Matthew Bogacki, a student at Fleetwood Area High School, was named first place winner in the student artists category of the 2014 Fast Lane Art competition, sponsored by the Berks Arts Council. His work, “Character Magic,” and all winning art will be displayed on billboards around Berks County beginning this month, courtesy of Land Displays.

Bogacki was one of four student winners to receive a scholarship prize. Other students were: second place, Yarilin Chimelis of Reading High School, for “Sucrose;” Honorable Mention, Cesar Gonzalez of Reading High School, for “Accidental Work,” and Erin Bleacher of Governor Mifflin High School, for “Lazer Flower.”

In addition to juror Matthew Daub’s choice, Berks Arts Council held a people’s choice contest through Facebook “likes,” and those winners will have their work displayed on digital billboards. In the student artist category, people’s choice went to Emily McGuigan of Wilson High School, for “Majesties.”

Professional artists who placed in the competition and received cash prizes are: First place, Maria Ruoff, for “Jazz Fish;” second place, Miles DeCoster, for “Three Blue Birds (Why My Father Cries),” and people’s choice went to Cheryl Geiger Sheeler for “The Intruder.”

For further info: berksarts.org

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Haverford College professor William Earl Williams will present an illustrated lecture, “A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 and Beyond,” on Sunday at 1 p.m., at the Allentown Art Museum. Local singer Kari Holmes will perform spirituals, gospel music, Civil Rights anthems, and other music from the black American tradition, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The free program was organized by the museum’s Society of the Arts (SOTA) in honor of Black History Month.

Williams is a professor of fine arts and curator of photography at the college. His lecture will include historical documents, newspapers, art, and photographs of historical sites to give meaning and appreciation of the places and people that shaped the struggle for freedom for all Americans, eventually leading to the Civil Rights movement. His photographs are in the permanent collections of various museums in the nation, among them, the Allentown Art Museum.

Holmes is a member of Lehigh Valley’s “First Family of Gospel” (aka The Holmes Family). She has shared the stage with Christian contemporary singer Steve Green and gospel recording artist Crystal Lewis. Holmes is the lead curator for the Young, Black and Gifted Arts Initiative, which exhibits the work of young, accomplished urban artists.

For further info: allentownartmuseum.org

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Muhlenberg College in Allentown celebrates 20 years of dance with a special edition of its annual “Master Choreographers” dance concert beginning tonight at 8, through Saturday in the Empie Theatre in the Baker Center for the Arts. Featured will be a restaging of “D-Man in the Waters (Part 1)” by choreographer Bill T. Jones, plus seven world-premiere dance pieces choreographed by guest artists and faculty members – Germaul Barnes (Restager), Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Heidi  Cruz-Austin, Corrie Franz Cowart, Karen Dearborn, Dorrell Martin, Shelley Oliver and Jeffrey Peterson.

The Tony Award-winning Jones (“Spring Awakening,” “Fela!”) is a recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company has performed worldwide.

For further info: muhlenberg.edu/dance

Photo credit: Matthew Wright

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The Parkland High School Chorale, under the direction of Frank Anonia, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Chorus, with director David Macbeth, will be part of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s “Classic Music for Film” concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday, at 3 p.m., at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. The student groups will be featured in the Prokofiev “Alexander Nevsky” Cantata selections. The program also will feature Eliezer Gutman on violin and Jameson Platte on cello.

For further info: millersymphonyhall.org

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The latest work by Lehigh Valley colored pencil artist Jeffrey M. Green is on display at the 4th annual art exhibit of the Paint Box Art Club at Nazareth Center for the Arts, 30 Belvidere St., Nazareth. The work, titled “Top of the Stairs,” 16-inch-by-20-inch, features the family cat, Bleau, in dramatic lighting. The group show runs through Feb. 25. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m.

Green is active in the Forks Area Arts Society. His work, “Sunset Over Barnegat Bay,” is featured in a new book, “CP Treasures II,” by Ann Kullberg, with more than 80 artists from 13 countries sharing the creative process.

For further info: forksareaartsociety.yolasite.com

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Eric Armusik of Berks County shares some interesting news on his latest work -- paintings on oil on birch, titled “Tragic Love.” The work centers on the theme of love throughout the ages in the stories of mythology, literature and religion. His work includes Daphne (Apollo and Daphne), Andromeda (Andromeda and Perseus), and Delilah (Samson and Delilah). Though many of the themes of his paintings do not have happy endings, the intention is to celebrate love in one of his exhibits currently running at The Empty Spaces Project gallery in Putnam, Conn. Armusik has been recognized for his ability to portray emotion and profound drama while retaining the quality one would find only in the paintings from the Old Masters.

For more info: ericarmusik.com
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