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Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 Congressional art awards presented at Baum School

Friday, June 14, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Ten high school art students from the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania were honored at the Baum School of Art during a reception for the 2019 “An Artistic Discovery Congressional High School Art Competition and Exhibition.”

Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-15th) presented the national commendations and Urban Affairs Liaison Alta Mercado from the office of State Senator Patrick M. Browne (R-16th) handed out state commendations.

Fern Roopchand from Wild’s office assisted with the awards ceremony.

Touchstone goes ‘UnBound’ for arts fest

Friday, June 7, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Touchstone Theatre will present “Festival UnBound,” a 10-day visual and performing arts festival, Oct. 4-13, at venues in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.

According to festival coordinator Bill George, “This ten-day series of performances, installations and happenings is created in collaboration with the people and artists of Bethlehem, visiting regional and international artists, and Bethlehem city government.”

A ‘Reimagined’ exhibition at the Kemerer

Friday, May 3, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Artifacts Reimagined: A 5x5 Artist Exhibition,” through Aug. 18, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Bethlehem, of more than 50 contemporary pieces by five Lehigh Valley artists sheds new light on historic and vintage items.

The artists, members of the 5x5 Artists group for their work in five distinct media, spent a year researching, photographing and studying artifacts from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection as inspiration for their works.

Fifty students receive awards for Baum School scholarships

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Baum School of Art, Allentown, awarded full scholarships, half-scholarships and quarter-scholarships to more than 50 students ages five through 17 during the closing reception of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Baum School executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the March 31 event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to scholarship recipients.

‘Mamma Mia’

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by ED COURRIER in School

WHS theater group performs ABBA musical April 4-7

Whitehall High School Theatre Club will present “Mamma Mia” April 4-7. The musicial brings romance to the stage while featuring classic ABBA hits.

With music and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and book by Catherine Johnson, the musical comedy debuted on Broadway in 2001.

Set in a Greek island paradise, a young bride-to-be invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding without consulting her. She is determined to find out which one of them is her birth father, so she can ask him to walk her down the aisle.

Panas’ awakens ‘Beauty’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Sleeping Beauty,” a solo exhibition by fine art photographer Lydia Panas through April 13, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, focuses on the social contradictions women face.

Each of the 16 color portraits of women, from girls through adults, features a figure laying in a grassy or leafy setting outdoors. With their eyes wide open, the subjects seem to be defiantly staring back at the viewer. A direct gaze from each conveys a sense of interruption and engagement.

“’Sleeping Beauty’ is actually a reversal of the fairy tale,” says Panas.

The art of incarceration at Banana Factory show

Friday, March 1, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

In partnership with Art For Justice, The Moravian Church Eastern District, and Moravian Seminary, ArtsQuest presents “Hope in Hard Times: Prisoners’ Art for Social Justice,” March 1 - April 7, Banko Gallery, Banana Factory Arts Center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.

“As a community-based arts center, one of our primary focuses is to showcase artists and exhibitions that prompt people to stop and think about issues that are impacting our society,” says ArtsQuest Sr. Director of Visual Arts Stacie Brennan.

Simply still-lifes at Baum School of Art

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Four Lehigh Valley artists bring “Simply Still” Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 to the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries in The Baum School of Art. Allentown.

Still-life subjects are skillfully rendered in three mediums by Sandra Corpora and Lauren Kindle, each working in oils, Elena Shackleton, showing watercolors, and Jacqueline Meyerson, displaying pastels. An artists’ reception is 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17.

Bethlehem Palette Club holds 2018 Juried Exhibit

Friday, January 4, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

There are 46 pieces by 32 members of the Bethlehem Palette Club in the 2018 Juried Exhibit, with a closing reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Bethlehem.

“We have three exhibitions a year,” said President Diane Hutchinson, “Two are juried. One we call our ‘All Member Show,’ which means anybody can put in a piece and it is not juried for entry.” She added, “It is still juried for prizes.”