Lyn and Beth, who retired from corporate jobs to pursue their passion, want all their visitors to know about the artists who created the work they purchase and how the items were made so that there will be a special connection between the artist and the buyer each time the piece is viewed, worn or used. If you’re looking for a piece of jewelry to complement a new outfit or just the right textile accessory, Dancing Tree exhibits the work of nearly 45 jewelry makers all the way from California to Canada and more than 20 fiber and textile artists.

If you shop often, join the Branch Members Club, which after six visits, will give you a discount on your next purchase equal to 10% of the sum of the six purchases. Connect with Dancing Tree by email or phone and click on their own website, which delivers a biography and selected images of each artists whose work is available for sale.

Greshville Antiques and Fine Art
1041 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA

The owners of Greshville Antiques and Fine Arts are considered the leading authorities and appraisers of Berks County art, and as soon as you enter the restored 18th century stone barn that holds the collection, you’ll understand immediately, their expertise. Many of the works are by local artists who produced museum quality paintings, including Ben Austrian, Christopher Shearer, Frederick Sprang, Earl Poole and others. Shearer, who was raised on a farm in Berks County, traveled to Germany and France to learn his technique and as early as 1895, sold a painting for $3,000. Earl Poole work has been featured by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Academy of the Natural Science in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum. The paintings at Greshville Antiques and Fine Art are surrounded by fine antiques and early Pennsylvania Dutch items.

Greshville Antiques and Fine Art
1041 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA

The owners of Greshville Antiques and Fine Arts are considered the leading authorities and appraisers of Berks County art, and as soon as you enter the restored 18th century stone barn that holds the collection, you’ll understand immediately, their expertise. Many of the works are by local artists who produced museum quality paintings, including Ben Austrian, Christopher Shearer, Frederick Sprang, Earl Poole and others. Shearer, who was raised on a farm in Berks County, traveled to Germany and France to learn his technique and as early as 1895, sold a painting for $3,000. Earl Poole work has been featured by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Academy of the Natural Science in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum. The paintings at Greshville Antiques and Fine Art are surrounded by fine antiques and early Pennsylvania Dutch items.

The Artful Egg, Pysankey Collectibles
401 Main Street, Oley, PA

The Artful Egg is a unique gift shop gilled with vintage artifacts and egg art, created through the Ukrainian process of painting Pysanky eggs, decorated through a batik process of wax and dyes, created by moving from the lightest to darkest dye colors writing on the egg with wax. Starting with the natural egg shell, the areas under the wax retain the dye color. When the process is complete, the wax is removed, revealing the brilliant colors preserved under the beeswax.

The shop features egg art from both local artisans and other artists located around the globe. Even though the shop is open on Friday and Saturday, private showings are available the remainder of the week.

Clay on Main
313 Main Street, Oley, PA

Is you want to admire, purchase or learn the clay arts, Clay on Main serves the community with a variety of clay arts programs for adults and children, professional workshops, collaboration and learning opportunities through art. They also host a cooperative gallery, located in the rustic farmhouse attached to the studio, in which the works of members and guests are displayed and offered for sale. The Dining Room gallery is one of the oldest portions of the building, with wide planked unfinished floors and an authentic fireplace give the room an organic texture as a great background for creativity.

The facility also includes the Half Moon Café, which is a venue for local musicians. Reminiscent of a 60s style coffee house, the venue is a community endeavor to create a local music scene for the enjoyment of both musicians and those who like music.

Clay on Main
313 Main Street, Oley, PA

Is you want to admire, purchase or learn the clay arts, Clay on Main serves the community with a variety of clay arts programs for adults and children, professional workshops, collaboration and learning opportunities through art. They also host a cooperative gallery, located in the rustic farmhouse attached to the studio, in which the works of members and guests are displayed and offered for sale. The Dining Room gallery is one of the oldest portions of the building, with wide planked unfinished floors and an authentic fireplace give the room an organic texture as a great background for creativity.

The facility also includes the Half Moon Café, which is a venue for local musicians. Reminiscent of a 60s style coffee house, the venue is a community endeavor to create a local music scene for the enjoyment of both musicians and those who like music.

GoggleWorks
201 Washington Street, Reading, PA

Plan to spend plenty of time exploring the Goggleworks, a factory turned art center that is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of art. It’s filled to the brim with art, artists, teaching studios, workshops, and galleries where you can meet the artists up close and personal as they express their creativity right on the spot. Over 30 resident artist studios are located on three floors where display art works for sale. In between, there is a variety of exhibits, art films screened daily and a variety of classes, including glassblowing, ceramics, metalsmithing, printmaking, painting and woodworking and a continuous program of dance.

While you explore, get a bite to eat at Belly – Kitchen & Drinkery which focuses on comfort cuisine seasonally inspired by local flavors and those from places around the world where the partners have explored. The unique cuisine uses fresh ingredients from farmers, producers, foragers and sustainable local purveyors.

