Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Local Literary Magazine Seeking Submissions

I recently received a flyer from a friend for Halicarnassus, a self proclaimed "start-up literary magazine" based in Allentown. This new publication - the first edition is set to print in spring - is accepting submissions until March 1.

Writers can submit short stories, poetry, plays, non-fiction essays, illustration/comics and photography. Up to 3 submissions allowed per person, 6000 word count max.

Here are more details: Please do not submit previously published or otherwise copyrighted work - and - let the magazine know if your piece has been simultaneously submitted to another publication.

To Submit:

Attach written submissions in Word format and photography/illustration submissions in Adobe PDF format (300 dpi minimum) and send to:

Specify the type of submitted work in the SUBJECT of the email.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Carol Crawl this Wednesday

From Diane Teti:

The 1st Annual “We don’t need no stinking bulletproof vest!” Christmas Carol Crawl!

Join us as we brave the downtown and scare away any would be “perp’s” with our singing as we crawl to a couple of local watering holes, starting at 5pm Wed. Dec. 23 with complimentary beer (courtesy of the Allentown Brew Works) and wine at the newly-opened Art Mart at 813 W. Hamilton Street where we'll hand out our song lists and we’ll then head at 5:45 to the House of Chen (732 W. Hamilton) – Jenny, the owner, is extending their happy hour prices for us (be prepared to step back in time!), and then at 6:30 we'll roll onto the the newly opened Made in Brazil restaurant (bar area) in the Holiday Inn (try the Caipirinha!), then we'll finish at the Allentown Brew Works for our final round of song and a sampling of the Rude Elf beer!

Yes, we really sing, song list/ words provided. Wear your Santa hats, ugly Christmas sweaters or other holiday flare and let's get merry!

Email to RSVP and you're welcome to join us anywhere along the crawl. Happy holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Opportunity to Show Artwork

From Liz at Touchstone Theatre:

Dear friends,

The Touchstone Theatre Gallery is accepting submissions for two exhibitions.
One is to be held February 26 – April 30, 2010. The exhibition will complement the performance of Fresh Voices, our annual showcase for our class of apprentices. Submissions will be accepted until January 31, 2010.

The second exhibition will open May 13, and will complement Pan, an original “modern day epic of sex, drugs and rock and roll gone bad.” Submissions will be accepted until April 9, 2010.

Submissions can be e-mailed to or mailed to Liz Wheeler, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Digital images should be jpegs between 72 and 150 dpi, and between 300 x 300 pixels and 600 x 600 pixels. Begin the title of each jpeg with your last name.

If you mail a submission and want it returned, include a self addressed stamped envelope.

For more information, visit or call 610-867-1689.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Coat Drive for the Homeless at Art Mart

Through the rest of this week, Art Mart will be accepting coats, hats, gloves and first aid materials to distribute to the homeless in Allentown and Bethlehem.

Please donate what you can. Winter is almost here and those without shelter can use adequate clothing and first aid to make it through the season.

Please drop off during these times: Wednesday 11 am to 2 pm, Thursday 11 am to 2 pm and Friday 12 to 4 pm. Distribution will take place Saturday. Art Mart is located at 813 Hamilton St., across from Allentown Brew Works.

Have a happy holiday season!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Waiting For Obama at ART MART

Well, it was fun just waiting for him!

Photo: Angie Villa

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kick Off the Holidays at the City Tree Lighting - and Art Mart!

The City of Allentown's annual tree lighting ceremony will take place from 4-7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 3) at the pocket park at PPL Plaza, directly next to Art Mart at 813 Hamilton Street.

Please join us at Art Mart. We will be open for the duration of the events. Get most of your holiday shopping done in one place! We have fine art, handcrafted goods, hats, scarves, totes and more. Shop local this holiday season.

Here is the full list of events for the Tree Lighting:

Crafts for Children
Elf Parade
Elf Preparation Station
Ice Carving Demo
Nutcracker & Pip the Mouse appearances
Arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
Tickets for Sale to Lights in the Parkway
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Tree Lights Up at 7 pm

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

ART MART On Channel 69 News!

Here is a link to the Channel 69 News coverage of Art Mart.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Meeting Notes 11/21/09

Thanks to everyone who attended and spoke at our November meeting at House of Chen. We had a large turnout this month, and there was a lot to talk about. Thanks to Jenny at House of Chen for providing unique and delicious Malaysian cuisine. It's great to see so many local artists and community volunteers coming together to create a cool and very happening art scene in downtown Allentown.

ART MART is opening this FridayNovember 27th 5-8pm. Curator Greg Coates addressed the group, as well as Sarah, and event coordinator Diane Teti. The address is 813 W. Hamilton St. and ART MART will be open during the Holiday season Wed- Fri 11am-2pm and Fri- Sat 5pm-8pm.

Volunteers are needed to sit at the store, so contact Sarah at the e-mail if you are interested in helping. ART MART is on Facebook too, where you can check for updates.

Angie Villa spoke about THE ART OF GIVING art auction to benefit the Lehigh County Conference of Churches Soup Kitchen. The auction will be held at The Baum School of Art on March 19th. Artists can donate work, all proceeds will be given to the soup kitchen. Contact Sue Highet at 610-435-5054

Greg Coates spoke about UNSEEN: PAINTINGS BY CHRIS NEYEN a gallery show currently at Greg's studio at 614 Washington St. You can see the show by making an appointment with Greg. There was a great turnout for the opening. Show runs through Dec. 13th. Congrats to Chris!

Cathy and Jonathan Botch spoke about their online artist's website called Flashpoint Creativity, Inc. Address is

Diane Teti spoke about Word Wednesdays at The BrewWorks, and that artists can have digital images of their work projected on a screen during the event. Yodi and Kari Holmes are coordinating this event.

Marilyn Hazleton talked about the Spoken Word poems at our blog, and the city's upcoming Haiku Competition.

Joe Skrapits informed us that he is no longer an Allentown Arts Commissioner, and invited us to see the new home of the Salemme Foundation , which is located across the street from the Americus on Hamilton St.
Ethel Drayton-Craig spoke about Jazz coming to The Allentown Symphony, Fri. Dec. 4th, and The Arts Luminarium.
Ro Geseck spoke about her murals at The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 4th and Walnut.
Don't miss the Hess's mural, it will be painted over when the exhibit ends on Jan. 10th. Ro's Civil War mural will be up until the summer.

