press photos by mark kirlinOne of the fee-based programs offered during the festival was the Hot Glass Experience which allowed individuals to make glass art in Banana Factory’s glass studio. The glass studio opened in 2006 and is the only one like it in the region.
Erin Lockett (seated) makes glass art under the direction of Banana Factory staff while festival goers look on. Each session cost $50 for a 20-minute time slot to create your own glass art.
The festival provided several different free hands on art projects that children and adults could participate in. Pictured is Mary Lou Straka as she helps Camille and Maximus create their own necklaces.
One of several free art exhibitions during the festival was the Bethlehem Area School District Student Art exhibit. Student art from various elementary and middle schools from the Bethlehem area were on display for all to see. This exhibit runs through May 23rd at the Banana Factory.
One of several musical acts during the festival was River Lynch and the Spiritmakers. Pictured is River Lynch who plays guitar and sings lead vocals for the band.
Another of the music acts that played at the festival was The Dull Blue Lights. According to the Philadelphia based band’s website they draw their influences from “Motown soul, Nuggets psychedelia and Jamaican rocksteady.”
Artist Dan Getz demonstrated the glass art of flameworking. Getz is melting colored glass rods and tubing with a flame and then shaping the soft glass into various objects such as ornaments and sculptures.
Artist Hannah Shine along with Dan Getz provided demonstrations of making glass art. Pictured is Hannah as she uses an open flame to soften the glass so it can be formed into shapes.
Southside Arts & Music Festival
Food, fun focus
Southside Bethlehem held its sixth annual Southside Arts & Music Festival May 3 and 4.
Unlike last year’s Steelstacks activities, this year the focus was more on art-based programs at the Banana Factory with free live music. It was an opportunity for the community to experience art and music in the thriving Southside district.
Included during the festival were food trucks, live music, free art events and activities, free exhibitions and some fee-based art activities such as The Hot Glass Experience in the glass studio at the Banana Factory. In addition to the Banana Factory, the South Bethlehem Greenway and local businesse, including Café the Lodge, Hill-to-Hill Grill, Roasted, Revel Social, Molinari’s, Domaci, E-Z Money, Molly’s Irish Grille and Sports Pub, participated by hosting additional live music.