Roots of Revitalization

Social Change Through Action In Pottstown PA

Meet Julie Tonnessen of The Gallery School of Pottstown December 1, 2011

Julie Tonnessen is the Assistant Director at The Gallery School of Pottstown located at 254 E. High St. Pottstown, PA 19464

Phone 610.326.2506

Hours Tuesday-Friday 10am-4:30pm and

Saturday 10am-3pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

“I have always been a crafty person. My mom started me at a young age participating in creative pursuits like dance classes. My educational background is in English and history. I have a BA from Ursinus College and a Masters from Rosemont College. I have worked the retail side of the arts and crafts business and have taught arts and crafts for a very longtime, beginning with a summer playground program when I was still in highschool.”

At the Gallery School, “I teach adult fiber arts (knitting,crochet, felting) and jewelry classes, and recycled art for kids and teens. Ialso teach a fun class called Crafty Kids, where we explore the three-dimensional and crafty arts. I get to pass on all the techniques and projects I most like to do, which makes this class always a lot of fun. We work in all mediums, from glass and mosaic tiles to paper and fabric. I also teach in the Gallery School’s out-of-school-time programs, where thestudents are all ages, from elementary to high school. These programs can be particularly rewarding, when you connect a student with the fun of creating something with their own hands. In an increasingly virtual world, it’s important to give our children an experience of working in the real world. Itis amazing to see a child gain confidence and pride in their work, and perhaps discover that although they may not be a great athlete, or have the best gradesin their class, they have this talent they never knew they possessed.It’s just as important to convey the value in the journey, that havin gfun and stretching themselves in a new way is more important than getting everything “perfect.””

For further information on classes available to the community go to this link:

Find The Gallery on High on Facebook as well!!/pages/Gallery-School-of-Pottstown/208707525132



From Pottstown to Carnegie Mellon Dean of Arts! November 3, 2011

Lowry Burgess of Carnegie Mellon

Lowry Burgess of Carnegie Mellon

Lowry Burgess was inducted into the Pottstown High School Hall of Fame on Friday, October 21 during an honorary ceremony at the school auditorium . The program featured a video showcasing the art of Mr. Burgess and some of his lifetime accomplishments which involve his dedicated leadership to revitalizing financially struggling communities through artistic movements.



“He is a Professor of Art and former Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Distinguished Fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. He has founded and administrated many departments and institutions, during his 45 years as an educator in the arts. He has created curricula in the arts and humanities in the US and Europe while serving for twelve years on the National Humanities Faculty.”



After Mr. Burgess was presented with his titular award, entertainment was provided for by the PHS jazz band.
His photo will be displayed in the main hallway at PHS until the induction of next year’s members. After graduating  from PHS, Mr. Burgess attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and then the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked and studied at the artist colony of Instituto Allende in San Miguel Mexico. Mr. Burgess is a world-famous artist and educator, who created a sculptor for NASA in 1989, which is floating in outer space, he is among the first in the medium of Space Art works.

To read more about the life of Mr. Burgess follow these links:

Lowry Burgess PHS Alumni

Lowry Burgess PHS Alumni

Lowry Burgess with his PSD Honorary Hall of Fame Diploma

After the high school program there was a congratulatory luncheon at Brookside  Country Club for Mr. Burgess and his wife Janet,  who has partnered with him, in much of his art activism. The Pottstown High School, student award presenters, were also in attendance at the luncheon.

Pottstown School District Superintendent, Dr. Reed Lindley, PHS Principal
Stephen Rodriguez, and Pottstown School District Director of
Community Relations, Joel Armato were also lunch guests to visit with the

PSD Superintendent Dr. Reed Lindley stated “Inductees to the Pottstown Alumni Honor Roll on Friday were focused and highly motivational to any student or adult interested in improving their lot in life. I was greatly motivated and humbled to share the stage with such a group of winners, doers, and givers. Lowry Burgess highlights what can happen when talent is combined with a dream that is addressed with persistent focus. There aren’t too many artists who have their work carried to the moon. With his connections to MIT, Carnegie Mellon, NASA, and the World Bank; we should all seek his guidance as we work to build partnerships and look to enhance the arts community, an important ingredient in the economic development of Pottstown.”

Mr. Joel Armato commented on Mr. Burgess’ induction, “Lowry Burgess is an inspiration to our community, his combination of creativity, willing to take risk and never give up attitude has been his trademark. We look forward to working with him as we continue to grow a new Pottstown with arts and culture at the center of our revitalization efforts!” The honorees, and the day’s events give me more reason to say PROUD TO BE FROM POTTSTOWN

Lowry Burgess at Gallery on High in Pottstown

Following the luncheon Janet and Lowry Burgess were
invited to The Gallery On High, where Erika Hornburg Cooper and Cathy
Paretti hosted a small reception and discussion panel. 

Mr. And Mrs. Burgess spoke to a small group of Pottstown citizens,

Kate Jackson of  Mosaic Community Land Trust (Pottstown)

Sue Repko, an urban planner from Positively Pottstown,,

and Teri Jensen-Sellers of Roots of Revitalization in Pottstown, PA

about how Arts and Cultures movements cannot not only improve business districts in towns like Pottstown, but promote community pride and unity!  He and his wife, Janet are responsible for creating the model for the first night program promoting arts and humanities in Boston, that has become an internationally celebrated festival .



KOOL KID: LILITH ROMIG August 15, 2011

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Lilith is going into the third grade at West Pottsgrove Elementary School, where she is in the gifted

program. She is a cheerful energetic girl who has a younger brother named Max who will be in

Kindergarten.  Lilith has several pets including Quails that produce eggs, which the family uses to cook with.

She loves Japanese culture and is learning the language and customs! Lilith has stayed

busy this summer going to the various kids events at The Pottstown Public Library! For further  info on

PRPL click on this link.                          

Name: Lilith Romig

Nickname: Lily

Grade Level: 3rd

School: West Pottsgrove

Favorite Subject and Why?: Art and reading.  I like art a lot, its fun. 

Favorite Color: Pink!

Favorite TV Show: Pokemon



Favorite place that you have travelled to: Dallas

First thing that you ever wanted to be when you grew up: Artist

What do you want to be now? A bug scientist, and  an  artist!

Hobbies: Sewing, drawing, reading, and playing with my friends.

Extracurricular Activities: Violin, girl scouts, sewing class, and art class! 

What do you expect to be doing in ten years? Getting ready for college
like the big kids!

Something unique about yourself? I like anime!

Do you have a hero, if so who and why? My Mommy and Daddy