Albright students present original artwork at Freedman Gallery

Fifty-five Albright College students presented original artwork for the Freedman Gallery’s annual juried student exhibit this May. Several artists earned prizes and awards in different categories during a special reception and many of the exhibitors sold work to visitors.

Local artists included:

Moises Burgos of Bernville, studying art education at Albright. A graduate of Kensington Interntnal Business, Burgos’s artwork included: Digital, “Sharpener Spice.”
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Luis Fernandez of Temple, studying accounting at Albright. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Fernandez’s artwork included: Photograph, “Current Meditation” on sale for 15 alongside Photograph, “Mural in New York” for 10.
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Kyle Gantert of Reading, studying business administration/management at Albright. A graduate of Reading High School, Gantert’s artwork included: Pen and Ink, “The Fields” .

Tyanna Guzman of Reading, studying art at Albright. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Guzman’s artwork included: Ink Wood Cut Print, “Love’s Complicated” on sale for 20 alongside Acrylic, “Naturally Beautiful” for 60 . Guzman’s “Love’s Complicated” earned this year’s second place award for $150.

Riona Mackey-Wood of Reading, studying music industry studies at Albright. A graduate of Wilson High School, Mackey-Wood’s artwork included: Acrylic Paint, “The Abyss.”
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Faith Miravich of Reading, studying Digital Studio Art at Albright. A graduate of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Miravich’s artwork included: Watercolor, “AZ Dream” on sale for 160 alongside Encaustic, “Tumultuous” for 85 and Wood and Acrylic, “And through Trial I will Rise like a phoenix” for 200.
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Kierstin Moses of Birdsboro, studying Digital Communications at Albright. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Moses’s artwork included: Archival Inkjet Print, “Tire Typology” on sale for 55 .
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Raquel Rohrbach of Reading, studying biology at Albright. A graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, Rohrbach’s artwork included: Acrylic, “Old Age” on sale for 75.
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Alex Goshert a part of ‘Masters Choreographers’

Pictured from left are dancers Jordan Page (’19) and Nadia Urena (’19) from Master Choreographers.
Goshert one of more than 70 students who performed at Muhlenberg College

The Muhlenberg College dance program showcased seven world-premiere works by seven world-class choreographers in its annual “Master Choreographers” concert, Feb. 7 through 9, 2019.

Alex Goshert from Shillington was one of the dancers who took part in “Master Choreographers.”

“This concert presents a sensational evening of dance,” said Karen Dearborn, founding director of Muhlenberg’s dance program and the concert’s artistic director. “We’re excited to showcase these electrifying works by our acclaimed guest artists and faculty.”

This season’s concert featured works by critically acclaimed guest artists as well as Muhlenberg faculty choreographers.

Read more here and check out a video preview here.

Brenna Klinger among students to present senior seminar and portfolio in art student exhibition

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will feature art works and portfolios of advanced students in the university art and design department in a Senior Seminar and Portfolio in Art Student Exhibition April 29 through May 8, 2019.

The exhibition will include works produced by students completing independent study projects and works from selected art and design classes, including Brenna Klinger, of Blandon.

Hours for the gallery, located in the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A reception for the artists will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public at no cost.

At the reception, the 2019 Excellence in the Arts awards will be presented. The art and design department also will present the Dr. Irene Mitchel Three Sisters Endowed Art Scholarship in memory of Helen Mitchel Stetz and Mary Mitchel Kurello and the Cecilia S. Cohen Award for Excellence in Art History.

Seniors majoring in integrated art and design participating in the exhibit include Andreas Alomar of East Stroudsburg; Laila Andujar of Milford; Kelliann Brown of Bogota, N.J.; Kristen Cappello of Milford; Samatha Dietz of Johnstown; Brenna Klinger of Blandon; Alicia Koval of Broomall; Lauren Lawrence of Bronx, N.Y.; Timothy Morrell of Staatsburg, N.Y.; Brendan Reilly of Mount Bethel; Ellen Rosenfield of Bethlehem; Jennifer Tullo of Cedar Grove; and Ryan Zacharias of Brodheadsville.

Senior art and design majors featured in the exhibit include Stephen Coleman of Summit, N.J.; Elizabeth Lyman of Bristol; Cody Sarisky of East Stroudsburg; and Ryan Wenrich of Wyoming.

Two senior art and design majors are graduating with double majors: Laura Hatch of East Stroudsburg with a second major in psychology and Maryruth Maichin of East Stroudsburg with a second major in English.

