On this first day of April, there are many new art exhibits on display and at least one nearby Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Festival underway.
Today and tomorrow, Saturday, April 1st from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the 15th annual juried Spring Fine Arts and Craft Festival at Kutztown University, O’Pake Fieldhouse, South Campus Drive and Baldy Street, Kutztown, PA.
Be the first to enjoy the handcrafted work produced by our juried artisans over the winter. Back by popular demand, the Students Gallery and music by “The Acoustic Road Show.” Admission by donation of $6, Children 12 and under free. Free Admission for KU Students and Employees with Valid ID. Watch for flyers & ads with $1 off coupon or print out this page and present it at the gate.
There are several outstanding recently opened shows at Allentown Art Museum. Designing for the Loom: Drawings by William Geskes opened yesterday (and continues through November 2, 2017)
For more than forty years, William Geskes (1877-1962) created designs for Paterson, New Jersey, silk manufacturers. This exhibition features a selection of his drawings, which silk factories would have translated into repeated patterns to be woven as fabric. Geskes’ striking designs, which range from graceful floral motifs to wildly colored abstractions, provide a fascinating glimpse into the textile industry in the first half of the twentieth century.
But if you are going to Allentown Art Museum, you won’t want to miss the incredible Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami (closing on May 28, 2017).
Above the Fold presents the work of nine renowned artists working in six different countries and ranging in age from twenty-nine to seventy-one. These artists—Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Robert J. Lang (USA), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), Richard Sweeney (UK), and Jiangmei Wu (China/USA)—have been pushing the boundaries of origami to elevate what was once considered a children’s craft into a sophisticated global art form. Some have even employed mathematical theorems to solve folding problems and advance the capabilities of the medium. Now, origami not only expresses the beauty and spirit of natural forms such as birds and animals, but it also touches on religious, social, and political ideas—moving the viewer with both the intricacy of its craft and the power of the artist’s message.
The Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th Street, Allentown, PA, is free every Sunday (and on Thursdays from 4 p.m – 8 p.m.), and this Sunday, April 2nd there are also some free tours and family and adult activities planned, including free, walk-in folding sessions with folding projects for all experience levels, from novice through expert, (different projects for each of three Sundays).
Red earthenware — known as “redware” — has been a celebrated aspect of Pennsylvania German decorative arts by historians, collectors, and museums and one of the most popular crafts to be revived in the 20th century. Though the artfully decorated redware presentation plates and special pieces made by some 18th and early 19th century potters are treasured and sought after, most redware was utilitarian and was the everyday baking and food preparation crockery that was a vital part of a Pennsylvania German household. This exhibit will feature redware from the Heritage Center collection, plus some special additions from private collections.
Next week, on April 8, 2017, a new show opens in the Fraktur Gallery at Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Flowers in Pennsylvania German Textiles and Folk Art;
In Bloomin’/Blumen, we present a selection of objects from the permanent collection including our seldom-displayed embroidered wool quilts; the drawings of Sarah (Kriebel) Dresher; and large Berlin wool embroideries beloved of our 19th century Schwenkfelder women, to name a few of the highlights. These will be complemented by family photographs of gardens and gardeners submitted by Heritage Center friends.
This local Pennsburg museum is always free and open to the public (closed on Mondays).