Celebrating celebrity and other subjects, Emmaus-based artist Kacper Abolik’s exhibition, “Year of the Dog,” continues through Oct. 18 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.
The abstract painter’s work includes bouquets, stylized copies of famous artwork, and portraits of famous people.
His recently-created cityscape of Allentown is on display. “Allentown Center City,” (2019; mixed media on glass; 19.25 in. x 14.75 in.) provides an energetic nighttime view of the monument at Hamilton and Seventh streets.
Asking for input, Deputy Director Department of Community & Economic Development Amy Burkhart shared mockups of proposed holiday lighting for the Christmas City at the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting Sept. 24. These were created by David Weiner Design with white lights on the north side of the Lehigh River and multi-color lights for south of the river. Bridges between the two Bethlehems feature a combination of the two styles to create a transition. Digital projection on buildings is also being explored.
Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.”
Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project.
After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.
The project can be seen as raising awareness about the Spotted Lanterfly infestation in the region.
After much discussion, the Historical and Architectural Review Board awarded a certificate of appropriateness for a new gate and fence at the side rear of the house owned by Madeline Peters at 251 E. Church St. The gate proposal had been tabled at the previous meeting for want of more detailed plans. Representing the property was Dan Ault, who returned with a revised proposal that included the fence and gate with more accurate measurements. The vote was six “ayes” and two “nays.”
Representing Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem (CADCB) Director Anna Smith and Lynn Holden, who is representing Molly’s for CADBC’s facade grant program, received a certificate of appropriateness from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Aug. 19 for new awnings and an outdoor seating enclosure for 8, 12, and 20 East Fourth St. Holden had returned with more detailed information, as asked at a previous hearing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.