October 20 (Thursday)
Opening reception of Hues of Red and Blue
6-8 p.m.

Today is opening day of the exhibition Hues of Red and Blue: The 2016 Presidential Election, jointly sponsored by the Museum and  RE:find Gallery on the Walk, who challenged artists to respond to the upcoming presidential election and the issues surrounding it by submitting election-themed works for possible inclusion in a juried exhibition. All formats were accepted: painting, illustration, sculpture, mixed media, new media. The Museum is hosting the juried show through November 13, and RE:find is displaying a presidential art show through November 20 at their Gallery on the Walk, with invited artist's work and pieces that didn't fit the requirements of the juried show.

The schedule for tonight:
6-7 p.m.: 
Artists included in the exhibition are invited to Payne Hurd Gallery in the Museum to help launch the show. At 6:15 jurist Deborah Rabinsky will acknowledge artists and introduce the exhibition.

7-8 p.m.: Artists included in the exhibition are invited to RE:find Gallery on the Walk to view the works there.

8:30- 9:30 p.m.: Afterparty at Queen City BBQ, with crab puppies, smoke wings, and grilled vegs for Museum visitrs and gallery goers.

Both locations showcase provocative work, with the RE:find show including some large-scale pieces not able to be shown at the Museum. The twenty-plus works in the Museum, including videos, and the work at the Gallery on the Walk present critiques, lampoons, and straight-on representations of the candidates and their supporters.

Artists included in the Museum exhibition include Raymond S. Barnes, Paul Nicholson, Yevette Hendler, Ed Eckstein, Maryann J. Riker, Amanda Quevedo, Matt Smith, Robert Stewart, Cheryl D. Edwards, Femi Johnson, Egidio Galgano, Emma Horning, Ghen Dennis, Aria Mickenberg, and Jase Clark.

Artists at Gallery on the Walk include Ghen Dennis, Paul Deery, Michelle Neifert, Ken Jones Jr., Karle Schwartz, Yodi Vaden, Ian Summers, Ed Courrier, Francis Beaty, Danny Moyer, Angel Suarez Rosado, Moen, Julius Sissor, Chris P. Jones, Anthony Smith, Femi Johnson, Cheryl Edwards, Rosemay Geseck, and Egidio Galgano.

In addition to these show openings, RE:find's Gallery 724 will feature the photographs of Ed Eckstein in a show titled Protest and Politics and the Baum School of Art, across the street from the Museum, opens, Rediscovering Ponstingl: Visions of the Extraordinary from 6-8 p.m. Overall, a fine night to discover art in downtown Allentown.

RE:find's two shows run through November 20, 2016. The Gallery on the Walk is on the Arts Walk, located off 7th St. across from the Marriott Renaissance, between Linden and Hamilton Streets. Gallery 724 is located at 724 Hamilton Street. Please call RE:find, at city center, for any additional information, 610-841-4866.

The shows at the Gallery on the Walk and Gallery 724 are curated by Deborah Rabinsky. Painting at top by Karle Schwartz.