NOTE: To see all images of the items below, please pick up the Sunday, December 7th edition of The Morning Call.
ALLENTOWN HOLIDAY CARDS
The Holiday Print and Greeting Card competition sponsored by the Allentown Arts Commission offers three cards this year. OVerall winner is Andrew Kishell of Allentown, a recent graduate of Kutztown University, with his painting "Late December at Bogert's Bridge (Lehigh Parkway)". Kish's work is available on cards along with "Christmastime at the Farmer's Market" by retired teacher Edith Roeder of Allentown and "Starry Nights, City Lights" by Stephanie Faleski of Coopersburg, a former PPL graphics artist who depicted the PPL building on a winter evening. Cards come in packs of 15, with 5 cards of each scene, for $12. Kish's work is also available in a limited edition of 150 unframed prints for $55 apiece. Available at: Allentown Art Museum, Liberty Bell Shrine, Baum School of Art, Allentown Farmer's Market and other area shops.
'A BEACON IN THE NIGHT'
St. Paul's Lutheran (Blue) Church, Coopersburg, provides "A Beacon in the Night" in this print from an original painting by Cooperburg artist Stephanie Faleski. Printings are 14-by-11 inches ($20) or 20-by-16 inches matted ($28) and available at 610-282-4787.
'HOME IN THE SHADOWS'
Find a home among cat-loving friends for this print, "Our Home in the Shadows," by Coopersburg artist Stephanie Faleski to benefit the Companion Animal Relief Effort. Unsigned prints, $25; signed and numbered prints, $50; postcards, $2. Available at Adam and Eve Boutique, Allentown; Lasting Impressions, Emmaus; Broad Street Gallery, Quakertown. Or order at: 610-395-2349 or email@example.com.
'A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE'
In "A Christmas Miracle," a print by Jeff Moyer of Neffs, the marquee of Allentown's Colonial Theater announces a showing of the movie "Miracle on 34th Street." Moyer has been painting with the Parkland Art League for seven years. The 11-by-14-inch prints are $45 plus $5 postage and insurance. Contact Moyer at 610-767-5290 or write to him at 5714 Route 873, Box 352, Neffs PA 18065.
'A HAMILTON STREET CHRISTMAS'
Still nostalgic for the old days? The limited-edition print "A Hamilton Street Christmas" by self-taught Palmerton folk artist Jane Lach evokes the corner of Ninth and Hamilton streets in Allentown as so many Lehigh Valley residents remember it at holiday time. Can you find Pip the Mouse? Signed and numbered color prints, 161/2-by-22 inches, are $25 plus $5 shipping. Order at 610-826-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'ALLEN TOWNSHIP MEMORIES'
Local history buffs will be richly rewarded by the 100 pages of old photos and stories about the Allen Township area of Northampton County showcased in "Allen Township Memories." The nostalgic booklet sells for $15 plus $2 postage. Sales benefit the Kreidersville Covered Bridge Association. Call 610-262-9335 or send a check payable to the association c/o Sue Irons, 223 Covered Bridge Road, Northampton, PA 18067.
Bethlehem artist Rose Mavis has created a series of postcards with designs related to her Christmas City home town: a Moravian star, a ribbon spelling out Bethlehem and the belfry of Central Moravian Church. They're $6 for a set of 10, shipping and handling included. Make checks payable to Rose Mavis and send to Mavis Designs, P.O. Box 688, Bethlehem, PA 18016. Mavis pastel paintings can be seen at the Rao Gallery, Hellertown.
Watercolor portraits of children are the specialty of Kim Hogan of Easton. A graduate of New York's School of Visual Arts, she has received numerous awards, including a grand prize for a glass mosaic in Northampton County's 250th anniversary art contest. She also paints portraits of people of all ages, houses and pets. Cost for a matted and framed 11-by-14-inch portrait is $250; prices vary according to size and subject. Call her at 610-258-5250 or 610-393-2485.
'CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET'
"Christmas on Main Street" in Coopersburg is the subject of this print by Kimberly Ehring of Coopersburg. Locals will recognize Fluck's Hardware Store and Carpenter's Alley. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the $25 unframed print benefits the Southern Lehigh Public Library's building campaign. The painting is one of a series of four inspired by the local landscape done by this 42-year-old mother of four. Available at the library or order at: 610-965-2364 or email@example.com.
A card in the shape of a dove carries greens and an inspirational message: "May others know love and peace" on the outside, and inside, "because they have found it in you." Cards made by Paula de Araujo of Coopersburg are $1.25 each, or $7 for a pack of 10, plus $2.99 for shipping. Other designs are also available. To order: Send check or money order to Paula de Araujo, Heart Co., P.O. Box 186, Coopersburg 18036; please include name, address and phone number.
