Dr. Christine Oaklander Awarded "Linny" for
Philanthropy in the Arts by ArtsQuest
Christine Isabelle Oaklander, Ph.D., Allentown
Philanthropy in the Arts Award
This award recognizes an individual, family or foundation that has made a major commitment to supporting multiple arts and cultural organizations or programs in the region. Oaklander is an expert in American art and has a keen eye for remarkable talent in our region. She has procured an impressive art collection from local artists for Lehigh Valley Health Network, and she was an interim director of Collections and Exhibitions of the Allentown Art Museum. During her time with the museum, Oaklander showcased some of the region’s prominent local artists.
Christine is our member in charge of Art-in-the-Park and has worked many hours to elevate the quality of the popular event. We congratulate her on her award and thank her for her hard work.
1925 - 2018
We are sad to announce the passing of long-time WPCA member Althea Yuracka. Althea was a great lady who lived a long and wonderful life. A memorial fund to purchase a tree to be planted in West Park in her honor has been established. To donate click here.
Art-in-the-Park Recap, Photos & Award Winners
The 44th annual West Park Civic Association’s Art-in-the-Park was a resounding success. Held Saturday June 16, the weather was perfect and an estimated crowd of 2,500 visitors strolled the beautifully landscaped grounds of West Park, in Allentown. The new format for this favorite show attracted visitors not only from the greater Lehigh Valley, but from surrounding states, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Buying was brisk, and exhibitors and visitors had numerous enthusiastic remarks for the event, praising the improved quality and wide range of art, the friendliness of exhibitors, and the musical performances. Twenty-two prizes were bestowed by VIP prize judges Michiko Okaya, director and curator of galleries and collections, Lafayette College, and Lisa Tremper Hanover, former director of the Berman Museum at Ursinus College and CEO of the James Michener Museum. Over a dozen first-time exhibitors participated, several among them prizewinners. The West Park Civic Association anticipates continuing to build upon and improve this well-established event and thanks the many visitors, exhibitors, performers, and volunteers, who made the event so successful. Our many sponsors, including City Center Allentown, Jaindl Enterprises, and LLS Graphics made this event possible, and our organization was fortunate in having their support.
Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander, Chairperson, Art-in-the-Park
PRIZES 44th Annual ART-IN-THE-PARK
Painting: oil, acrylic, pastel 1st prize Devyn Briggs, 2nd prize Jacqueline Meyerson, 3rd prize Claudia McGill
Works on Paper (drawings, prints, watercolor) 1st prize MaryAnn Riker, 2nd prize Ricky Dutchmen 3rd prize Sarah Karess
Photography 1st prize Patricia Scialo, 2nd prize Matthew Blum*, 3rd prize, James Villaume
Three-dimensional works (sculpture, constructions) 1st prize Spencer Snygg*, 2nd prize Carol Ann Kalmar, 3rd prize Mariana Russo
Crafts: glass, jewelry, metalwork, fiber art, ceramics 1st prize Svetlana Howells, 2nd prize Katrina Plaster*, 3rd prize, Tom Laudenslager*
Art made with recycled/repurposed materials Karen Gruss*
College Students 1st prize Amy Sanders*, 2nd prize, Jessica Licker, 3rd prize, Derek Reynogo
High School Students 1st prize Ruby Brown*, 2nd prize Briana Roldan*, 3rd prize Aaron Stone*
Electronics Recycling Event June 9
Progressive Dinner 2018
We are saddened to announce the passing of long time neighbor and WPCA member Peggy Egolf. She was a past president, board member, and chairperson for Art-in-the-Park as well as being actively involved in all aspects of the organization. Her hard work and dedication will be missed. Services will be held at Stephens Funeral Home Saturday, September 9, 2017. Click here for obituary.
The Trajectory Heart in West Park Sunday, July 16, 2017
Our fountain is back!!
April 11, 2017
Neighborhood Street Tree Planting
November 5, 2016
PA Council for the Arts Grant 2016
Wednesday, October 19, The Lehigh Valley Arts Council presented WPCA with a Project Stream Grant funded by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. The grant will be used for a cultural renaissance program offering Dance workshops, live music and plein air painting in West Park the summer of 2017.
The event took place at the Facility of Smooth-On, Inc. in Macungie, a manufacturer of rubbers, plastics, and foams used in the creation of 3-D props and sets for movies.