Studio B Art Gallery Opens “Diverse Elements”

Watercolor by Sandra Wood

Studio B Art Gallery Opens “Diverse Elements” Featuring the Paintings of Sandra and Bob Wood and 3D Sculptures of Daniel Schlenker, and Bob Hakun

Studio B Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, opened an exhibit entitled “Diverse Elements” featuring the paintings of Sandra and Bob Wood and the 3D sculptures of Daniel Schlenker and Bob Hakun Oct. 19, 2018. The exhibit runs until Dec. 2, 2018.

The exhibit showcases the unique ways each artist interprets the world using assemblage, ceramics, watercolor, and paint.

Sandra Lee Wood has spent most of her life as a well-known and award-winning art educator. She is a world traveler with several of her trips settling in one place to paint “en plein air”. Her delicate watercolors capture the joy of pattern, color, and texture found in the natural world she sees.

Since retiring she has been able to study watercolor and pastels with nationally known painters who have helped her to continue her journey. Sandra’s new work features new techniques and approaches inspired by recent travels and workshops.

Artist Bob Wood is a long time researcher, writer, and speaker on Pennsylvania Dutch (German) folk

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ICYMI: Elizabethtown College announces major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti art work and writings

ICYMI: Elizabethtown College announces major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti art work and writings

Elizabethtown hosting “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon,” curated by alumnus George Krevsky

Elizabethtown College will hold a major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s art work and writings, titled “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon.” The exhibition, curated by 25-year Ferlinghetti visual art representative George Krevsky ’62, opened Oct. 11 and runs through Nov. 21 in Lyet Gallery, housed in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on the College’s campus.

As a literary figure, Ferlinghetti-the long-time editor and owner of the famous City Lights Books-has contributed directly and extensively to both the creative and editing fields of his art. Considered one of the most beloved members of the Beat Generation-a group which heavily influenced American post-World War II culture and politics-Ferlinghetti, at 99 years old, is regarded as a master of words and metaphors as well as color and visual symbolism.

Twenty of this iconic American cultural figure’s works will be celebrated in the College’s exhibition, chosen from an array of pieces produced from 1954 through 2011-a span of more than fifty years. This exhibition reflects examples of Ferlinghetti’s art work in various media, including painting, drawing, silk screens, mixed media and lithography, as well as the breadth of his painting across time.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Gallery admission, as well as admission to all featured events listed below, is at no charge and open to the public. More information is provided by the Department of Fine Arts.

Kutztown Impressions Art Exhibition to Open Nov. 2 at the Goggleworks in Reading

mezzotint, 18″ x 24″

Kutztown Impressions Art Exhibition to Open Nov. 2 at the Goggleworks in Reading

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University artists will have their work displayed publically throughout the month of November, as the Kutztown Impressions art exhibition will run from Nov. 2-29 in the Schmidt Gallery at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading. The exhibition opening will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. Both the exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.

Kutztown Impressions is an art exhibition that celebrates printmaking at Kutztown University. Including prints by faculty members, student, artists in residence, and recent alumni, it demonstrates the richness, diversity and outstanding quality of KU printmaking.

The show has been curated by Evan Summer, professor of printmaking at Kutztown University, since 1984. Other artists displayed in this exhibit include Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson and KU’s recent international Artist in Residence Wenju Zhang.

Central Penn College: ‘Airplane!’ Flies Again

Airplane! Flies Again

Free screening of the comedy classic on Oct. 26

SUMMERDALE – Who ever thought a comedy starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves and Lloyd Bridges––four “serious” actors not known for their comedic chops––could be so laugh-out-loud hilarious?

“That’s precisely one of the reasons Airplane! is so funny,” says Professor Tom Davis, chair of the English and Communication department at Central Penn College.

“Having these guys play it straight while chaos surrounds them is just comedy gold. It’s one of the reasons the movie––and the laughs––still holds up nearly 40 years later,” says Davis of the 1980 movie directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, who would go on to create the Naked Gun series.

