“Sleeping Beauty,” a solo exhibition by fine art photographer Lydia Panas through April 13, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, focuses on the social contradictions women face.
Each of the 16 color portraits of women, from girls through adults, features a figure laying in a grassy or leafy setting outdoors. With their eyes wide open, the subjects seem to be defiantly staring back at the viewer. A direct gaze from each conveys a sense of interruption and engagement.
“’Sleeping Beauty’ is actually a reversal of the fairy tale,” says Panas.
In partnership with Art For Justice, The Moravian Church Eastern District, and Moravian Seminary, ArtsQuest presents “Hope in Hard Times: Prisoners’ Art for Social Justice,” March 1 - April 7, Banko Gallery, Banana Factory Arts Center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.
“As a community-based arts center, one of our primary focuses is to showcase artists and exhibitions that prompt people to stop and think about issues that are impacting our society,” says ArtsQuest Sr. Director of Visual Arts Stacie Brennan.
Four Lehigh Valley artists bring “Simply Still” Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 to the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries in The Baum School of Art. Allentown.
Still-life subjects are skillfully rendered in three mediums by Sandra Corpora and Lauren Kindle, each working in oils, Elena Shackleton, showing watercolors, and Jacqueline Meyerson, displaying pastels. An artists’ reception is 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17.
There are 46 pieces by 32 members of the Bethlehem Palette Club in the 2018 Juried Exhibit, with a closing reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Bethlehem.
“We have three exhibitions a year,” said President Diane Hutchinson, “Two are juried. One we call our ‘All Member Show,’ which means anybody can put in a piece and it is not juried for entry.” She added, “It is still juried for prizes.”
“Bear and Buddy’s Wild and Crazy Adventures,” the sequel to Bud Cole’s “The Mystery of Little Bear” is now available for fans of the late nature writer’s books.
Cole, a retired Northampton Area School District elementary school teacher, found a new outlet for his love of science and the outdoors through writing.
“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its vintage stage for the 15th season at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum.
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 seasonal show has been going on since 2003.
“Charles F. Stonewall: Between Silence and Light” explores the emotional aftermath of personal trauma captured through the camera lens, in an exhibition through Dec. 15, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.
Each photograph, shot with models, some with acting experience, reflects emotions of sadness, hurt and betrayal experienced by people who had been severely traumatized. The powerful works provide a face for the anonymous victims.
“Playing with Color” explores the surreal through Yevette Hendler’s infrared photography and color manipulation in an exhibition through Dec. 2, with an artist’s reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Civic Theatre 514 Gallery, Alentown.
The exhibition, curated by Deborah Rabinsky, features dreamlike landscapes, blossoms, and the human figure.
“We are surrounded by so much reality these days that we just can’t escape it. So rather than reflect back the reality that is readily available, I present a surrealistic view through my art,” states Hendler.
“High Tech-Low Tech: Smart Phone Image Makers Matthew Beniamino and Jett Ulaner Sarachek” at the Baum School of Art features the work of an emerging Millennial artist and a veteran Baby Boomer photographer, with an opening reception talk, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and a closing reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 15, David E. Rodale and the Rodale Family Galleries, Baum School of Art, Allentown.
Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End, and its transformation to a modern, coeducational liberal arts college.