Did I forget anything?

Angie Villa

Photo of PPL by Gianni Villa, taken the night of our meeting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Artists: Share Digital Images of Your Work

I had a recent chance to take part in Word Wednesday at Allentown Brew Works. There were 30+ people there and many of them came to share their poetry.

Yodi and Kari have a great event going on. That night, Kari was the perfect, personable hostess and Yodi and the musical ensemble (drummers and guitar, also open to public participation) provided great backup to the poets with chill musical interludes.

Prior to the break, the Word Wednesday crew shared digital images, projected on the wall, of artwork created by local artists. They want more artists to submit images of their work to be shown to the public in a digital slideshow at a future Word Wednesday event.

Please email submissions to:

Word Wednesday is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the cozy Silk Lounge, lower level, Allentown Brew Works, 812 Hamilton Street.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Poems from "Velocity" show - at long last!

Poet Marilyn Hazelton has compiled the poems written by artists and the public at the "Velocity" show closing in June. She requested that they be posted here. Thanks to Marilyn for leading us through a great creative exercise, and thanks to those who participated. Enjoy!

From Marilyn:

A Meditation on Writing from Art
To walk into a gallery, allow a work of art to extend an invitation, accept, and begin to interact with that painting, sculpture, or entire room adds an unusual layer to the art process and becomes it’s own form of art.
Artists and family and friends of artists added that artistic effort to the opening and closing receptions for “Velocity”, the Chen Art Group’s summer show at the Allentown Art Museum.
The resulting poems reflect the viewers’ visual responses and perceptions, as well as memories and reflections, evoked by the art.

The Poems:

Many thanks to Susan Weaver and Marilyn Hazelton for co-hosting the writing event at the Closing Reception of “Velocity”, to Wilhelm Schmidt for his assistance in typing many of the writings below, and to all who participated.

for the Chen Arts Show

Human murmurs, conversations

The walls stand quiet, waiting for attention.

“Hear us” the works say

“Interact with us.

Enter into relationship.”

Silent they wait as we turn to face them.

Georgine Miller

Balancing Act

After "Coffee Cups 5" by Glenn Lash

Glaze shimmers

on that twist

of dough

dunked forever

in a turquoise mug.


a clattering cup

tips a splash

of joe.

A doughnut

draws my gaze—

circled with an eternity

of chocolate icing.

It wears an upturned cup

like a

teetering top hat.

Poised on its lid,

a potter's spiraling



as a sugar rush.

I drink to this



to hedonism

and that


institution ...

the coffee break.

Susan Weaver

Memories from the front line.

Inspired by Lee Leckey’s painting “Center Front”

Veil concealing ghosts of recent past.

Center, drive, round and round, crosses, lines.

How did they begin,

Forms, fields, patches, life?

Penetrating, one by one,

Repeating actions memorized.

Waning, waxing, taking center front, interrupted,

Memories run off.

Leading, one by one,

Eyes toward unpredictable future.

One by one,

Circles, ground, sky.

Rafael J. Cañizares-Yunez

Glimpses and Reminiscences

I see my salvation walking towards the enemy

Waiting to strike in the name of God

Although the enemy is the devil, he has taken a deceiving look

In the eyes of a peaceful soldier, the deadly swan is the worst enemy

But, in the eyes of a human, it is just a swan

In between the rivals is the sign of Jesus’ mother

Who is defending the rights of all human race

Kamilah Velez

For “3 Piece Man”

a sculpture by Heather Haas

Tripartite -

arc and trough

of skin and bone,

the negative space

carries weight, emotion,

defines life

thinly suspended

by a rod of steely resolve.

We are often cut thus.

Perhaps this stark white shell

is a cocoon

already shed,

the true self


Ann Corbett Burke

Alley in Autumn

After "Emmett Street, Allentown" by Joseph Skrapits

Narrow houses crowd

Emmett Street

like neighbors talking

over the back fence

before winter closes in.

To a wall of aqua blue

the phone pole's shadow,

a compass needle,

points up the alley,

collects my eye

from its


by a swath of fence

painted persimmon

in afternoon sun.

An oak tree waits

for wind to drift leaves

and open a view


past peaked roofs

that will change beyond return

this half-street moment,

this autumn brilliance


on the artist's canvas.

Susan Weaver

for “Emmett Street” by Joe Skrapits

Florence! Oh skip it

And all the cousins would laugh

The headless house man


no more peanuts please

Bill Villa

“Surf’s Up”

for a sculpture by Wilhelm Schmidt

Roots soaring

after the storm,

wings of wood swirl

upward from the vortex.


I see a hole

nearly hidden:

the eye

of dark disturbance,

an epicenter

from which is flung

pure joy.

Ann Corbett Burke

Surf’s Up

for a sculpture by Wilhelm Schmidt

Wild whorl wings

Movement caught trembling


In polished wood

Shape glanced sidelong

Eye seizing





Paul Blaney

Zero Gravity

For “Escape Velocity” by Sereno Jacob

Shivering, thunderous metal plates

Meet the Stratosphere.

In only moments sky will be gone.

Free of ground.

Free of air.

A blank page, as black as all nights.

A chance to start new.


