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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Theater Review: Pines puts on a delicious ‘Ritz’

Friday, June 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Reel life comes to the stage with “Puttin’ On the Ritz: A Salute to the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” through July 2, The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The well-paced musical revue of movie themes and show tunes from the days of silent films through World War II is brought to the cozy stage by the cast of Monica Handwerk, Dante Hill, Taylor Hopkins and Katherine Tabisz.

Deja Views: ‘Vision-Sound Revisited’ looks at Allentown’s 1980s arts scene with exhibits, concert, discussion

Friday, June 9, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown.

“Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.

Hubert Davis, forgotten artist, at PSU LV

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Hubert Davis: Scenes of Pennsylvania” brings the forgotten paintings and lithographs created by a Pennsylvanian-born artist to public view at the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The exhibit, which highlights works Davis created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the late 1930s and early 1940s, continues through June 9.

Allentown Central: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, April 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, cruises to the stage at Allentown Central Catholic High School, at 7 p.m. April 20, 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

Written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the musical comedy debuted on Broadway in 1934.

Joseph Elliott’s photographs ‘Monumental’ at Muhlenberg Martin Gallery

Friday, April 7, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Says Joseph E.B. Elliott of “Monument and Ephemera,” a retrospective of his work: “The thread through all of it is exploration of places that people don’t normally explore: industrial sites, industrial landscapes, older urban interiors, structures and places that people don’t normally get inside.”

The exhibition of three decades of Elliott’s photographic work continues through April 22, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

3 x 3: Diverse views, diverse artists in Muhlenberg College galleries

Friday, March 3, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective.

AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby.

Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria.

George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery.

In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media paintings with images taken from analog and digital archives and blends them together.

‘Gardens’ grow at Civic514

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“My art is intended to inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined,” says Ronald K. De Long in his artist’s statement.

De Long’s newest series of oils on canvas, “Les Jardins des Paradis” (“Paradise Gardens”), is on view through Jan. 2, Civic 514 Gallery, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.

De Long decided to create “gardens that didn’t exist in reality.

“I didn’t want to recreate real gardens because I can’t do anything better than the ‘Big Guy Upstairs,’” says De Long, a Bethlehem native.

Allentown ArtsWalk views of 2016 Presidential Election

Friday, November 18, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Allentown’s “Great Art Night” ushered in gallery receptions for “Hues of Red and Blue: The 2016 Presidential Election.”

The juried show at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Gallery in the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley was held in conjunction with additional politically-themed works at the RE:find Gallery along the Allentown ArtsWalk.