Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End, and its transformation to a modern, coeducational liberal arts college.
Adrienne McNeil-Washington brought the Mayor’s South Side Task Force up to speed Sept. 25 with what’s happening at Lehigh University, where she works for the Community & Regional Affairs department. She reported progress on Southside Commons, Lehigh’s new housing facility for upperclassmen at Brodhead and Packer avenues, including the opening of an interim leasing office at 408 Adams St.
Accompanied by sign maker David delos Stantos, SS 77 Hair Studio owner Selines Santiago was granted a certificate of appropriateness to recover an existing awning at her shop at 77 W. Broad St. The script style logo painted in silver on burgundy fabric was approved at the Sept. 5 meeting of the Historical and Architectural Review Board held in the Rotunda. A similar logo in silver, white or off white with a clear background for the storefront window was okayed. They were encouraged to post the hours of operation in vinyl block letters on the door.
The Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley finally scored a certificate of appropriateness for its project for 520 E. Fourth St. during the Sept. 17 meeting of the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission.
ArtsQuest representatives approached the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Sept. 12 for input on plans to dramatically alter the block of buildings that make up the Banana Factory Arts & Education Center at the Sept. 17 meeting. ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert, MKSD architect Todd Chambers, and Joe Klocek of Boyle Construction provided the board with a detailed presentation on the project for 25 West Third St.
After returning from summer break, the Mayor’s South Side Task Force got back to business July 31 with a discussion of the Community Action Development Corp. (CADCB) of Bethlehem’s City Lights neighborhood that is in its initial planning stages. “Both of those cul-de-sacs were cut in years ago by a developer who went broke,” said SSTF Chairman Roger Hudak, adding, “The infrastructure for the buildings is in.
After returning from summer break, the Mayor’s South Side Task Force got back to business with a discussion of the Community Action Development Corp. (CADCB) of Bethlehem’s City Lights neighborhood, that is in its initial planning stages.
An unusual proposal for large short-term signage was granted a certificate of appropriateness by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the August meeting in the Rotunda. The approved contemporary design would be installed on the front and side façades of a late 20th century brick veneer structure in the historic district.
Barnaby Ruhe, a Lehigh Valley creative force of nature, brings “Regenesis” to the David E. Rodale Gallery at The Baum School of Art with an opening reception 6 - 9 p.m. Sept. 20. The event, held in conjunction with Allentown’s monthly “Destination Arts: Third Thursday,” features the multi-talented American artist, shaman, academic, and world-champion boomeranger.
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.