Rather than bemoan the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant major disruptions in how we live our lives, some local residents recently decided to make lemonade out of the proverbial lemon by channeling their energy into creating art inspired by COVID.
Thanks to a willingness to think “outside the mailbox” and some talented local art students, what were recently drab metal United States Postal Service relay boxes are now covered with colorful murals that are sure to brighten and add inspiration to even the gloomiest of Hellertown days.
The Saucon Valley Lions’ 49th annual Lehigh Valley Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show was held Saturday and Sunday at Saucon Valley High School and a highlight of this year’s show was a new event: a Hellertown Rocks Kindness Project rock-painting contest.
In addition to all the rocky fun attendees have enjoyed for generations, there will be something new and different–and of course related to rocks–at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show hosted by the Saucon Valley Lions Club in April.
For Coopersburg resident Theresa Flok moving her art class business Color Wheel Creations to Main Street in Hellertown has felt much like coming home. In addition to a variety of classes for kids, Color Wheel Creations also hosts BYOB painting parties as well as barre and pilates fitness classes.
The Saucon Valley Conservancy held its 4th Annual Saucon Creek Arts Festival at the historic Heller Homestead Park in Lower Saucon Township Saturday, and the event attracted quite a crowd. Along with more than 50 juried artists exhibiting their paintings, fine art photography, ceramics, jewelry and much more, the festival featured live entertainment, children’s activities and guided tours of the Heller House and the Four Square Herb Garden. The Colony Meadery was there to sell its mead–a honey-fermented drink–and the Lehigh University Füd Truk partnered with local gourmet grocery store, Saylor’s & Company, to offer healthy food options, festival favorites and breakfast items.
Members of the Colonial Quilters Guild showcased their quilts in the Homestead Gallery, while Dave Fry and Godfrey Daniels returned to provide live music throughout the day. The Heller Homestead is adjacent to the Saucon Creek and near the Saucon Rail Trail, just outside Hellertown. More information about the conservancy can be found at SauconValleyConservancy.org.