For “Hyper View” by Rick Hildenbardt

You are wild you are free

You herd together for life support

Your life is carved from the land

Along comes man

And you are now only a memory

Carved in wood on a wall


or “Cotterman’s Tornado” by Ryan Fulton

A naked boy quietly contemplating the stars

Gazing toward the heavens

+ knowing that they’re ours

Peering eyes, fixed on the skies

Before the Mexican temple

At home + at peace

Sarah Fulton

For “Untitled Cow Drawing” by Greg Weaver

Just A Few Squiggles

Comical simple tail to head drawing

A squiggly cow, makes you join smiling

Across the meadow frolicking

On a lark, just sailing

Ears and tail compelling

Care-free romp tale-telling

Heard from stories trailing

Cathy Botch


for” Solastaglia”

Button dropped, and then again found

Now contained, still, no sound

Worn with pride, in a far off place

Released from threads, hanging in space

Newly used, in the past for closure,

Semi-revealed, a partial exposure

Once held in fingers, young and old

Suddenly art, impossible to hold

We live, we pass, but once we come through

In art, as in life, we are created anew

Graham Lustig

for “Shy Geoff” by Yodi

Splatters and squiggles of paint

Fly like confetti in a parade

Or streamers at a childhood celebration

As Geoffrey watches Yodi

Play with paper

Angie Villa

for “The Patriot Act” by Georgina Miller

Forlorn expression looking back

The eyes must say what the mouth can’t

Face recessed in white and red

While blue muzzles what is said

Zehra Follweiler

for” Marley’s Trail”

Beauty is all around us

In nature

In animals

In creativity

Beauty created by God

Dog hike. Straight trees and

Flowing blades of grass. Get lost

On the path, enjoy the journey


Lake Erie Sunset

For a photograph by Jeff Williams of the same name


of ice

and fire

reach for light,

like a hand rising

into the play of winter.

Beyond this,


other eruptions

between sheets

of frozen beach,

a slim slice

of water


ice peaks

rising and falling

in conversation

with God


as sky.

Marilyn Hazelton

Show Opening Friday

This season is proving to be busy for area artists. Take a look at the next show opening in Allentown...

From Kiki & Greg:

Gregory Coates and Kiki Nienaber are proud to invite you to view new works by Chris Neyen at C.a.N. studio (that’s Coates and Nienaber) . (Address is 614 Washington St., Allentown.)

Please come meet old and new friends and celebrate this exhibition, entitled UNSEEN at the reception on Friday the 20th of November 6-9 pm.

We hope to see you then. Best, Kiki

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art Mart coming soon...

A small group of us met Saturday at the former Allentown Opera House at 809-813 Hamilton. After viewing the two spaces available we decided to open the gallery at 813, where Greg Coates has been curating a window project called New Museum.

We plan to clean out the space and prep it for use as a gallery and shop called Art Mart. Please contact me if you would like to volunteer to help with the clean-up. We will also need volunteers to sit in the gallery (in pairs) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11-2 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-8 throughout the holiday season. Contact:

Art Mart will feature original artwork and handmade items for sale in a show titled: Holiday Gifts.

Pictures will be posted soon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Hess's Exhibit Features Mural by Ro Geseck

That busy, busy, Chenster Ro Geseck has completed a cool retro mural for the new Hess's Holiday Exhibit at The Lehigh Valley Heritage Center. If you yearn for that magical Hess's holiday experience, strawberry pie at The Patio Restaurant, and Hollywood on Hamilton, then you must travel back in time this Friday Nov. 13th at The Lehigh Valley Heritage Center, 4th and Walnut, Allentown. The opening starts at 7pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children, free for members. Stop by to say "hi" to Ro at the opening. Just look for the gal wearing beaucoup funky pins on her sweater. The exhibit is open through Jan. 10th. Don't miss this!

Angie Villa

Monday, November 9, 2009

Downtown Gallery Show Planned for the Holidays

Here's the latest on the show planned for 809 W. Hamilton. Send your submissions ASAP:

New Museum Director, Gregory Coates, will curate a show titled "Holiday Gifts."

Greg is seeking artists who feel they can participate in a show which will take on the look of a "gift shop" by submitting art objects they have made or other objects they feel would fit this description. The items would be displayed (and offered for sale, unless otherwise specified) at the gallery at 809 W. Hamilton, which is in a great location across the street from Allentown Brew Works.

This gallery will be promoted to holiday shoppers - so think of things you have created that are likely to sell. That means paintings, sculpture, photos, cards, handmade trinkets like jewelry, pins, hats, scarves, bags, etc., etc....All artists are encouraged to decorate ornaments that can be offered for sale as well.

Again, Greg is requesting that artists send him 3 jpg images so he can view possible selections. Send images to
Deadline for submission is Nov. 16. Set up will take place the following week, with an opening tentatively set for Black Friday, Nov. 27.

Volunteers will also be needed to help clean the space, hang work, and staff the gallery. Contact me at if you'd like to Volunteer in some way.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chen Artist's Work on Display

Wilhelm Schmidt has two sculptures on display in the Lehigh Art Alliance show at Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University. The show is on until Dec. 12.

His work will also be exhibited at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen's show, Nov. 14 and 15, at the Swain School, S. 24th Street, in Allentown.

Wilhelm most recently displayed some of his woodworking pieces at the Velocity show (June '09) and the "Hamilton for Rent" windows (summer '09).

Please try to attend and offer your support.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Artist Reception Nov. 13

Please come out and show your support for our area artists. This show is curated by Deb Rabinsky, a tireless volunteer with Old Allentown and the Chen Arts Group.
From Deb:

Berrisford Boothe, John Harry,
Curlee Raven Holton, Rick Hildenbrandt,
Peter Lewnes, James Gallucci, Ed Meenely,
Joe Skrapits, Rigo Peralta, Ryo Tokita,
Rafael Canizares-Yunez, Yodi Duane Vaden,
John Clark - Home & Planet

When: Nov. 13, 2009 time 7-9 PM
Where: 221 North 8th Street

Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Nelson A Diaz

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"ART of Giving" to Benefit Soup Kitchen

From Sue Highet:

"The ART of Giving
On March 19th an Art Auction will be held at the Baum School of Art beginning at 6PM. All proceeds will benefit the Lehigh County Conference of churches Soup Kitchen. Please mark your calendar & make plans to come to this wonderful event! What a great way to give and receive. More information will be coming as we approach the date of the event. You may contact Sue Highet at 610-435-5054 with any questions."

Chensters, if you would like to be a part of this worthwhile event, you can donate your art work for the auction. It is for a very good cause: to feed the homeless. And if anyone is interested in donating food or beverage for the opening, or if you can help in any way, please contact Sue.

