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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Artists ‘Digest’ space at PSU De Long Gallery

Friday, October 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.

“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.

“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.

Myanmar artists reflect changing political clime

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.

While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.

In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British colony, later renamed Myanmar, was ruled by repressive military-backed regimes from 1962-2011.

Baum scholarships awarded

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Baum School of Art has awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 60 students from age five through 17 during the closing reception of their “Children and Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to the enthusiastic scholarship recipients. Full tuition scholarships were given to art students through the Allentown Neighborhood Arts Program.

Pain Awareness Month: For Julian Phillips, chronic pain is an everyday fact of life

Friday, September 22, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

For Julian Phillips, chronic pain is an everyday fact of life. Nothing in Phillips’ active childhood years in England, where he was born, indicated that he would later be living a life of constant physical agony.

September is “Pain Awareness Month” in the United States. Phillips again this year brought the American Chronic Pain Association awareness program to the attention of the board of commissioners in Salisbury Township, where he resides. Township commissioners agreed to allow “Pain Awareness Month” signs to be placed in the township.

State Theatre members line up for tickets for 2017-18 season

Friday, September 1, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Tickets now available for sale to public

Donna Danielson and Tom Kline, of Washington, N.J., were in line since 3 a.m. Aug. 2, the first day that members of Easton’s State Theatre Center for the Arts could purchase tickets for the 2017-18 season.

Jim and Shirley Van Norman of Easton got in line at 7 a.m. Aug. 1.

Marishka Michener and Marlene Frew, both of Easton, accompanied by Jeff Hawk, of Pohatcong Township, N.J., were first in line. All three had been camped out at the box office door since July 29.

Tickets became available for sale to the public Aug. 16.

‘Cool’ award Whitehall artist again honored in national watercolor exhibition

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut received a Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for “A Cool Sip” (dry brush watercolor, 35 in. x 54 in.).

Wiltraut’s long-time friend, Bob Schaffer, posed for the watercolor near the “Poughkeepsie Bridge,” a 19th-century railroad trestle south of Slatington along the Lehigh River. This is the third time Schaffer modeled for an award-winning work by Wiltraut. The award presentation for “A Cool Sip” was Aug. 4 in Old Forge, N.Y.

Senior Lifetime Pass deadline for National Parks is Aug. 27

Friday, August 11, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The $10 price for a lifetime “America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass” is set to increase dramatically for those 62 years or older.

The “Interagency Senior Pass,” formerly the “Golden Age Passport,” is available for purchase for $10 through Aug. 27. The price of the Senior Pass has been $10 since 1994.

Legislation passed in December 2016 will bring up the price tag to $80 beginning Aug. 28.

His aim is true: ‘Trajectory Heart’ by Thomas Mann pops up in Center City Allentown

Friday, July 21, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.

Theater Review: Pines puts on a delicious ‘Ritz’

Friday, June 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Reel life comes to the stage with “Puttin’ On the Ritz: A Salute to the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” through July 2, The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The well-paced musical revue of movie themes and show tunes from the days of silent films through World War II is brought to the cozy stage by the cast of Monica Handwerk, Dante Hill, Taylor Hopkins and Katherine Tabisz.

Deja Views: ‘Vision-Sound Revisited’ looks at Allentown’s 1980s arts scene with exhibits, concert, discussion

Friday, June 9, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown.

“Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.