“Billboards are a great way to be seen and heard, so Adams is proud to use that visibility to bring attention to the talented artists across the Eastern Pennsylvania region,” said Adams Outdoor Advertising General Sales Manager Jeffrey Chandler. “We owe so much to the local art community for providing us with inspiration, culture, and for producing the skilled designers and illustrators that make up our creative teams in all of our markets across the nation.”
Started by Wendy Hickey in Charlotte, N.C., ArtPop Street Gallery is a national arts initiative designed to highlight local artists and the important roles they play in the community by showcasing their work on outdoor advertising space.
“The original idea for an artist billboard competition came to me when I was working in the Poconos in the early 2000s,” says Hickey. “We returned officially as ArtPop in 2015 to the Lehigh Valley and in 2016 in the Poconos, so the merging of these two markets in 2019 provides an incredible opportunity for the region’s artists to have a voice in a much larger, 11-county area.”
Amy Alessi, Mount Bethel: “Colours of the Highlands”; watercolor, pen, and ink
ohn Cheer, Allentown: “Beauty and Wonder”; stoneware clay, porcelain clay, and glass
James Chesnick, Stroudsburg: “Pulse Reaction,” acrylic
Dana Hess, Allentown: “Blessed”; hand-cut stained glass, art glass, and mosaic tile
Marlana Holsten, Shawnee on Delaware: “Poetry in Motion,” photography
Jon Montenegro, Allentown: “Sleeping Misty,” digital art
Lucille Norella, Waymart: “Flower Garden,” botanical pressed flower art
Lee Riley, Bethlehem: “Wandering,” glass and oil on wood
Craig Werkheiser, Bethlehem: “The Snow Leopard Trio,” pastel
Mallory Zondag, Bethlehem: “Growth No. 4”; wool, silk, and cotton
High School Competition: Hannah Hess, Nazareth Area High School: “Submerged,” acrylic on masonite
People’s Choice Winner: Joe Edelman, Allentown: “Blue,” digital photographyThis article originally appeared in
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