Popular Self-Portrait Show returns!

BETHLEHEM FINE ARTS COMMISSION PORTRAIT SHOW RETURNS TO CITY HALL

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.

Selkie: Theatre Uncut

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

-Thomas Paine

scissorsPlease join Selkie for the US premiere of Fragile and Dalgety, two provocative plays by award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig, at the Ice House Tonight series as SELKIE: THEATRE UNCUT over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24!

Directed by George B. Miller, and starring Joseph Ferraro, Brandon Lay, and Melissa McKenna these raucously funny, startling, and powerful plays about the worlds we create – and destroy – are produced in conjunction with the UK’s exciting “Theatre Uncut” project (www.theatreuncut.com).

“What marks theatre out from other art forms, I think, is that it’s essentially a distilled form of empathy; we have a need to understand and probe the world around us, and create stories from what we see.”  — Hannah Price, Co-Artistic Director, Theatre Uncut

In Fragile, Jack has a midnight epiphany – and a radical plan to save his mental health support center.  This visceral, startling, and beautiful roller-coaster-ride of a play features two roles, one actor – and many voices.

In Dalgety, two coppers in the sleepy suburban sprawl of Dalgety Bay just want to get home to the London Olympics (on TV) and a nice bottle of wine – whilst on the exercise bike, of course.  Until the Naked Rambler shows up in the office with – a deer?  The call of the wild is about to get pretty primal in the Scottish ‘burbs!

SELKIE: THEATRE UNCUT debuts at the Charles Brown Ice House in Bethlehem on Friday, May 22 at 8pm, followed by a special Opening Night Reception.

Weekend performances are Saturday, May 23 at 8pm, and Sunday May 24 at 3pm, with Q&A’s with the artists afterwards.
Tickets: $15/$10, reservations:  selkietheatre@gmail.com or 484-212-1804.
For Mature Audiences.

Restaurants near the Ice House:

The Wooden Match
Hotel Bethlehem
Corked Wine Bar & Steak House
Tapas on Main
or any of the restaurants listed here.

Full Poster below:

Selkie Uncut

Zoellner’s Gala 2015 artist announced – Patti LaBelle

Patti Labelle_1Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University proudly presents Patti LaBelle for Gala2015 on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  LaBelle is a Grammy Award-winning, Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Award Legend who pushes everything she sings over top, from Lady Marmalade to On My Own or If Only You Knew to a New Attitude, she has inspired generations of singers and sold over 50 million records worldwide.

The Godmother of Soul’s “love of the spotlight is legendary, but she earns it with her astonishing force and control; when LaBelle’s voice simmers in its churchy low register, it’s usually a sign that she’s about to leap up and howl the roof off.” (Rolling Stone)  LaBelle and her band will perform favorites from her heralded career. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she first found fame in the sixties with The BlueBelles at The Apollo Theater in Harlem with remakes of songs such as You’ll Never Walk Alone and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The group transitioned to LaBelle in the seventies and found major success with their song about a New Orleans seductress, Lady Marmalade. When LaBelle launched her solo career in the eighties and nineties, she released hit after hit including The Best is Yet to Come, On My Own, Stir It Up, New Attitude and If You Asked Me To, among others.

In addition to her success as a singer, LaBelle has also written several books, including the autobiography Don’t Block the Blessings (1997), the diabetic cookbook LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About (1998) and Recipes for the Good Life (2008). She has also recently launched her own line of sauces called Patti LaBelle Good Life.  LaBelle has starred in numerous stage and screen productions, including roles in the films A Soldier’s Story (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984); an appearance in the Broadway gospel musical Your Arm’s Too Short to Box with God (1982); and a recurring role in the television series A Different World (1990). More recently, LaBelle appeared on the popular series American Horror Story in 2014 and Dancing With the Stars.

Concert-only tickets go on sale to the general public in mid-July.  Tickets will be available at $75 and $150 and include the 8 pm performance and a post-performance dessert reception. There will be a limited number of tickets available at $55 for all full-time students. Zoellner Arts Center subscribers and donors will be able to purchase concert-only tickets in advance of the general public. To become a subscriber or donor, contact Ticket Services at 610-758-2787, ext. 0or www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

Gala Evening tickets are on sale now.Tickets for Zoellner Arts Center’s premier fundraiser are $550, which includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, preferred concert seating and a post-performance dessert reception. To purchase gala evening tickets call 610-758-2691 or email gala2015@lehigh.edu for purchase information.

