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‘Zen’ and the art of painting color

Friday, July 1, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Michelle Neifert’s exploration of color and light grace the walls of the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, 510 W. Linden St., Allentown.

“The Zen of Seeing,” an exhibit of her calming, colorful creations, continues through July 7 at Baum.

“I wanted to be a painter since when I was five,” said Neifert. She was inspired by her father’s best friend, Mark, a graphic designer who would draw for her whenever he visited. “I was hooked,” Neifert said. “My gosh! It’s magic! You can make something appear that didn’t exist before!”

Ackerman-Lalik exhibit relatable at Civic 514

Friday, July 1, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The father and daughter exhibition, “Related Impressions: Rudy Ackerman and Ann Lalik,” continues through July 5 at Civic Theatre of Allentown Gallery514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.

“I always thought my dad and I would have a show together and I am sad he passed away before we did,” stated Ann Lalik in her artist’s statement.

Dr. Rudy Ackerman, award-winning sculptor, painter, printmaker who founded the Moravian College art department and was executive director and gallery director of the Baum School of Art, Allentown, died in May 2015 at age 82.

Global refugee crisis topic of LEPOCO event - Desperate families seeking refuge

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Twenty-five-year-old Troy E. Spier brought his experiences as a volunteer humanitarian aid worker to two dozen LEPOCO members and guests recently at the Lehigh Valley Friends Meetinghouse on Bath Pike. Spier, a second-year doctoral student in Linguistics at Tulane University and Berks County native, spent three months in the Republic of Macedonia and on Lesvos Island, Greece, providing assistance to refugees fleeing war-torn areas in the Middle East and Africa.

Bethlehem - Southside parking garage moves forward

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

After skipping a month, the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission’s hearing fell on Monday, May 16. With the proposed Southside parking garage on the agenda, the meeting was held at City Hall instead of its regular venue of the Fowler Center, but the Rotunda’s empty gallery seats demonstrated that the public wasn’t as interested as had been expected.

Panas photographs students in ‘Middle School Project’

Saturday, May 28, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

Southside observes Pulaski Day

Monday, May 23, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

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.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center dedicated

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

‘Sacred Sisters’ act at PSU De Long Gallery

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.