Collective Sigh

Today is the last day of finals for the Spring 2012 semester at Lehigh University. One can almost feel the pressure release on campus as students have been dwindling away. Many of the faculty and staff are saying “good-bye” to students for the last time. These students, many who have grown so much over these last four or five years have become very dear to us. While we will miss them, we are very proud of their achievements and look forward to their next successes, wherever life will take them.

But life in Bethlehem will go on. Lucky for us, we have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our historic downtown with a weekend festival or fine arts and crafts. On Saturday and Sunday, the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission presents the 47th annual Juried Fine Arts & Crafts show.

Over 75 juried artists and crafters are welcomed each year in this two-day outdoor Art Show. Judging takes place on Saturday and along with the Best of Show, Second Prize, Third Prize, and Best Display, the judge also selects a Purchase Prize which is annually presented to the Mayor as a gift to the City of

One of the delightful elements of the two day affair is the Artist In Residence. The 2012 Artist in Residence is Susan Small, (who has also been an artist in residence at Lehigh University) a ceramic artist with a specialty in ceramic sculpture, tiles, and murals. Over the last 13 years she has experimented with all manner of clay work and in the past few years has concentrated on wall and tile pieces emphasizing texture and relief.

This year’s show will also showcase a number of local musicians stationed at different locations along the Show route. Enjoy acoustic tunes as you peruse the artist stalls along the way! Music will be provided by Bethlehem’s own (and Lehigh Alum ’73) David Frye and Easton’s Earl the Accordionist among others.

Families with young children can take part in our Children’s Art Activities sponsored each year by Crayola. On Sunday from 11am-3pm artist Virginia Abbott will be helping the children create an “up-cycled” sculpture from found and discarded objects! Ms Abbott is a nationally recognized sculptor whose work addresses variety of environmental issues. You may have seen her sculpture “The Blue Herons” on the Greeway between Webster and Taylor streets.

The event runs Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, May 13th from 11am to 5pm.