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

October 19 (Third Thursday)
Town Hall: The Big Reveal
5-9 p.m.

Join us at 5 p.m. for a groundbreaking announcement. The Museum is moving in a new direction, focusing on bringing real and transformative change to our community. Your presence will help launch this bold new journey that we'll take TOGETHER. Let us know you are coming by registering here. 
Then, starting at 5:30, you’ll experience art, music, dance, poetry, discussions, and more—the Museum will come alive. Admission is free, as it is every Third Thursday starting at 4 p.m., with a full schedule of free activities and events planned throughout the evening; see below for the complete lineup. For other Third Thursday art happenings, visit


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. The workshop will encourage participants to gain a new appreciation of the creative process inherent in art-making. With a focus on tactile engineering and collaboration, the works created will become a community installation that allows each participant to contribute a lasting piece of work to the Museum. Free, and all materials will be provided.


5:30 p.m.
Movie: Regarding Susan Sontag
From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar, and from her early marriage to her fifteen-year relationship with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, Regarding Susan Sontag (100 mins) is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism continue to resonate today. This beautifully constructed documentary tracks Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words as read by Patricia Clarkson.


5:30–7 p.m.
Creative explosion of talent
The Megan Flynn Dance Company and poets Matt Wolf and Cleveland Wall perform to the free jazz and improvised music created by drummer and bassist Jared C. Balogh; guitarists Edmond Cho, Joel Kromer, and Mike Lorenz; saxophonist Jack Wright; harpist Chelsea Smaar; and sounds by Url Kunkel.

Jared C. Balogh is a musician/composer from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  His music has appeared in national ads, short films, Hollywood/independent movies, animations, documentaries, educational videos, web commercials, performing arts, radio, podcast, video games, phone applications, and more.


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.

6:30–9 p.m.
Spanish Poetry Night w/ Allentown Public Theatre
This month’s Theatre Café features readings of Spanish-language poetry from well-loved and new sources alike. Directed by Louise Howard.


7-8 p.m.
Listen Up! An introduction to Harry Bertoia
Composer and percussionist Doug Ovens introduces and plays several of the Harry Bertoia sounding sculptures on display in Trexler Gallery as prelude to the world-premiere performance of his composition Visible Music with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra on November 4 and 5, and the opening of the exhibition Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia in the Museum on November 19.


7–8:30 p.m.
Frame 37 Visual Dialogue Series: Dialogue #1
Visual Dialogues is a series of three conversations hosted by the Allentown Art Museum between visitors and Frame 37. Frame 37 consists of photographers Theo Anderson, Ed Eckstein, and Luke Wynne and photo historian Chris Karfakis.

Did You See That? is the first Dialogue of the series, a serious conversation about photography and seeing for photographers and nonphotographers alike. With insight and humor we’ll explore together how seeing intersects with all aspects of our lives.

To get the conversation started you are encouraged to bring images to the Museum that please you, confound you, or that you have created.

Details on additional Dialogues will follow.


The Baum School of Art
510 West Linden Street


John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters

Guest Curator: Gary T. Erbe

September 14–October 21, 2017

The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries

Presenting Sponsors: Stoudt Associates, LLC

This exhibition features the rarely seen artwork of two New Jersey painters, John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser. Inspired by the Ashcan School of American artists, they developed their distinct style of metropolitan landscapes and urban realism. Gasser was a student and colleague of Grabach and this exhibition brings them together to celebrate their relationship and influence on each other.





530 Hamilton Street

Happy Hour from 5:00–7:00pm

Food and Drink Specials!

The Artwork of Abbey Rosko: Meet Abbey on Third Thursday

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


Patti Tinsman Schaffer will be in residence at The Dime displaying her work.  Come out and support the local arts as part of Destination Arts Third Thursday. 


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

Meet the Artist and Happy Hour from 5:00–7:00pm

Meet the Artist: DENZIL EGAN

at The Hamilton Kitchen and Bar

Denzil Egan earned a B.F.A. in studio arts and has many years of continued education and professional experience in diverse creative mediums and industries. A studio sculptor, painter, digital designer, and filmmaker, he strives to facilitate a memorable thought or experience. Denzil teaches Graphic Design for children and teens at The Baum School of Art.

Tonight only! Meet Denzil, view his creative work, and learn more about his creative process. Stay for Happy Hour!


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.



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

The Central Catholic football team is eating at Queen City. We are inviting all CCHS fans to eat at Queen City because they are doing a Dine to Donate for the CCHS team!


BradBury Sullivan Center

522 West Maple Street

The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free screening of Screaming Queens on October 19, 2017 at 7pm. The screening is followed by a talkback with film director Susan Stryker.

EMMY Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States—a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn.

This is a sober social event, no alcohol will be served.

Appetizers will be provided by Centro.




Re:find's Gallery 724
724 Hamilton Street

Please join us on Third Thursday, October 19, to welcome Francis Beaty to Gallery 724. Francis will begin her artist guest residency and launch "Hatching," her on-going art installation project.

Francis invites the community to participate in this installation by donating used, old or unwanted hardcover books. Books may be dropped off on Third Thursday at Gallery 724 or by contacting Francis directly. The pages from the books will be used to create one of the two sculptures that will “hatch” from an “egg”. The intention of the first work is to suggest the importance of the written word as a means of communication. The second sculpture will be a kaleidoscope of painted paper with written feelings, secrets, o...r ideas that the participants will create as a means of dialogue. The two
sculptures will finally become intertwined as one sculpture.

The “Hatching” will give the viewer the opportunity to mentally create their own personal interpretation of the printed words as they contrast to the colored paper.

Weekly events will be scheduled to invite participants to assist in the building of the sculptures.


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


India Hicks Pop-Up at Gallery on the Walk


Stop by RE:find's Gallery on the Walk beginning on Third Thursday, October 19, from 4:00-8:00 pm for a first look at the India Hicks Downtown Pop-Up. The shop includes the India Hicks line of luxury handbags,accessories, jewelry, and home decor -- defined best as British luxury and Island style!


Rigo Peralta Art Studio
1131 Linden Street

Gallery of their most recent and top pieces!


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

Enjoy an afternoon creating this painting of a Vikings jersey with Roey as your instructor!

Paint a personalized canvas with your player's number! Portion of proceeds benefits ACCHS football. Light snacks provided.

RSVP early! Roey's Paintbox Parties fill up quickly. This party is BYOB!

Canvas size is 16" x 20" for $40 +tax.




Studio 740
740 Hamilton Street

Ann Elizabeth Schlegel returns after three months in the beautiful French Riviera and her 6th Artist in Residency. Her recent paintings will

be on display. Enjoy a slide presentation of her art and her travels ... see you at the French Evolution !!