Lehigh Valley Visions – Allentown Art Scene
Video released on: November 26, 2014
George: Welcome to this episode of Lehigh Valley Visions. I am your host, George Wacker, and we are here today at the Baum School of Art in Allentown. I am here with my colleague, Kaitie.
Kaitie: Hi, guys.
George: And as you take a look around the Allentown art scene we are going to be working on some paintings, so have fun.
The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is the queen cities’ crown jewel in the art scene. More than 100,000 people come here annually to see 17,000 works of art that span more than 2,000 years of history. The permanent collection includes European Renaissance and Baroque paintings, as well as American paintings and sculptures from the last three centuries. The Allentown Art Museum is also home to a library that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I feel like I need some scotch. This is art, ART.
We are upstairs in the Scheller Gallery which has rotating special exhibits multiple times per year. The Allentown Art Museum embraces the widest possible audience in Lehigh Valley offering a tremendous variety and quality in its exhibitions and collections, its education and public programs as well as a fun calender of events. WORD. This is like Photoshop but in real life.
For more than 85 years the Baum School of Art has been a community art school dedicated to providing instruction, guidance, and encouragement for children and adults through the study of visual arts. The school opened in 1926 when Pennsylvania impressionist artist, Dr. Walter Emerson Baum, led a class of public school teachers in a quest to more vividly convey the principles of art to their students. The school’s faculty teach courses for children, teens, and adults in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, fashion design, photography, graphic design, illustration, and others. So pretty much everything.
All of this chaos is around him in his feathers. That’s his outside world, whereas this interior part is his calmness, which represents how we should all be.
Kaitie: That’s pretty deep for a chicken.
George: The Allentown Art Walk ties together the Allentown art scene. It connects the Allentown Art Museum on 5th Street with the Baum School of Art and Miller Symphony Hall on 6th Street. And it features the famous Leonardo Da Vinci’s horse. The historically significant, 1200 seat Miller Symphony Hall, formerly Allentown Symphony Hall, is a premier performing arts facility in Allentown and host to Lehigh Valley’s only professional orchestra. The Alternative Gallery is a non-profit arts center that has a full art gallery, studios, places for performance art, and holds classes. They are working towards changing the perception of art making it something that is open for everyone.
We hope you had a lot of fun seeing all there is to do and see in the Allentown art scene, and we hope you check it out soon.
Kaitie: Is that your signature?
George: Yes, I don’t want anyone taking credit for my piece of work. When you are done exploring the Allentown art scene, you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Allentown that serve a variety of cuisine.