Weary from dealing with a seeming parade of demolition proposals, the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Oct. 13 unanimously tabled one by Larry Eighmy for the rear addition behind 409-411 Wyandotte St. Although the three-story commercial and residential buildings date back to circa 1880, the rear addition and three-story stair tower were built during the early-to-mid 20th century.
“Charles F. Stonewall: Between Silence and Light” explores the emotional aftermath of personal trauma captured through the camera lens, in an exhibition through Dec. 15, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.
Each photograph, shot with models, some with acting experience, reflects emotions of sadness, hurt and betrayal experienced by people who had been severely traumatized. The powerful works provide a face for the anonymous victims.
“Playing with Color” explores the surreal through Yevette Hendler’s infrared photography and color manipulation in an exhibition through Dec. 2, with an artist’s reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Civic Theatre 514 Gallery, Alentown.
The exhibition, curated by Deborah Rabinsky, features dreamlike landscapes, blossoms, and the human figure.
“We are surrounded by so much reality these days that we just can’t escape it. So rather than reflect back the reality that is readily available, I present a surrealistic view through my art,” states Hendler.
As part of their “Hot Off the Press” exhibit, Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History hosted a printing and papermaking workshop in August at 602 E. Second St. The evening’s “apprentice printers” enjoyed a hands-on experience creating paper from pulp, setting type and printing from a hand-fed, foot-powered press, then binding the pieces together into a small book.
A certificate of appropriateness was granted to Moravian College on colors for the Moravian Book Store at 428-444 Main St. by the Historical and Architectural Review Board. The new color palette for the building was approved at the commission’s Oct. 3 meeting in the Rotunda. The vote was unanimous.
“High Tech-Low Tech: Smart Phone Image Makers Matthew Beniamino and Jett Ulaner Sarachek” at the Baum School of Art features the work of an emerging Millennial artist and a veteran Baby Boomer photographer, with an opening reception talk, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and a closing reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 15, David E. Rodale and the Rodale Family Galleries, Baum School of Art, Allentown.
Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End, and its transformation to a modern, coeducational liberal arts college.
Adrienne McNeil-Washington brought the Mayor’s South Side Task Force up to speed Sept. 25 with what’s happening at Lehigh University, where she works for the Community & Regional Affairs department. She reported progress on Southside Commons, Lehigh’s new housing facility for upperclassmen at Brodhead and Packer avenues, including the opening of an interim leasing office at 408 Adams St.
Accompanied by sign maker David delos Stantos, SS 77 Hair Studio owner Selines Santiago was granted a certificate of appropriateness to recover an existing awning at her shop at 77 W. Broad St. The script style logo painted in silver on burgundy fabric was approved at the Sept. 5 meeting of the Historical and Architectural Review Board held in the Rotunda. A similar logo in silver, white or off white with a clear background for the storefront window was okayed. They were encouraged to post the hours of operation in vinyl block letters on the door.
The Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley finally scored a certificate of appropriateness for its project for 520 E. Fourth St. during the Sept. 17 meeting of the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission.