Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Allentown Chen-Arts (CHARGE) first group show!

The Allentown Chen Arts Group includes artists living and working in Allentown, as well as regional artists who are interested in exhibiting and selling their work in Allentown. The group includes visual artists, film makers, musicians, dancers, writers, and creative people of all ages who are interested in supporting and promoting the arts in Allentown.

The group was started in April of 2008 by Allentown artist/musician Angie Villa, who contacted people through her blog Lehigh Valley Somebody. The word spread, and many local artists came together to challenge the present notion of what defines art in Allentown. Since the closing of Open Space Gallery on Hamilton Street, there has been little opportunity for artists to show and sell their work in Allentown. The Allentown Chen Arts Group intends to have group art shows and create a thoughtful and meaningful art scene led by the artists.

The group is called “Chen Arts” because we meet for good food and conversation at the fabulous House of Chen restaurant on Hamilton St. in Allentown. We also meet monthly as a group for parties and events at artist’s studios/homes where we share slides or images of our work. In the spirit of community building we are hopeful that our group will help to promote a positive image of Allentown through the arts. Anyone is welcome to join CHARGE and be a part of a new and growing art scene in Allentown. If you are an artist interested in joining our group, please sign our guestbook or e-mail Angie Villa at

Click to enlarge flyer. There will be 16 visual artists and 2 film makers at our show.

Thanks to Matt Lewis for designing the flyer. And special thanks to Pete Lewnes for hosting and organizing.

UPDATE: I fixed the flyer picture. Hope it looks better now!
Oops, if it doesn't enlarge, the small type says "In conjunction with the Old Allentown Preservation Association House Tour" Any questions, please leave a comment. Mrs. D.