PBS39 Announces 2019 Artist of the Month Winners


The annual PBS39 Artist of the Month Contest showcases young artists from the Lehigh Valley.
Bethlehem, PA – January 8, 2019 – PBS39 has announced the winners of its Artist of the Month Contest for 2019. This annual contest, gives young artists in kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to be featured by PBS39 on air, on Facebook and on the station’s website.

“PBS39 is proud to support these talented young students,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer of PBS39 said. “PBS39’s commitment to education extends beyond the television screen. Our Artist of the Month program is an opportunity for us to showcase the Lehigh Valley’s bright future.”

This year’s student submissions included music, fine art, writing, digital media and performing arts. The 2019 PBS39 Artists of the Month include these thirteen winners (there was a tie in the middle school category this year): Troy Albanese from 21st Century School for drawing, Maycie Dreisbach from Whitehall-Coplay Middle School for painting, Juliana Gipson from Innovative School of Art for mixed media art, Amelia Kohler from Orefield Middle School for drawing, Savannah Kopensky from Evergreen Elementary for drawing, Alivia Kotkiewicz from Southern Lehigh Intermediate for fabric creations, Signe Rusko from Wilson Intermediate for three dimensional art, Sadie Sisk from Liberty Bell Elementary for drawing, Keira Strumfels from Glenside Elementary for drawing, Ruth Stuart from William Allen High School for ceramics, Rhys Williams from Emmaus High School for original song and lyrics, Ryan Xu from Princeton High School for music and Ava Zellner from Liberty Bell Elementary for drawing.

“I am so impressed by the skills of these students,” Catherine Reifsnyder, Manager of Education at PBS39 said. “We are thankful for the generous support from our partners who make this program a success year after year.”

The artists and their various talents are celebrated at the end of the year each December with an art show and party. Support from Crayola, Univest and PPL makes this program possible. The Baum School of Art generously donates certificates for free classes to PBS39 Artists of the Month. Visit PBS39.org to learn more about the PBS39’s initiatives, programming and events.

About PBS39
PBS39 is a community-owned public media station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA, serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. PBS39 Reporter Corps journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley, including Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe in Pennsylvania, plus Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. The Reporter Corps creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. For more information, visit PBS39.org.


Information provided to TVL by:
Nicole Harrell
Public Relations/Promotions Manager, PBS39