Sunday, February 21, 2010

Feb. 20, 2010 Meeting Notes

We had decent turnout for the meeting. About 20 of us met for tasty Malaysian dishes and conversation. The photo above (taken by Diane Teti) is of a tasty seafood and veggie dish in a homemade shredded potato bird's nest.

Here's a breakdown of what was announced or took place at the meeting:

Sarah Fulton was officially appointed to the Allentown Arts Commission.

The commission is holding its Arts Ovation Awards in May and the Chen Arts Group will be receiving an award for being an emerging arts organization. Hooray!

Allentown Freak Out - a fringe festival to be held downtown - is set for June 18-20. A committee of artists and business people are partnering to organize and host the events. The festival embraces arts, cultural experiences and performances outside the mainstream - i.e. "on the fringe." Music, film, theatre, fire performers and buskers will be featured. To volunteer, please email To donate toward the cause (any amount is greatly appreciated) please email If you want to sponsor an event or an art group, write to

Plans for a group show at Allentown Art Museum have been canceled. The community gallery will be closed this summer for the museum's long-awaited expansion. If anyone is able to offer space at a building around downtown Allentown, please contact

Sue Highet is still seeking artwork donations for the Art of Giving silent auction on March 19. The auction raises funds for the Soup Kitchen. The organizers are particularly short on photography and sculpture donations. Please contact Sue if you'd like to donate your work: 610-435-5054

Yoga instructor John Mann is hosting Big Guy Yoga at Allentown Brew Works from 9 am to 4 pm on Feb. 28. Details are forthcoming. See more info at:

Photographer Kate Hughes is performing in the Vagina Monologues at Banana Factory. Show dates and times are: 7 p.m. Mar.19, 6:30 p.m. Mar. 20 and 4 p.m. Mar. 21. All proceeds benefit charity. Details are forthcoming for this event as well.

Last but not least, Chenster and photographer Jim Gallucci was on hand, along with writer Anne Schauer, to take a photo of the group for an Allentown guide being produced by the Chamber of Commerce. The guide will feature the group and House of Chen under a special section titled "Treasures Known & New." The guide will be in circulation this spring. Be sure to keep an eye out for it and all our smiling faces!

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