Usually, when you meet a good artist who is prolific, they are also so versatile it's hard to define their work. Among many other descriptions, it can be said that Alison Bessesdotter makes tranquil paintings and watercolors that resemble fabric. She also makes fabrics which resemble paintings. Her tools, paint, brush and sewing machine are used interchangeably, sometimes all on one piece. If that merging isn't enough, she also puts her art on wearables, such as jackets and wristbands. Bessesdotter's studio is located at the Banana Factory in South Bethlehem.
A line on her page says slow art made here. While her high quality art is made painstakingly slow, our local politics are fast and sloppy.
Allentown City Council appointed one of their own to the controller position, Jeff Glazier. He was originally appointed to city council, and only managed to get elected with assist from the Pawlowski PAC. Although his latest appointment is a disappointment, he creates an opportunity for council to finally rise above its tainted reputation. Once again council will have to appoint another new council member, and therein lies its chance for redemption.
editor's note: I have wanted to feature some good artists and history, however, our bad government hasn't provided an opening. Perhaps some good images will sweeten the bad taste from our elected officials.