Angie Villa

Monday, November 2, 2009

Federal Arts Funding Increase

From Americans for the Arts:

Congress passed a $12.5 million funding increase as part of the FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). President Obama is scheduled to sign this bill into law by October 31, which concludes National Arts and Humanities Month. The nation's two federal grantmaking cultural agencies will now each have budgets of $167.5 million, their highest funding levels in 16 years. As so many state and local governments have had to cut arts budgets across the country, this well-timed federal appropriations increase for the arts is a welcome infusion of funds.

Enacted FY09
FY10 Final Interior Appropriations Bill
FY09 vs. FY10 Difference
$155 million
$167.5 million
$12.5 million increase
$155 million
$167.5 million
$12.5 million increase

The FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 2996) was passed in the House by a vote of 247­­-178 and in the Senate by a vote of 72-28. Please play your part and send a quick e-mail to your members of Congress at the Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center and let them know how much the arts will benefit from this funding increase.

What's Next:While the NEA and NEH's budgets have now been finalized, many other federal programs such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are still operating under a continuing resolution until December 18, 2009. We will keep you posted on these legislative updates in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, please save the dates of April 12-13, 2010 for National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. With the incredible advocacy success that we had this year that included $50 million in the federal economic stimulus bill for arts jobs and now the $12.5 million increase in NEA and NEH budgets, we need to keep building on this positive momentum. Come join us.

Help us also continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already an official member, you can join the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A view of the New Museum

Here is the latest exhibit at the New Museum window at 813 W. Hamilton. This window is curated by Gregory Coates. The site currently features work by Greg and Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg. See their links (at right) for more information.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Benefit Concert on Sunday Nov. 1

From Ethel Drayton-Craig:

Announcing a Jazz Benefit Concert for the Education Program of the Allentown Symphony. Sunday, November 1st, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, $15, at Allentown Symphony Hall.

This past year the Allentown Symphony served 14,000 children from age 3 - high school! 471 students were students of the Allentown School District.

With the state budget cutbacks we have sustained cuts to our education program of approximately $100,000.

Thanks to the many jazz artists that have performed at the jazz cabarets, they have organized to give back to the Symphony. On November 1st, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM over 25 renowned regional jazz artists are volunteering their time and their talents for this JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT. LIVE. $15 (Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 North Sixth Street, Allentown) Box Office 610-432-6715.

Come out and have a great time. Meet and Greet the Musicians. Great Food, too!
LOTS OF FUN! All proceeds benefit Educational Programming. SHARE THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

Co-Op Bop with guest Bobby Routsch
New Kind of Talk
P.F. & The Flyers
Skip Wilkins Trio
Mike Lorenz & Tom Kozic with guest Rob Stoneback
Dave Roth Trio
Lou Czechowski Trio
Fusion Trio
Also appearing: Marlene Gilley, Mike Ciliberti, Greg Eicher, Gary Rissmiller, Craig Kastelnik, Alan Gaumer, Neil Wetzel, Jim McGee, Mike Trach, Jim Meyers, Wayne Maura, Pete Fluck, John Sproat, Tony Gairo, Brian Bortz, Vern Mobley, June Thomas, Vicki Doney, Robin Bryan.

Special thanks to Frank Wilgruber and Alan Gaumer for creating and organizing this event!

Ethel Drayton-Craig
Chair, Jazz Committee
Allentown Symphony Association

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hava Java Cafe's Writers Group

From Yodi:

There is a Writer’s Workshop that meets at the Hava Java Café at 526 N. 19th Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The writers meet every Sunday for a couple of hours. They discuss all aspects of writing, including publishing, editing, grammar and style.

It is open to the hobbyist and the professionals who write poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. All writers stop by and join in, bring some of your work and enjoy a beverage and some great networking. The group begins promptly at 6pm every Sunday.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Saturday Night at the Movies in Downtown Allentown

Please join us Saturday night in the Silk Lounge of Allentown Brew Works. Matt Lewis and Sarah Fulton will be screening their most recent documentary, "On Joy & Sorrow - The Glass Prism Story."

The film tells the story of The Glass Prism, who rose out of industrial Scranton with the first concept album, “Poe Through The Glass Prism.”

The Glass Prism achieved rock ‘n roll fame in the 1960s using the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe as the lyrics to its groovin’ progressive rock tunes, but the group’s journey to stardom was quickly snuffed out like so many bands of the time.

The film chronicles the rise of the band, its ultimate demise and the journey of the remaining members, who 40 years later, decided to reunite and start rocking again.

The film is an Official 2009 Selection of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Flint Film Festival, of Flint, Michigan.

Lewis, Fulton and collaborator Bob Ross, will be in attendance to view the film with the audience and answer any questions.

There is NO admission charge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Silk Lounge, lower level of Allentown Brew Works. Come early to claim a good seat! Guests are encouraged to patronize Brew Works, which is graciously hosting the screening, and enjoy the restaurant’s delicious food and award-winning microbrews.

Art Unveiling Oct. 24 at "New Museum"

Stop by Gregory Coates' New Museum window at 813 W. Hamilton Street on Saturday to see the work of Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg and offer your support!

Here is her bio:

Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is a Kutztown-based artist who has shown often in this region as well as nationally. In this area, her paintings have recently been seen at eDavid Gallery in Bethlehem, at the Siegel Gallery at Lehigh University, and in the Chen Arts Momentum show. In addition to her paintings, she makes 3-dimensional works with a collaborator, Andrew Brehm, and also makes found object constructions. These three dimensional works will be shown in Greg Coates' New Museum. Cheryl teaches at Kutztown University, and is head of the Studio Art department there.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Holiday Haiku Contest Seeking Poets, Writers...