As part of its quarterly Humanities Film Series, Central Penn will offer a free screening of Airplane! on Friday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The event is open to the public. Davis will introduce the movie with a short talk titled, “’Shirley, Why So Serious?’ Absurdism and Airplane!

To prepare for the presentation, Davis has “forced” himself to watch the movie several times recently. “Even when I know the jokes are coming, I still laugh,” says Davis. “And the movie is crammed with all kinds of visual puns that you miss on just one viewing.”

Thirty-eight years after the movie was released, Davis is philosophical about the film’s impact. “We need movies like Airplane!Modern life can seem extremely absurd at times, and there’s nothing like a good laugh––or many good laughs––to put things in perspective.”

Details

Airplane!

Friday, October 26

Capital BlueCross Theatre

Central Penn College, 600 Valley Road, Summerdale

  • 6 p.m. – Doors open. Food and drinks available from the Knightly News Media Club.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Introductory talk: “’Shirley, Why So Serious?’ Absurdism and Airplane!” by Professor Tom Davis
  • 7–9 p.m. – Airplane!
  • 9–9:30 p.m. – Q&A

Lebanon Valley College to Perform Little Shop of Horrors

Lebanon Valley College to Perform Little Shop of Horrors

Wig and Buckle Theater Company at Lebanon Valley College will perform Little Shop of Horrors. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.

Local students include:

  • Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production. Kaufmann plays the role of Orin.
  • Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music and English. Krall plays the role of Audrey.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Ticket prices range from $5 to $15 and LVC student tickets are free. Tickets can be reserved at www.wigandbuckle.com or by calling (717) 867-6162. Dates are Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4.

Since 1935, Wig and Buckle, a student-run organization, has performed musicals and plays for the enjoyment of LVC students and members of surrounding communities. The Company is teaming up once again with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota–two music fraternities on LVC’s campus that provide service hours to help with selling tickets, box office tasks, tear down of the set, and performing on stage–to bring this entertaining show to life.

Blandon Native to Perform in SRU Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

Blandon Native to Perform in SRU Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK – Fall has arrived and with it the sounds of rustling leaves, whistling trees and … flutes, piccolos and oboes? Hey, autumn isn’t just for pumpkins and miniature candy anymore, it’s also for band concerts and the Slippery Rock University Symphonic Wind Ensemble has you covered.

The 50-plus student-musician group will host its first performance of the season at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16 at Swope Music Hall.

Among the students participating is Abigail Metcalf, a sophomore bassoonist and music therapy major from Blandon.

The concert “promises a performance full of personality” according to Jonathan Helmick, assistant professor of music and ensemble conductor. “This concert is being themed after non-musical elements such as cartoons and caricatures,” Helmick said. “It was an idea that just came to me as I was programming. I was interested in exposing students to some atypical music and a diverse program. Packed with imagery, it allows the performers and audience alike to dive into their own imaginations as the concert progresses.

“We’ll feature pieces such as ‘La Mezquita de Cordoba’ by Julie Giroux, a composer of numerous pieces throughout band, orchestra and choir; ‘Cartoon’ by Paul Hart, a composer specializing in classical music; ‘Melody Shop’ by Karl King, a march music bandmaster and composer; ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ by composer/conductor Chris Pilsner; and ‘Magnolia Star’ by Steve Danyew, a composer, educator and arts administrator.”

The concert’s final piece will be “Fantasie Brillante” by conductor and composer Jean-Baptiste Arban and arranged by Donald Hunsberger. “(It’s) one of those flashy theme and variations that showcases the talents of a soloist. This particular piece is designed to shine. It fits with the theme of the concert as it really does capture a snapshot of the period in which it was written,” said Helmick

Helmick will be joined for the piece by the Music Department’s newest faculty member, Micah Holt, an instructor specializing in trumpet performance. “It will be a great opportunity for our students to work with him as he an outstanding musician,” said Helmick. “Furthermore, it will be a great way to formally welcome him to the SRU family.”

Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for students and families.

