Catasauqua Press

Monday, November 20, 2017

Coplay: Anniversary group will meet Oct. 19

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Columns

As Coplay’s 150th anniversary approaches, a committee is hard at work preparing events to mark the occasion in 2019. The committee, with its subcommittees formed to advance special programs, will meet 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in council chambers at borough hall. An open invitation is extended to residents, businesses and organizations wishing to attend the meeting.

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Catherine Barnstone Szafran will unveil three never-before-seen works from the late Myron Barnstone during an open house 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20 at the old Barnstone Studios, 52 N. Second St. The artist, who died Oct. 29, 2016, at the age of 83, kept his own paintings and sketches under lock and key.

Barnstone alumnae and photographer Bill Stank will display 68 photos of original Barnstone paintings. Barnstone’s paintings, and works by some of his students, will also be available for viewing at the studio noon-4 p.m. Oct. 21.

At 2 p.m., another alumnae, Roger Brinker, will present Barnstone’s artistic lineage.

As an art teacher, he was known for often being painfully direct in his critiques. Rather than being intimidated by his intensity, students continuously filled his classes. A good measure of Barnstone’s effectiveness is how hundreds of his alumni have become art instructors, authors, professional artists and leaders in industrial design, pastels, photography and even animation. Barnstone recorded his lectures, and they continue to be available at BarnstoneStudios.com.

Barnstone Szafran is in the process of creating both a book about Barnstone’s life and work and also a nonprofit educational foundation to restore and exhibit his paintings and to further art education.

Those planning to attend either event are asked to bring a dish to share.

For more information, call Barnstone Szafran at 301-788-6241.

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St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Third Street, will have a pork and sauerkraut dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the church hall. The dinner is open to the public.

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Coplay Public Library is showing “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” Oct. 21, followed by “The Mummy” starring Brendan Fraser. The first movie will start 11:30 a.m., and the second will be 1 p.m.