Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chen Arts Group Show Announcement

Allentown Chen Arts Group presents:

MOMENTUM – Expanding the Dialog of Contemporary Art in Allentown

Following a successful premier art show, the Allentown Chen Arts Group is announcing its second art happening and gallery show at the Butz Corporate Center, 840 W. Hamilton Street, featuring even more original artwork by area artists.

Chen Arts Group held its inaugural show in October, generating buzz that is bringing the art community downtown for its second show, aptly titled Momentum.

This second show will run for an entire week and features photography, paintings, sculpture, glass pieces and more. Drumming, dancing and an interactive video display will be part of the event. Artwork will be offered for sale and contributing artists will be on hand to discuss their work with the public.

The opening is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Friday, December 12. The show continues Sat. Dec. 13, from 12-5 p.m. The gallery will remain open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closing is set for Saturday, Dec. 20 from 5-9 p.m. Light refreshment and live entertainment will be offered during weekend hours.

The show is curated by Kiki Nienaber.

The Chen Arts Group is Allentown's newest independent community arts movement. The group formed in early 2008 and adopted the House of Chen, a Chinese restaurant in downtown Allentown, as a regular meeting place and namesake. The group strives to promote the work of artists living and working in and around the city and use the arts as a springboard to strengthen the Queen City.

The Chen Arts Group thanks the Butz family for its generous support of this show and the arts in Allentown, as well as the City of Allentown and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Daily updates on the group, its artists, and events can be found online at

For more information, contact

Monday, November 24, 2008

From Joseph Kolasinski

Upcoming Show

Sue Wright and Joseph Kolasinski NEW WORKS

December 7 - January 3

Gallery at Ristorante Toscano

Reception with the artists Sunday, December 7, 2008 1pm to 4pm

Ristorante Toscano • 213 N. Broad Street • Lansdale, PA • 215.362.8002

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Here's to the next great show!

With how this group pulled everything together for the "16 and a Movie" gallery show, I've got every confidence we can make "MOMENTUM- Expanding the Dialog of Contemporary Art in Allentown" another success!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Children's Gallery Opening Saturday

The Arielle and Skyler Stabin Dynasty Gallery OPENING RECEPTION is scheduled for 4 pm this Saturday, Nov. 22 in Jim Thorpe.

The announcement says "the gallery is dedicated to encouraging the emerging talents of our youngest artists." It's essentially centered around the artwork and artistic development of children.

The gallery is housed at the Carbon County Cultural Project at 268 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The Stabin family also have their own private gallery, work space, and offer art classes. Their galleries are attached to the delicious farm-to-table restaurant, Flow, in the same building.

Visit for more info, or call 570-325-8284.

Monday, November 17, 2008


The official Chen Arts email is

This can go on flyers, website, blogs, sides of buildings and airplane banners as soon as you get a chance.
Jenn said she would moderate it. Tell her THANK YOU for setting it up and keeping an eye on it!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Chakaia Booker Sculpture Unveilled in Jersey City

Hey Gang,

One of our own Allentown artists has a great new sculpture installed in my soon to be former hometown of Jersey City. There's a great video slideshow of Chakaia and her Allentown studio.

I have to say how proud I am when I'm back in Jersey City and see her work in the Jersey City Museum as well as this great park. Jersey City had alot of the similar issues Allentown is facing and has cleaned up over the past decade - a major contributor to it's revitalization is the strong local group of artists and forward thinking city government. Both things seem to be ramping up for us here in Allentown...CHARGE!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Photo of Butz Space

Here is a photo of the vacant Butz space. This was taken by Chenster Dave Baun.

Claire Barliant, art critic, to give lecture at Moravian College

Angela Fraleigh, a professor at Moravian College, is hosting a visiting lecturer presentation next Wednesday evening November 19th, at 6.30pm in Foy Concert Hall on Moravian College's South campus. The presenter is Claire Barliant, a writer, critic and curator. Her talk will focus on artists she has written about for such magazines as ARTFORUM, Modern Painters, The Village Voice and many others, while also taking us through a verbal account of her writing journey and how she ended up as Senior Editor at a fancy pants art magazine.

Not to be missed!

Questions or directions contact Prof. Angela Fraleigh at

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Movable Walls for Gallery Show

The following are pictures of the movable walls that Home & Planet is willing to lend the group. They consist of studs and luon. Each wall measures 8' x 4' and is 3.5" deep. They are held together by hinges. The reccommended hanging method is to nail into the stud at the very top of the wall and hang a chain or wire to attach the art.