A new group, Mayfair Artists’ Council, will present an Invitational Gallery from top artists in the Lehigh Valley; The Pig Pen Project: Experimental Art, with installation, or “environmental,” art, and Marathon Painting by Barnaby Ruhe. An Indoor Artists Market will feature wall art, ceramics/clay, jewelry, metal, garden arts, photography, fiber, woodworking, glass, soap, and European egg art.
Performances at KidSpace include the Allentown School District, along with Repertory Dance Theater, and Dave Fry. Performing artists include BC Combo, Cunningham & Associates Band, Donovan Roberts, Eric Mintel Quartet, Indian-American Association of Lehigh Valley, Kato, King Henry & the Showmen, The Large Flowerheads, Main Street Cruisers, Robin & Jim, Sarah Ayers, School of Rock’s Bank Street Band, School’s Out, and Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer.
For further info: mayfairfestival.org
The Reading Public Museum marks its Cultural Centennial beginning Friday through Sunday, with an invitation-only black tie dinner, mini-tours of Centennial Exhibitions, and a Jazz Brunch. Two special exhibitions showcasing the history of the museum and art in Berks County are “The Painters of Berks” and “100 Years and Counting: The Reading Public Museum.” The exhibitions open Saturday and run through Sept. 14.
“The Painters of Berks” traces the formation of the regional school of painting in and around Reading and includes work by James Arthur Benade, Francis D. Devlan, J. Heyl Raser, Christopher High Shearer and Ben Austrian. “100 Years and Counting: The Reading Public Museum” includes sections dedicated to founder Levi Mengel, the history of collections and of various buildings occupied by the museum, and historical memorabilia. The exhibition, “Berks on Paper,” highlights more than 30 etchings and watercolors by Berks County artists.
For further info: readingpublicmuseum.org
Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope opens its season Friday with Broadway’s original “Annie” star, Andrea McArdle, in “Mame,” through June 9. The world premiere of Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons,” starring Emmy and Tony winner Tyne Daly, runs June 13-23. John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “The World Goes ‘Round” runs June 27-July 21. Then it’s family fun with “Really Rosie,” based on the book series by children’s author Maurice Sendak with music by Carole King, July 5-21. “The Summer of ‘42” runs July 25-Aug. 11. The season wraps with Tony Award-winning actor Boyd Gaines in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” Aug. 15-Sept. 1.
For further info: bcptheater.org