Funds raised at Gala2015 support the arts at Lehigh University and Zoellner Arts Center’s presentations of world-class guest artists, community service initiatives, educational and family programs. Gala2015 Committee members are Oldrich Foucek III, chair, Philip Basnage, Crystal Daye, Valerie Johnson, Kirk Kozero, Brenda McGlade, Tina Nester and Alex Tamerler.

Hannah Han ~ Honor Thesis Show: “Atmosphere & Light”

Saturday, April 25, 2015
5:00
7:30 PM

Hannah Han, Arch ’15, Art ’15
Presents: Honor Thesis Show “Atmosphere & Light”
RE:find gallery
437 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042

Artist’s Statement: Early 2014, I was introduced to the works of J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)and was moved by his ability to capture the mood of nature in his later atmospheric paintings. Painting in his style, I was able to focus on the dynamic qualities of light; how it bounced, spread, and seeped according to its surroundings – these characteristics changed the way I handled paint. The paint became light, the process became my art. I wanted my paintings to evoke the emotions people feel when confronting nature—without painting nature itself. Later, I found myself moving away from Turner’s style to my own. Reflexively, my previous studies in expressive/gestural paintings and drawings gave this series of work an identity different from Turner’s.

Hannah Han is a senior at Lehigh University where she double majors in architecture and art. She has studied painting under Professor Berrisford Boothe for three consecutive years.

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US Poet Laureate Billy Collins – Tuesday April 14th @ 7:30pm

Zoellner Arts Center’s Notations Series Features
US Poet Laureate
BILLY COLLINS

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 at 7:30 PM in Baker Hall

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“Billy Collins writes lovely poems…Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides.” — John Updike

Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University continues its fifth year of the innovative series–Notations: Lectures and Other Presentations–with highly-respected representatives from a variety of literary genres. Former (2001-2003) U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will give a presentation on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Public Library “Literary Lion” and a former US Poet Laureate. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Tickets are $10 for the public; Free with Lehigh University ID; Tickets required for all; Visit http://www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. A collection of his haiku, titled She Was Just Seventeen, was published by Modern Haiku Press in fall 2006. He has also published two chapbooks, Video Poems and Pokerface. In addition, he has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, was the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2006, and edited Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, with paintings by David Allen Sibley (November 2009). His most recent book is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013.

Here is a video illustration of his poem, “The Art of Drowning,” directed by Diego Maclean.

Included among the honors Collins has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has also been awarded the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Levinson Prize — all awarded by Poetry magazine. In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. In April 2013, Collins was selected as the fourth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.

In June 2001, Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as well as a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.

All lectures are presented in collaboration with the Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Lehigh University Creative Writing Program. Billy Collins is supported by the Ann Neitzel Endowment Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing with additional support from the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.

For more information, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0 or visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, or online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

For readers interested in getting to the bottom of this page, here is Billy Collins’ TED talk:

Legendary Journalist Bill Moyers to Deliver Tresolini Lecture April 7 @ 8 PM

The multiple Emmy award-winning veteran journalist Bill Moyers has been selected as this year’s Tresolini Lecture speaker. Moyers’ talk, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 8 p.m.Tuesday, April 7, in Baker Hall of the Zoellner Arts Center. Metered street parking is available near the center, or for $4 in the attached garage.
Bill Moyers
The Rocco J. Tresolini Lectureship in Law was established in 1978, in memory of one of Lehigh’s most distinguished teachers and scholars, Rocco Tresolini (1920-1967), who served as professor and chair of the department of government. Moyers will be the latest in a long line of luminaries to deliver the Tresolini Lecture. These include former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, former Vietnam War-era strategic analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Presumed Innocent author Scott Turow, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Watergate-era White House Counsel John Dean, Bush v. Gore attorney David Boies, and Innocence Project founder Barry Scheck.

Tresolini Lecture co-organizer Richard Matthews, NEH Distinguished Professor and Chair of Political Science, said he can think of no social critic better qualified to discuss the current state of democracy in the United States.“Over the course of decades, Bill Moyers has been for the United States what Socrates was to Athens: a voice of reason challenging citizens to pursue a more just political community,” Matthews said.

Distinguished University Professor of Political Science Ted Morgan, who sought Moyers as a speaker, said that he frequently employs Moyers’ videos, and that they have been critically important in his teaching, particularly in his class on the relationship propaganda, Media and American Politics.”