The exhibit also will include works by junior integrated art and design majors Isis Hodge of East Stroudsburg and John Maffei of Milford and junior art and design major Alaina Warner of Rockaway, N.J.

For more information on the exhibit or reception, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Center at esuarts.esu.edu or call 570.422.3483.

Art for Arf’s Sake

Contributing Artist Spotlight: Tim Riegel

There would be no Art for Arf’s Sake without the incredible artwork donated by renowned local artists and makers.

Today we want to highlight one of our contributing artists, Tim Riegel. His passion for drawing and painting started in grade school and has grown stronger ever since. Tim was always sketching outside direct from nature and took Saturday and evening classes at the Wyomissing Art Institute to hone his talents.

Wildlife, nature and rural landscapes with barns and farms have always fascinated him and has inspired him to paint.

Growing up, Tim spent a lot of time on his grandparent’s farm in Berks County and cabin in rural Potter County. Both places were great inspiration to sketch and photograph ideas for paintings.

For Tim, the joy of completing a painting or mural that people can enjoy is truly rewarding. To see the reaction of little kids especially, when they see a big wall painted with scenery is a personal satisfaction money can’t buy.

Thank you Tim for sharing your talents and passion with us. The funds raised from the sale of your donated piece will directly provide vital resources and care for homeless, abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in our community.

Remember folks, the art auction is less than two weeks away. Grab your Art for Arf’s Sake Auction tickets today and help save animals with art.

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Sera Doughton to participate in Bloomsburg University Dance Minor Concert

“The Light in the Dark: The ninth annual Dance Minor Concert” will be held at Bloomsburg University at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019; and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public; doors open for seating 30 minutes prior to performance.

Sera Doughton of Reading will participate in the show as sound editor, dancer and choreographer.

The dance concert features seven pieces, each exploring a unique perspective and theme. The content explored through varied dance styles includes: miscarriage, mental health: depression/anxiety, abusive relationships, standing proudly in your self-essence, suicide, degenerative illness and aging and consumption/environmental concerns.

The concert title, The Light in the Dark, reflects the perspective of the choreographers that we create hope when we bring attention and voice to difficult matters.

Choreographers include students Sera Doughton, Angela Peiffer, Nicole Gagliardi, Briana Gist, Eliza Treese, Emel Rasim, and Professor Julie Petry, Artistic Director.

Wilkes University news

Pictured from left are Major Michelle Rakers, Lauren McClintock, Kyle Rosler, David Miller. Dr. Philip Simon, Wilkes University Band Director, Hunter Bowman, Lauren Johnson and Leah Persing.

Lauren Johnson of Douglassville played in the 72nd annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band

Lauren Johnson of Douglassville was chosen to play with the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band with other student musicians from 27 other schools across the state.

They performed under the baton of Major Michelle Rakers, former assistant conductor of the U.S. Marine Band. Johnson plays the clarinet.

Allies Drag Show on April 4 to Benefit LGBTQ Youth Charities

Allies of Kutztown University will present its annual Allies Drag Show on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.

This year’s show, sponsored by the Association of Campus Events, will feature Bible Girl with special guests Elektra Fearce St. James, Ophelia Hotass, Onyx Black, Sharron Ann Husbands and Leo Monroe. The show will also feature a variety of student drag and music performers. The event is free and open to the public.

All donations collected at the event will benefit Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center and Novus ACS.

Bible Girl is the stage name of Zack Ryan, an American drag performer and larger than life social media presence. He is best known for being the CEO of www.dragqueenmerch.com.

Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center creates a vibrant community for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in the Lehigh Valley through life-enriching LGBT arts & culture programs, leading-edge LGBT health programs, daily LGBT youth programs, critical supportive services, an annual regional pride festival and an informative Training Institute.

Novus ACS was designed to meet the needs of sexually active adults providing quality, affordable care to patients regardless of gender, sexual identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

For more information on the event, contact Christine Price, director of the KU GLBTQ Resource Center, at price@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4655.

Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir Embarks on Spring Tour

The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir proudly announces its 83rd annual spring tour from March 17 through 24. Conducted by Dr. Kyle Zeuch, the 60-member ensemble will give multiple concert performances in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music and English.

Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

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.

