Mayor’s South Side Task Force Chairman Roger Hudak declared “The cleanup was a phenomenal success, as usual,” at the April 24 SSTF meeting. He then turned it over to Adrienne Washington from the Lehigh University Community & Regional Affairs to comment on April 14’s Spring Southside Cleanup event. She said “There was a great student turnout,” including Donegan ES students taking part earlier.
The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission contacted seven area artists to participate in “Putting It Together,” an invitational show through May 31, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.
“Every year we do a curated show with a theme,” says James A. DePietro, a member of the fine arts commission. “Putting It Together” has a mixed media theme involving “artists working with multiple imagery,” he explains.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board issued no certificates of appropriateness for two proposed projects at their April 4 meeting in the city hall Rotunda.
Bethlehem’s Business Development and Retention Specialist Sara Bukowiec provided the Mayor’s South Side Task Force with an economic and demographic profile of the city from both sides of the Lehigh River at the March 27 Meeting.
Director of City of Bethlehem Community and Economic Development Alicia Miller Karner and Michael Metzger from Alloy 5 Architecture provided the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission with preliminary plans for renovating the deteriorating Goodman Building at the March 19 meeting in the Rotunda. They also sought input from the commission on a proposed 5-story masonry-clad building for the adjoining vacant lot once occupied by the South Bethlehem National Bank.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Julian Sghiatti for proposed signage on a storm door that had been previously installed during their meeting in the Rotunda March 14. Inclement weather had caused the cancellation of the March 7 hearing.
The Lehigh Valley Charter HS of the Arts hosted a March 3 evening charity premier of “Getting Grace,” a comedy/drama about a teenage girl losing her battle with cancer.
This was the finale of a full-day event where the film was shown consecutively at three Lehigh Valley venues. There was a morning screening at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at Arts Quest followed by a matinee premier at the Roxy Theatre in Northampton.
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.”