The Energy of the Arts District

Missy Hartney Brings Energy and Ideas to the South Side Arts District Colorful murals in South Bethlehem burst from what used to be blank walls. The addition of a mural on E. Third Street has brought vitality to the city’s streetscape. Created by Manhattan street artist Denton Burrows, this piece of artwork combines elements of…

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Better Days Will Come: A Chat with Albert Negron III

Anyone who has visited the Southside of Bethlehem knows that the area takes art very much to heart. At practically every corner is a distinct, fiery-colored planter that consists of elements of Bethlehem. And lest we forget, drivers and passersby alike can now enjoy the recently completed murals located near the New Street Bridge and…

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Fab Lab Takes on Community Festival

On Saturday, April 28th from 11-3 p.m. there will be drinks, music, books, crafts, and a monstrous robot dinosaur all at the 23rd annual Spring on the Southside Community Festival. Jeff Boerner, director of the Fab Lab at Northampton Community College, beams with a somewhat anxious excitement when he mentions this busy event to me….

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Arts Education At Its Bethlehem Best

For the students of The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, or Charter Arts for short, “the campus is the community.” Located in the heart of Southside Bethlehem, Executive Director & CEO of Charter Arts Diane LaBelle says that the school truly focuses on partnerships and involvement with the South Bethlehem community. While…

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Artist Spotlight: Mallory Zondag

In a couple of months, Donegan Elementary School will be overrun by monsters. Monsters made of felt that is, created by third-graders under the guidance of Mallory Zondag during her residency program at the school in January. Zondag is a Lehigh Valley native who got her start in art, specifically textiles, attending summer camps at…

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“Storytelling is my oxygen”: Carol Guzy on the Importance of Witnessing

In the crisp days of early November, photographers (as well as other image-based artists and enthusiasts) gathered in South Bethlehem for the 2017 InVision Photo Festival at the Banana Factory Arts Center and SteelStacks. The festival combined contests, talks, workshops, and exhibitions to provide a unique experience for artists, one rife with educational, professional, and…

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