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Allentown Art Museum to host Promise Neighborhood residents at exhibit reception

Join us on Sunday, February 17 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at a free reception for the new “Haitian Art from The Rodale Family Collection” exhibit at the Allentown Art Museum. The afternoon will feature free admission to the museum along with the free reception in the Rodale Gallery. Everyone is invited to attend.

This is a great opportunity for residents of Allentown Promise Neighborhood to explore the arts and cultural offerings in their own backyard.

Some background on the exhibit:

  • The entire collection was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rodale in 1986 from Jacques Lauriac, the founder of Partners for Development in Washington, D.C.
  • Although Haitian art has in the past been referred to – and sometimes dismissed – by critics as primitive or merely part of pop culture, the art of Haiti and other Caribbean nations has vaulted into popularity and importance over the last 50 years.
  • This vibrant, colorful, and exuberant exhibition features 40 paintings and includes work by more than 20 different Haitian artists — the generation of painters influenced by the founders of Haitian national school in the 1940s.

The Allentown Art Museum is located at 31 N. Fifth Street in downtown Allentown and is open Wednesdays – Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  It offers free admission every Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

Other exhibits include “Fabulous Flappers,” “Pennsylvania German Textiles,”  “The Lerner Contemporary Glass Collection,” and “The Tools” – photos of Amish artifacts by Stephen Althouse.

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