When the children and their “Big Brothers” and “Big Sisters” enjoy activities inside the new Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley Youth Center, they will also be able to enjoy the wall art surrounding them.
The former St. Joseph’s Lutheran Church, built in 1887 at Walnut and Carlisle Streets, Allentown, is now home to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley. The building was donated by the disbanding congregation to the mentoring organization in late 2015.
“the water between us remembers, so we carry this history on our skin. long for the sea-bath and hope the salt will heal what ails us …” greets the visitor to the darkened room where Deborah Jack’s video-sound installation plays in a continuous loop on three floor-to-ceiling projection screens. The video can also be viewed backwards behind of one of the screens, which makes it seem there are four places in the room to view the film.
The Printmakers Society of the Lehigh Valley’s “Lasting Impressions” has enough art work to fill three gallery spaces along 19th Street, across from Civic Theatre of Allentown.
And so it does. Fifteen artists are represented through Aug. 30 at Civic 514 Gallery, Blink Optical Boutique and Hava Java.
Daniel Roebuck is making progress on his motion picture directorial debut with “Getting Grace” this summer. Nearly done with location filming in his hometown of Bethlehem, Roebuck, along with several cast and crew members took time to enjoy lunch with several families affected by cancer at an event hosted by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.
Two sides of Earl W. Lehman’s palette are on display at the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, 510 W. Linden St., Allentown, in “Abstraction and Nature in Lehman’s Terms,” an exhibit of his representational landscapes and abstract acrylics.
“Dixie: Easton’s Cup of Health and Happiness,” through Oct. 2, National Canal Museum, Easton, is an exhibition of vintage paper cups, advertisements and ephemera that tells the remarkable story of how marketing genius Hugh Moore replaced germ-ridden communal tin dippers with innovative healthy disposable paper drinking cups.
Michelle Neifert’s exploration of color and light grace the walls of the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, 510 W. Linden St., Allentown.
“The Zen of Seeing,” an exhibit of her calming, colorful creations, continues through July 7 at Baum.
“I wanted to be a painter since when I was five,” said Neifert. She was inspired by her father’s best friend, Mark, a graphic designer who would draw for her whenever he visited. “I was hooked,” Neifert said. “My gosh! It’s magic! You can make something appear that didn’t exist before!”
The father and daughter exhibition, “Related Impressions: Rudy Ackerman and Ann Lalik,” continues through July 5 at Civic Theatre of Allentown Gallery514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
“I always thought my dad and I would have a show together and I am sad he passed away before we did,” stated Ann Lalik in her artist’s statement.
Dr. Rudy Ackerman, award-winning sculptor, painter, printmaker who founded the Moravian College art department and was executive director and gallery director of the Baum School of Art, Allentown, died in May 2015 at age 82.
Award-winning portrait photographer Lydia Panas recently partnered with Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS) on “The Middle School Project.” With funding from a 2015-16 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grant, obtained through The Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Panas shot fine-art portraits of 10 South Mountain Middle School students, then had them displayed on several Lehigh Valley area bus shelters.
Spring snow showers predicted for April 9 had Executive Director Adrian Shanker concerned that inclement weather might keep the Lehigh Valley community away from the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Fortunately, despite the snowflakes, well-wishers packed the room, plus most of the first floor, two art galleries, library and front entrance lobby of the former warehouse that had been converted into a law office at 522 W. Maple St. (in the vicinity of Sixth and Hamilton streets), Allentown.