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 p.m.
Introduction to Bharatanatyam

Dancer Firuzi Desai and her students present snippets of Indian stories with music. A Bharatanatyam performance emphasizes nritta(dance) and nritya (narrative or expressive dance using enactment, or abhinaya). This Indian classical dance form is distinguished by a strong basic position with feet and knees turned out in a plie position and hand gestures, called mudras. Besides working as a full-time therapist, Firuzi has been teaching Bharatanatyam and choreographing performances in the United States for fifteen years through Vedanta Dance Academy. Apart from teaching, she also loves to choreograph Bharatanatyam, Fusion, and Bollywood dances.

5:30 p.m.
Movie: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

The first feature documentary (113 mins) on the author/activist includes exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer, Dr. Maya Angelou (1928- 2014) inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

6 p.m.
Free tour through the exhibitions The 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 p.m.
Free guided tour to Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia 

No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just show up in Trexler Hall.

6:30 p.m.
Theatre Café: The Verge by Susan Glaspell  

Directed by Allentown Public Theatre’s Anna Russel, tonight’s Theatre Café production is written by one of the founders of modern American drama. This 1920s Broadway play was written out of the American canon for its pro-women message. It follows the story of a young female botanist and her conflicted relationship to romance.





The Baum School of Art
510 West Linden Street

The Baum School of Art Holiday Gift Gallery
Closing Reception and Champagne Toast: Third Thursday, December 21 from 6–8pm
The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries
Presenting Sponsors: Bob and Sandy Lovett

The Baum School of Art presents The Annual Holiday Gift Gallery Exhibition and Sale. For the month of December, The Baum School of Art celebrates our region’s creative and talented artists and artisans. We transform our galleries into a holiday marketplace with hundreds of thoughtful, unique, handcrafted gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Items include ceramics, glass, paintings, ornaments, knits, cards, soaps, jewelry and so much more!

Join us for the closing reception on Thursday, December 21 from 6–8pm with wine, beverages, light fare, sweet treats, and a special champagne toast. Last minute holiday shopping at its best! All receptions are FREE and open to the public! Your purchase supports the artists and The Baum School of Art’s mission of enriching lives through arts education. Buy Local! Buy Art!




530 Hamilton Street



The Dime
12 N 7th Street


Explore the photographs of Brandee Bicole over happy hour!


Expressions Studio
542 Hamilton Street


​Show of small works featuring Andi Grunberg, Femi Johnson, and Ana Hamilton.


The Hamilton Kitchen
645 Hamilton Street






Liberty Bell Museum
622 Hamilton Street


Exhibit: Bringing the War of Independence to Life: The exhibit includes 47 original engravings of the American Revolution and represent illustrations from 16 artists including John Trumbull, John Warner Barber, Felix O.C. Darley, Alonzo Chappel, Howard Pyle and Frederick C. Yohn. All are known for their historical work and in particular their renditions of the military leaders, battle scenes and memorable events from the American Revolution. These 19th Century illustrations are from a collection curated by Allentown resident Kurt Zwikl.

Exhibit: Hess’s Memories: Our hallway is lined with images that will bring back memories of Hess’s Department store during the holiday season. You’ll see photographs of the Pip the Mouse stage in its original setting and images of the building decorated for the holidays.

Special Pip the Mouse Performances at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.



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


BradBury Sullivan Center

522 West Maple Street

Art History from a Queer Perspective: 2nd Class in the Series - The 1800s - Lesbian Artists in Rome, LGBT Imagery in Impressionist Paris, 6 p.m.

Beginning in the 1840s, women sculptors, writers, and actors congregated in Rome to learn and practice their craft. Many of them were out Lesbians. In this class, we’ll be learning about and discussing key LGBT figures among these artists, including: Sculptor and writer Anne Whitney and her partner Abby Manning, sculptors Emma Stebbins and Harriet Hosmer, the fascinating story of Edmonia Lewis who is considered the first famous American Black sculptor; their patron Charlotte Cushman; — and in Paris, Rosa Bonheur and Anna Klumpke. We’ll also touch on LGBT themed works by Impressionist and Post Impressionists painters in 1860s Paris including Degas, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec. 

Sit back, view slides, listen, learn about and discuss the lives and work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists. And consider the LGBTQ imagery of mainstream artists in various periods of history. This is also a social opportunity to discuss interesting things with old friends, or meet new ones in this exciting free 5 session class at the LGBT Community Center. 

Art History from a Queer Perspective
5 Free Classes at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
December 14 - January 11 
Thursdays -  6pm to 8pm
522 West Maple Street, Allentown, PA 18101
Instructor Liz Bradbury, MFA
Open to EVERYONE, no cost, no registration - just walk in, no prior knowledge of Art History necessary, no need to attend every class if your schedule does not permit. 




Re:find's Gallery 724
724 Hamilton Street

The Hatching: React, Recollect, Respond

Please join Francis Beaty and friends on Third Thursday, December 21, from 5:00-8:00 pm, at RE:find's Gallery 724 for a final view and reaction to her sculpture installation, "The Hatching." At 7:00 pm Francis will be joined by Gary Hassay, Tibetan throat singing and soprano saxophone, and Janet Young, gongs, singing bowls and tuning forks, for a special musical performance. And, during the evening, Francis will unveil a new piece by artist Thomas Mann, who created it in reaction to The Hatching.

Francis invites you to stop in and write a sentence or two to express your emotions, memory or take away from the installation. Participants will write their words on a wall sized scroll. "This process will create an on-going dialogue among all who have experienced the installation," according to Francis.

In addition to "The Hatching," Francis will have a large selection of artwork for sale.

Gallery 724 is located at 724 Hamilton St. in downtown Allentown. In addition to Francis' installation, RE:find's Gallery on the Walk (located on Allentown's Arts Walk) will feature the work of Salma Arastu in her final Lehigh Valley show before she moves to California. And, the Allentown Art Musuem, the Baum School of Art and other studios and galleries will be open for Third Thursday activities.

Call RE:find for details 610-841-4866.


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

Salma Arastu, Final Lehigh Valley Show

RE:find is especially pleased to host Salma Arastu's final Lehigh Valley show titled, "Salma Arastu: Final Show from the Studio to the Gallery." The show opens on December 5 and runs through December 28, 2017.

Special events will occur on Friday, December 15 from 5:00-7:30 pm with a preview for collectors, and on Thursday, December 21, from 5:00-8:00 pm during Allentown's Destination Arts Third Thursday events.

Finally, on Thursday, December 28, Salma will be back from California and will give a talk for our show closing event from 5:00-8:00 pm. All events occur at RE:find's Gallery on the Walk, located off 7th Street, between Linden and Hamilton Streets, across from the Marriott Renaissance.


Rigo Peralta Art Studio
1131 Linden Street

Gallery of their most recent and top pieces!


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

Ceramic Cookie Plate & Cookie Exchange painting with Roey, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Bring 3 dz. cookies to share and take home some new delicious treats for your new holiday cookie plate! During Third Thursday- Destination Arts. $25 per person.




Studio 740
740 Hamilton Street