The Emmaus Arts Commission was created by Emmaus Borough Council to promote artistic programs that encourage community participation in both the visual and performing arts. The EAC serves as an advisory board to the Borough Council on all matters pertaining to the arts and the cultural development of the Borough. Comprised of community professionals representing business, education, art, and civic organizations, these individuals volunteer their time and talents to plan and implement several arts-related events for area residents throughout the year.
Appointed by Borough Council, each arts commissioner serves a 3-year term.
Making art—to make an impact.
The EAC’s mission and primary role is to help foster the arts and culture in Emmaus by creating programming and events that focus on the delivery of fine art exhibitions, music, theater/film, dance, and other art forms, with special emphasis on programming for children and youth. With support from Borough Council and area businesses, the EAC plans and implements year-round community arts events such as the SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival, the Rain Barrel Art Silent Auction, Chalk the Walk, Summer Strings Camp, and the Student Horror Film Festival.
Dr. Mike Waddell is serving his second term on Emmaus Borough Council and is the Borough Council representative to the EAC. He is a former elementary and secondary school principal who has been active in the borough for many years in EYA, Executive Director of the Remembrance Garden at the Knauss Homestead, Chairperson of the Emmaus 2009 Anniversary Celebration, etc. and he is currently doing adjunct teaching work at DeSales University.
Mrs. Linda Waddell is currently serving her second term on the Emmaus Arts Commission as the treasurer. Other community involvement includes past president of the Emmaus Junior Woman's Club and the board of the Emmaus Commemorative Gardens Foundation . She recently retired after working as an educator in the Salisbury Township School District. In her spare time she enjoys stained glass and looks forward to promoting the arts in Emmaus.
Joe is a long-time User Experience designer, and is currently Design Director at Transmogrify, a boutique app design and development shop in Conshohocken. As a resident of the Lehigh Valley for almost 10 years, Joe recently moved to Emmaus with his wife and daughter and is excited to begin his first term on the Arts Council. Joe is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia – with a BFA in Multimedia – and has worked as a Graphic Designer in award-winning advertising agencies and for higher learning institutions. Joe has also served as adjunct faculty in the arts department at Northampton Community College; teaching Advanced Web Design courses. Joe enjoys spending free time exploring Emmaus with his family, collecting records, making music, and working on projects around the house.
As a self-taught artist, I recently took the leap from a full-time 'conventional' job in graphic design to focus on more important roles in my life: being a more involved mother to my three young boys and a more productive full-time independent artist. I have a home studio in Emmaus, PA, where I paint commissioned oil paintings from photographs sent by clients by e-mail (to pay the bills) and where I paint large-scale paintings of whatever-it-is-I-want-to-paint (to pay the soul). I teach twice-monthly classes (of the sip-n-paint variety) for Roey's Paintbox in the Allentown/Bethlehem area, create personalized nursery decor through Bellini Baby & Teen Furniture boutique of Allentown, and occasionally seek out art show opportunities and painting competitions in my area. In lieu of traditional portraiture, I prefer instead to capture moments -- fleeting moments -- with the goal of putting memories into paint for my clients. In addition to being an arts commissioner for the Emmaus Arts Commission, I am a member of the Forks Area Art Society, co-founder of the Glar-Art Plein Air Paint Club, and volunteer as the portrait artist for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley. You can find my artwork on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ArtbyLaurenKuhn) and on Daily Paintworks.
Karri Eryn Schreppel
Karri is an Emmaus resident since 2010, and immediately fell in love with our amazing town and events. Since moving to Emmaus Karri has been actively involved with the community, in addition to being an Emmaus Arts Commission member, Karri is a past member of the Emmaus Entertainment Commission. Karri is a past Rain Barrel Auction artist as well as Best of the Nest Birdhouse Auction Artist. Karri also has a small business in town since 2012, and has been involved with the Emmaus Main Street Partners, serving on the board from 2015-2017. Karri was also a member of the Emmaus Farmers Market from 2012-2017.
Jeff has 25 years of graphic design and multimedia experience. Jeff is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a BA degree in Visual Communication and a BS in Internet/Multimedia Technologies. Jeff was president of Option 3 studios of Emmaus, a multimedia studio whose clients included Bethlehem, Steel, Lehigh Cement, Andretti International, Showtime Networks and AT&T.
Jeff has received numerous awards in the graphics arts field from Graphic Design USA, American Corporate Identity, Philadelphia Art Directors Club and was nominated as one of the top 100 graphic designers from AIGA. Jeff is currently a UI/UX consultant, the chair for the Annual Student Film Festival, serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee, Borough Council member and is a trustee and marketing chair for the Celtic Cultural Alliance.
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