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    Bethlehem PA Art Walk July 31, 2010


    Now that I have finished my PhD and have moved back to my home state of Pennsylvania for my new assistant professor position, I decided to explore one of the local towns tonight and discovered this delightful event: the Bethlehem Art Walk, happening on the last Saturday of each summer month. The next one will be Aug. 28, 2010.


    The artists I spoke to and photographed were all dedicated practitioners who clearly love what they do. Some additional information important to note:


    Dina Hall (folk/rock singer/songwriter) is performing one of her original songs, "I'm in Love," written in about 20 minutes 10 years ago. She said it was the moment she realized she was in love, so it didn't take long to compose the piece. (www.dinahall.com)


    The other musicians I spoke to were Frank Porter's Problem Children (the bass guitarist is the partial body in the photograph of the guitar), who performed a variety of original and cover songs (blues/classic rock) in front of the Bethlehem Brewworks on the corner of Broad and Main Streets. (www.myspace.com/fppc)


    Mary, the owner of Stone Soup Studios, Tonya, the jewelry artist in the video (www.wirewrappedup.com), and I had a lively and funny conversation about which shop has the best hot dogs and the great hot dog controversy in Bethlehem last year involving a street hot dog vendor and several of the local restaurant owners. (www.stonesoupbethlehem.com)


    And finally Beth LaDuca was the first artist I approached and she was so friendly and engaging that I had to stop and interview her. (bladuca@rcn.com)


    Artists need our support, both financially and philosophically. Support your local artists - seek them out - find art forms that please you and support those people who create and give so much of themselves through their craft. It is hard enough to make a living in this economy; it is especially hard for artists.


    Thank you for considering my thoughts on artists, watching the video and viewing my photographs!


    Note: Please check out the video that is the second part of this iReport. Title is the same plus (video). Thanks!

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