ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founders Way // Bethlehem, PA 18015
This exhibit demonstrates the limitless boundaries of the mind by creating dynamic pieces of artwork that play off of the idea of the subconscious and conscious mind. The gardens of the mind is perceived as transcendence between life and death and the emotions of dreams vs nightmares.
Mikayla Resh, a young woman from Nazareth who was discovered to have severe, permanent brain damage when she was only 5-days old, has learned to create large acrylic paintings using just the wheels of her wheelchair. As part of the “Mikayla’s Voice” exhibit in the Banana Factory’s Hallway to the Arts Dec. 18-Feb. 7, viewers will discover the amazing work of Resh, as well as other students the 19-year old has taught through the Wheels of Friendship program started by her and her mother, Kimberly Resh. During PEEPSFEST, Dec. 30-31 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Wheels of Friendship will also be doing demonstrations of their accessible art program.
“Our goal is always to include students with disabilities and their peers at school when we create these paintings,” Kimberly says. “It’s important to show the children that everyone can be included.”
The opening reception will be held Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m.
Banana Factory Hallway Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-332-1300 map & directions
An exhibition of photographs sponsored by NCC Art Program and InVision Photo Festival/ArtsQuest
November 2 – December 18, 2015 Reception: November 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Communications Hall Gallery
Northampton Community College
Bethlehem, PA, Main Campus
Lehigh Valley artist, Yevette Hendler, uses photography as her art medium even though she doesn’t identify herself as a photographer while creating her art. Although she does strive for technically correct photographs, the artistic nature of her images is as important if not more so. As we are surrounded by so much chaos in our daily lives, it is important to stop for a moment, cease your work, and look around you. Hendler’s goal is and always has been to make the ordinary into something extraordinary.
What are Vignettes? “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
The “canvas” to my imagination uses photography to show a very specific point of view. The resulting image is like a vignette based on it being “a short [subjective] scene that focuses on one moment or gives an [incisive] impression about a character, idea, setting, or object.” In these images, I don’t present the whole scene; place and time do not matter. Each image tells its own story, and the groupings have become vignettes themselves of ongoing or newly emerged series.
— Yevette Hendler 2015
This tribute to master watercolorist Frank A. Pietrucha (1926 – 2014) highlights the mainstay of his seven-decade career–landscapes and architectural scenes. These paintings reveal the unique way he saw the world, in a delightful and often humorous manner. With utmost enthusiasm and devotion, he painted lively scenes of Bermuda, Europe, New England, Cape May, and other historic and nonspecific places in New Jersey, where he lived before moving to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2013. This exhibition also features his distinctive curvilinear paper sculptures and oil paintings.
Pietrucha’s paintings gleam with color: Watercolor pigments are typically transparent and appear luminous, as light is reflected off of the white paper. An impeccable draftsman, Pietrucha’s brushwork ranges from tight and linear to loose and painterly. The challenging medium of watercolor was popular when Pietrucha went to art school in the 1940s. Like many artists, he kept the style he initially mastered and ignored trends. His paintings are classics. Working from both a professional and personal perspective, the artist’s daughter, Dr. Diane P. Fischer, curated this exhibition.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Frank Pietrucha was the sixth of seven children of Polish immigrant parents who were devoutly Catholic, patriotic, hardworking, and loving. The family prospered financially until they lost their construction business during the Great Depression of 1929. Throughout his school years, Frank was dedicated to becoming an artist. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Occupation after World War II, Pietrucha attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art (1947 – 1949). Because it was so close to New York City, the school attracted excellent teachers. Before he graduated, Frank was recruited to work as an art director for a design firm. In 1956, Frank married Dorothy Bol, a popular banker and singer. They raised three children in their home in West Orange, New Jersey. It was not until 1973, when he opened his own business at home, that Pietrucha had time to pursue fine art zealously. He was prolific, exhibiting in numerous group and thirteen one-person exhibitions. A member of the highly selective New Jersey Watercolor Society, his work is represented in numerous private collections as well as at the Montclair Art Museum and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University.