Lydia Panas began collecting blocks of chocolate in 2000. She would find time to focus on her “Chocolate, Hair + Lint” still-life series back then, when she wasn’t busy with family life and raising three young children.
Photographing the combination of lint, chocolate, and her own hair, the work was, “Symbolic of my daily life,” according to the artist.
“The hair was a metaphor for aging, the lint from the children’s clothing was about family, and the chocolate referenced my often-forgotten desires. As markers of time, they recalled what fell away and what was gained.”
Mayor’s South Side Task Force Chairman Roger Hudak reminded members that the Spring Southside Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants are to meet at Farrington Square rain or shine. Breakfast will be provided at 9:30 a.m. The annual event is sponsored by South Side Task Force and Lehigh’s Community Affairs office, among others. Adrienne Washington from Lehigh University confirmed this at the Feb. 27 meeting.
“Assembled Curiosities” at The Baum School of Art featured mixed media assemblages of Domenick Naccarato and photography by Lindsay Woodruff in the David E. Rodale Gallery, as well as their merged collection of random objects of inspiration in the Rodale Family Gallery.
The two Lehigh Valley artists, who were previously unacquainted, are avid collectors. They find a creative spark in mundane objects and fleeting moments of everyday life.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Gail Fly for proposed signage at 523 Main St. during their meeting in city hall room A-109 Feb. 14. The Feb. 7 hearing had been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Gail Fly, owner of Designer Consigner, was approved for a 19.2 inches high by 144 inch wide sign with pink letters highlighted in beige, on a black background surrounded by a beige pinstripe. The color scheme is the same as the Designer Consigner blade sign approved six years ago for another location on Main Street.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) raised more than $100,000 at their Hearts of Gold Gala recently. The swank fundraising event was hosted at the Iron Lakes Country Club in Allentown. Guests in tuxedos and evening gowns enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a wine pull, and a live auction of children’s artwork conducted by auctioneer Jason Douglas Houser.
After re-electing Fred Bonsall as chairman and Philip Roeder as vice chairman, the Historical and Architectural Review Board got back to work Jan. 3 by looking over applications for signage for three small business in the historic district.
Although it was frigid outside Jan. 15, those gathered inside the Cathedral Church of the Nativity’s Sayer Hall felt the warmth of friendship and purpose while celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The free annual breakfast event was co-sponsored by the NAACP’s Bethlehem branch and the Bethlehem YWCA.
Dallas Basha of Lehigh Properties found his proposed five-story, residential over retail project again rejected by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the Dec. 18 meeting in the Rotunda. This latest application was tabled, as it had been at two previous hearings. The height of the new construction for Basha’s vacant lot at 13 W. Morton St. was still an issue for the board and area residents.
In the exhibition, “Still Rendering,” through Jan. 15, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, artists Anthony Panzera and Chris Coleman apply science and technology to aesthetics.
Leonardo da Vinci’s writings and anatomical renderings are the inspiration for Panzera’s “The Leonardo Series,” including “AP 149” (sanguine pencil on paper with ink on Mylar overlay; 24 in. x 24 in.), above.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Genevieve Marcon for new signage on two windows for her Church Street Market at 1 E. Church St. Marcon usually sits on the other side of the table as a board member. This time she was the applicant at the Dec. 6 meeting in the Rotunda. Chairman Fred Bonsall advised her to have a black outline around the edges of the proposed hand painted gold leaf letters and pinstripe border for greater visibility.