Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley Founded in 1964, SOTA is non-profit women's service organization. Our purpose is to work with and actively support the Allentown Art Museum.
Founded in 1964, SOTA is non-profit women's service organization. Our purpose is to work with and actively support the Allentown Art Museum. If you are interested in learning more, visit www.sotapa.org

Founded in 1964, SOTA is non-profit women's service organization. Our purpose is to work with and actively support the Allentown Art Museum. If you are interested in learning more, visit www.sotapa.org

03/05/2019
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On Friday, March 8, the Athleta store at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley will hold a Shop for a Cause day to benefit the Society of the Arts. On that day 10% of the amount of any purchase will be donated to SOTA when you mention SOTA at the checkout. And, the customer does not need to be a member of SOTA, but just has to mention SOTA. Think about inviting a friend!

Even better, the 20% Friends and Family discount will apply for customers shopping to support SOTA on both regular price and sale merchandise. Bargains for you and a donation to SOTA, courtesy of Athleta.

Mark the date and Shop for a Cause. Athleta is near the Town Square, two doors from Brooks Brothers.

https://shoptosupportsota.splashthat.com/

Excellent day at the Allentown Art Museum!Thank you SOTA Docents for bringing Art to life!
02/10/2019

Excellent day at the Allentown Art Museum!
Thank you SOTA Docents for bringing Art to life!

Today, docents from the Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley brought our artworks to life by dressing up as the subjects depicted and literally telling their stories during "Art Comes Alive!"

Here are the works of art that were featured, along with the names of volunteers who brought them to life:

“The Standard Bearer” by Dosso Dossi; Sally Vickner
Franz Kline’s “Lehighton”: Dee Eng;
“Ann Penn Allen”: Cecily Traynor;
“Untitled” by Keith Haring: Carol Shiner Wilson read book “The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing”. Children were also invited to write their own story titled “The __ Who Just Kept _____.” Mary Jo Gonsiorowski and Barbara Sharma will be coordinating this activity.

From Muhlenberg College, Henri Reiss-NaVarre played the guitar.

Also, Bonnie Baca greeted visitors dressed as an old-fashioned museum director, complete with a top hat, monocle, bow tie, very official name tag, and a suit!

@sota.pa.lv #iglehighvalley #lehighvalley #keithharing #allentownartmuseum #aam #sota #seeyourworld #artcomesalive #artmuseum @ Allentown Art Museum

Art Comes Alive!Visit the museum on Sunday, February 10 between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for the annual event that truly delig...
02/08/2019

Art Comes Alive!
Visit the museum on Sunday, February 10 between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for the annual event that truly delights young and not so young alike. Come see the Standard Bearer and Ann Penn Allan step out of their frames to tell you their stories. Visit the Lehighton Mural to enjoy the story of the painting from the mouth of the artist or from one of the ladies in the painting. Also enjoy a story about a famous Lehigh Valley artist read aloud while the kids work on a related project. See you all on Sunday!

Yesterday, Monday January 21 the museum once again pulled out all the stops to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. There w...
01/23/2019

Yesterday, Monday January 21 the museum once again pulled out all the stops to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. There were art activities for kids and the entire family, a performance by ventriloquist “Docta Gel”, a showing of the film “Freedom Riders”, a performance by Troupe Da Da African Dance and Drum Ensemble and finally performances by Carl Hancock Rux, Toshi Reagon and Will Calhoun who presented memorable music and a riveting discussion. Of course there were many SOTA volunteers participating in these various events like assisting with the art projects, directing traffic, and providing docent insights into the Carrie Mae Weems exhibit currently on view. It was a day of learning, experiencing, watching, singing, dancing, and viewing all to honor the legacy of Dr. King. The many museum visitors, SOTA volunteers, and museum staff members participated with one another to make it a perfect event.

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11/11/2018

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo

What a fantastic day we all had at our 2018 Luncheon with the Authors on October 4. The marvelous authors this year made...
10/06/2018

What a fantastic day we all had at our 2018 Luncheon with the Authors on October 4. The marvelous authors this year made all the preparation for the event worthwhile. Wonderful author presentations and panel discussions helped us all learn about their individual writing processes and some of the important insights into each of the three books discussed. We all anticipate more inspiring books from these three talented women. Thanks to all of you who attended our 6th annual fund raiser, another successful and sold out event!

#SOTA 6th annual Luncheon With the Authors was a huge success!  Thank you to our phenomenal authors #jenniferzeynabjoukh...
10/04/2018

#SOTA 6th annual Luncheon With the Authors was a huge success! Thank you to our phenomenal authors #jenniferzeynabjoukhadar #jillianmedoff and #deborahheiligman

Surprise, there are still a handful of tickets left for our 6th annual Luncheon with the Authors fundraiser. Even though...
09/28/2018

Surprise, there are still a handful of tickets left for our 6th annual Luncheon with the Authors fundraiser. Even though yesterday was the deadline to buy tickets, the Lehigh Country Club, location for the event on October 4, has agreed they can wait until Monday, October 1 for the final head count. So we are delighted to offer a last chance to purchase tickets. If you are still interested check out details and buy your ticket at www.sotapa.org. The author tables are sold out but you will not be disappointed by this year’s event. Three fantastic authors, three riveting books, a magnificent setting, interesting table mates, excellent food. So don’t wait another minute to join this fabulous event.