This event is being coordinated by poet Marilyn Hazelton in time for the Dec. 3 Allentown Tree Lighting Ceremony. Chen Artists are invited to contribute poems. Here are the details:

The 2009 Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition!!
Elementary, middle and high school students, and adults are invited to enter the Allentown Holiday Haiku Contest!
Fifty haiku writers will receive a “Spirit of the Season Award. Their haiku will be displayed in store and restaurant windows along Hamilton Street in Center City Allentown. Five writers will be chosen to read their haiku at the Allentown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3.
To enter the competition, (Copy & Paste and Print at Home) fill in the form below:
Telephone #:__________________________School________________________
Teacher:_________________________________________Grade: ___________
By signing here, I declare that the attached poem is an original poem created by me, and I give my permission for it to be publicly displayed, read and reproduced by the City of Allentown.
(Students whose poems are chosen will need a parent's signature.
Student entries will be submitted to teachers.)
Please type or print neatly your haiku. Attach it to this form and send to:
Tara Craig, City Hall, 435 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101
Guidelines for your haiku: Celebrate family and the beauty of the season in three lines of no more than 17 syllables, but with no syllable count for each line. Look at the examples attached to this form for ideas.
The postmark deadline is November 13, 2009.
Adults may enter by email by sending their haiku to:
Tara Craig at:

Examples of Haiku for Inspiration for
Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition:

winter dawn
the warmth
of your hand
Owen Bullock

falls on snow -

winter night -
the cat sitting in a drawer
filled with letters
Kenneth Tanemura

the rim is bent
the park cold, deserted -
still I play
Patrick Frank

winter solstice
sheen of the cherry’s bark
streaked with rain
Ebba Story

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From the Chairman of Citizens for the Arts in PA

Since 1966 the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), through the state budget, has been fueling the cultural life of the Commonwealth. Fortunately, for the past 18 years, a robust economic climate helped keep funding for the arts at a reasonable level.

This year, as you know, the nation's economy stumbled, affecting every aspect of our lives. Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, as the only statewide multidisciplinary arts advocacy organization for the last 30 years, kept a steady eye on the mood of the state's governors and legislators, constantly being ready to point out the positive aspects of the arts on all phases of life, both cultural and economic.

This year, for the first time, the PCA faced the possibility of elimination. When the reality set in, citizens all over Pennsylvania began to rally, demonstrating their support of state arts funding through telephone calls, emails, and visits to legislators telling them that the arts were a valuable and essential part in all phases of our lives.

Thousands of citizens stepped up to remind the state government of the need for the arts and arts education. The work was hard and the sacrifices, in time and energy, were many. We were rewarded with a state budget that did not eliminate the PCA and included funding for arts grants at $11 million. We have to be grateful to each other, to our government officials, to leaders in the art community and to all those who realize the importance of the arts.
This is not the end, but a new beginning to recognize that "Advocacy" is not a crisis activity, but an ongoing part of being aware that the arts, and what they represent to us all, cannot be taken for granted.
Thanks to everyone,
Bob Lettieri

Robert N. Lettieri
Board Chair

Monday, October 12, 2009

"New Museum" Downtown

From Greg Coates:

The New Museum Project
Director, Curator: Gregory Coates
Artwork by: Gregory Coates and Ralp Flemming

Statement: To Use economically depressed areas of Allentown pa. as art spaces, the idea is to expose what is absent in the community, thru the dialouge of art and culture re- invent the purpose of the city.

Interested artists can email me

>>> Gregory Coates>>
Gregory Coates‘s career in painting and sculpture dates back to the late 1980s. Over the years his works has included large and small –scale> sculpture, paintings, assemblages, and installations. For the most part the artist has chosen to construct his work from a variety of found objects and materials.

Note: The New Museum is located at 813 W. Hamilton, across from Brew Works.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bike Ride to the Allentown Art Museum

BikeAllentown is organizing a group bike ride to the Allentown Art Museum on Sunday, Oct. 18. The group will tour the latest exhibit, A Force for Change - African American Art and The Julius Rosenwald Fund.

Here are the details from the BikeAllentown website:

We will be biking to the Allentown Art Museum.Ride will start at Covered Bridge Park in South Whitehall at 12:00 heading to Muhlenberg Colleges Seeger's Union (2400 W. Chew St. Allentown)by 1:00 and then proceed to the Art Museum.

(You may meet up to ride at either location or, ride in from Bethlehem with CAT e-mail CAT for info.)

We will be viewing the exhibit of"A Force for Change: African American Art And the Julius Rosenwald Fund"We will start our tour at 2:00.The cost for admission for this exhibit is $7.00 per person and afterwards we will be stopping by Hava Java for some coffee and social time. We hope you can join us! For more info email:

Note: Please bring a helmet and a lock. BikeAllentown follows all rules of the road, this means signaling turns, riding to the right in the right-hand lane of traffic, and stopping at all stop signs and red lights.

Update from PA Citizens for the Arts:

Dear Fellow Arts Advocates,
Just a brief update...
Tonight (10/7/09) the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed their version of the FY09-10 Pennsylvania State Budget by a vote of 107-93. HB 1416 as amended includes $11 million for arts grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and $992,000 for administration of the council. These figures match the what was included in Senate Bill 1085 for the PCA. HB 1416 now goes to the Senate for review and a vote. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has indicated that the Senate will review the document tomorrow and will take a vote after the review. While this represents a step closer to the end of this 2009 Budget Impasse, the House bill must be approved by the PA Senate and then signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell. We will keep you posted as we monitor the Senate's review of HB 1416.
Stay tuned,

Jenny L. Hershour
Managing Director
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Arts Funding Update

From the PA Council for the Arts:

Dear Fellow Arts Advocates,

Just a brief update...

This morning (10/6/09), the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 1085, a new general fund appropriations bill, by a vote of 43-6. This bill includes $11 million for arts grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and $992,000 for administration of the arts council. The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for further consideration.

The Senate also passed an amended version of the tax code bill sent to them by the House last week. This amended version does NOT include a tax on tickets to arts and cultural events.

We will be watching the House proceedings and will report back to you as the situation unfolds.

Stay tuned,

Jenny L. Hershour
Managing Director
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

Friday, October 2, 2009

Grant Funds Received for Group Project

Hi everyone,

Earlier this year I decided to try for a Project Stream Grant through the PA Council on the Arts so we could do a group project with funding...and as it turns out, the application was approved!

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council held a grant awards ceremony Oct. 1 at America on Wheels where dozens of creative, worthwhile projects were announced to receive funding.

I'll be receiving $1,196 to conduct a group project this spring and I'm recruiting Chen Artists to participate.

Here are the plans: Each artist (figure to be determined) will receive a 2' plexi-glass cube to design in the theme of re-urbanization. Artists can run wild with their cubes, using any media and techniques they please. Artists are encourage to gain sponsorship for their time spent creating this project.

