Destination Arts: Third Thursday

Downtown Allentown Events

Destination Arts: Third Thursday is a new initiative that launched November 17th. From 5 - 8 p.m. on the Third Thursday of each month, Downtown Allentown’s arts and business communities will join forces to create a unique and eclectic evening experience. Exhibitions, sales, classes, special menus and more will be featured at many of the local arts venues, artist studios, retailers and restaurants. Every month, new discoveries will await you, too. Enjoy Happy Hour or grab dinner at one of downtown's restaurants, then explore what Third Thursday has to offer.

Remember to like the Third Thursday Facebook page. 


Allentown Art Museum
31 N 5th Street

5:30-7 p.m.
Free Adult Workshop on Mosaics

Local artist Kim Hogan will help adults explore the theme “How do you see nature?” through the medium of mosaic.

5:30 p.m.
Movie: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

This documentary (87 mins) uses striking archival footage to evoke the atmosphere of Baldwin's formative years: the Harlem of the 1930s, his father's fundamentalist church, and the émigré demimonde of postwar Paris. Newsreel clips from the 1960s record Baldwin's running commentary on the drama of the Civil Rights movement. The film also explores his quiet retreats in Paris, the South of France, Istanbul and Switzerland--places where Baldwin was able to write away from the racial tensions of America. Writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, William Styron, and biographer David Leeming place Baldwin's work in the African-American literary tradition: from slave narratives and black preaching to their own contemporary work. The film skillfully links excerpts from Baldwin's major books--Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, Blues for Mister Charlie, If Beale Street Could Talk--to different stages in black-white dialogue and conflict.

6. p.m.
Free tour through the exhibitionsThe Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society and American Vistas

No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Tahya: Movement & mudra for health and awareness

Designed to introduce participants to mudra (hand gestures) and movements rooted in ancient arts that cultivate cultural awareness and activate powerfully positive outcomes, this program will engage participants in ways to naturally and comfortably integrate meditative and movement practices into their lives, facilitating joy and a healthier perspective on life. Recognized among the leading authorities on Middle and Far Eastern dance, Tahya is a vibrant and natural dancer with more than thirty years of teaching and performance experience both nationally and internationally. Tahya's mission has always been and always will be to serve as bridge between East and West utilizing, music, dance, drumming and poetry as a gateway to the splendidly rich cultures of Northern Africa and countries throughout the Middle and Far East.

6:30-9 p.m.
Theatre Café: Audience Choice

You choose! Allentown Public Theatre’s ensemble of dramatic artists will develop and perform a piece of your choosing. Will it be a “museum tour” performance art experience? Is it a painting coming to life? You decide what it will be, and we will make it. Directed by Anna Russell.



The Baum School of Art
510 West Linden Street

Third Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6–8pm
Join us for the closing reception of the 5X5: 3rd Edition Exhibition at The Baum School of Art.

Don't miss this opportunity to see the incredible work of these five talented and creative local artists before the show closes.

Richard Begbie, Photography – James A. DePietro, Painting – Barbara Kozero, Mosaics/Sculpture

– Jacqueline Meyerson, PSA-MP, Pastels – Maryann Riker, Collage/Assemblage

Smooth sounds will be provided by 

Wine, beverages, and light fare will be served.
Always FREE and open to the public.





530 Hamilton Street

Happy Hour from 5:00–7:00pm

Food and Drink Specials!


Abbey Rosko works in experimental processes and teaches figure drawing for teens at The Baum School of Art. This exhibition features recent oil paintings that pull subject matter from films such as The Harvey Girls (1946) and Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), among others. Movie musicals of the 1940s combined with elements of traditional stage production and film inform her work, as well as the escapist and illogical aspects of these movies.

CENTRO features rustic Italian flavors, specialty cocktails, and craft beer!

The Dime
12 N 7th Street




Expressions Studio
542 Hamilton Street


​Currently showing the work of Andi Grunberg in our Gallery area "Goddesses". Visitors are welcome to see works in progress of all of us at Expressions.


The Hamilton Kitchen
645 Hamilton Street

Live Music: Kyle Yankowy

Come in and enjoy delicious food and live music by Kyle Yankowy!

Thursday at 6pm - 9pm!




Liberty Bell Museum
622 Hamilton Street


125th Anniversary of the Liberty Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.   Historical documents, photos, and personal mementos are on display showing the preservation, education, and patriotism of the chapter over the years.


The photgraph exhibit, “Allentown: Through the Camera’s Eye” which showcases historic photographs of Allentown. Take a look back at Allentown through photographs from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s. 



