Olympus InVision Photo Festival Kicks Off November 2nd

October 3, 2012

By Jacqui Palumbo

© Joyce Tenneson

The reception for Joyce Tenneson's "A Life in Photography" will be held Nov. 2nd at the Banana Factory and she will present Nov. 3rd at the ArtsQuest Center.

The Olympus InVision Photo Festival will be held November 2-4, 2012 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Now in its third year, InVision Photo Festival showcases internationally renowned photographers along with regional and emerging artists and will be headlined by Joyce Tenneson, Joe McNally, Zoe Strauss and Jay Dickman.

InVision was founded by ArtsQuest, a non-profit arts organization anchored in Bethlehem with programs that reach 1.3 million people annually in Pennsylvania and beyond. For 29 years they’ve hosted festivals, classes, markets and other events that celebrate visual art, music, film and theater, aiding in economic development, urban revitalization and community enrichment.

© Zoe Strauss

ArtsQuest operates from two creative campuses: the Banana Factory, a visual arts and education center which is home to 26 resident artist studios, three galleries, a hot glass studio and an Olympus Digital Imaging Center, and the SteelStacks Campus, a 26 million dollar state-of-the-art performing center that includes two art house cinemas, a restaurant and live music café.

InVision will kick off on November 2nd with a variety of events including the reception for Joyce Tenneson’s A Life in Photography at the Banana Factory. Over the course of three days there will be a number of exhibitions and presentations, portfolio reviews, a Slideluck Party, the first ever Pennsylvania Photographers Competition, juried by Director of Lehigh University Art Galleries Ricardo Viera, the InVision College Photography Contest, portfolio reviews and a special photography workshop held at the National Museum of Industrial History/Smithsonian before it’s opened to the public. Presenting photographers include Amy Arbus, Michael A. Smith and Paul Chamlee, Vicki DaSilva, Rick Holt, Dan Marcolina and John Isaac.

© Vicki DaSilva

InVision Photo Festival has emerged as a thriving celebration of the photographic medium in the past three years. Amy Bedik of American Photo has said, “Once the capital of American steel, this burgeoning art community shows its grit with a photography festival to compete with the big cities.” Olympus has also signed on for a multi-year sponsorship, and Nacho Abia, President of Olympus Imaging America Inc. says they are “proud to reinforce their commitment to the local community” by sponsoring the festival.

ArtsQuest Director of Visual Arts and Education and creator of the event, Janice Lipzin promises this year to be the most exciting yet with a diverse range of photographers participating. “The Olympus InVision Photo Festival features some very important photographers whose work also happens to represent extreme opposite ends of the spectrum,” Lipzin says. “Showing such a wide range of imagery is an extraordinary way to share our passion for photography. There’s definitely something at the festival that will resonate with everyone.”

InVision will also mark the beginning of Lehigh Valley Photography month, another event founded by ArtsQuest that will host photography exhibitions, speakers and parties in more than 30 venues across the local community.

For more information on InVision Photo Festival, visit their Web site.