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.

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Remember to like the Third Thursday Facebook page. 


Allentown Art Museum
31 N 5th Street


5 p.m.
Vision/Sound: artist discussion about Allentown’s 1980s arts scene

The Museum is part of Vision/Sound Revisited, a celebration of the alternative arts/counterculture boom of the late 1970s to the late 1980s in downtown Allentown. This evening from 5 till 6 p.m., arts writer Geoff Gehman will be swapping stories with artists Ray DiCecco, Linda Cummings, Kenn Michael, Ted Ormai, Barnaby Ruhe, and Jett Ulaner Sarachek (and others?). Reception to follow across the street from 6 till 8 p.m. at the Baum School of Art.

5:30 p.m.
Third Thursday film series: Presenting Princess Shaw

The extraordinary true story (83 minutes) of an aspiring musician down on her luck who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.

6 p.m.
Free guided tour through A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania


6:00–7:30 p.m.
Poetry Howl: The Unbearable Beatniks of Light

Since the mid-1980s the Unbearables have been together as writers, poets, and artists in New York City's underground literary scene. Tonight, Unbearables Ron Kolm, Steve Dalachinsky, Carol Wierzbicki, Jim Feast, and Shalom Neuman bring their rowdy wordsmithing to the galleries.

6:30–9:00 p.m.
Theatre Cafe with Allentown Public Theatre

Enjoy a dramatic reading in the Museum Café, in partnership with Allentown Public Theatre. Tonight's Theatre Café showcases Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s Rough Magic, an adaptation of The Tempest that places Shakespeare’s classic characters in present-day New York. This action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and the X-Men conjures a mythical, magical metauniverse.

The Baum School of Art
510 West Linden Street

Vision/Sound ReVisited: Allentown's 80s Art Scene
Third Thursday, July 20, from 6–8pm

Don't miss part two of this blockbuster exhibition featuring recent and current work by nine local fine artists of the period and a sound installation of local bands and radio broadcasts dating from the era. Meet the artists, view their creative work and see what they are up to now! This exhibition runs from July 13–August 2, 2017. Wine, beverages, light fare and chocolates from our friends at The Chocolate Lab will be served. Always FREE and open to the public.

PRESENTING SPONSORS: Janet and Malcolm Gross

Artists include: Linda Cummings, Ray DiCecco, Jessica Lenard, John Lotte, Kenn Michael, Ted Ormai, Barnaby Ruhe, Barbara Tiberio and Jett Ulaner Sarachek



Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple Street

The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, presents Warrior of Hope and I Still Remember, photographic narratives centered around HIV and AIDS by nationally-known New York artists Vladimir Rios and Lester Blum. The exhibit is on display from June 28th-July 30th join for Third Thursday for the artist reception on July 20th from 6-8pm

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530 Hamilton Street

Featuring the amazing paintings of this fine artist and long-time Baum School of Art faculty member. Dana is a realist painter who depicts the world he lives in and the people with whom he shares it.

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


The Dime
12 N 7th Street

Emily primarily works in oil on canvas and in addition to her personal studio practice, she is a freelance mural artist, curator, collections archivist, and artist's model. She is the evening receptionist at The Baum School of Art and currently has a studio at the Cigar Factory studios in Allentown.



Re:find Gallery
645 Hamilton Street

Assembling Thomas Mann, Reception 5- 9 p.m.

"AssemblingThomas Mann," features a wide range of Thomas Mann's sculpture, paintings and wearable art. Mann, an Allentown native and world renown jeweler and sculptor, is in Allentown for a month long artist residency centered around his Trajectory Heart Project. For more info, see

The Penn State/RE:find Gallery is located at 645 Hamilton St. in Allentown (the old Moravian Book Store). An artist's reception will take place in the gallery on Thursday July 20, from 5:00-9:00 pm during downtown Allentown's Third Thursday Destination Arts event. In addition to Thomas opening, RE:find is opening "Voyage of Mermaids" -- featuring three generations of Strawser Women -- at Gallery 724 (724 Hamilton St.), and the Art Museum, Baum School, the Mezz Gallery at the Marriott and various artists studios are open with special events.

"Assembling Thomas Mann" runs July 12 through August 27, 2017 and will be open every Wednesday through Sunday. Please call RE:find for any additional information, 610-841-4866.


The Hamilton Kitchen
645 Hamilton Street


Explore the work of photographer, Sammy Joyce during happy hour! 

A note from the artist: "Photography is my language to express what words cannot. Through my passion, I am freed behind the camera lens. I love capturing every moment I experience, and in doing so I believe that the emotion I felt in that moment is forever preserved in these images. With this, I believe to create is more than a want, but a need. Explore the seasons though my eyes this Thursday at The Hamilton for Third Thursday. I look forward to meeting you!"

Expressions Studio
542 Hamilton Street

Pop-Up...on Red Wall

New works by Egidio Galgano will be showcased this Third Thursday on fresh painted, red walls! In addition, the public can view a working studio of artwork created by artists, Andi Grunberg, Ana Hamilton, and Femi J Johnson. 

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.

Local artist, Aryn Coyle will have an exhibit showcasing her work. 

Mezzanine Gallery at the Renaissance Allentown
12 N 7th Street

Featured Artist: Ramon Peralta, 6-8 p.m.

Ramon Peralta is a sort of restless machine who loves to dig in the unfathomable labyrinths of the soul. With sharp sensitivity and a singular sense of creation, his work becomes a fertile landscape for the imagination and scrutiny. Such is the sense that animates this current body of work in which storytelling and delirium go hand in hand. In this series the artist's creations comes from the establish relationship with paper as a material, one of tools the artist use in initial process of creation. 

Pita King
33 N 9th St

Featured Artist: Kacper Abolik
Show Title: Arthur Rimbaud's Paintings


Re:find's Gallery 724
724 Hamilton Street

"Voyage of Mermaids" with featured artist, Barbara Strawser

RE:find is very pleased to bring together three generations of Strawser women in an art show at Gallery 724 titled, "Voyage of Mermaids." Barbara Strawser, her daughter Melissa, and Melissa's daughter Tyrney have created a "Voyage of Mermaids" with folk art paintings, prints and sculpture. The show opens on July 20, at Gallery 724, from 5:00-8:00 pm, during Allentown's Third Thursday Destination Arts events.

It is a particular pleasure for Deborah Rabinski (our curator) and I (Jon Clark, Design Director at RE:find) that we host this show. We have come to know Melaissa and her daughter over the years, and Jon collected Barbara Strawser's work for his daughter as she was growing up -- so another generational connection.
Come along on this amazing journey as each planet is immortalized by our traveler through the use of Spray Paint."


Rigo Peralta Art Studio
1131 Linden Street

Explore the work of surreal artist, Rigo Peralta. Enjoy fresh bubbly as he opens his studio for a sneak peak on what he's working on next. 

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

Third Thursday Merlot and Painting

Join us this Third Thursday for Merlot and Painting Party. Roey will also be exhibiting her beautiful floral paintings.

Marcie will be the painting instructor this evening starting at 6:00 PM. Reserve your spot to create this painting with her. You can paint and enjoy a free, customized wine tasting hosted by The Wine Shop At Home's consultant, Heather H! This evening's event is for all ages but must be 21 or older to receive the tasting. We look forward to you stopping by Roey's Paintbox Studio!

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Studio 740
740 Hamilton Street

*Closed until artist returns from France in September*