Nearly 150 students join Lebanon Valley’s The Pride of The Valley Marching Band

Homecoming 2017 Pride of The Valley marching band

Nearly 150 students join Lebanon Valley’s The Pride of The Valley Marching Band

ANNVILLE – Lebanon Valley College’s Pride of The Valley Marching Band will feature 140 students this year. The marching band performs at all home football games as well as appearances at various exhibitions throughout the fall semester.

Local students include:

  • Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.
  • Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.
  • Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production at The Valley.
  • Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.
  • Bethany Hepner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science at The Valley.
  • Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production at The Valley.
  • Kristen Suruskie of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.
  • Amanda Hatfield of Douglassville, a graduate of Daniel Boone Jr-Sr High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.

The 2018 show is titled “Rockpocalypse” and features the music:

  • “Symphony #40” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “Enter Sandman” by Metallica
  • “Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana
  • “Symphony #7” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi
  • “Shoot to Thrill” by AC/DC

Drum majors this year are Jake Weller, Eric Boyd, and Ashton Mooday; section leaders are listed below:

  • Flutes – Robert Tesoriero, Taylor Kyle
  • Clarinets – Ashley Peters, Abby Hamilton
  • Saxophones – Benjamin Smith, Ben Hoffman
  • Mellophone – Julia Davis
  • Trumpets – Morgan Hackett, Dan Behler
  • Low Brass – Chase Bartholomew, Quentin Gable, Madeline Teitsma
  • Colorguard – Casey Kelly, Laurel Reynolds
  • Drumline – Mitch Bowers, Matt Frey, Jared Kramer, Brennan Rivers
  • Pit – Jordan Woodward
  • Equipment – Todd Skelton
  • Drill Writer – Chris Evans
  • Music Arranger – Brad Pearson and Marching Monk

Studio B to host special opening reception for The Art of Film Exhibition Sept. 21

Studio B to host special opening reception for The Art of Film Exhibition Sept. 21

Studio B Fine Art Gallery announces the opening of The Art of Film Exhibition from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2018; the exhibit will feature work in all media within the realm of the film and movie industry. The exhibit will run until Sunday, Oct, 14, 2018. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Awards will be announced at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 21. The winning artwork will hang at the WCR Center for the Arts during the Award Winner’s exhibition, beginning 5:30 p.m. Oct, 18 and run through Nov. 11, 2018.

Following the opening reception Oct. 18, the State Theater will present a sneak peek movie and film trailers from the 2018 ReadingFilmFEST at the Theater in Boyertown from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

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Wilkes University Students Join the Marching Colonels

Wilkes University Students Join the Marching Colonels

WILKES-BARRE – Nineteen Wilkes University students joined the Marching Colonels for the 2018-2019 academic year. The band is the first collegiate marching band in northeast Pennsylvania.

Trevor Fegley of Hamburg plays the saxophone.

Lauren Johnson of Douglassville plays the in the color guard.

Bob Wood Resumes History Talks at Studio B Art Gallery

Bob Wood Resumes History Talks at Studio B Art Gallery

Boyertown  Bob Wood, historian, writer, teacher, artist, potter, and popular presenter invites history buffs to his Sunday afternoon history talks at Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, PA, beginning on September 16, 2018, from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Local history, interspersed with memories of his own life as a young boy on the farm, continue to inspire Wood’s weekly columns found in local newspapers and his casual Sunday afternoon discussions.

September 16: The Markley Diaries—A detailed and sometimes surprising primary source record of local folk life and business in  the late 18thcentury.

September 30: Spring Houses—“An ever flowing spring” was a valuable addition to early homesteads, and spring houses were soon constructed wherever possible.

October 21: “Drafted Clubs”—How Civil War draftees bought substitutes—Staggering casualty numbers terrified draftees into buying substitutes to serve in their stead.

October 28:  Sanatoga Speedway “The Action Track”—Mid-centurySanatoga stock car racescan best be described as, “for-the-fun-of-it,”yet thousands of fans filled the stands to cheer on their favorites.

November 4: Farewell to Freinsheim: The story of the Sea voyage to Colonial America; plus an Antes Family timeline.

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