For concerned citizens seeking to protect the shuttered former Allentown State Hospital from demolition, Allentown’s City Council passed a resolution asking “the commonwealth do everything within its power to save the historically and culturally significant portions of the property from demolition.”
With the Sands casino sale still pending, Task Force Chairman Roger Hudak said May 19, “If your organization needs money from the casino folks, it’ll have to go through Donna Taggart.” Taggart Associates currently represents the Sands Casino.
Janine Santoro from the Bethlehem Area Public Library South Side Branch announced several free programs for May, including a showcase of the comic ballet, “Coppélia,” presented by the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley May 21. Performers include the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and puppeteers from the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.
The twisted orange steel girders are piled like bundles of firewood for a bonfire. The steel and glass tower rising from between them seems to be stoically awaiting its fiery fate. “Kindling” (2019; archival print; 20 by 30 inches) and other digital photographs by Glenn Koehler will grace the walls of Fox Optical & Gallery at 25 E. Third Street through June 29. Koehler’s exhibit, “A Final Look: Inside the Last Days of Martin Tower,” features images captured inside and out of the soon to be demolished former headquarters for Bethlehem Steel.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board quickly approved signage for 512 Main St. at the May 1 meeting held in the Rotunda. Representing Knobs ’N Knockers, Matthew Mantz was accompanied by Brian Rodenbach from Valley Wide Signs. They were granted a certificate of appropriateness for an 18-inch by 24-inch oval two-sided sign with the serif font company logo in brown on an off-white background to hang from an existing decorative bracket. Also approved was a 19-inch by 144.25-inch storefront sign spelling out “Knobs ’N Knockers” in black.
“Artifacts Reimagined: A 5x5 Artist Exhibition,” through Aug. 18, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Bethlehem, of more than 50 contemporary pieces by five Lehigh Valley artists sheds new light on historic and vintage items.
The artists, members of the 5x5 Artists group for their work in five distinct media, spent a year researching, photographing and studying artifacts from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection as inspiration for their works.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board began with the introduction of two new members at the Apr. 3 hearing held in the Rotunda. Jennifer Hawk and Rod Young were appointed to replace Gen Marcon and Beth Starbuck. Marcon had recently resigned. When Starbuck came to the meeting, she was surprised to find out she was no longer on the board. After serving for 21 years, Starbuck had been unaware her term expired in February 2019 and was miffed to have been “rolled off,” apparently, without notice. Her fellow commissioners were astonished as well.
The Baum School of Art, Allentown, awarded full scholarships, half-scholarships and quarter-scholarships to more than 50 students ages five through 17 during the closing reception of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.
Baum School executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the March 31 event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to scholarship recipients.
Fashion designer Lara Bly-Allaik was granted a certificate of appropriateness for window signage for her shop at 321 S. New St. at the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission March 18 meeting in the Rotunda. The vote was unanimous on this one agenda item.
Chairman Roger Hudak announced at the March 26 Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting that final preparations for the Spring Southside Cleanup are underway. The annual event is scheduled for April 13 from 10 a.m. - noon, with breakfast provided at 9:30 a.m. The task force, in partnership with Lehigh University and other organizations, sponsors the event. Volunteers are to meet at Farrington Square, rain or shine.
“Sleeping Beauty,” a solo exhibition by fine art photographer Lydia Panas through April 13, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, focuses on the social contradictions women face.
Each of the 16 color portraits of women, from girls through adults, features a figure laying in a grassy or leafy setting outdoors. With their eyes wide open, the subjects seem to be defiantly staring back at the viewer. A direct gaze from each conveys a sense of interruption and engagement.
“’Sleeping Beauty’ is actually a reversal of the fairy tale,” says Panas.