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‘Getting Grace’: Reel meets real at Pediatric Cancer Foundation event

Friday, August 12, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

A healthy cup of Dixie memorabilia in National Canal Museum exhibit

Friday, July 15, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“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.

‘Zen’ and the art of painting color

Friday, July 1, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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!”

Ackerman-Lalik exhibit relatable at Civic 514

Friday, July 1, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

Panas photographs students in ‘Middle School Project’

Saturday, May 28, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center dedicated

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

‘Sacred Sisters’ act at PSU De Long Gallery

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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.

Two artists ‘Land’ at JCC for joint gallery exhibition

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

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 ...”