ArtFusion
341 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA

ArtFusion has one of the prime locations in Pottstown, on the ground floor of the former Fecera’s Warehouse that was transformed into the Beech Street Factory, home to one, two and three bedroom apartments. The intent is for the project to attract more local artists to the community to further the vision of Pottstown as an arts and cultural destination.

ArtFusion
341 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA

ArtFusion has one of the prime locations in Pottstown, on the ground floor of the former Fecera’s Warehouse that was transformed into the Beech Street Factory, home to one, two and three bedroom apartments. The intent is for the project to attract more local artists to the community to further the vision of Pottstown as an arts and cultural destination.

The Boyer Gallery
860 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA

The Hill School, from which Daniel B. Boyer, favorite son of Boyertown, graduated in 1907, has honored the Boyer family by establishing the Boyer Gallery. Each year, the Gallery, considered one of the finest exhibit spaces on the East Coast, presents a series of exhibits of local and regionally recognized artists, as well as the work of members of area art guilds. The Center for the Arts at the Hill School, of which the Boyer Gallery is a part, maintains a permanent collection of the work of areas artists who have exhibited in the Gallery. To deliver exhibits of greatest interest, each show is designed to feature both two and three dimensional works to add textural variety.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA

The majestic Mill Grove House, which dates from 1762, was the residence of famous naturalist John James Audubon between 1803 and 1808, where he was living when he met his wife Lucy Bakewell, who lived next door. The property underwent a massive renovation in 2017 to reopen with new exhibits, new bathrooms, new paint, plaster, and more. It was at Mill Grove that Audubon successfully completed the first bird banding experiment in America, and invented the method of wiring dead birds he used in order to paint them in a naturalist manner. Today, in addition to viewing a selection of Audubon’s work, you can hike nine miles of gorgeous trails on the beautiful grounds that surround the home. In addition to preservation of the historic home, the John James Audubon Center is heavily involved in the conservation and restoration of habitats for wildlife of all types, focusing on the needs of birds.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA

The majestic Mill Grove House, which dates from 1762, was the residence of famous naturalist John James Audubon between 1803 and 1808, where he was living when he met his wife Lucy Bakewell, who lived next door. The property underwent a massive renovation in 2017 to reopen with new exhibits, new bathrooms, new paint, plaster, and more. It was at Mill Grove that Audubon successfully completed the first bird banding experiment in America, and invented the method of wiring dead birds he used in order to paint them in a naturalist manner. Today, in addition to viewing a selection of Audubon’s work, you can hike nine miles of gorgeous trails on the beautiful grounds that surround the home. In addition to preservation of the historic home, the John James Audubon Center is heavily involved in the conservation and restoration of habitats for wildlife of all types, focusing on the needs of birds.

Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art
601 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA

Located on the campus of Ursinus College, the collection of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art is diverse in both historical periods and styles. In the museum, the collections of American 19th and 20th century paintings, prints, and sculpture are organized to present trends in art, literature, and social history over the ages. The collection of Japanese woodcuts, scrolls, and artifacts is linked to the Japanese language and cultural courses taught at the College. Over 1,500 works on paper include pieces by Durer, Rembrandt, and Cezanne, as well as work by artists local to New York and Philadelphia. There is also a collection of traditional Pennsylvania German items and artifacts, including quilts, furniture, pottery, and other useful household objects, as well as decorative art. The grounds surrounding the museum feature more than 80 sculptures set in a pleasant garden.

Colebrookdale Railroad
64 South Washington Street, Boyertown, PA

Conclude your exploration of the arts in the Boyertown with an excursion on Boyertown’s most famous treasure, the Colebrookdale Railroad. The train and its cars have been completely restored by the loving hands of hundreds of volunteers who take great pride in the now polished wood, soft upholstery and elegant Victorian detailing. The 8.6 mile Secret Valley Line takes you into the heart of the Secret Valley, now home to deer, great blue herons, bald eagles and majestic trees whispering softly in the wind. The valley looks much the same as it would to the iron-willed pioneers who first ventured along the cold, rushing creeks more than 300 years ago. Enjoy your journey back to a different place in time, in beautiful Victorian style you won’t encounter anywhere else.

Colebrookdale Railroad
64 South Washington Street, Boyertown, PA

Conclude your exploration of the arts in the Boyertown with an excursion on Boyertown’s most famous treasure, the Colebrookdale Railroad. The train and its cars have been completely restored by the loving hands of hundreds of volunteers who take great pride in the now polished wood, soft upholstery and elegant Victorian detailing. The 8.6 mile Secret Valley Line takes you into the heart of the Secret Valley, now home to deer, great blue herons, bald eagles and majestic trees whispering softly in the wind. The valley looks much the same as it would to the iron-willed pioneers who first ventured along the cold, rushing creeks more than 300 years ago. Enjoy your journey back to a different place in time, in beautiful Victorian style you won’t encounter anywhere else.