East Penn Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

Works from Ashcan School in Baum School of Art exhibit

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Twenty-five rarely seen works were guest-curated by New Jersey collector Gary T. Erbe for “John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters,” an exhibition in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Grabach, born in 1880, taught at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Gasser, one of his top students, was born in 1909. The talented New Jersey-based artists became colleagues when Gasser was hired as the Newark school’s director.

Air Products Foundation funds health innovation at LVHN One City Center

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Business Showcase

Progress in medical care innovation was celebrated by a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) at One City Center for the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation.

Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi was thanked by LVHN President and CEO Dr. Brian A. Nester for the company’s donation of $5 million through the Air Products Foundation.

EPSD

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

EHS curriculum changes presented

The East Penn Board of School Directors entertained proposals by Emmaus High School Principal Dr. Kate Kieres and Supervisor Secondary Level Curriculum and Instruction Laura Witman at the Nov. 13 meeting regarding changes to the high school curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year.

During her part of the presentation, Kieres offered a revised EHS program of studies and new course proposals that include adjustments to be in sync with the school’s new grading scale. Some of the proposed changes combine semester classes into yearlong classes.

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Friday, November 17, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Full-day kindergarten to be reconsidered

A motion proposed by School Director Charles Ballard, “that the Board of School Directors of East Penn School District announces its intention to exceed the Act 1 index by referendum for an amount sufficient to permanently fund full-day kindergarten in the district,” failed without a second at the Nov. 13 meeting. Afterward, board member Paul Champaign proposed placing full-day kindergarten back on the agenda for an upcoming December meeting.

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Friday, October 27, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Full-day kindergarten implementation fails to pass

The East Penn Board of School Directors voted 5 to 4 against the administration’s proposal to alter the educational program by eliminating its half-day kindergarten program and replacing it with full-day kindergarten for every district elementary school. The vote was held Oct. 23.

Voting “no” were Directors Carol Allen, Charles Ballard, Chris Donatelli, Rebecca Heid and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis. Those who voted “aye” were board President Alan Earnshaw, Vice President Dr. Ken Bacher, Paul Champagne and Ziad Munson.

Artists ‘Digest’ space at PSU De Long Gallery

Friday, October 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.

“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.

“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

District will participate in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey

In a motion proposed by School Director Carol Allen, “That the Board of School Directors of East Penn School District agree not to participate in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey for the 2017-18 school year,” six board members – President Alan Earnshaw, Vice President Ken Bacher, Charles Ballard, Paul Champagne, Ziad Munson and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis voted “no.” Chris Donatelli abstained, while Allen voted “aye,” at the school board meeting Oct. 9. The survey will be administered as planned.

Myanmar artists reflect changing political clime

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.

While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.

In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British colony, later renamed Myanmar, was ruled by repressive military-backed regimes from 1962-2011.

Baum scholarships awarded

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Baum School of Art has awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 60 students from age five through 17 during the closing reception of their “Children and Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to the enthusiastic scholarship recipients. Full tuition scholarships were given to art students through the Allentown Neighborhood Arts Program.