The ArtsWalk: where art, music and good times converge downtown
May 13, 2016 / One of the greatest things about my job as a STRATA Flats leasing manager is making connections with new people—the community I work with every day. Gathering places, such as lounges, gardens, parks, gyms and cafes, have become so important to urbanites, including those here in Downtown Allentown. It seems that as much as we love our electronic devices and the endless possibilities of the Internet, nothing beats real, live human interaction.
STRATA Flats benefits so much from having The ArtsWalk at City Center located between Sixth and Seventh streets and Hamilton and Linden streets. That’s literally right outside the front door, and it’s also no coincidence. When the building was being planned and designed, comfortable, friendly community space was a top priority. I think this type of setting is what makes the new Downtown Allentown so unique, too. I see lots of people, whether they are residents or just coming down to check things out, who enjoy being part of this kind of vibrant neighborhood. They want to belong and feel at home.
Great reasons to come stroll, shop or just chill along the ArtsWalk
Below is a collection of happenings going on in and around the ArtsWalk. They include art shows, live music and special events. I hope to see you enjoying some downtown outdoor fun really soon!
Youth Scene on the Artswalk at City Center
The Allentown School District is holding a free art exhibition featuring ASD student works on the ArtsWalk from May 13 – 27, 2016. It’s the first student show being held here, and the official opening reception is at 4 p.m. today, May 13, 2016.
The exhibition supports art education in our area—a great cause! Sage, Aquarius and 7th & Sole are hosting the art on display, so visit all three stores during regular business hours to view and admire the entries.
Saturday ArtsWalk Coffeehouse Music Series
The City of Allentown Parks and Recreation Department and City Center Lehigh Valley have a new free Saturday event called the ArtsWalk Coffeehouse Music Series. It starts tomorrow, May 14. It’s a rain date from last week, so there will be another free concert next weekend, and then the series will be bi-weekly and run through September. Each outdoor performance will be held from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in front of the future barbecue restaurant on the corner of Seventh and the ArtsWalk. The rain location for each show will be inside the Gallery on the Walk, directly across the ArtsWalk from the regular outdoor concert location.
Some seating will be provided, or you can bring your own chairs. During the concerts, The Shops at City Center along the ArtsWalk will be open, and Greenmouth Juice Bar & Cafe will offer organic coffee and snacks. These are going to be a blast!
Sorrelli’s Count Down to Summer Event on Saturday, May 14th
Just a short walk around the corner from STRATA you’ll find Sorrelli, an amazing jewelry store at 645 West Hamilton Street. This Saturday they are hosting one of their many fun parties called Countdown to Summer, and it is featuring their new Teal & Textile collection. Stop by the store between 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. to enjoy refreshments, earn double Sparklesense Reward Card loyalty points on your purchases and register to win some terrific Sorrelli items and a summer-themed gift basket.
There’s a great new exhibition at Gallery on the Walk, too!
Now through Sunday, June 5, 2016, Gallery on the Walk will be home to Which is Which, Writings on This and That, the latest ArtsWalk exhibition of artist Paul Deery’s unique and stirring visual messages. You can contact RE:find at City Center for more information about regular gallery hours or to make an appointment to see the collection when you are visiting the ArtsWalk. (RE:find is also located half a block away on Seventh Street, across from the PPL Center parking deck, if you just want to stop by during store hours and ask to see the exhibition.) The gallery is closed Mondays.