Parkland Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

‘Putting It Together’ at Town Hall Rotunda: Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission mixes it up

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

Gallery View: Chocolate block photos

Friday, March 30, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.”

Baum School ‘Curiosities’

Friday, March 23, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Assembled Curiosities” at The Baum School of Art featured mixed media assemblages of Domenick Naccarato and photography by Lindsay Woodruff in the David E. Rodale Gallery, as well as their merged collection of random objects of inspiration in the Rodale Family Gallery.

The two Lehigh Valley artists, who were previously unacquainted, are avid collectors. They find a creative spark in mundane objects and fleeting moments of everyday life.

Art of technology

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

In the exhibition, “Still Rendering,” through Jan. 15, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, artists Anthony Panzera and Chris Coleman apply science and technology to aesthetics.

Leonardo da Vinci’s writings and anatomical renderings are the inspiration for Panzera’s “The Leonardo Series,” including “AP 149” (sanguine pencil on paper with ink on Mylar overlay; 24 in. x 24 in.), above.

‘Simple Gifts’ of Music presented at Upper Macungie park

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Simple Gifts, billed as “two women playing 12 instruments,” provided lessons on one of them before the afternoon concert sponsored by Parkland Community Library at Independent Park, Upper Macungie.

Multi-instrumentalists Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon taught several adult students ukulele basics and asked them to perform as their opening act later in the day.

Littleton and Hirshon played old time, Cajun, Irish polkas, Romanian music, Bulgarian tunes, and other world music on mandolin, guitar, hammered dulcimer, spoons, and twin fiddles.

Works from Ashcan School in Baum School of Art exhibit

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Twenty-five rarely seen works were guest-curated by New Jersey collector Gary T. Erbe for “John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters,” an exhibition in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Grabach, born in 1880, taught at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Gasser, one of his top students, was born in 1909. The talented New Jersey-based artists became colleagues when Gasser was hired as the Newark school’s director.

Air Products Foundation funds health innovation at LVHN One City Center

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Business Showcase

Progress in medical care innovation was celebrated by a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) at One City Center for the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation.

Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi was thanked by LVHN President and CEO Dr. Brian A. Nester for the company’s donation of $5 million through the Air Products Foundation.

Artists ‘Digest’ space at PSU De Long Gallery

Friday, October 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.

“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.

“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.

Myanmar artists reflect changing political clime

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.

While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.

In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British colony, later renamed Myanmar, was ruled by repressive military-backed regimes from 1962-2011.