Art Show And Sale ‘8 X 8 = 50+’ Allentown Arts Academy

Art show and sale ‘8 X 8 = 50+’
to raise funds for Allentown Arts Academy

Nov. 17 event will feature 8-inch art by students, teachers, alumni of William Allen High School arts program

Allentown, Pa. (Oct. 13, 2011) — Eight-inch-square canvases in a wide variety of styles and media will be on display Nov. 17 at “8 x 8 = 50+,” the second annual art show and sale sponsored by the Allentown Arts Academy Alliance. Funds raised at the event will support the Allentown Academy of the Arts, at William Allen High School.

The show will include more than 50 canvases in a wide array of styles and media, created by the Arts Academy’s students, teachers and alumni, as well as artists from the community and local colleges and universities. Artists include Joe Skrapits, John Gaydos, Ann Lalik, David Lee, Ron De Long, Kathy Alvaro, and many more.

Canvases will be auctioned starting at $50 each. The event will be held at the newly renovated art center at William Allen High School, entrance on Linden Street at the mosaic. The show takes place from 4 to 7 p.m., and purchases may be taken at 6:30 p.m.

The Academy of the Arts, William Allen’s magnet school program, offers studio instruction to Allentown School District students in theatre, dance, visual art, and music.

Photos of paintings and artists, as well as interview opportunities with Arts Academy students and teachers and with featured artists.

Gallery School Of Pottstown To Offer Spring Classes

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

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Pottstown, PA – Come out of winter hibernation and celebrate the arrival of spring!  The Gallery School has great classes starting in April.  Engage your child in the arts with Creative Kids, a wonderful drawing and painting class, for ages 7 – 12, beginning on April 9.  Kids learn to create in glass with Fused Glass Suncatcher on April 14 or May 14.  For the young artist age 3-6, our Cray Pas class begins April 6.

Get your hands dirty too!  Our Mom and Me Pottery class is the perfect opportunity for a parent and child to create together.  Mom and Me Pottery begins April 7.  Rolley Poley Pals, on April 16, and a fun Canvas Tote class, on May 7, teach your child how to sew.  Does your child love manga or like to draw cartoon characters?  Then our Cartooning class, beginning April 7, is the perfect choice.  Teens can learn to express themselves through art in Teen Studio, beginning April 7 or April 9. 

We didn’t forget the adults either!  Join Introduction to Drawing, beginning April; 7, or learn to use watercolors, oils and pastels in Draw and Paint Studio, starting April 5.  Turn beautiful glass and tiles into art with Mosaics; you can join this fun class on April 2 or April 5.  Our Open Studio Fused Glass class allows beginners to create gorgeous glass art.  If fiber arts are more your style, try our Yo-Yo Flag class on April 5 and 7. 

Students can register online at, over the phone at (610) 326-2506 or in person at 254 E. High Street in Pottstown.  Registering now to ensure your spot!

The Gallery School of Pottstown is a 501c3 non-profit community art school and gallery.  The School offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages.  The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence.  The Gallery on High hosts rotating shows featuring local artists.  The Gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.

Cathy Paretti, Co-founder

Contact:  Julie Tonnessen


The Gallery School of Pottstown @ Gallery on High

254 E. High St.

Pottstown, PA 19464

Voice:  (610) 326-2506 


Muhlenberg College Professor Wins Major National Award

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – (January 6, 2011) — Charles O. Anderson, associate professor of dance and director of the African-American Studies program at Muhlenberg College, has been named one of 12 “Emerging Scholars” for 2011.  The scholars are chosen by and profiled in Diverse magazine.

In its Jan. 6 edition, Diverse profiles 12 “under 40” scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research and service. These outstanding scholars serve as an inspiration to both students and colleagues.

Anderson, a native of Richmond, Va., holds a B.A. in performance and choreography from Cornell University, and an M.F.A. with honors from Temple University. Over the past 10 years, his choreography has been presented through such venues as Mulberry Street Theatre, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Danceboom! at the Wilma Theatre, WAX Performance Space and Here Arts Center among others.

He has performed in the companies of such noted choreographers as Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Mark Dendy, Talley Beatty and Miguel Guttierez among others. Charles’ choreography has been funded by Dance Advance, The Community Education Center’s New Edge Residency, the Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project and The Puffin Foundation.

Anderson continues to enjoy a successful career as choreographer, performer and artistic director of his Philadelphia based dance company, dance theatre X. He was recently awarded a Dance Advance Grant (an organization sponsored by Pew Charitible Trusts) to collaborate with South African choreographer Vincent Mantsoe.
Diverse, then Black Issues In Higher Education, first published its “Emerging Scholars” edition in 2002. It has remained one of the magazine’s most popular editions since its inception. Diverse  editors selects honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public information officers, and others.
Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study.

The “Emerging Scholars” for 2011 are:

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, associate professor of higher education, The Ohio State University
Dr. Rochelle Parks-Yancy, associate business professor, Texas Southern
Charles O. Anderson, associate professor of dance and director of the African-American studies program at Muhlenberg College.
Dr. Chekesha Liddell, associate professor of materials science and engineering, Cornell University.
Dr. Wayne Alix Ian Frederick, associate professor, Howard University Medical School, specializes in surgical oncology.
Dr. Gina Núñez-Mchiri, an assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UT El Paso
Dr. Federico Ardila, assistant professor of mathematics at San Francisco State University,
Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University;
Dr. Carlos D. Bustamante, a population geneticist at Stanford University
Dr. Ashlesh Murthy, research assistant professor of biology, University of Texas-San Antonio
Yiyun Li, an associate professor of English, at the University of California at Davis
Sarah Deer, Assistant Professor, William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota.

‘8 X 8 = 50’ Art Show And Sale Benefits Allentown School District Arts Program

Nov. 18 event will feature 8-inch art by students, teachers, alumni of William Allen High School arts program.

Allentown, PA (Nov. 15, 2010) – Eight-inch-square canvases in a wide variety of styles and media will be on display at “8X8=50,” a Nov. 18 art show and sale in support of the Allentown Academy of the Arts, at William Allen High School.

More than 50 canvases will be on sale at the show for $50 each. Funds will go to student programs of the Academy of the Arts, William Allen’s “school within a school” offering Allentown School District students instruction in theatre, dance, music and visual arts.

Canvases have been created by students, teachers and alumni of the Academy as well as artists from the community and local colleges and universities, all of whom are interested in supporting arts education in the Allentown School District.

“Work for this event is exceptional,” says Joan Gaydos, president of the Allentown Academy of the Arts Alliance, The Arts Academy advisory board that sponsors the event. “The strong support received from within the community demonstrates how important the youth of Allentown and the arts in public education are.”

The exhibit includes canvases by Jim Musselman, Jill Pecklum, John Gaydos, Ann Lalik, Rudy Ackerman, Lucy Gans, Heather Sincavage, and many more.

The exhibit and sale will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Antonio Salemme Foundation, 542 Hamilton St., Suite 208. Purchases may be taken at 6 p.m