“My art is intended to inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined,” says Ronald K. De Long in his artist’s statement.
De Long’s newest series of oils on canvas, “Les Jardins des Paradis” (“Paradise Gardens”), is on view through Jan. 2, Civic 514 Gallery, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
De Long decided to create “gardens that didn’t exist in reality.
“I didn’t want to recreate real gardens because I can’t do anything better than the ‘Big Guy Upstairs,’” says De Long, a Bethlehem native.
Matthew Hengeveld, representing 26 E. Third St., was granted a certificate of appropriateness by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Nov. 21. He and his business partner, Dan Taylor (represented by his mother, Maire), owners of the Lit Coffee Roaster and Bake Shop, were given approval for window signage and a small plaque with the board’s unanimous decision. The building is owned by John Saraceno.
Northampton Community College hosted its annual Holiday Bazaar for all NCC students and their families at the Fowler Family Southside Center at 511 East Third St. As with previous years, faculty and staff donated gently used items for students to give as gifts to family and friends for the Dec. 7 event.
“We should work hard to make sure that government ethics is not an oxymoron,” quipped Dr. John Kincaid of Lafayette College’s Meyner Center, moderator of “A Community Discussion on Ethics Ordinances for Bethlehem” Nov. 17 at Bethlehem City Hall’s Rotunda.
The event was presented by the Northampton County League of Women Voters and South Side Initiative. Beverly Hernandez, president of the Northampton County LWV, and Kincaid moderated the “fireside chat” with a five-member panel. Hernandez invited audience members to submit questions on index cards.
An estimated 150-200 people answered a national call at Lehigh University late afternoon Nov. 15 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The peaceful assembly at the flagpole on Memorial Drive was organized by Lehigh University Green Action and the Lehigh Black Student Union. LEPOCO, Black Lives Matter, and the Alliance for Sustainable Communities Lehigh Valley were also involved.
David Casagrande, an associate professor of anthropology at Lehigh University, explained from a scientific viewpoint how the DAPL will bring further harm to the environment in general.
Leigh Chapman, director of policy for the Pa. Department of State, outlined Governor Tom Wolf’s government reform plan at the Nov. 17 ethics forum in Bethlehem.
She explained the five-point plan which includes:
*A gift ban for all public officials
*Requiring disclosure of the amount of compensation received by public employees outside their appointments, with a ban on paid service on corporate boards
*Implementing provisions requiring the disclosure of campaign contributions made by parties seeking contracts
Photographs by a modern-day photographer using vintage techniques and processes can be viewed in “Thomas John Shillea: Camera Work 1977-2016,” through Dec. 9, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.
Allentown’s “Great Art Night” ushered in gallery receptions for “Hues of Red and Blue: The 2016 Presidential Election.”
The juried show at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Gallery in the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley was held in conjunction with additional politically-themed works at the RE:find Gallery along the Allentown ArtsWalk.
The “First Frost Train Meet” chugs into the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 13.
More than 50,000-square-feet of tables and displays are expected in what is one of the East Coast’s larger model-train shows.
“Who‘s Afraid of Yellow?,” Civic 514 Gallery, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown, is Tony Sienzant’s first solo show in 14 years.
Sienzant states that his work “has evolved from minimal paintings based on the X symbol to one maximizing divergent styles, mediums and techniques.”
He declares that, “I am open to any tool, any method, any means, any material, any medium - high or low - to achieve the sublime state of not knowing what I’m looking at.”