The Chen Arts Group's upcoming show "Velocity" aims to pick up where last year's show titled "Momentum" left off.
"We are hoping to continue to build our own momentum and get the word out about what our artists are doing right here in Allentown," says Chen Arts Group spokeswoman Sarah Fulton.
The new exhibition opens Sunday and runs through June 28 at the Allentown Art Museum. It is the third group show by the city's only artist-led, community-based organization, according to Fulton.
By showcasing their work in a museum setting, the artists can add to their portfolios as well as providing the public a showcase opportunity.
"Having the opportunity to see their work hung in a museum with proper lighting and (arrangements) lends credibility to any artist's portfolio," says Karen Barlow, registrar and community group show organizer for the Allentown Art Museum.
"It also brings recognition to their work and provides a great space for the community to view it," Barlow says.
There will be pieces available for sale at the show, Fulton says.
Barlow says the Allentown Art Museum makes its Community Gallery available to civic and community arts organizations as well as school districts throughout the Lehigh Valley. A fee is charged for the space and the booking group is responsible for the show, Barlow says.
"We believe it is part of our mission here to make art available to everyone," Barlow says.
The Chen Arts Group exhibition will be located in the Community Gallery in the lower level of the museum.
Fulton says "Velocity" features mixed-media work by more than 30 Lehigh Valley-based artists in styles that include pop art, woodcarvings, photography and impressionist pieces.