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.
Eight accomplished women who devoted their lives to God are the subjects of “Sacred Sisters, a Collaborative: Holly Trostle Brigham and Marilyn Nelson.” Paintings by figurative visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham, accompanied by poems authored by award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson, are on display in Penn State University Lehigh Valley’s Ronald K. De Long Gallery through April 29.
The “double-feature,” continuing through April 15, the Gallery at the JCC, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, is a collection of works created by two talented local artists; Kay Frederick and Melissa Perhamus.
The works of the two women fill the two-room gallery. “Where You Land” was conceived when, according to Frederick, “ … we were trying to find a commonality … because Melissa … has got a style that has a wonderfully organic, ‘foresty’ feel … part bullish and ‘Salvador Dali-ish’ … and mine is so representational, kind of the opposite end ...”
“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Easton Hospital Gallery at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, provides ample room for Sandra Corpora to display examples of her artistic travels across time, space and genres.
“This retrospective exhibition of oil paintings explores a variety of motifs and evolution of style in landscape, figurative and still life. Throughout all the pieces, work is based on study from life and plein air painting on location.
For Dana Van Horn,
a career on canvas
“I am attracted to subjects whose beauty resides in the truth of their reality rather than their exoticism. I believe that beauty derives from how something is portrayed, not from what is portrayed. The subject that engages me most fully is the human figure. The challenge of creating an image that embodies the reality and personality of the sitter is endlessly fascinating.”
- Dana Van Horn
Those faces staring down from the walls are reflections of the faces looking up at them.