|The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is pleased to announce the new line-up for the fourth annual Arts Alive Series 2016, “Fine Art: Curating, Collecting & Creating.” Three events will explore the passion for fine art from the perspectives of a curator, an artist and a collector within the intimacy of the artist’s studio and the collector’s home.
An Artist Rediscovered: On Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, art historian and curator Dr. Christine I. Oaklander will lead visitors on an excursion into the life and art of 19th century artist, Henry Grant Plumb. An international artist, Plumb was born in 1847 in the central New York town of Sherburne and maintained a studio in New York City until his death in 1930.
In the spring of 2014, Dr. Oaklander discovered a treasure trove of Plumb’s works on paper, forty oil paintings, letters, photo albums, awards, and personal belongings—packed under a dealer’s table at the Great Eastern Paper Show in Allentown. Her discovery has prompted a personal quest to revive Plumb’s reputation, which includes arranging scholarly exhibitions and writing a catalog.
Portraiture: The Artist Within invites guests into the Allentown studio of figurative painter Dan Van Horn on Sunday, April 10, 2016, from 10:30 to noon. Van Horn will speak about the fascinating challenge to capture the reality and personality of his subjects.
Dana received an M.F.A. from Yale University and is on the faculty of the Baum School and Moravian College. His work is featured in various museum and private collections.
The series finale, The Personality of a Collection, occurs on Saturday, June 25, 2016, and features arts enthusiasts Bruce and Pamela Loch, who lead a private tour of their fine art collection and share stores about a few favorites. The collection spans a twenty year history of accumulating more than eighty, two- and three- dimensional works from around the country. In 2013, the Lochs built a new one-story Bauhaus-style home in Lower Macungie township designed by well known architect Larry Berman; the house showcases their extensive collection of oil paintings, watercolors, prints and glass and bronze sculptures.
Attendance is limited for these behind-the-scenes cultural tours to only twenty-five visitors at each event, so reserve your tickets soon at LVArtsBoxOffice.org. All three events occur from 10:30 a.m. to noon; all three locations are in Allentown and your tickets will provide directions to the three venues. Light refreshments will be served at each event in the series. Fees for each event are $15 for Arts Council members; $25 for nonmembers. Enjoy a special $10 discount if you purchase the series ticket to all three events.
Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Making the transition from military to civilian life can be challenging for many veterans. Introducing college into the mix can make that transition even harder. While key services like veteran-specific orientation and advising can help veterans start their academic careers on the right foot, many challenges they face go beyond homework and test scores.
For the sixth time, Victory Media has designated Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) as a “Military Friendly School,” positioning the institution among the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the country for its veteran support services.
MCCC takes its commitment to student veterans a step beyond orientation and advising—although those services are part of the mix. A Veterans Resource Center, located in a small, renovated farmhouse at MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, plays an important role in the lives of the institution’s veterans. Here, students can meet with Veterans Services staff, participate in study groups and tutoring, and build an important support network with their peers.
For student veteran Joe Long, having such a network made a world of difference. Long and other student veterans shared their experiences with the MCCC community during a Veterans Day panel discussion in November.
“It’s challenging to fill the time when no one is telling you what to do. I didn’t know how to be on my own, how to be a student. It’s why I wasn’t successful the first time I came back [to college],” shared Long, who served as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force.
Today, with a supportive network he built at MCCC, Long is a successful engineering major and works part-time as an assistant in the VRC.
“For me, it started by stumbling on to another veteran in one of my classes, then going to the Veterans Resource Center, then being more active on campus by getting involved in the veterans club,” he shared.
The Student Veterans Organization meets weekly in the VRC and functions like a student club. The group engages in advocacy and education around veterans’ issues and participates in a variety of community service opportunities. This fall, the SVO partnered with MCCC’s Student Nurses Club to tag and donate Trees for Troops. Members have also been working with Shamrock Reins, a non-profit organization in Pipersville that provides equine assisted activities and therapies for veterans, active duty and reserve service members, first responders and the families of veterans, military personnel, first responders and fallen heroes.
MCCC also thinks outside the box when it comes to positioning veterans for success. For example, the College offers free yoga and meditation sessions each semester for student and community veterans. Also, this spring, Psychology faculty members Dr. Anne Marie Donohue and Dr. Deb Greenspan will team-teach a special Intro to Psychology (PSY 101) course section for student veterans. The Psychology department will also partner with the SVO to offer a Veterans Mindfulness Retreat for 20 students.
Veteran enrollment at MCCC has more than doubled over the past decade, with 505 veterans enrolled this fall. To learn more about Veterans Services, visit http://www/.mc3.edu/student-resources/vrc.