Weyerbacher acrylic Everyone should own a piece of original art made locally, and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) is once again trying to make that possible with affordable work at its second annual benefit auction, "Art for Everyone," on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. The event will be held next to L.L. Bean.

"Art celebrates life and should be accessible to everyone," said Randall Forte, LVAC executive director. "We’re inviting folks to enjoy beer and pretzels, experience the thrill of a fast-paced auction, and fall in love with a unique and affordable piece of art created in the Lehigh Valley. Our region boasts remarkable talent and resources."

Local artists and businesses have teamed with LVAC for a showcase of 30 regional artists, among them, George Shortess, Paul King, Kim Robertson, Michael Sincavage, Vivian Fishbone, Daniel Kainz and John Gaydos. Once again, Gaydos created the theme art for the auction using beer and pretzels. More than 100 fine art paintings, prints and watercolors will be auctioned, ranging in value from $25 to $750. Forte said proceeds will be shared equally between the artists and the council.

Forte said he's excited to have the auction at the Promenade Shops this year "because of the visibility and access to a lot of foot traffic at the mall." Last year's event was held at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown. He added that last year's event was successful on many levels.

"We promoted our local artists and local small businesses and we raised money for the arts council and for our local arts community," he said. "Special events are very labor intensive for staff and volunteers; as a nonprofit, it is important that our event is truly an extension of our mission."

Admission for the auction is free; refreshments will be for sale by Unique Pretzel Bakery and Kutztown Bottling Works. Additional sponsors include Weyerbacher Brewery, Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art, Ltd., and Tom Hall Auctions.

Previews for art to be auctioned are scheduled for Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

For further info: lvartscouncil.org

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Marilyn Hazelton Poet/photographer Marilyn Hazelton is offering an interactive workshop, "Sustaining the Soul," at the FloreAnt Projects Gallery/Studio, 215 Main St., Emmaus, on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. A selection of Hazelton’s original photographic work combining tanka poetry (a Japanese 5-phrase poetic form) and images will be on display beginning then and running through Dec. 15.

Hazelton encourages photographers, painters, writers and students to participate in the workshop and deepen their insights into their own art and that of other artists and to discover new visual and textual meaning. The program also will touch on creative process as an avenue of emotional, mental and spiritual clarity. Hazelton said those taking the workshop should bring one to three photographs to respond to in writing, or choose to focus on photographs in the exhibit. Through a technique, "link and shift," participants will gain insight into their own art, she added.

Deadline for registration is Nov. 12.

Hazelton edits "red lights," an international tanka journal. She is a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

For further info: marilynhazelton@rcn.com

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James Joyce The Dead Christ Episcopal Church and Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Reading will present the 28th annual Fall Festival of the Arts with a production of James Joyce’s "The Dead." The event will be held Friday through Sunday at the WCR (Woman’s Club of Reading) Center for the Arts, 140 N. 5th St. The Tony-winning musical is an adaptation of Joyce’s short story, directed by John Gancar.

For further info: www.fallfestivalofthearts.org        

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