A busy Saturday in Lehigh Valley: Art-in-the-Park and Stahl’s Pottery Festival

June 22nd, 2010 posted by Mike Stershic

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Art in the park

Sybil and I headed to one of my favorite annual events, Art-in-the-Park, on Saturday.

Before I get into the event itself, I have to rave about the location. Art-in-the-Park is held in Allentown’s West Park. With 78 varieties of trees, more than 300 varieties of shrubs, memorials along the east side of the park and the band shell where the Allentown Band performs free concerts every year on its western edge, West Park is a beautiful oasis within the city. It’s worth a trip even if there are no events going on.

Art-in-the-Park is a free event and organized by the West Park Civic Association. This year, it featured more than 80 artists displaying their works. I particularly enjoy the fact that Art-in-the-Park is a juried show, which helps maintain the quality of work. This is one arts event that delivers year after year.

It seems that each year we meet a new artist at Art-in-the-Park, and this year was no exception. I was taken by the work of photographer Jacqueline Lewis. Her photographs are well thought out and she uses an impressionistic technique that adds a great deal to the images. Since we’re both Lehigh alums, I just had to buy a color photograph of the recently restored stained glass sunlight and stacks of Linderman Library.

After lunch at Cali Burrito, I was ready for a nap, but we had another event to go to … whoever says there is nothing to do in Lehigh Valley is just not paying attention!

We ended the day at the 23rd Annual Stahl’s Pottery Festival, which celebrates the history of a well-known family of potters (the Stahls) who mainly work in redware. This year the show was excellent, with some potters we hadn’t seen before and others with whom we’re acquainted. We noticed some new styles of work in redware and many fun and unique pieces.

Every year these two events fall on the same day. Have you been to either?

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