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5 Can’t Miss Events at InVision Festival

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By Emily Cummins, Public Relations Coordinator

Celebrating its eighth year, the 2017 InVision Photo Festival is stripped down, and more intimate than ever, with hands-on workshops for photographers and creative entrepreneurs, artist talks, urban and nature inspired PhotoWalks and traveling exhibitions from renowned photographers.

Join ArtsQuest and the Banana Factory Arts Center Nov. 3-5 for these can’t miss events.

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Meet 4-time Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist Carol Guzy
Renowned photojournalist and Bethlehem native Carol Guzy began her career as an intern and later staff photographer at The Miami Herald where she won her first Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for her coverage of the 1986 eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia. She then moved on to a long career at The Washington Post where she captured images in Kosovo and Haiti, for which she earned three Pulitzers, making her the only journalist to win four Pulitzer Prizes for her reporting.

Also named Newspaper Photographer of the Year three times by the National Press Photographers Association and eight times by the White House News Photographer Association, Guzy is a master of her craft, recording scenes of death and destruction, hope and resilience. At InVision Nov. 4, 11 a.m., join her for a retrospective journey of her works as a photojournalist with reflections on the vital role of empathy in visual storytelling, an exploration of the emotional impact of stories on humanity and our own hearts. Tickets for this artist talk are $18 for ArtsQuest Members, and $20 for the public.

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lightpaint-1-1Hands-on workshop: Paint with Light
Experiemnt with the exciting, cutting edge photography form known as light painting, where you can literally draw with different light sources, to create some truly unique and dramatic imagery Nov. 4, 3:15 p.m. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to use the right settings on your camera to capture a long exposure light painted image. Tickets are $13.50 for ArtsQuest Members and $15 for the public.

Additional workshops for photographers and creative entrepreneurs include How to Turn Your Snapshot into a Photograph; Copyright, Licensing & Social Media; Social Media for Photographers & Artists; Zen & the Art of Tablescapes; Creative Elements of Architecture; Thinking Differently: Waking Up Your Creative Self; and The Art of Presentation: PhotoBooks.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst Friday Open House 
Meet the Banana Factory’s resident artists Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m., for free workshops focused on the innovative ways artists use photos in other mediums including image transfer; screen printing and apparel design; etching on jewelry and photo pendants; incorporating photos into glass art; and more. Banana Factory resident artists will have special displays on view to highlight how they use photography as a resource or as source material in their work.

From 5-6 p.m. catch a special preview of the Juried Photo-Based Art Exhibition with Juror Genevieve Coutroubis, followed by receptions for the InVision Exhibitions and an artist talk with Genevieve Coutroubis & Leah MacDonald on “How to Keep Long-Term Projects Relevant. “

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoffee & Wine Inspired PhotoWalks
Take in the gorgeous sights of fall foliage and delicate vines as award-winning photographer and educator Frank T. Smith leads a PhotoWalk through Franklin Hills Vineyard in Bangor, Pa Nov. 5, 2:30-5 p.m. Nestled in the rolling hills of Eastern Pennsylvania, this winery and vineyard offer picturesque views, as well as an exclusive opportunity to capture images of the harvest wine process. The workshop will end with a tasting and light appetizers. Tickets are $58.50 for ArtsQuest Members, and $65 for the public.

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Looking for something with a little more edge? Join Woodward Rusnock Creative Director Bekah Rusnock Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m., for an informal gathering to talk about community, history, art and architecture over coffee while shooting and sharing photographs of the SouthSide Arts District in Bethlehem. Coffee provided by Bethlehem’s own Monocacy Coffee Co. Tickets are $9 for ArtsQuest Members, and $10 for the public.

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The InVision Festival proudly presents two captivating exhibitions by artists Leah Macdonald and Shauna Frischkorn. Macdonald’s work is a dialogue between her imagination, her curiosity, her imperfections and her desires. She creates layered pieces that marry photography with painting and drawing. Through a focus on photographs of women and flowers, she expresses the tales of womanhood, sharing stories through form, color and texture. Her work, Bloom: Encaustic Photographs from Past & Present, is on display in the Banko Gallery of the Banana Factory Oct. 14-Dec. 10, with an opening reception at First Friday Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m.

game-boys_shauna-frischkornShauna Frischkorn’s photographs deal with popular culture in everyday life. Picturing Youth, on display in the Alvin H Butz Gallery at the ArtsQuest Center Nov. 3-Jan. 7, includes a selection of photographs from Frischkorn’s two bodies of work, McWorkers & Game Boys. Within both, she creates an ironic yet historical dialogue between her contemporary subjects and the style of Renaissance portraiture. The subjects are immortalized in a moment in time yet they create a commentary on ongoing challenges faced by working class individuals, and a theatrical quality to video game players who appear passive yet are actually performing fast-paced maneuvers and executing split-second decisions in a moment of concentration.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.