Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder and Business Administrator Robert Saul presented the proposed final budget to the East Penn School District Board of School Directors for review and discussion at the April 10 meeting. A vote on the budget will be taken at the May 8 meeting.
“The tax increase with this budget is 2.9 percent,” Schilder said. “The budget term reserve is little bit over $7 million which represents a five percent budgetary reserve.”
Says Joseph E.B. Elliott of “Monument and Ephemera,” a retrospective of his work: “The thread through all of it is exploration of places that people don’t normally explore: industrial sites, industrial landscapes, older urban interiors, structures and places that people don’t normally get inside.”
The exhibition of three decades of Elliott’s photographic work continues through April 22, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
The Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, presented Silver Beaver Awards to Michael Caffrey, Charlie Chase, Rev. Gary Marsh and seven others at the Council Recognition Dinner recently at the East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem. The Silver Beaver is a distinguished service award for registered adult “Scouters” who have made a positive impact on the next generation through their years of service. Presenting the medals were Dr. Arnold Traupman and Glenn Higbie.
Macungie Borough Council reluctantly accepted Pat Vassilaros’ letter of resignation as deputy tax collector at the March 6 meeting. Vassilaros cited an increase in her workload in the Lower Macungie Township real estate tax office as her reason for stepping down. Borough administrative assistant Cynthia Hartzell was then appointed to replace her.
Council president Chris Becker reported part of the roof blew off the Locust Street Apartments across the street from borough hall during the severe storms of Feb. 25. He praised the borough’s first responders’ handling of the emergency.
Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective.
AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby.
Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria.
George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery.
In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media paintings with images taken from analog and digital archives and blends them together.
“My art is intended to inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined,” says Ronald K. De Long in his artist’s statement.
De Long’s newest series of oils on canvas, “Les Jardins des Paradis” (“Paradise Gardens”), is on view through Jan. 2, Civic 514 Gallery, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
De Long decided to create “gardens that didn’t exist in reality.
“I didn’t want to recreate real gardens because I can’t do anything better than the ‘Big Guy Upstairs,’” says De Long, a Bethlehem native.
Photographs by a modern-day photographer using vintage techniques and processes can be viewed in “Thomas John Shillea: Camera Work 1977-2016,” through Dec. 9, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.
Allentown’s “Great Art Night” ushered in gallery receptions for “Hues of Red and Blue: The 2016 Presidential Election.”
The juried show at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Gallery in the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley was held in conjunction with additional politically-themed works at the RE:find Gallery along the Allentown ArtsWalk.
The “First Frost Train Meet” chugs into the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 13.
More than 50,000-square-feet of tables and displays are expected in what is one of the East Coast’s larger model-train shows.
“Who‘s Afraid of Yellow?,” Civic 514 Gallery, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown, is Tony Sienzant’s first solo show in 14 years.
Sienzant states that his work “has evolved from minimal paintings based on the X symbol to one maximizing divergent styles, mediums and techniques.”
He declares that, “I am open to any tool, any method, any means, any material, any medium - high or low - to achieve the sublime state of not knowing what I’m looking at.”