The cubes will then be brought together in an event at the Allentown Arts Park (across from the art museum on N. 5th Street) where they will be displayed for the public in June.

Of course, the public and multiple organizations within the city will be invited to view the display and meet the artists. We're hoping to tap into a small sum of Arts Park programming funds to make the one-day event even nicer.

It's very exciting to receive funds to purchase materials for this project. Thank you LVAC and PA Council on the Arts for your support!


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Old Allentown House Tour Saturday

From the OAPA website:

There's no better time than Saturday, October 3, to explore behind the doors of the city's Victorian beauties. That's when OAPA presents its 33rd Annual House Tour. It's also your chance to see firsthand therecent revitalization efforts of three center-city neighborhoods. Old Allentown – the city's oldest historic district – is featured.

Homes on bustling Seventh Street (now a Main Street program) and on Sixth in Old Fairgrounds extend this tour of 'Old City.' You'll find a fascinating range of decorating styles, interior design ideas and old house tips. A bonus, the former Harry C. Trexler mansion is open to tour goers*, thanks to new owner, Elias Funeral Home. And Dubbs Memorial U.C.C. Church will play its carillon and welcome you.

Free parking! Metered parking is free in the Historic District on tour day. There is also free parking in the Linden Street lotthe corner of 10th and Linden just west of the Hotel Grand.
Free ride! To make it easy to visit all these homes, we've added a free trolley sponsored by Pennrose Properties.

Façades! OAPA completed its 100th façade restoration this year. To celebrate, orange balloons throughout the district will identify properties improved through this ongoing program.
Try your luck! Stop by the Old Allentown and take part in our raffle for gift certificates for local eateries and more. This is also the place to buy Old Allentown merchandise and pick up information on the neighborhood.

Animal lovers, stop by the pocket park at Eighth and Gordon. Members of Linda's Greyhound Rescue will have adoption information and greyhounds available for adoption at the park.
Painting on display: At the OAPA office you can also see the original oil painting by Joseph Skrapits that is reproduced on our poster and tour book cover. If you fall in love with it (as we have), place a bid in our Silent Auction. Part of the auction proceeds will benefit OAPA. Bidding ends at 4pm.
Tickets are $15 in advance (on sale at OAPA, Hardwaer Variety Plus, C. Leslie Smith, Allentown Brew Works, Phoebe Floral, Syb's West End Deli, Home & Planet, Moravian Book Shop, Spotted Dog Barkery) or $20 the day of.

Note: See artwork by local artists in one of the homes on the tour. Also, congrats to Joe Skrapits, whose beautiful painting graces this year's House Tour poster.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Symphony (and more) Ask You to Lend a Voice

From the Allentown Symphony:

The state of Pennsylvania has finally reached a budget deal, but with a cost to arts and culture. Included in the budget proposed by Governor Rendell is a provision to extend Pennsylvania’s 6% state sales tax to include concert and theatre tickets, dance and performing arts events, museums, historical sites, zoos and parks. The impetus for this action is that the revenue generated from these taxes could result in long term funding for the arts and cultural sector. However, sports and movies, which are known to be big revenue generators, are able to keep their tax exemptions in Pennsylvania.

Allentown Symphony Association (ASA) reaches 55,000 people each year including 14,130 children through its educational programming. This year, in a difficult economy the ASA decided to keep ticket prices the same and increase the number of events offered, giving the ASA the opportunity to see an increase in ticket sales and patron involvement. Under this proposed budget ticket prices will go up placing an additional burden on our patrons, but the extra money will go to the State with the promise of ‘some’ of the funds being used to fund arts program and the State keeps the rest. No more information than this has been shared with the organizations that will be affected!

Pennsylvania is also threatening to eliminate its Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC), a program that encourages area businesses to fund educational programs, defined by law to be “innovative” educational programs. Allentown Symphony has six curriculum based programs that would be negatively affected by the loss of these EITC funding m including Musicians in Schools, Musical Treasure Chest, Master Classes, Instrument Petting Zoo, the Arts Walk, and City Arts Camp.

Finally, the lack of State funding for the arts is impacting and ultimately reducing the level of funding support from the County of Lehigh. The negative impact of these changes are still unknown, however, they will certainly affect operations and education. Most Pennsylvania arts organizations have already taken drastic staffing cuts.
Allentown Symphony Association offers reasonably priced tickets to all of its symphonic concerts, the new Met: LIVE HD series, and all educational programs are offered at little or no cost to schools in an effort to be accessible and invest in our Lehigh Valley community. These community educational opportunities should not be weighed down with increased admission costs due to a new sales tax inclusion.
I am writing to ask you to help the Allentown Symphony Association and arts and culture in the Lehigh Valley by writing to your state representative and addressing this important issue

Here is what you can do:Using the contact information at the bottom of this email, call in or e-mail the following message:

Hello, my name is _____________, and as a resident of Lehigh/Northampton/______ county, I’m contacting you in opposition to an expansion of the state sales tax to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in order to balance the FY10 state budget. In these tough economic times, increased ticket prices only tax working families out of arts and cultural venues such as concerts, museums, and parks. Interestingly, sports and movies – which are huge revenue generators in Pennsylvania – remain exempt from the tax. This doesn’t seem right. I think that those of us who work in or support these nonprofit institutions in our region should be a part of the conversation on long-term solutions for cultural funding. I ask that Senator/Representative __________bring this message to caucus leadership before the budget is signed into law.

Your help in keeping Arts and Culture in our community affordable and accessible is greatly appreciated.

Meeting Notes, 9/26/09

There was a small turnout Saturday, but the faithful group that did arrive had an evening of good conversation.

Here are the items that came up while I was in attendance (I unfortunately had to leave early):

Window Project Update - The "Hamilton For Rent" group currently has one display downtown. The show for the bicycle race has been taken down. Plans are in the works to continue securing windows. Marilyn asked if there has been any support for materials with this project, but it has been entirely unfunded and functions as a vehicle for showcasing artists' work.

Pumpkin Art Idea - Art N' Soul studios is planning a Halloween art event that would invite artists to submit carved/designed pumpkins for display. More details are coming.

