I went to my 5 year reunion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA this weekend. It felt good to be back on campus and to see the changes that have taken place. The dining hall is the biggest change! It reminds me of a combination between a ski lodge and Hogwarts. My friends and I walked down “Academic Row” as the bells rang on the hour and saw a bunch familiar faces. It felt just like old days!
This is the ‘Berg logo I painted in the Student Council Suite back in 2008. Due to the changes in that building it’s not there anymore, so I’m adding it here. Go Mules!
I was even able to meet up with a couple of my art professors at the Center for the Arts (or, the CA) where I spent a lot of my time in the painting, printmaking, drawing and photography studios. There were some late nights spent there! The campus security officer who locked up at 1am got to know me and my friend Anneliese by name. He always let us stay as long as we needed.
There was an Alumni Art Exhibition the same weekend and Anneliese submitted one of her illustrations called “Old Friends”. She was a talented illustrator back in college and has only gotten better! Check out her work: www.anneliesejuergensen.com. I wasn’t able to submit anything this year but I’ll have to make sure I do for the next reunion.
At night, my friend Jackie and I were able to drive through Bethlehem, PA – a place known for their festivals and their “Christmas town” nickname as well as being the home of the Peeps Factory and the Banana Factory. The Banana Factory used to be a place that distributed bananas, but it was transformed into a community arts center called “Linny’s Place” only the name never stuck. The Muhlenberg Art Association started going there on “First Fridays” when all of the artists studios were opened to the public, and then in 2007 I was offered a summer job working with the B-Smart art education program. This job inspired my career to work in non-profit art organizations and helped give me the foundation to be where I am now. I owe them a lot! It was good to hear they’re growing – the Banana Factory is part of ArtsQuest and they’re expanding their campus in Bethlehem.