Mezzanine Gallery at the Renaissance Allentown
12 N 7th Street

The Works of Local Photographer, Dave Meyers, will be on display in the Mezz Gallery starting October 3rd.  Come down and support the local arts starting at 5pm!

Pita King
33 N 9th St


Queen City BBQ
27 N 7th St

Wing Night!

$0.75 wings, $3 Yuengling Pints, $4 Yuengling Lagers, $5 Frozen Drinks


BradBury Sullivan Center

522 West Maple Street

Gallery Reception with Mariette Pathy Allen: Thursday 6pm to 8pm

The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center proudly presents internationally-renown photographer, Mariette Pathy Allen, for the first public exhibit of images from her newly released book, Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma & Thailand. The exhibit is a continuation of the artist's history of documenting transgender lives and experiences around the world through photography.

Through her artistic practice, Mariette Pathy Allen has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness, contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing throughout the globe. Her first book Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them was groundbreaking in i...ts investigation of a misunderstood community. Her second book The Gender Frontier is a collection of photographs, interviews, and essays covering political activism, youth, and the range of people that identify as transgender in mainland USA. It won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender/Genderqueer category. Her 2014 book TransCuba documents a growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro's presidency. Her new book, Transcendents studies the phenomenon of gender variance among the spirit cults of Burma and Thailand. This book combines a raw, personal, photographic standpoint with an anthropological and sexological perspective on the genderfluid spirit mediums in Thailand and Burma.

Join us for a special artist reception on November 16 from 6-8pm to meet the artist!

This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.




Re:find's Gallery 724
724 Hamilton Street

Please join RE:find at Gallery 724 for an opening reception of "The Hatching." RE:find's visiting artist-in-residence, Francis Beaty, explains her sculptural installation as a community engagement project using donated old books as "sculpting and painting" with paper. Workers came together to roll pages -- each participant creating their own personal style of texturizing the scrolls into wire mesh.

The installation will be largely finished by the unveiling on Third Thursday, November 16, but people are invited to insert their own scroll with a personal note or handwritten message during the opening.

Francis continues as RE:find's artist-in-residence through the end of the year. She plans on creating sculptural piece during December.

The opening reception takes place during Allentown's Destination Arts Third Thursday event. In addition to Francis' work at Gallery 724, RE:find's Gallery on the Walk features Val Bertoia in a show titled, "Continuing the Legacy of a Modern Master." In addition, The Allentown Art Musuem, the Baum School of Art, the Mezz Gallery at the Marriott Renaissance, and various artist's studios throughout downtown will be open and hosting special events.

Gallery 724 is located at 724 Hamilton St. in downtown Allentown. For more information, call RE:find at 610-841-4866.

Stop in from 5pm to 9pm!


Re:find's Gallery on the Walk
21 N 7th St

Val Bertoia, Continuing The Legacy of a Modern Master at Gallery on the Walk

Please join RE:find at our Gallery on the Walk this Third Thursday, November 16, from 5:00-8:00 pm, for an artist's reception for, "Val Bertoia, Contining the Legacy of a Modern Master."

Val has managed the Bertoia Studio since starting with his father, Harry Bertoia, in the studio in 1972 -- Val worked with Harry for the last six years of his life. Val has continued managing the studio for the last 40 years, from generation to generation, similar to his childhood friends, Kevin and Mira Nakashima. Harry and George Nakashima were good friends during the 1950's when they both lived in the New Hope area.

In addtion to Val's work, Melissa Strawser will show some of the prints she has been making from Val's

Val and Melissa's work will be on display, and offered for sale, through November 26, 2017. The Gallery on the Walk is located on the Arts Walk, off 7th St. between Linden and Hamilton Streets, across from the Marriott Renaissance.

In addition to this show, RE:find's Gallery 724, located at 724 Hamilton Street, is featuring the unveiling of "The Hatching," an installation by Francis Beaty; and, RE:find, our store featuring furniture, fine art and gifts at 27 N. 7th St., is welcoming back jewelry maker Thomas Mann for a trunk show from 12-8 pm.

And, as usual, the Allentown Art Museum, the Baum School, the Mezz Gallery at the Mariott and various artist's studios will be open for the Third Thursday festivities. Call RE:find at 610-841-4866 for more information.


Rigo Peralta Art Studio
1131 Linden Street

Gallery of their most recent and top pieces!


Roey's Paintbox
21 N 7th St, Suite 102

Opening Night of Artwork by Kyle Whary

Art opening will be during Third Thursday 5-8:00 PM, November 16th.

The artwork of Kyle Whary will be on display and for sale beginning November 16th thru December.

Hope to see all the art lovers here!




Studio 740
740 Hamilton Street