The East Penn Board of School Directors sat through a Student Intern Teacher presentation and two other curriculum updates at the 3-hour-plus board meeting Oct. 14. An enthusiastic team of educational department chairs, teachers and administrators provided the board with a bold new vision of how they would like to deliver knowledge to the students in their charge.
Celebrating celebrity and other subjects, Emmaus-based artist Kacper Abolik’s exhibition, “Year of the Dog,” continues through Oct. 18 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.
The abstract painter’s work includes bouquets, stylized copies of famous artwork, and portraits of famous people.
His recently-created cityscape of Allentown is on display. “Allentown Center City,” (2019; mixed media on glass; 19.25 in. x 14.75 in.) provides an energetic nighttime view of the monument at Hamilton and Seventh streets.
Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.”
Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project.
After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.
The project can be seen as raising awareness about the Spotted Lanterfly infestation in the region.
The East Penn Board of School Directors officially responded to a recent Pennsylvania Auditor General’s performance audit of the district. The July 8 report for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017, found a former superintendent was overpaid a gross amount of $16,190 more than had been contractually obligated upon retirement.
According to the report, “The overpayment was caused by the district carrying over five unused leave days on July 1, 2013, in excess of the contractual limit and paying him for 20 unearned vacation days.”
The Board of School Directors of East Penn School District accepted a donation in the amount of $1,200 from Kindness is Magic Inc. at its regular board meeting Sept. 9. The money is to be applied to the accounts of district families who are both eligible for free or reduced lunch and currently have a negative account balance. Alisa Bowman reflected board sentiment when she said she is, “thankful to Kindness is Magic.”
The East Penn Board of School Directors was pleased to hear at the Aug. 26 meeting the district saved $448,963 by refinancing their outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series A of 2012 and General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2014.
The newly created General Obligation Bonds Series of 2019 has $12,170,000 in principal with an overall arbitrage yield of 1.352253 percent. According to Business Administrator Robert Saul, there will be $427,473 in savings realized during the first year, with the remainder “sprinkled throughout the remaining nine years” of the 10-year bond issue.
A “Third Thursday” opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 for the “Faculty & Staff Exhibition,” which continues through Sept. 11, David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.
Instructor Dana Van Horn has several works in the exhibit, including a watercolor of two seagulls, a small oil of a white pig in mud, and a large oil portrait of his adult son.
The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission’s “Fifth Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition: The Last Picture Show,” an exhibition of works by 40 Lehigh Valley-based artists and non-artists continues through Aug. 8, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, Bethlehem.
Richard Begbie, James A. DePietro, Barbara Kozero and Vince Gentilcore curated the show, and provided works of their own. Artists, musicians, educators, and area residents who support or influence the arts were invited to participate.
Globetrotting fine-art photographer Jacqueline M. Lewis has 27 images from her 25 years of travels in “A Passport to World Heritage Sites,” through through July 31, Theatre514 Gallery, Civic Theatre of Allentown.
Lewis spent the greater part of two years going through her photographs, researching the sites and editing the information that accompanies each image. She believes the pictures and text in the series can serve as an “educational social studies tool.”
“Femi and the Collection,” “Corporeal Landscapes” and “In search of” are concurrent exhibitions by three Lehigh Valley artists through Aug. 1, Baker Center for the Arts. Muhlenberg College, Allentown.
“Femi and the Collection,” 20 mixed media pieces by Femi J. Johnson selected from his ongoing “Abstract Story-Scapes” series, is in Martin Art Gallery.