EASTON'S PEACE CANDLE
Matted and framed photographs of the Easton Peace Candle are available from photographer Ken Rapp of Easton. Photos in 8-by-10-inch gold frames are $35; in 11-by-14-inch gold frames, $60; shipping is $5. Additional Christmas photos of Easton and Bethlehem are also available, as are commissioned photos of homes. To order, call 610-258-2129 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A child-like montage of Emmaus landmarks -- the Christmas tree on the Triangle, the Shelter House, the lampposts draped with American flags and the borough's 19th-century Main Street buildings -- is the winning design in the 2003 Winter in Emmaus holiday card contest. The card was created by Emmaus resident and grandmother of two, Vanessa Cattano. The card contest was the first fund-raiser of its kind for programs of the Emmaus Heritage Alliance, a coalition of borough institutions. Ten cards cost $12. Order at: 610-965-6279 or email@example.com.
HESS'S PATIO PRINT
'Dining in the Patio' captures the 1950s feeling of dining downtown at Hess's in Allentown. Signed and numbered by Karoline Schaub-Peeler, who has been painting Allentown nostalgia for 14 years, it's $12 plus tax for a matted 8-by-10-inch print and $50 plus tax for 121/2-by-181/2-inch unframed print. Order at 610-767-1098.
"Winter afternoon at Illick's Mill, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania" notecards feature a photograph of a watercolor painting by artist Kathy Fehr. Inside is a light blue border, with another small illustration. Cards with envelopes are available in ribboned sets of five for $6, or twelve for $11, postage included. Send request with name and address, plus a money order, cashier's check or personal check, to Kathy Fehr, 1838 Abington Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Notecards by Beth K. Duckworth feature scenes from the Lehigh Valley, including this view of downtown Easton in subtle blues, greens and browns. The Palmer artist and Moravian College graduate works in watercolor, ink, and oil, and also produces originals and prints. Her notecards are six for $8, sold at Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, and from Duckworth directly at 610-438-0521.
"Moravian Morning," a signed and numbered limited-edition print by watercolor artist Nancy J. Plass of Williams Township, depicts Historic Bethlehem's Old Moravian Chapel and the Gemein Haus. Plass has been in many Lehigh Valley area shows, and her work is on consignment in the Golden Door Gallery in New Hope. Prints are available for $50 plus tax from the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-559-9134. Prints also available at the Moravian Book Shop and the Banana Factory gift shop, both in Bethlehem, and Boulevard Frame and Art, Allentown.
Notecards by Nazareth photographer Ronnie Simpson feature pictures of historic Nazareth, including Gray Cottage shown here. Cards with envelopes are sold in packs of five for $10, or 10 for $18, tax and shipping extra. Scenes are also available as larger photographs, framed or unframed. Simpson's shop and studio, Unique Images by Ronnie, is at 1 N. Main St., Nazareth. Hours are by appointment; call 610-759-9083.
'SNOWY NIGHT' IN BETHLEHEM CARD
"Snowy Night" cards offered in color by Historic Bethlehem Partnership feature a seasonal scene painted by Allentown artist and architect Richard Greenleaf. Available blank or with a greeting ("May the warmth and spirit of the holiday season be with you throughout the coming year"), a box of 20 is $20 at Historic Bethlehem's museums and shops. Information: 610-882-0450.
SILK-SCREENED SANTA CARDS
Silk-screened greeting cards hand-made by Debi Short of Allentown are sold in sets of three for $6. Inside is a simple "Greetings of the Season." An original member of Artisan Touch, Short lost the use of her right arm in a car accident, and retrained herself to silk-screen with her left. Last year, she created an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. She also makes prints and earrings.
'THE GENERAL'S LEGACY'
Allentown oil painter Edith M. Roeder, a retired English teacher in the Northern Lehigh School District, has created these notecards honoring the contributions of the late Gen. Harry Trexler as an Allentown parks philanthropist. Roeder, 83, dedicated her original painting, "The General's Legacy," to the sesquicentennial of the general's birth next year. She pictures a montage of park scenes superimposed on an image of the statute of Trexler on his horse overlooking Allentown's Trexler Park. Notecards are $2 each and available at Artisan's Touch, the Art and Frame Shop, and the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown; Bach & Co., Emmaus; Old Vic Gallery, Alburtis; Lasting Impressions of Emmaus or call 610-435-2680. Two hundred larger unframed and framed limited-edition prints also are available.
VALLEY BIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY
Decked out in holiday red is this cardinal, which was caught with a sparrow companion on a winter day in the yard of visual artist Oliver Rodums of Lower Saucon Township. The graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, specializes in nature and landscape photography. He sells unframed 71/2-by-91/2-inch digital image prints for $50 at 610-867-2349 or email@example.com.
Bethlehem artist Bradley Boyer painted the original "Winter Decorations" atop Blue Mountain in 26-degree weather. Limited edition, 16-by-20-inch prints are available for $80 including tax, shipping and handling. Order at 610-882-2255 or e-mail sienna12MB@aol.com.