Slideluck Lehigh Valley III was held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA during the Olympus InVision Photo Festival. The backdrop was the spectacular Blast Furnace of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, which has been redeveloped as SteelStacks, an arts and entertainment venue for the community. Olympus, the title sponsor, has its headquarters for North and South America in nearby Center Valley.
Over 160 professionals and photography buffs attended Slideluck Lehigh Valley III. The Slideluck show featured the work of local artists, Olympus Visionaries and Trailblazers, and “Best of” shows from recent Slidelucks. The lively show drew appreciative applause for each segment. All featured Slideluck artists who attended were invited up on stage to take a bow at the end of the show.
The food was delicious and the beer was flowing, thanks to the generous donation from Brooklyn Brewery. Pennsylvanians know their beer and they drank up every drop of Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Brown Ale. What could be better than great photography, great camaraderie and great (free) beer?
Mr. Nacho Abea, CEO of Olympus America Inc., was in attendance and made brief remarks. A bonus was a performance by Peripheral Vision, the Olympus corporate band. The band was just back from its appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as one of eight finalists in Fortune’s “Battle of the Corporate Bands.”
Janice Lipzin, Director of Visual Arts & Education at ArtsQuest, and her staff pulled off another fantastic Festival, with Slideluck as a key ingredient. The local curating team of Jane Noel, Dave Rehrig and Dave Willard reviewed dozens of Slideluck submissions. Special thanks to Jen Plaskowitz and Mesha Bhansali from Slideluck Global who produced the show and came to Bethlehem to join the festivities. We love you, Slideluck, Brooklyn Brewery, and Viewbook. See you again next year!