Thursday, February 19, 2009

Residency Available - application deadline 6/12

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROJECT: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Award: $ 10,000 project budget, housing and production assistants provided

The Sharadin Art Gallery at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania requests proposals from artists, craftspersons, and designers for the production of an original, temporary, site-specific installation for our exhibition space.

The artwork will remain on view from January 29 - March 5, 2010. The selected artist (or artist team) will be awarded $10,000. The award must cover all material and labor costs associated with the production of the work, all travel expense to and from our site, all incidental costs, meals, and all artist fees and honoraria. The university will provide housing one block from the gallery (Main Street Inn). A group of Kutztown University students will be available to assist with the physical production of the selected proposal.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, located an hour north of Philadelphia, and two hours west of New York City, has an enrollment of 10,000+ students. Each year, our College of Visual and Performing Arts awards approximately 225 undergraduate degrees in Communication Design, Fine Arts, Art Education, and Crafts. Our Visual Arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Application deadline is end-of-business, Friday June 12, 2009. For more information about our physical space and specifics about applying for this project, please visit:

Questions should be e-mailed to:
E-mail only - NO PHONE CALLS, please!

Monday, February 16, 2009

From Artist Jake Jacob

I received a letter from a painter who attended our January 31 meeting at Chen. I am passing this info along to anyone who may be interested:

My name is Jake Jacob. I am a painter who knows the difficulties that artists with mental health issues have trying to afford materials and space to practice their art. To help all of us I am seeking grants and private funding to provide us materials and studio space at little or no cost to the artists who work there.

Call Clubhouse of Lehigh County at 610-433-9910 and ask for me or Bob on weekdays 8:00AM-4pm. I am usually at Clubhouse during the day, and Bob is a staff member who is helping me with this project.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This is a video from Gregory Coates of his latest show, "Permission," in Chicago.

**UPDATE: Here's a link to more images and a program for the Permission show.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This video was produced by Post Sputnik Video Productions. We will occasionally be doing profiles on different members of the Allentown Chen Arts Group in order to help promote local artists and share their thoughts and ideas with the rest of you.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Meeting Notes from Jan. 31 Gathering

Georgine Miller compiled these minutes of our recent dinner gathering. Please take a look and feel free to post your thoughts and comments about some of the subjects discussed here:

Angie Villa brought our meeting to order at about 7:50pm and gave the group information on the Chen Arts Group blog and e mail.

Sharon Hillman was the first to speak about a proposal for an Allentown Second Saturday. She had the idea of a studio tour which would end at a hub on Hamilton St. with dance and culinary events. There was some back and forth discussion about the work involved with this and the question of how often there would be a studio tour. Those interested should get in touch with Sharon. (Email to have your comments forwarded.)

Pete Lewnes talked about the 7th St., restaurants having music on the street and perhaps having art shown there. Duane “Yodi” Vaden also talked about Art on Hamilton. He is working with others to have artists in front of businesses on Hamilton and he already has seven businesses interested. Please speak to either Pete or Yodi if you want to get involved.

Pana Columbus from the Circle of Stones Ritual Theatre gave an exciting update on the development of the Green Multi Cultural Arts Center. They are hoping to have a weekend arts festival in Allentown involving the Latino community. (From May 15-17) There will be spaces at the Allentown Arts Park for fine arts. Registration forms are coming. Look at the web site artsluminarium. org.

Last but definitely not least, Joe Skrapits thanked the artists of Chen Arts for the “Miracle on Hamilton” at the Butz building. He then brought up Chen Arts having access to an arts space. 810 Hamilton is next to the Brew Works and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor are available. As an arts commissioner, Joe is working with the owner and the city for permits and to put together a lease. There is apparently the possibility of grant money also. Allentown Public Theater is interested in renting the 4th floor. Other groups are interested in renting as well. Ideas and sweat equity are needed from Chen. Just what Chen Arts has! Wow, thank you Joe.

After the meeting was adjourned it was realized that we did not talk about Mayfair. There may be a secured tent available for Chen to show, so stay tuned. Next meeting looks like the last Saturday of February. (That would be 2/28, at House of Chen, unless someone volunteers to host.)

Georgine Miller

Artist Opportunity at Civic Theatre

At Saturday's group meeting, Joe Skrapits - Chenster, city Arts Commission member, painter - announced an interesting opportunity for area artists.

Civic Theatre, home of great independent film and community theatre productions, is offering local artists a chance to exhibit work that pertains to social justice.

The theatre company is preparing for the upcoming play "Execution of Justice" (the drama that takes off where the film "Milk" ended) at the black-box space, known as Theatre 514. In accompaniment to the production, Civic is interested in hanging socially aware works of area artists in the long, open hallway/reception area at 514. Artists are invited to contact theatre director Sharon Glassman for more information. Visit for details.

"Execution of Justice" will run from Feb. 20 through Mar. 8.

***(Notes from the 1/31 meeting are coming.)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fran Weaver Service Tomorrow

This from Rook Jones:

"Fran will be buried this Monday at 10:00 AM at Cedar Heights Cemetery in South Whitehall Twshp. The address is 350 S. Cedarbrook Rd. You take Hamilton Blvd. past Dorney Park, turn right on Lincoln Ave, and left on Dorney Park Rd. to Cedarbrook Rd. There will be a brief reading/sharing about 9:45, and the burial will occur at 10."