Kristen Suruskie of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

The 83rd Annual LVC Concert Choir will bring their program, “Be Well: Body, Mind, and Spirit,” to the Washington, D.C. area March 22 through 24. The songs to be performed include Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Lotti’s “Crucifixus” to more contemporary pieces “The State of Emptiness” by Catherine Dalton and Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay.”

The program also includes a wide variety of literature including a traditional Pennsylvaina Dutch piece, “Reide, Reide, Geili,” and an arrangement of the spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”

The traditional LVC Concert Choir pieces “Vela Vela” and Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” will round out the concert. It is our hope that this combination of pieces will encourage audiences to reflect on their own wellness, or at least, accept the concert as some respite from the busyness of our daily lives.

Benise brings his acclaimed PBS special to Kutztown University March 21

Join the audience on a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that celebrates the fire, passion and spirit of Spain with Fuego!, which takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus.

Armed with his Spanish guitar, Benise is backed by a stage-full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers hand-picked from an international pool of talent. Flamenco dancers take center stage in a tribute to Old World Spain while breathtaking couture fashions and innovative staging and choreography give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover.

With a beautiful and charming Spanish courtyard as the backdrop, Benise debuts all new music, dance and costumes, adding his signature twist on classics such as “Granada,” “Malaguena,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Asturias” and “Adagio.” It’s a musical adventure that includes the “Dress of a Thousand Roses,” one of the world’s largest Flamenco fans, and many more surprises. Fuego! captures world music at its best with a show that appeals to the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures and musical backgrounds.

Regular admission is $40, $36 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 610-683-4092.

Established as the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

“Farm to Table” exhibit at Studio B ends March 12, 2019

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown announced Jan. 18, 2019, the opening of “Farm to Table,” the studio’s 11th annual exhibit celebrating the area’s agricultural roots.

The exhibit, fondly known among the gallery’s artists and patrons as “The Farm,” is the studio’s most popular exhibit and takes a slightly different approach each year. This year, gallery director Susan Biebuyck added food art to the exhibit’s focus highlighting her view that “in the end, it’s all about the food.”

“This year, we wanted to acknowledge the support of our Pennsylvania legislators in naming Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as the sponsor of the exhibit,” said Jane Stahl, director of community relations. “In 2007, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts funded our fledgling efforts to promote art and our local artists. The Arts and Activities Alliance was added as a 5thcommittee of Building a Better Boyertown.

“Our first year we staged a few exhibits along Boyertown’s streets, offered some classes and workshops, and took field trips to several artists studios. A little over a year later Studio B opened and staged its first exhibit during Boyertown’s annual Holiday Open House Tour.

“Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has continued its support for our efforts; we are grateful that our legislators recognize the important of the arts and culture in our communities in maintaining quality of life and economic security.”

Prizes will be awarded on Friday night, including the coveted “Best in Show,” which nets the winner a cash prize, as well as a featured spot during the agricultural- and environmental-themed exhibit in 2020.

In 2018, the exhibit was titled “Farm/Earth” combining “The Farm” with the annual April show celebrating the environment to make room in the schedule for an exhibit entitled “Wheels” that received a grant award from Berks County Community Foundation.

Joanne Schlosser was awarded Best in Show in 2018 for her mixed media piece “No Chickens Allowed.”

Schlosser is an adjunct faculty member offering art classes at Reading Area Community College and has been a loyal member of Studio B since the studio opened in 2008.

Schlosser explains that her teaching inspires her artwork, opening her mind to unlimited creative potentials and exploration. Mixing linocut printmaking on painted silk is one example. Central to her work is making the invisible visible—making what can be seen only with a microscope or visualizing a concept through her art. What matters most to Schlosser is the opportunity to thoughtfully move the observer.

“With ‘No Chickens Allowed,’ I mock suburban regulations forbidding ownership of pet chickens by presenting a doorway with a wild bird seated on top eating seeds provided by residents,” Schlosser said.

In a relief sculpture created with decorative boxes of ink drawings on a stretched canvas that continues the ink designs onto the canvas, the piece visualizes the soulful beauty of jazz music.

“Farm to Table” is being juried by Shelbi R. Stoneback. Stoneback comes from a family of artists and studied as a metalsmith for more than 20 years. She is on the board of trustees of The Baum School of Art and vice president of the board of directors of Healing Through the Arts.

“We are always very excited to see what our artists bring to this show,” said Biebuyck. “They have wowed us with their innovation and fresh takes on the traditional subjects of agriculture and farming. And, as a ‘foodie’ myself, I’m eager to see our artists take on this year’s theme.”