Meetings and Presentations 2019

November Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 pm

St. Anne's Episcopal Church

6667 Lower Macungie Road

Trexlertown, PA 18087

Our guest presenter for the evening is artist William Harmuth. Early on William knew that he had a great interest in making art and furthered that passion with the help of a great deal of academic training and mentoring from many gifted artists and instructors on his path to becoming an artist. Early art school training from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and the Art Students League lead toward a career in Manhattan illustrating art works for Invisible Man, Call of the Wild, and Kafka for the Franklin Library. Just recently he was commissioned to portray The Red Cross 9/11 comfort dog "Rusty" son of Lassie for the 9/11 Museum in Manhattan.

His early fascination with watercolor painting has helped him to have a more free direct brush work that he now has with oil painting in an alla prima method. "I always try to focus greatly on what emotionally grabs my attention and work feverishly to get that feeling onto the canvas.

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October Meeting

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:00 pm

St. Anne's Episcopal Church

6667 Lower Macungie Road

Trexlertown, PA 18087

Artist Hilary Peirce is our guest presenter for the evening. Hilary draws on "an intelligence before thought" to create her work using meditation practices and contemplation as a jumping off point for creating imagery and narratives related to Buddhist philosophy, the interconnectedness of the natural world, and what it means to be human. "For me, art is a spiritual practice as much as a creative endeavor; the two aspects merge together to guide the work. My creative process is grounded in contemplation, presence, and playfulness." Her work incorporates various media and ranges in style including, abstract collage done with hand-torn Japanese paper, intricate Mandalas depicting imaginary universes, and minimal ink paintings in the "sartori" style, which are inspired by poetry, Zen koans and the practice of Qigong.

Hilary has a B.A. in Integrative Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the State Museum of Pennsylvania and other venues. She is the author of a book entitled: "Waking Up With Art", a contemplation of creativity as a spiritual practice. Her Buddha dharma and meditation practice is supported by ongoing participation in retreats, training and courses to deepen presence and understanding. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaching practicum through the Center for Mindfulness at Jefferson University. She has traveled to India to study Tibetan arts and Buddhist culture. Hilary leads creativity and meditation workshops she calls, "Playful Being". You can learn more about Hilary and the workshops at

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September Meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:00 pm

St. Anne's Episcopal Church

6667 Lower Macungie Road

Trexlertown, PA 18087

Our guest presenter will be Laurie Franzo, a Hellertown based artist who works in clay, glass and a combination of the two. "I am known as a mud lady" says Laurie who operates a studio in the basement of her home. Laurie attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and studied with ceramic artist, Mitch Lyons. Upon graduation, she began a teaching career in NJ and PA public schools that would last over 32 years.

Upon retiring from teaching art to others; she has become a full time artist working, exhibiting and selling her reliefs, sculptures and mosaics in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Colorado. Her subject matter is based upon experiences and observations in her everyday life and through her travels to the southwest, Florida and France.

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June Meeting

Painting "Autumn Lights" donated to the League by artist Hong Tatt Foo

Hong Tatt Foo has donated his painting, "Autumn Lights" to PAL.. It is approximately 18" x 24" and is in a white frame. Thank you, Hong! Tickets are available both in person and online for $10 each. Buy as many as you like.

To purchase tickets in person: Attend the June Parkland Art League meeting. Guests are welcome. Or purchase at Laura’s Custom Framing and Fine Art, 1328 Chestnut Street, Emmaus.

To purchase tickets online: Purchase online (through June 10) on the Art Is Inn website or link from the Parkland Art League Facebook page.

If you need further information, please contact PAL President Deb Haaf at .

June Meeting

Note the location of this meeting only

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:00 pm

Faith Presbyterian Church (this month only), 3002 N. 2nd St. (Cherokee and 2nd), Emmaus, PA 18049

(In September we will resume meeting at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Trexlertown)

Indoor Picnic, Raffle and Painting Critiques -

Our menu will be hot dogs and barbecue that the club will provide, including rolls, as well as coffee, tea, water and sweetened iced tea. If you would like to bring a side dish or dessert, please RSVP Liz Kenny.

Critique of members' paintings by Richard Farmer and Ed Klova

Bring a painting that you would like some advice on. Maybe the piece didn't make it into a show as you expected, or maybe there is something not quite right. Bring it along and see what Richard and Ed have to say. Also, we will hold a raffle for a painting by internationally known artist and PAL member Hong Tatt Foo.

May Meeting

May's presenter was Adriano Farinella. He earned a BFA from Kutztown University in 1998. He has exhibited throughout the Lehigh Valley and also has had exhibitions in Sacramento, California and in Lambertville, New Jersey. Adriano has a studio at the Banana Factory and teaches landscape painting and figure drawing at the Baum School in Allentown. for more information go to

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April Meeting

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7 PM

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 6667 Lower Macungie Road, Trexlertown, PA

Hong Tatt Foo, internationally known artist and a member of our League, will be our guest presenter this month. He will demonstrate in acrylic, watercolor and ink on watercolor paper and rice paper.

Mr. Foo, born in Penang, Malaysia, was awarded a scholarship to the United States in 1960 where he attended the University of Illinois earning his BFA and MA. After graduation he taught in New York, Singapore American School, International School of Tanganyika in Tanzania,Yunan University in China.

In 1966 Mr. Foo began teaching art at Commack High School on Long Island, New York where he later became head of the Art Department. After his retirement in 1995, Mr. Foo went to Africa as Head of the Creative Arts Faculty, at the International School of Tanganyika. During the two years there he conducted many art workshops in Nairobi, Kenya and in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Mr. Foo has exhibited extensively around the world and continues to share his knowledge and love of art to his students. He works in acrylic, watercolor and oriental style painting. For more information and to see his work go to

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March Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7 PM

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 6667 Lower Macungie Road, Trexlertown, PA 18087

Erin Pryor will be our guest presenter for the evening giving a monotype printmaking demo. Erin will be using a couple of different techniques, both hand printed (gel plate) and with a tabletop etching press (plexiglass plate).

Erin is a painter and printmaker living in Bethlehem. She works in pastel, oil and various printmaking techniques, and especially enjoys making monotype portraits. She loves the expressive qualitities of faces, and loves using the quick and unique process of monoprinting to convey emotion.

She majored in painting and printmaking at Alfred University, and received a BFA in illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology. A freelance illustrator and graphic designer for several years, she is now focused professionally on her own artwork. Erin is on the board of the Lehigh Art Alliance, and is also a member of the Pastel Society of New Jersey and the Bethlehem Palette Club. She regularly exhibits with each organization, and has won multiple awards.

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January Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7 PM

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 6667 Lower Macungie Road, Trexlertown, PA 18087

Elena Shackleton will be our guest demonstrator for the evening, giving a demonstration in watercolor. Elena began her journey as an artist at an early age, and was privileged to be apprenticed to Pat Witt at the Barn Studio of Art. There, she learned a love of painting and drawing, and was exposed to the teaching of many great artists and instructors from the Museum School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

She attended workshops with the instructors from the Academy and assisted teaching at the Barn Studio and The Museum School throughout her ten year apprenticeship. These workshops helped solidify her color sense and an "Impressionist" eye for light. She went on to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and drawing.

Elena lives in the scenic foothills of the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, has taught privately in many venues for over thirty years in the classical methods passed down to her.

Click here to view Elena's artwork

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