“For a verylong time,” Morgan said, “Moyers has been about the only option for television viewers interested in getting important critical information and perspectives on the enormous problems we face as a society. His very presence has been a model of what our democratic society so desperately needs from its mass media.”

‘An essential voice in our national conversation’

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times and one that resonates with multiple generations. He’s earned praise from many colleagues, including NBC newsman Brian Williams, who described him as not only an essential voice in our national conversation, but also “the living antithesis to an era of shocking superficiality in our discourse and media.”Moyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, Texas. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He later served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970,

Moyers is credited with bringing aboard extraordinary writers such as Pete Hamill and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for The CBS Evening News.With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such ground-breaking public affairs programs as NOW with Bill Moyers (from 2002 through 2005) and Bill Moyers Journal (from 2007 through 2010). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; as well as Healing and the Mind; The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets; Genesis; On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying; Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home; America’s First River; and Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.

His latest media venture is Moyers & Company, which is available on air and online at BillMoyers.com. The program provides “conversations on democracy” and explorations of contemporary culture, with a focus on activism and social justice.

Moyers has received multiple awards for his body of work, including more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.

Moyers was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later, he received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities “for outstanding contributions to American cultural life.” In 2005, Moyers received the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award for his passionate, outspoken commitment to freedom of speech and his dedication to journalistic integrity. He has also been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to America; The Power of Myth; Healing and the MindThe Language of Life; Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times; and Moyers on Democracy. His most recent book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, was published in May 2011.

With more than 95,000 follows on Twitter, Moyers has taken advantage of the social media platforms to offer ongoing commentary on current events. Click here to follow Moyers on Twitter. Click here to see his Facebook page.

Experimenting for New Connections

arts@Lehigh has always been a program that supports the arts community on campus and in the South Bethlehem arts district. The arts@Lehigh mission began in 2005 with a provost initiative which supported artistic, creative and aesthetic innovation among students and faculty, as well as collaborations with the community. Financial support, advocacy and communications were the focus of the ArtsLehigh mission. While the funding for ArtsLehigh program ended, we continued to support the arts by advocating and facilitating arts integration on campus, and sharing information about upcoming events and opportunities for the campus and neighboring community. Hence, the subtle name change from ArtsLehigh to arts@Lehigh.

From the beginning, we have been experimenting with multiple communication platforms and sharing what we know with as broad a reach as possible and reasonable. Our weekly newsletter email is a brief curated list of events and activities that happen in the upcoming week. The newsletter is linked to many web-based resources; helping campus programs and local arts organizations share information and build their own communication circles. There are limitations to the newsletter. We are only permitted to send it to the college of arts & sciences email lists. But even with the limitation, we have good friends in the community who share the newsletter to their email lists.

With the limitations of reach, we also needed to put some boundaries on the content; sharing activities that happen on campus and within a walkable distance from campus. There are rare exceptions to this cap; usually faculty or student art work in locations beyond our imposed perimeter.

The blog began as a way to increase reach by providing a platform for more extensive information to be linked in the newsletter, and as a way to provide shareable information in between newsletter releases. We enhance Zoellner Arts Center press releases by adding links for further reading, video and photos when available. We have an extensive portfolio of social media platforms through which we share the links to the blog, as well as support the social media efforts of other campus and community arts communications.

Two weeks ago, the Director or Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs for Lehigh University – Silagh White, with the blessing of the University Communications office made a video to support the “Our Lehigh” welcome campaign for our next president, John Simon. The content of the video was a quick tour of the arts venues in South Bethlehem – which all have Lehigh University connections. The response to the video was mostly positive. The feedback was enough to realize that there is so much art to cover, that maybe a weekly video to support the arts would help extend the reach and add more fun to the mix of communication efforts.

To celebrate the 300th post on the arts@lehigh blog, we share a big announcement.

Here’s a little behind the scenes revelation for our readers. For the last year, all of the arts@Lehigh communications have been coming from a one-person production effort. Of course, some of the information for the newsletter comes from helpful people who share information for their programs. There was a preferred anonymity behind the collected “we”.

So. This one-person communications team for the arts@Lehigh is revealing herself because she’s about to put her face on more videos. The videos will be rough, but will hopefully improve with each edition. Maybe she’s going to start writing in the first person. Maybe.