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Monday, December 9, 2019

Pip the Mouse returns to Liberty Bell Museum

Friday, December 6, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its fanciful stage for another run of vintage seasonal fun in the Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the holiday show has been going on since 2003.

Once in a lifetime: Whitehall artist receives national exhibit top prize

Friday, November 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut has received the Robert Sanstrom Prize, a Gold Medal, and $5,000, as an honorarium, for his painting, “Fading Away” (2018, egg tempera on panel, 22 in. x 33 in.) at the 65th Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic (NSPCA) held at the Salmagundi Club, New York City.

10th annual InVision is set

Friday, November 1, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The month-long 2019 InVision Photo Festival begins 6- 9 p.m. Nov. 1 as part of Southside Bethlehem’s “First Friday,” ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory Arts Center, with three exhibitions and opportunities to create artwork, view demonstrations and attend artists’ talks.

“The Lehigh Valley has an incredibly rich photographic community and artistic heritage, which InVision has celebrated for 10 years now,” says ArtsQuest Director of Visual Arts Hillary Harper.

Matthew Blum ‘Windows’ in Baum exhibit

Friday, October 25, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Photographer Matthew Blum’s “Windows of the Past: Lehigh County” opens Oct. 24 in the David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Views of 17 historic buildings captured by Blum’s camera lens will be on view through Nov. 21 when a closing reception is scheduled 6 - 8 p.m. to coincide with Allentown’s “Third Thursday.”

Kacper Abolik in Baum exhibition

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Celebrating celebrity and other subjects, Emmaus-based artist Kacper Abolik’s exhibition, “Year of the Dog,” continues through Oct. 18 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

The abstract painter’s work includes bouquets, stylized copies of famous artwork, and portraits of famous people.

His recently-created cityscape of Allentown is on display. “Allentown Center City,” (2019; mixed media on glass; 19.25 in. x 14.75 in.) provides an energetic nighttime view of the monument at Hamilton and Seventh streets.

A night at the ‘Museum’

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

“Museum,” written by playwright Tina Howe, brings 25 student actors together in multiple roles at Parkland High School’s intimate Black Box Theatre.

The comedy involves a hapless museum security guard dealing with a variety of people viewing a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists titled “The Broken Silence.”

The play pokes fun at the grouping of colorful characters exhibited along with the “art” in an American museum of modern art on the last day of the show.

Spotted Lanternfly pinned down in PSU LV community art project

Friday, September 27, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.”

Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project.

After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.

The project can be seen as raising awareness about the Spotted Lanterfly infestation in the region.

Baum School faculty, staff display art in latest exhibit

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

A “Third Thursday” opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 for the “Faculty & Staff Exhibition,” which continues through Sept. 11, David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Instructor Dana Van Horn has several works in the exhibit, including a watercolor of two seagulls, a small oil of a white pig in mud, and a large oil portrait of his adult son.

PPL Center welcomes Browne’s Family and Community Expo

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Although in its 13th year, 2019 is the first time state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, has hosted his Family and Community Expo at the PPL Center, 701 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The Aug. 1 indoor event provided area children an opportunity to stock up on school supplies, and for their families to stock up on knowledge about the services available at various Lehigh Valley government offices and community organizations.

Previous expos took place at Bucky Boyle Park.

Last ‘Self-Portrait’ exhibition in Bethlehem Town Hall Rotunda

Friday, August 2, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission’s “Fifth Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition: The Last Picture Show,” an exhibition of works by 40 Lehigh Valley-based artists and non-artists continues through Aug. 8, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, Bethlehem.

Richard Begbie, James A. DePietro, Barbara Kozero and Vince Gentilcore curated the show, and provided works of their own. Artists, musicians, educators, and area residents who support or influence the arts were invited to participate.