Winter Show? This one remains open for discussion. The group briefly discussed doing something the week of the city's tree lighting, which takes place next to PPL Plaza. One member suggested a former warehouse near Turner Street for use. We just need more suggestions and a lot of volunteers if we want to make something happen.

The next meeting is Sat. Oct. 24 at House of Chen.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ro Geseck Paints Civil War Mural

Fellow Chenster and Baum School of Art instructor Ro Geseck has completed a 30ft. mural at The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 4th and Walnut in Allentown, as part of their upcoming Major Civil War Exhibition. Ro says that she was thrilled to be able to paint Grant's horse! Ro has completed several murals in Allentown. This past summer she completed a mural with the kids at Central Elementary. You may have seen her work at Phoebe Floral on Hamilton, or in the kid's bathrooms at the Allentown Art Museum, or the former Federal Grill, just to name a few. Oh, and there's that sports mural on Union Blvd.

The opening of the Civil War Exhibit is this Saturday Sept. 26th, and the show runs through July. There will be re-enactments, artifacts, free soda, and much more. Here's a link for details:

photo of Grant's horse Cincinnatti

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Annie Giancarlo at PA Renewable Energy Fest

Fellow Chenster Annie Giancarlo will be showing her clothing designs made from recycled materials this weekend at the PA Renewable Energy Festival, Fri., Sat. & Sun. - Sept. 18, 19, 20 at the Kempton Community Center, Kempton, PA . Here's a link for details.

Annie is not only a talented visual artist, but she is also a clothing designer, costume designer, furniture designer, master gardener, master chef, and is currently working on a degree in Kitchen and Bath Design. Annie has designed and created several of the shirts that I wear on stage when I perform with The Villas. She ingeniously pieces together vintage fabric from the 1960's to create colorful and one of a kind psychedelic shirts. Congrats to Annie, sounds like a great event. Hope you can attend!
Photo: Annie at our Velocity Show, Allentown Art Museum
Angie Villa

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Peek at Public Art Elsewhere

Here in Allentown artists have had some success pulling together public art displays with Hamilton For Rent. The original idea was borrowed from a project on South Street in Philadelphia where artists filled empty shop windows. Local artist Yodi has taken the idea and run with it, coordinating with realtors and property managers. He has recruited fellow artists and arts enthusiasts to carry out these displays.

But the hurdle with these projects, like all art projects, has been funding. None of us have the resources to pay for advertising, posters, materials, etc. But we've made it work. The beauty of this project is that the storefront windows have been offered for free and artists merely need to show up and devise a way to present their work.

I want to share with you what is going on in other locations. If you know of any other places where projects like these are taking place, feel free to leave a comment.

Berkeley, California

This city is home to a Public Art Committee, which develops projects and recruits local artists to carry them out. The city holds a civic art exhibit and has funded sculptures in various locations. The city has three public art galleries and curators who manage them. Berkeley even has a Public Art Fund which pays for projects. The fund receives 1 percent of each eligible capital project, so it is continually replenished as projects are carried out.


The City of Philadelphia Public Art Program is one of the oldest in the country. The city developed the nation's first Percent For Art program in 1959, requiring art in public places as a means of "humanizing and enlivening the urban environment." The city boasts that more than 600 works of art have been commissioned in the program's 50 years. 600!!! The city dedicates up to 1 percent of the funds for its construction contracts to public art.

When it comes to artist partnerships with private property owners, there is the South Street window project. Also, Urban Outfitters regularly recruits artists to do a window installation. Take a look at the Samson Window Project.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Our neighbors to the north are funding art projects in the same way. The City of Calgary Public Art Program is funded by taking 1 percent of the funds from capital projects with budgets over $1 million. That's an automatic $10,000 from every major project. Artist Greg Coates sent me information about a project going on in Calgary (similar to Hamilton For Rent) titled "Open Spaces - Window to a View."

I'm sure if I spent more time looking I could find countless other cities with similar initiatives. They all vary in size and wealth but they share a dedication to the arts. We could learn from their methods and consider these options where we live.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Arts Budget News

From Citizens for the Arts in PA:

During a press conference (Friday) members representing both caucuses in the Senate and the House Democratic caucus announced that an agreement had been reached on the state budget for FY 09-10. It is reported the budget includes $10 million for arts grants (down from $15.2 million) through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and $1 million (down from $1.3 million) for administration of the Council.

This increase is a huge testament to your advocacy efforts considering the ZERO offered in SB 850. However it still represents a cut of almost 30% over last year's approved appropriation. There is a brief window of time to CALL your legislators. Express your appreciation for including the funding but urge them to fund arts grants at a level between $12.5 million - $14 million. Arts funding supports jobs, programming in schools and at senior citizens centers, and helps revitalize our downtowns. Remember to tell them why this is a priority to you and your community. Tell them the many ways that we all benefit from an investment in the arts. CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY.

You can locate phone numbers on our e-advocacy site at .

Please make that call today!
Jenny L. Hershour
Managing Director
Citizens for the Arts in PA

UPDATE: From today's Citizens for the Arts News:

We are in Day 77 of the state budget impasse. Three of the four legislative caucuses have agreed to a $27.9 billion spending plan but yesterday, Governor Rendell said that he would veto the budget unless the budget met his criteria for signature. As we are still without a budget, arts and cultural organizations from across Pennsylvania have started a movement of artless Wednesdays in PA to bring awareness to what our communities might be like if there is no state support of nonprofit arts groups. Every Wednesday, from now until a budget is passed, arts organizations and supporters are encouraged to make a symbolic gesture of what it means to be artless.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Event Kicks Off Friday, Sept. 11

This project is a result of artists and business operators working together in community partnership.

Artists and downtown business owners/managers came together to utilize vacant storefront properties for a positive purpose. This symbiotic relationship beautifies the downtown, provides exposure for talented artists and draws attention to the valuable commercial properties along the city’s main corridor.

The goal of the project is to gain attention for local artists and secure tenants for the spacious shop windows and storefronts along Hamilton Street.

Special thanks to Cathy Minnich, GM of Holiday Inn, and the owners of Holiday Inn Allentown, 813 Hamilton and 809 Hamilton for their support of the Arts in Allentown.

