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Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites holds Meet the Artist events


Beginning Thursday, June 23, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts in Bethlehem hosts a series of Meet the Artist events featuring artists whose work is on display in the special exhibit, “A Glimpse Through Glass.”

At each event, a different glass artist will be at the Kemerer to talk about their artistic process and answer questions.

Taking place at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, the first Meet the Artist event will feature Anna Boothe. With degrees in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and glass from Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Boothe has worked with glass since 1980. Her cast glasswork has been exhibited widely, including at Philadelphia’s International Airport, and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

The second Meet the Artist event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, and feature Scout Cartagena. Cartagena was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder in their 20s. In the face of this, Cartagena uses the physicality of glass, installation, and other sculptural mediums to communicate this crisis of identity, and to help Cartagena remember what they’re afraid they’ll lose.

The third Meet the Artist event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and feature Jim Harmon. He earned his BFA in 1975 from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied glass with Dale Chihuly. He established himself as an independent artist and pursued graduate studies in glass at the University of Illinois from 1975 to 1979. Since 2014, Harmon has been an assistant professor at Keystone College, where he directs the Regional 3-D Design Center.

Tickets are $12 for each Meet the Artist event, and can be purchased on the HBMS website.