Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Neighbor slams proposed gate

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board tabled a proposal Aug. 7 by Dan Ault for 251 E. Church St. requesting a certificate of appropriateness for a new gate at the side rear of the house owned by Madeline Peters.

His application to erect a three-foot wide by six-foot high solid wood cedar gate with black wrought-iron hardware, hung between two four- by-four premium kiln-dried posts, was interrupted by his next-door neighbor. Cheryl Dougan, the owner of 253 E. Church St., requested a delay in voting. She cited unresolved issues between her and the other property owner.

Baum School faculty, staff display art in latest exhibit

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

A “Third Thursday” opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 for the “Faculty & Staff Exhibition,” which continues through Sept. 11, David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Instructor Dana Van Horn has several works in the exhibit, including a watercolor of two seagulls, a small oil of a white pig in mud, and a large oil portrait of his adult son.

Last ‘Self-Portrait’ exhibition in Bethlehem Town Hall Rotunda

Friday, August 2, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission’s “Fifth Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition: The Last Picture Show,” an exhibition of works by 40 Lehigh Valley-based artists and non-artists continues through Aug. 8, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, Bethlehem.

Richard Begbie, James A. DePietro, Barbara Kozero and Vince Gentilcore curated the show, and provided works of their own. Artists, musicians, educators, and area residents who support or influence the arts were invited to participate.

New murals approved for Southside

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Representing The Southside Arts District, Missy Hartney and Mike DeCrosta were provided with positive input and a certificate of appropriateness from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission regarding three mural proposals at the July 15 meeting in the Rotunda. Although it had been listed as “for discussion” and not as an “agenda item,” the commissioners decided that it still fell under their purview. As a “recommending board,” they recommended the project.

Small home addition approved

Monday, July 22, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Robert Raymond Rooke and his fiancée Alexandra MacLean for a mudroom addition to the rear of their house at 42 E. Church St. Contractor Tim Deily accompanied the couple at the July 10 meeting held in the Rotunda to assist with the proposal. He provided the additional information the board had requested from a previous meeting when the application had been tabled. The eight-foot by eight-foot, single-story mudroom for their brick residence is part of a kitchen rehab project.

World-class photos at Theatre514 Gallery

Friday, July 19, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Globetrotting fine-art photographer Jacqueline M. Lewis has 27 images from her 25 years of travels in “A Passport to World Heritage Sites,” through through July 31, Theatre514 Gallery, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Lewis spent the greater part of two years going through her photographs, researching the sites and editing the information that accompanies each image. She believes the pictures and text in the series can serve as an “educational social studies tool.”

Board approves Shaman signage

Monday, July 15, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

CBD American Shaman at 9 E. Third St. was granted a certificate of appropriateness for signage during the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission June 17 meeting in the Rotunda. Representing the new retail franchise for hemp oil wellness products were owner Laura Penske and Chuck Longacre from City Sign Service. Dimensional aluminum serif lettering pin-mounted to the sign band measures approximately 217 inches across the façade over the entrance. Included, is a two-sided, 36-inch by 47-inch hanging sign with company name and feather logo on burgundy background.

Artists three at Muhlenberg College

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Femi and the Collection,” “Corporeal Landscapes” and “In search of” are concurrent exhibitions by three Lehigh Valley artists through Aug. 1, Baker Center for the Arts. Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

“Femi and the Collection,” 20 mixed media pieces by Femi J. Johnson selected from his ongoing “Abstract Story-Scapes” series, is in Martin Art Gallery.

Board ponders plethora of proposals

Monday, July 8, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Representing 79 W. Market St., Mike Psitus of Express Sign Outlet was quickly granted a certificate of appropriateness for a 25-inch by 99-inch window sign for Stark Financial Group by the Historical and Architectural Review Board at the June 5 meeting held in the Rotunda. The vinyl decal graphic and sans serif font of the company logo is blue and green with off-white outlines. The first floor window measures 84 inches by 117 inches. The commercial building is owned by Rudy Amelio.

Palette Club exhibit at Penn State LV

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Bethlehem Palette Club’s “All-Member Exhibition” is back for a second year in Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Ronald K. De Long Gallery with 34 non-juried submissions, concluding with a closing reception, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July 27.

“This is the best space we’ve had for it,” says Exhibit Chairperson Pam Baylis. “We’ve been very lucky. We have had two years in a row here.”

The PSU Lehigh Valley gallery affords exhibiting three-dimensional works.