“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.
Southside Arts District Manager Missy Hartney brought members up to speed on how her organization works to aid in the revitalization of the commercial district south of the Lehigh River at the Mayor’s South Side Task Force Feb. 26 meeting.
Chairman Fred Bonsall and Vice Chairman Philip Roeder retained their seats following a brief election of officers before the Historical and Architectural Review Board began reviewing proposals at the Feb. 6 meeting in the Rotunda.
Lehigh University Art Galleries launched their spring 2019 exhibitions with a reception at the Siegel Gallery in Iacocca Hall Jan. 31. According to Director and Professor of Practice Dr. William Crow, works drawn from the university’s permanent collection will be on display through May 24.
In partnership with Art For Justice, The Moravian Church Eastern District, and Moravian Seminary, ArtsQuest presents “Hope in Hard Times: Prisoners’ Art for Social Justice,” March 1 - April 7, Banko Gallery, Banana Factory Arts Center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.
“As a community-based arts center, one of our primary focuses is to showcase artists and exhibitions that prompt people to stop and think about issues that are impacting our society,” says ArtsQuest Sr. Director of Visual Arts Stacie Brennan.
“You need to be careful if you have an idea, to not give it away,“ said attorney Jack Gross of Gross McGinley, LLP at a one-hour seminar on “Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset” held Oct. 16. The Small Business Development Center sponsored the session at Lehigh University’s Mountaintop campus.
Gross explained what is considered intellectual property (IP) and what steps are necessary in establishing and protecting ownership of it. Trademarks, service marks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents are all considered intellectual property.
After the curtain closed on the final 2018 season matinee performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Zoellner Arts Center Dec. 16, cast, crew and supporters gathered for a special cast party hosted at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Nearly 250 guests celebrated 50 years of consecutive Lehigh Valley performances of the seasonal ballet scored by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Four Lehigh Valley artists bring “Simply Still” Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 to the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries in The Baum School of Art. Allentown.
Still-life subjects are skillfully rendered in three mediums by Sandra Corpora and Lauren Kindle, each working in oils, Elena Shackleton, showing watercolors, and Jacqueline Meyerson, displaying pastels. An artists’ reception is 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17.
Penn State’s 2018-19 Laureate Dr. John Champagne spoke on “Art and Politics: The Case of Corrado Cagli” at the Lehigh Valley campus Oct. 25. The English professor and chair of the Global Languages and Cultures program at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, offered his historical perspective on Cagli, an Italian artist who launched his career during the rise of Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime in 1927.
There are 46 pieces by 32 members of the Bethlehem Palette Club in the 2018 Juried Exhibit, with a closing reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Bethlehem.
“We have three exhibitions a year,” said President Diane Hutchinson, “Two are juried. One we call our ‘All Member Show,’ which means anybody can put in a piece and it is not juried for entry.” She added, “It is still juried for prizes.”