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Intervals: Footprints of the Desert by Miquelina Seijo


BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania—Join ArtsQuest at the Banana Factory Arts Center to celebrate local artists in upcoming visual art exhibits throughout the spring and summer months of 2022. For a full schedule of exhibits and events, please visit bananafactory .org.

By May 15, “My mind is an escape roomby Kailey Atkinson is on display in the Corridor to the Arts. These pieces are a collection of mixed media collage works created from 2019 to the present day. This exhibit chronicles Atkinson’s experience with mental and physical illness, as well as body image struggles and societal issues. “My work is playful or silly at first, but I hope viewers look beyond the glitz to reveal the deeper themes and perhaps relate them to their own experiences,” Atkinson said. “My work is a doorway for me, a step into the light, and I hope watching it can bring a sense of magic and hope to others.” Atkinson is a graduate of Cedar Crest College and is currently pursuing a K-12 art education. Certification from the University of Moravia who primarily creates mixed media collages through illustration and papermaking with 2D and 3D elements.

Now until May 22Abecynniaby William Harris is exhibited at the Banko Gallery. This event is the first public presentation of illustrations for Harris’ upcoming novel. Follow the story of two sisters as they embark on an intergalactic adventure to save their kingdom. “I want to come back and dedicate this show to one of the main hands and close friend, the late Linny Fowler,” Harris said. “I want to show my undying gratitude by having the first-ever exhibition of this body of work in his building.” Harris is originally from New Jersey and attended California College of the Arts (and Crafts) and earned a bachelor’s degree in glassmaking. He is currently studying at the Royal College of Art for an MA in Product Design focusing on homewares, biophilic design and exploring recyclable materials.

Until May 15, “Floating Blue” by Thomas Pickarski, is on display at the ArtsQuest Center at 101 Founders Way. Pickarski developed a deep love for the beauty of icebergs as a child, which led him on a decades-long adventure through arctic regions in search of a direct view of ancient ice giants. His work for this exhibition centers on what is known as the “blue hour”, which occurs during the later stages of twilight when sunlight is indirect, casting a blue tint on the frozen peaks. Pickarski is a visual and multimedia performance artist who works to weave storytelling through text and speech. Pickarski received a bachelor’s degree in painting and a master’s degree in performance art from Arizona State University. It has been featured in exhibitions all over the country. In 2021, the 20and anniversary of 9/11, the Cape Cod Cultural Center invited him to create and exhibit a short film reflecting the day from his street-level vantage point beneath the Twin Towers.

May 21 for August 14QUEERING CAREwill be exhibited in the Corridor to the Arts. This exhibition is curated and judged by artist and arts educator Rei Ukon and invites artists to explore how Queer communities have and continue to expand, reframe and redefine what it means to care for each other – as a form of affection, a survival strategy and beyond. “Taking existing material to create from the imagination reflects the experience of holding homosexuality and transiting together in the forging of identity,” Ukon said. “In queering the ideas of care and community, we interrogate our individual roles in our circles, how we approach our relationships with each other, and confront the failures of institutions to effectively care for their people.” Ukon is a queer, trans-Japanese multimedia artist who works as a teaching artist at Banana Factory, Lehigh University Art Galleries.

May 27 for July 10Harmonypresented by the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) will be exhibited at the Crayola Gallery. This exhibition will highlight the conformity and/or compatibility of colors, moods, textures, styles, emotions and creativity. NAWA is the nation’s oldest women’s arts organization and focuses on building a supportive community for professional female artists.

September 2 for October 23Intervals: Footprints of the Desertby Miguelina Seijo will be exhibited in the Banko gallery. Through traces of life in the desert, brief flashes of light, shadow, wind, sun and moon, the viewer is invited to meditate deeply on time and to share a part of the eternal moment. Seijo is a Dominican-American photographer who runs a creative organization called “estilo wei” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

About ArtsQuest
ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements in the economic development of our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission through the presentation of performing and visual arts, films, arts education and outreach classes, youth programs, and cultural events.

Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at the SteelStacks arts and culture campus, ArtsQuest programming reaches more than 1.9 million people each year. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 50% of which are free, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million per year in the region. ArtsQuest is a proud member of NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association and NATO, the National Association of Theater Owners.

Information provided to TVL by:
Nicole Harell
Communications Director of ArtsQuest


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