For more information, contact:
Yodi, project curator:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hamilton For Rent - The Second Leg

A new art display will be installed in downtown Allentown starting Tuesday.

Hamilton For Rent - The Second Leg is the latest installment of artwork gracing the vacant windows of buildings around 9th and Hamilton. The show is playfully called "The Second Leg" because it will coincide with the Univest Grand Prix, an international cycling time trial which takes place Friday, Sept. 11 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Starting Tuesday at 4 pm artists will be installing their work at several windows around 9th and Hamilton. Yodi has graciously worked to secure the locations where work will be displayed.

Cyclists from around the world will be competing on a course that passes through downtown. Thousands of visitors as well as international media are expected to attend the event, generating a large audience for the local artists who plan to show off their pieces.

Please come out to watch the exciting event and to support our local artists.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jazz Upstairs - 9/11/09

From Ethel Drayton-Craig:

Our next Jazz Cabaret will feature the ERIC MINTEL QUARTET, Friday, September 11, 2009, 7:30 PM in the Rodale Room of Symphony Hall. They have performed at the White House.

As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom.
-Dave Brubeck

At the last cabaret, we used every movable seat we had in the building! That is how popular we have become. Be there, or Be Square. $20 for 2 sets and light refreshments. Cash bar.
Call 610, 432-6715 for reservations.The Artist Sponsor is S.Argentis/Mr. Rooter PlumbingThe Food Sponsor is Bucca di Beppo

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

With No Budget in Sight, Arts Action is Still Needed

Some innovative ways to attract attention to the proposed cut in arts funding from the Council on the Arts:

As you well know, we are in month 3 of the Pennsylvania Budget Battle with no budget in sight as of today. Pressure still needs to be put on the members of the PA General Assembly by arts advocates if we want the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) funded at the $14 million level for arts grants and at $1.2 million for the administration of the PCA.

We, at Citizens for the Arts in PA, have been thinking about what an "artless" Pennsylvania might look like if funding for the PCA is eliminated or severely reduced. Musikfest in Bethlehem and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art have given us some idea as to what might happen with their organizations if they received a severe reduction in PCA grant funds. Inspired by these two organizations, we are asking you to participate "ArtLess Wednesdays" starting 9/9/09 and continuing each Wednesday until a state budget is passed. Please make a symbolic gesture that will demonstrate the impact of the absence of state support on your organization.

Lots of ideas are being discussed, including a temporary landing page for arts organizations' websites to push the message as well as awestricken for your use. These are is currently under construction. Arts organizations in Altoona are banning together to drape black coverings across their windows that contains a sign statements such as "this is what your downtown will look like without state arts funding" and "would you pay 5 cents per week to keep the arts in Pennsylvania?" Covering outdoor art and window cards in galleries on First Fridays or other gallery walks are other suggestions. Maybe you can organize a quartet playing without instruments in the town square.

We want to spark innovative, creative and artistic action by you and your grantees, either collectively or individually. The purpose is to attract media and public attention to the importance of arts support and to use that to promote advocacy.

If you have other ways to draw public attention to how your communities might be impacted by a Draconian cut to the PCA budget, please share them with me at and I'll post them on our website and in this newsletter. We're counting on your participation for Artless Wednesdays. Keep in touch and let us know how you plan to participate. Thanks for all of your help and let's keep fighting!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Meeting Notes 8/29/09

Thanks to all who attended the August meeting, it was a fun time. We had a nice turnout, even though several Chensters are vacationing at this time. Our group keeps growing with new faces at each meeting! Gianni had a fun time with the Neyen kids.

I addressed the group with info from Sarah regarding "Hamilton For Rent." If anyone is interested in showing work in the vacant Holiday Inn windows at 9th and Hamilton, please contact Yodi or Sarah. We are planning on having art work there to be viewed during the Sept. 11th Bike Race.
Marilyn Hazleton announced that she is compiling the poetry from our Velocity Show and would like to post it here at the blog. Great idea!

I also mentioned that our group was invited to participate in the Halloween Event on 7th St. and that maybe we could coordinate a Fall Gallery Show. When Pete returns from Greece, we should start making plans and discussing options.

Next meeting is planned for Saturday Sept. 26th
If anyone has any announcements or thoughts please comment here.


Angie Villa
Photo of Funny Fish at House of Chen, by Gianni Villa

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Art N Soul Studios Event this Friday

On Friday, August 28th at 8pm prepare for disturbing fun from KONNIK. PushArt is proud to present one of its artists and a evening you will not soon forget.

This show is called "ScabLick" this is konnik's corrupt vision of traditional american tattoos.

SAVAGE tattoo Magazine will be in the house for exclusive coverage of this show. The show will be sponsered by Marani Vodka and VegasFuel. for complete details go to

Also - Art N Soul has launched PushArt. Pushart is a movement to help expose great art. PushArt is selling rare Limited Edition(signed & numbered) Gig posters from all over the world, Vinyl collectible toys, custom hats and original Art from PushArt's house Artists- Konnik, Adam Kuder and Mike Arehart. All of this great art stuff can be found in the Gallery of Art N Soul Studios.

PushArt will soon have its own webpage along with a new and improved art n soul website. For now go to

Monday, August 24, 2009

Artist Coach Available

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Local Artist News

This show in Berlin features work by the talented Gregory Coates, who is based here in Allentown. Take a look:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Urban Music Conference of the Lehigh Valley Coming this Fall

Local mover, shaker and happenings maker, Alfonso Todd, submitted some info about a new event coming this fall. Below are some basic details collected from the event website on how to register, participate, and get involved:

Application deadline Nov. 5 - event will be held Nov. 7.
Contacts: or

Network, conversate, and dine with actual professionals in the entertainment field. Gain that "one-on-one" experience and get the opportunity to make the lasting impression that can put you on the path to success.

Table space will be supplied so that hard/soft products can be brought to the event and sold or given away to the public/industry representatives. The space can, also, be used for autograph signings.

Each entertainer/group will be given 15-20 minutes to perform. The TALENT SHOWCASE will be observed by entertainment representatives/professionals and the general public.

Visit for more info and to view a registration application.