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Ann Elizabeth Schlegel

Ann Elizabeth Schlegel

When looking to adorn Allentown’s new luxury Renaissance Hotel with art that could capture the color, glamour and excitement of the city’s rebirth, one artist’s name topped the list: Ann Elizabeth Schlegel. “I immediately thought of Ann,” said Jane Heft, vice president and director of project design and branding for City Center of Lehigh Valley. Heft had seen Schlegel’s se... »

Art Museums

Art Museums

Our lives are way too hectic. We text during family dinners. The kids are on their iPads in the back seat of the car. Mom and Dad are on their cell phones during school functions. The time has come to for us to “power down.” Why not start with an afternoon visit to a museum? Here in the Lehigh Valley we have access to two great museums, the Allentown Art Museum and the Sig... »

Angela Faidley: Out of Our Minds Art Studio

Angela Faidley: Out of Our Minds Art Studio

Some might think elementary school art teacher Angela Faidley was out of her mind for launching a business in her 22nd year of employment at St. Ann’s School in Emmaus. But, if you ask Faidley, teaching art during the day and running an art studio at night is “a dream come true.” “I have asked myself, ‘Why start a new career in the middle of my life,’” she said. “But then ... »

Q&A with Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest President/CEO

Q&A with Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest President/CEO

By Ann Wlazelek ArtsQuest has a new leader at the helm. Kassie Hilgert, former senior vice president of marketing and advancement for the Bethlehem-based non-profit organization that runs Musikfest, Chriskindlmarkt and Steel Stacks, earned the position and was selected out of more than 30 candidates in a nationwide search for founder Jeff Parks’ successor at ArtsQuest. Q. ... »

Large Flowerheads

Large Flowerheads

By Frederick Jerant It’s like a trip back in time: The room is packed with a sea of dancers, awash in tie-dye, paisley and fringes. They’re mesmerized and excited by the driving rhythms provided by keyboards, guitars, drums and voices. The only thing missing is the aroma of incense (and some other stuff). What you’re experiencing is the closest you’ll get to a swingin’ ‘60... »

Chris Manley

Chris Manley

by Ann Wlazelek Allen High graduate Chris Manley nearly ditched his dream of making movies or TV shows while studying film at Temple University in Philadelphia. “I got the feeling that because I was in Philly, a career in film was kind of impossible. I almost changed my major to English to teach creative writing,” he said in a recent phone interview. “It seemed more sensib... »

Martin Guitar

Martin Guitar

by Liz Reph Celebrated throughout the world for its top-quality instruments, C. F. Martin & Company has been headquartered in Nazareth for the past 175 years. Although they are best known for guitars – which have been famously played by performers such as Eric Clapton, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder and Woody ... »

From Accountant  to Artist: Jacqueline Meyerson

From Accountant to Artist: Jacqueline Meyerson

By Carole Gorney Jacqueline Meyerson freely admits to having gone through a mid-life crisis, but unlike some others in the same predicament, her crisis led to a career-changing decision. It turned a bored accountant into a prolific, award-winning artist. Since 2011, she has won five juried awards, and has been featured in nearly a dozen art exhibitions, including the Paste... »

Laura Beth Love: Dishfunctional Designs

Laura Beth Love: Dishfunctional Designs

By Ann Wlazelek While still in college, jewelry-maker Laura Beth Love hit upon the idea of creating something new and pretty from something old and broken. Some customers immediately recognized the colorful flowers, birds and wallpaper-like borders at the heart of Love’s necklaces. Others gasped when they realized why the patterns seemed familiar: they came from pieces of ... »

Nathan Breininger

Nathan Breininger

By Ann Wlazelek The pieces of Nathan Breininger’s career as a mosaic tile artist fell into place in a basement in Catasauqua. That’s where the then 19-year-old was laid up with a herniated disk from the back-breaking, knee-crunching labor of laying conventional tile in people’s bathrooms. “I had been saving all this beautiful glass from other jobs, laying on my side in the... »

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