Award-winning portrait photographer Lydia Panas recently partnered with Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS) on “The Middle School Project.” With funding from a 2015-16 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grant, obtained through The Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Panas shot fine-art portraits of 10 South Mountain Middle School students, then had them displayed on several Lehigh Valley area bus shelters.
The bright morning sunshine and a modest crowd paid tribute to the Polish-born American Revolutionary War hero Brigadier General Kazimierz Pulaski at his namesake park at the busy corner of East Third and Brodhead streets April 24.
In 1778, while Count Pulaski was in Bethlehem to visit his convalescing friend, Major General Lafayette, he was presented with a banner made by the Moravian Single Sisters. The dashing Polish cavalry officer was mortally wounded in 1779 during the Battle of Savannah, Ga.
Spring snow showers predicted for April 9 had Executive Director Adrian Shanker concerned that inclement weather might keep the Lehigh Valley community away from the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Fortunately, despite the snowflakes, well-wishers packed the room, plus most of the first floor, two art galleries, library and front entrance lobby of the former warehouse that had been converted into a law office at 522 W. Maple St. (in the vicinity of Sixth and Hamilton streets), Allentown.
Eight accomplished women who devoted their lives to God are the subjects of “Sacred Sisters, a Collaborative: Holly Trostle Brigham and Marilyn Nelson.” Paintings by figurative visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham, accompanied by poems authored by award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson, are on display in Penn State University Lehigh Valley’s Ronald K. De Long Gallery through April 29.
Exuberant students filled Moravian College’s Johnston Hall to spend “An Evening with James Franco.” The award-winning actor had been invited to the April 15 event by Moravian’s United Student Government (USG) and Moravian’s Activity Council (MAC).
“Faces of the Lehigh Valley,” the inaugural exhibition for the new Community Gallery at Penn State University Lehigh Valley, features the work of students from five area high schools. The exhibit is scheduled to run to April 29.
The “double-feature,” continuing through April 15, the Gallery at the JCC, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, is a collection of works created by two talented local artists; Kay Frederick and Melissa Perhamus.
The works of the two women fill the two-room gallery. “Where You Land” was conceived when, according to Frederick, “ … we were trying to find a commonality … because Melissa … has got a style that has a wonderfully organic, ‘foresty’ feel … part bullish and ‘Salvador Dali-ish’ … and mine is so representational, kind of the opposite end ...”
Bethlehem’s Historic Conservation Commission began its regularly scheduled March 21 with a for a sign at 821 East Fourth St., owned by DG Commons LCC. Applicant Michelle Thorpe was seeking to have a 50-inch-wide by 33¼-inch-high window sign for her Above & Beyond Care Learning Center.
Sheila Berg, commander of the Jewish War Vets Post 39 in Allentown, during her introduction of Harry Ettlinger, described him as a world traveler telling the story of his experiences as the last surviving “Monuments Man.”
“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Easton Hospital Gallery at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, provides ample room for Sandra Corpora to display examples of her artistic travels across time, space and genres.
“This retrospective exhibition of oil paintings explores a variety of motifs and evolution of style in landscape, figurative and still life. Throughout all the pieces, work is based on study from life and plein air painting on location.