About the Emmaus Arts Commission


Earth without art is just “eh.”

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. 

The Commission 

Teri Sorg-McManamon

Teri is advertising director for The JG Press, Inc., publishers of environmental publications including BioCycle and Compost Science and Utilization. She has been a board member of many local organizations including the Girl’s Club of Allentown and the Executive Woman’s Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Teri is currently a board member for the US Composting Council where she chairs International Compost Awareness Week, a cooperative program between the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the European Compost Network. In her spare time Teri volunteers for a wide variety of local and national organizations and events and is a dedicated advocate of the arts, which brought her to the Emmaus Arts Commission. Celebrating 20 years in advertising and marketing, Teri combined the knowledge, passion and experience of her life’s work with something she loved, art of every kind. In 2007, Teri launched Pekoe Grove Art Marketing & Sales. A marketing company dedicated to promoting the works of independent jewelry and fiber artists. Teri and her husband Mike have lived in Emmaus for 16 years.

Mike Waddell

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.

Linda Waddell

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.

Ellen Wilson

Ellen Wilson is a mainly canvas artist but [paints and decorates other surfaces as well. Wilson earned a B.A. from Indiana University in Studio/Art. Before being transplanted to Eastern Pennsylvania from North West Indiana, she enjoyed many trips to Chicago on the South Shore Line. The Art Institute of Chicago, galleries and Utrecht paint supplies called her name. (Wilson will whine about eh lack of train service  to New York and Philadelphia to anyone who will listen.) Wilson was an active member of several painting groups and taught Decorative painting at Merrillville Adult Education for many years. Wilson owned her own painting/craft store, The Miller’s Daughter, on Old Lincoln Highway. There she taught classes and held workshops and seminars. After moving to another city, Wilson continued to teach in her studio. Wilson also held painting sessions for the groups of which she was a member as well as chairing some Retreats. In Emmaus, Wilson is happy to be an Emmaus Arts Commissioner, part of the Emmaus Garden Club, and creating costumes for Lincoln Elementary school’s yearly musical. Wilson loves being one of the Costume Grandmas or as the children call them, “the Fashion Ladies.” In other incarnations, Wilson has been a professional seamstress and cake decorator. She and her husband Tom, have sent 4 offspring out into the world - “They are our finest productions!” she quips.

Lauren Kuhn

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. 

Janet Rader

Janet is the co-owner of Tangent Crafts, a fine crafts gallery on Main Street Emmaus.   Her husband is a woodworker and studio furniture maker who introduced her to the handcrafted arts world. Together they launched Tangent Crafts in 2015 which currently carries work by over 100 North American artists.   She has a 30 year background in healthcare and continues work as a freelance editor for a publisher of nursing reference materials.  In her spare time she enjoys family, weaving, travel and  her two adorable dogs. 

Jeff Shubzda

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.

Upcoming Events

SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival: Friday night, February 2 and Saturday, February 3 2018. - details

Birdhouse Auction Call for Entries . - details

EAC Photo Contest

February 2-3, 2018