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Go-karts zip through SteelStacks campus in inaugural grand prix (PHOTOS)

Close to 30 teams participated in Sunday’s SteelStacks Grand Prix in Bethlehem.

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A venue that in less than two months will be filled with the sights and sounds of Musikfest on Sunday offered visitors a vastly different set of sights and sounds. 

The SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem was converted into a half-mile racing track for the inaugural SteelStacks Grand Prix. The event was being billed as a way to celebrate Father’s Day and featured close to 30 teams competing in go-kart races on the makeshift track. 

Lehigh Valley Grand Prix and ArtsQuest were the organizers. 

The track winded through PNC Plaza, offering racers a straightaway that allowed them to reach speeds of up to 40 mph. 

The top teams from the preliminary rounds advanced to a finals race with the winning team taking home trophies created by the Glass Studio at ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory. 

Food trucks, a car show presented by Chevy 21 and a Mario Kart video game tournament inside ArtsQuest Center were among the other offerings at the event. 

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How a state gambling expansion may boost the Banana Factory

The state Senate sent an amended bill back to the House that includes a big grant for ArtsQuest.

The renovation of ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory in South Bethlehem may get a $5…

New South Bethlehem mural spurs debate on public art vetting

One planning commission member is asking what should the process be for approving public art.

A new Bethlehem Steel-inspired mural that went up during the SouthSide Arts and…

Soup’s on for ArtsQuest’s 8th annual Souper Bowl (PHOTOS)

Soup lovers crowded the ArtsQuest Center to sample all kinds of soups.

It’s soup time!
Soup enthusiasts gathered Saturday at ArtsQuest Center’s Musikest Cafe for the eighth annua…

PeepsFest races to New Year’s Eve 2016 with 5K (PHOTOS)

The second day of PeepsFest 2016 included a 5K race and will culminate with the Peeps Chick drop.

SteelStacks in Bethlehem was the place to be Saturday.
Hundreds gather…

These 8 artworks will grace area billboards in 2017

See the Lehigh Valley artists, including one local high schooler, who won ArtsQuest’s ArtPop 2017 competition.

Drivers will soon get some new scenery along Lehigh Valley highways, thanks to the eight winners of the ArtPop 2017 Billboard Competition

On Tuesday, Adams Outdoor Advertising and ArtsQuest announced the group of eight artists whose work will decorate billboards starting Jan. 2 and continuing through 2017. They topped a record-high field of 150 entries to secure their spots on billboards in Lehigh County, Northampton County and, for the first time, Berks County.  

One winner will get a bonus prize. Liberty High School junior Olivia Lunger won the High School Competition for her digital work “Math Wiz,” and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Kutztown University art program by the Kutztown University Foundation.

A public poll chose one victor, Michelle Neifert, of Bethlehem, as the “People’s Choice” for her acrylic piece “New Year’s Day.” The six other winners were picked by panel of judges that included representatives from ArtsQuest, Adams Outdoor Advertising, the James A. Michener Museum, Connexions Gallery and Penn State Lehigh Valley.  

The winning works span visual media disciplines, including paintings, sculpture, photography. This is the third year for the Lehigh Valley’s ArtPop competition.

Here is the full list of 2017’s winners: 

  • Melissa Perhamus, Easton. “Warmth Beyond the Hills,” Acrylic.
  • Susanna Parker, Bethlehem. “Horizon,” Mixed Media Digital Collage.
  • Cathy O’Connor, Orefield. “Orlando,” Cut Mosaic.
  • Keith Shepard, Easton. “Midday Solace,” Airbrushed Acrylic on Canvas
  • Michael Brolly, Bethlehem. “Mother, Daughter,” Turned Wood.
  • Erin Anderson, Riegelsville. “Karen Looking,” Oil on Copper.
  • High School competition winner: Olivia Lunger, Liberty High School. “Math Wiz,” Digital Media. 
  • People’s Choice Winner: Michelle Neifert, Bethlehem. “New Year’s Day.” Acrylic on Alumalite.

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Christkindlmarkt attendance numbers show 2016 was a banner year

The German-themed holiday marketplace drew almost 70,000 people to the Christmas City this year.

Christkindlmarkt’s expansion paid off for Bethlehem this year. 
The German-…

A renowned photographer’s look at the Lehigh Valley in the Depression era

Walker Evans traversed parts of the region in 1935 to take pictures for a federal government program.

A cross-shaped gravestone sits atop a hillside cemetery. At the bottom of …

Inaugural Linny Award recipients named

ArtsQuest Foundation to honor arts’ supporters in November.

The ArtsQuest Foundation recently announce the recipients of the first Linny Awards.

nob Fowler 2-6-13 nobFowler2-6-13.jpgMarlene “Linny” Fowler was a huge supporter of the arts. She died in 2013 at the age of 73. 

Named after the late Marlene “Linny” Fowler, of Bethlehem, the multidisciplinary awards honor Fowler’s dedication to and support of the arts.

The awards presentation will be held Nov. 10 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

The 2016 Linny Award winners are:

Vicki DaSilva of Allentown, Visual Artist of the Year.
DaSilva has been credited with the term “light graffiti” and was the first to use the medium as a solo art practice. 

Craig Thatcher of Coopersburg, Performing Artist of the Year. Thatcher is a rock and blues musician who has toured across country and around the globe.

Jeremy Gipson of Orefield, Emerging Artist of the Year. Gipson creates both visual art and music and was the winner of the inaugural ArtPop Lehigh Valley Scholastic Billboard Competition.

Denise Parker of Bethlehem, Arts Educator of the Year.
Parker is the vocal music/choral director at Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem, teaching all 790 students there.

Paul Farr of Center Valley, Philanthropy in the Arts Award.
Farr serves on the ArtsQuest Visual Arts Board and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center Honorary Board. In 2016, he and his wife, Kym, founded the Cesar Bourdon Memorial Fund through the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation to honor organizations or individuals dedicated to helping neighbors in Allentown‘s inner city.

Knoll Inc., located in East Greenville, Excellence in Product Design.
Lehigh Valley-based business is honored for innovativeness and creativity of its goods and products.

Three area businesses also received Supporter of the Arts awards. They are: Concannon Miller, of Bethlehem, for small business; Embassy Bank, of Bethlehem, medium; and Air Products, Allentown, for large business supporter.

Jordie Werner of Bethlehem, received the Penn State Lehigh Valley Scholarship Award. Werner is a senior at Liberty High School and a film/video producer.

Linny Award nominations were submitted for artists, organizations and businesses in Lehigh, Northampton, Upper Bucks and Upper Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, and Warren County, N.J.

The ArtsQuest Foundation Board previously selected three individuals from the region for their longtime commitment and dedication to the arts. They are: Steve Tobin, of Quakertown,  Joe Brake, of Bethlehem and Ann Roth, of Bangor

Visit the ArtsQuest Foundation website for more information and to purchase tickets for the event.

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Want to see what a $3M car looks like? It’ll be parked at SteelStacks

The 1948 Tucker is going to be on display inside the ArtsQuest Center as part of a special program on Sept. 11.

Only 51 were made. Of those, one is in the Smithsonian National M…