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Thursday, September 20, 2018

It’s a small world after all at Baum School of Art

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Juxtaposed with the Impressionistic, energetic, stream-of-consciousness work of Barnaby Ruhe, the exquisitely-detailed artwork of the late miniature artist, Jane Walker Conneen (1921–2008), graces the walls of The Baum School of Art’s Rodale Family Gallery.

Conneen’s “It’s a Small World” exhibit featuring her tiny etchings opens Sept. 20 with a shared reception with Ruhe’s “Regenesis” exhibit, 6 - 9 p.m. Both exhibitions conclude Oct. 20 with a shared closing reception, 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 18.

National Museum Of Industrial History offers printing, paper-making workshops

Friday, August 17, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

National Museum of Industrial History Education coordinator Kitsa Behringer says workshop participants will enjoy a hands-on experience while learning the art of making paper by hand and machine; setting type; printing on a hand-fed, foot-powered press; and bookbinding.

Paper-making expert Tom Necker joins master printer Bob Mueller and bookbinding expert Ulla Warcholl to supervise the “apprentice printers” in the labor-intensive processes.

Muhlenberg, Cedar Crest celebrate Lehigh Valley arts community

Friday, July 27, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Underpinnings,” a collaborative project between Muhlenberg College’s Martin Art Gallery and Cedar Crest College’s Center for Visual Research, brings to the fore art by Lehigh Valley arts institutions officials and employees.

Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery Director Paul Nicholson and Cedar Crest College Visual Research Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins teamed up to create an opportunity for area creatives who work behind the scenes in the arts community to show their artwork.

The art of Ellen Grim Harter in the Baum tradition

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

A reception for “It’s All About Color,” more than 30 colorful works by Ellen Grim Harter on exhibit through July 6 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, will be held at 6-8 p.m. June 21, at The Baum School of Art, Allentown, as part of Allentown’s Third Thursday series.

As one of nine grandchildren of Walter Emerson Baum, who founded The Baum School of Art and was a founder of the Allentown Art Museum, Harter often watched the artist at work on his sketches and paintings.

‘Putting It Together’ at Town Hall Rotunda: Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission mixes it up

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission contacted seven area artists to participate in “Putting It Together,” an invitational show through May 31, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.

“Every year we do a curated show with a theme,” says James A. DePietro, a member of the fine arts commission. “Putting It Together” has a mixed media theme involving “artists working with multiple imagery,” he explains.

Local volunteers charge the fences at Gettysburg

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

WHPS helps out at annual cleanup day

The Lehigh Brigade of the Civil War Round Table and members of Whitehall Historical Preservation Society formed part of a contingent of 66 people from the Lehigh Valley to volunteer their services April 21 at the annual Gettysburg Conservation Day.

They cut brush from around the fences on the Henry Spangler Farm site within the battlefield park. The volunteers also dismantled, then rebuilt fences in need of repair, as well as painted posts, pickets and rails.

Gallery View: Chocolate block photos

Friday, March 30, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Lydia Panas began collecting blocks of chocolate in 2000. She would find time to focus on her “Chocolate, Hair + Lint” still-life series back then, when she wasn’t busy with family life and raising three young children.

Photographing the combination of lint, chocolate, and her own hair, the work was, “Symbolic of my daily life,” according to the artist.

“The hair was a metaphor for aging, the lint from the children’s clothing was about family, and the chocolate referenced my often-forgotten desires. As markers of time, they recalled what fell away and what was gained.”

Baum School ‘Curiosities’

Friday, March 23, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Assembled Curiosities” at The Baum School of Art featured mixed media assemblages of Domenick Naccarato and photography by Lindsay Woodruff in the David E. Rodale Gallery, as well as their merged collection of random objects of inspiration in the Rodale Family Gallery.

The two Lehigh Valley artists, who were previously unacquainted, are avid collectors. They find a creative spark in mundane objects and fleeting moments of everyday life.

Art of technology

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

In the exhibition, “Still Rendering,” through Jan. 15, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, artists Anthony Panzera and Chris Coleman apply science and technology to aesthetics.

Leonardo da Vinci’s writings and anatomical renderings are the inspiration for Panzera’s “The Leonardo Series,” including “AP 149” (sanguine pencil on paper with ink on Mylar overlay; 24 in. x 24 in.), above.

Works from Ashcan School in Baum School of Art exhibit

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Twenty-five rarely seen works were guest-curated by New Jersey collector Gary T. Erbe for “John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters,” an exhibition in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Grabach, born in 1880, taught at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Gasser, one of his top students, was born in 1909. The talented New Jersey-based artists became colleagues when Gasser was hired as the Newark school’s director.