Jul 21, 2017
Allentown Is A Roller Coaster
Last night I attended an art opening at the Baum School of Art. It is a continuation of the art show at Muhlenberg College, featuring artists who worked in Allentown during the 1980's. While the show at Muhlenberg exhibits their older work, the show at Baum features their current work.
Some of the artists have passed away, those remaining are now in their sixties and seventies. I knew most of them at the time, through one association or another. Some would frequent Allentown Photographic, a business I operated on 8th Street.
Although, the show was well attended, I cannot say the same for center city. Despite all the current new construction, even though there were vacant buildings and empty lots in the 1980's, the town was more vibrant back then. Despite Billy Joel's song, there was even more pride in the town back then.
I do believe that all this new construction will revitalize Allentown, but it hasn't happen yet.
The art shows at Muhlenberg and Baum will run through August 2nd. Shown above is Life Is A Rollercoaster by Jessica Lenard, Mixed media, 30X22 inches.