Visiting Artist, Prismatica & Concert Photography Workshops Highlight Art of Musikfest
Photo: Evan Siegle / Green Bay Packers
BETHLEHEM, PA – Take a moment to capture a memory!
Amid the music and festivities of Musikfest this year will be two new art installations that make for the ultimate selfie and photo spots.
From Aug. 2-4 at Familienplatz, muralist and sign painter Samantha Redles will create a giant “Greetings from Bethlehem” postcard mural for fest-goers to take snapshots of and share with family and friends via social media. Redles is originally from Coopersburg and attended Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, so the mural is a home coming for her.
Also new this year is the captivating Prismatica Art Installation by Creos of Canada, located throughout Americaplatz on the SouthSide Aug. 1-11 and Guardian Insurance Company of America Zinzenplatz on the North Side Aug. 2-11. Prismatica is a dynamic instillation comprised of pivoting prisms more than 6 feet tall, transforming the space into a giant kaleidoscope. The installment has been displayed across the globe including New York, Chicago, Montreal and more. Prismatica is created by RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3.
Festival attendees who have a passion for photography will have an opportunity through the PHOTOPASS workshops to go behind-the-scenes with former Rolling Stone photographer Brian Hineline and learn tips and techniques to photographing concert photography like the working editional media. The program, which includes the opportunity to photograph artists like The Chainsmokers, The Revivalists and Brad Paisley, is a fundraiser for ArtsQuest’s arts education programs. To learn more, go to www.musikfest.org/?s=photopass.
Other highlights include:
NEW LOCATION! ArtsQuest Glass Studio’s Hot Glass Tent
Air Products Americaplatz, by the Fly Wheel
Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily for sales.
Aug. 1-2, 5-9 | 4-10 p.m., Aug. 3-4, 10-11 | 12-10 p.m.
NEW FORMAT! 2019 Hot Shotz Competition
Aug. 1-4 | 2-8 p.m., Aug. 9-10 | 2-8 p.m.
ArtsQuest Glass Studio will hold its third Borosilicate Flameworking Competition. This year competitors will work in teams of two in a 6-hour time slot to complete an original drinking vessel set. Fans can then vote for their favorite work through Facebook Aug. 11-21.
NEW! Private Party Hot Glass Experience
Hot Glass Tent, Air Products Americaplatz
$55 per person
Groups of 6-8 can arrange for a hot glass experience before the festival opens for the day. Groups can begin at 1 p.m. on weekdays or 9 a.m. on the weekends. For more information, contact the glass studio at AQGlass@artsqest.org.
Flame-worked Swirl Pendant
Aug. 5-8 | 4-8 p.m. at the Hot Glass Tent, Air Products Americaplatz
$50 + ticketing fees | One seat per 20-minute time slot
Under the guidance of one of our artists, you’ll work one-on-one to create your own Borosilicate glass pendant. Each session takes 20 minutes; ages 10 and up are welcome. No experience is necessary.
NEW! SouthSide Artisan Walk at Air Products Americaplatz
Pittston Popcorn Co. | Pittston, PA
Food and gifts
Kelly Berkey Jewelry & Art | Bethlehem, PA
Hand stamped inspirational jewelry and paintings
Crayola Creativity Tent at Familienplatz
Aug. 2 | 5-9 p.m., Aug. 3-11 | 12-9 p.m.
Children and their families can participate in hands-on projects each day, including saber-tooth caveman necklaces, alien & monster headbands, superhero capes and more. As well as opportunities to win Crayola products and tickets to the Crayola Experience in Easton.
NEW! Community Poet-Tree at Familienplatz
Visitors will have the opportunity to add or take a poem and hang it on a community tree.
Musikfest Sculpture Garden
Aug. 2-11 | Familienplatz
Relax and enjoy interactive art installations and community projects along the bank of the Monocacy Creek in Familienplatz, including mural panels and live painting by local artists.
Named the “Best Music Festival in North America” by USA Today’s 10best.com, Musikfest features more than 500 performances on 17 stages throughout Bethlehem over 10 days. Proceeds from Musikfest support ArtsQuest’s free programming for the community year-round at the Banana Factory arts center and the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus. Dates for the 36th edition of the festival are Aug. 2-11. For more information, please visit www.musikfest.org.