Popular Self-Portrait Show returns!


The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Third Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition by artists and prominent citizens in the Bethlehem community. The portraits will be on display from July 6 through August 27 at the Rotunda Gallery at City Hall in Bethlehem, PA. Titled “Face Value: A Self-Portrait Show,” the exhibit focuses on how its distinguished participants see themselves.

In his second term as exhibit curator, Vince Gentilcore particularly values what the self-portraits communicate. They reveal the self-identity of their distinguished participants, including their interests, emotions, value, work, personalities, and more. Yet the self-portraits challenge and inspire not only how their creators are seen and see themselves, but how their viewers see themselves, too.

Ranging widely from traditional to contemporary, the self-portraits vary in media and tone. Self –portraits by local artists include Khalil Allaik, Richard Begbie, Ken and Sue Berkenstock, Mary Louise Brion, Arturo Cabrera, Pat Check, Jan Ciganick, Pat Delluva, Carol Heft, Gini Illick, David Lee, Doug Roysdon, Frank Sabatino, Barbara Schulman, Deb Slahta, Ward Van Haute, Bruce Wall, and Hub Wilson.

Self-portraits by notable citizens not known primarily as visual artists include Josh Berk, Shane Burcaw, Dr. Barbara Cantalupo, Rt. Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon, Vince Gentilcore, Kassie Hilgert, Paul Larson, Jody Matthews, David Mickenberg, Jill Moran, Mary Mulder, Barbara Pearson, Deborah Sacarakis, Dr. Edward Salgado, State Representative Steve Samuelson, Martha Viera, Jen Wescoe, and Bill White.

Here is a peek at three of the portraits:

Barbara Pearson self-portrait

Barbara Pearson self-portrait

Barbara Schulman, _Medusa With Braids_

Barbara Schulman, “Medusa With Braids”

hopeton with belfry

hopeton with belfry

Self-Portrait Exhibition Committee members for 2015 include Barbara Kozero, Peggy Hobbs, Jim DePietro, and Dr. Charles Cantalupo.

Hours for the show are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. A reception with the participants will be held on Sunday, July 12, from 2 – 4 pm at the Rotunda. For more information about the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, go to www.bfac-lv.org.