Allentown’s own Deborah Heiligman penned our nonfiction selection, Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers for this ye...
09/25/2018

Allentown’s own Deborah Heiligman penned our nonfiction selection, Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers for this year’s Luncheon with the Authors. Deborah grew up in Allentown and attended William Allen High School before going on to study at Brown University. She currently lives in New York City where she is an award winning author of books for children and teens. She is the recipient of awards such as the Michael L Pritz Award, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and was also a National Book Award finalist. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, while intended for an older teen audience, was read with delight by our art savvy readers. She created this thoughtful and intimate account of the relationship between artist Vincent Van Gogh and his art dealer brother Theo through her extensive research of the brothers’ correspondence. It is the thoroughly enjoyable yet bittersweet story of the devotion between the brothers. It is a must read for all, especially those attending Luncheon with the Authors on October 4, where you will have the opportunity to meet Deborah and learn about her writing experiences.

There are just a few tickets left so if you intend to purchase one go to www.sotapa.org to purchase tickets and for full details about the event. Don’t wait another day!

If you have not already finished this one, get busy reading “This Could Hurt: A Novel”, before the Luncheon with the...
09/15/2018

If you have not already finished this one, get busy reading “This Could Hurt: A Novel”, before the Luncheon with the Authors on October 4. This is the fourth book by Jillian Medoff, a graduate of Barnard College and New York University. Along with writing novels, Jillian also has a successful career in management consulting and corporate communications. She combined her writing skills and in-depth knowledge of the corporate workplace to produce this LWTA selection, which captures the pattern of comedy and tragedy in office life and provides a hilarious and tender look into workforce struggles during the 2008 financial crisis.

There is still time to finish the three books selected for the 2018 Luncheon with the Authors. Check out the complete details of the books, authors and the event by going to www.sotapa.org. Tickets sales are brisk so make sure to purchase yours before the deadline on September 27. We anticipate another sold out event so don’t delay!

Following is the Luncheon with the Authors Menu and Program Schedule. We hope to see many of you there so please visit w...
08/31/2018

Following is the Luncheon with the Authors Menu and Program Schedule.
We hope to see many of you there so please visit www.sota.org for complete information and to purchase tickets.

Luncheon with the Authors
Thursday October 4, 2018
Lehigh Country Club

11:00 a.m. Cash Bar
Raffle, Wine Pull, Book Sales & Book Signing

11:45 p.m. Dining Room Opens

12:00 p.m. Lunch
Roasted Pear Salad – GF
Dried Cherries, Caramelized Pecans, Gorgonzola Cheese
Raspberry Vinaigrette

Flat Breads, Lavash and Assorted Rolls
Whipped Butter

Chicken Pecan Quiche – GF
Onions and Cheddar Cheese in a Pecan and Rice Flour Crust
Served with Spaghetti Zucchini Squash, Tomato, Basil, Garlic

Plated Chefs Cookies
Hand Dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries – GF

Program
1:10 p.m. Authors Remarks
1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion with Authors
2:15 p.m. Author Q & A
2:30 p.m. Book Sales & Signing Resumes
Wine Pull & Raffle Winners Pick-up

Luncheon with the Authors (LWTA) is coming up quickly so let’s take a look at one of the three books for this year’s...
08/30/2018

Luncheon with the Authors (LWTA) is coming up quickly so let’s take a look at one of the three books for this year’s event. The Map of Salt and Stars is the debut novel of Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. The story moves seamlessly between the past and present of the Arab world. This powerful, magical and timely novel tells of two courageous girls who negotiate dangers and everyday life to find and define home. Don’t miss this beautiful and inspiring story and don’t miss LWTA where you will have the opportunity to meet Jennifer and hear from her during her remarks, panel discussion and Q & A session. Go to www.sotapa.org for complete details of the October 4 event and to purchase tickets.

SOTA members met on a warm August evening at the beautiful home of Maryann Dattilio to discuss one of the books selected...
08/21/2018

SOTA members met on a warm August evening at the beautiful home of Maryann Dattilio to discuss one of the books selected for this year’s Luncheon with the Authors. This evening it was “This Could Hurt”, a novel by Jillian Medoff about life following the economic crash of 2008. The author describes the impacts on the Human Resource staff of a mid-sized company in New York City by examining an array of personalities with intelligence and compassion as they negotiate their work and personal lives. The book discussion was stimulating, interesting, and entertaining.

There is still time to purchase tickets to Luncheon with the Authors by checking out our event page on Facebook or by going to www.sotapa.org. The event is scheduled for October 4, 2018 at the Lehigh Country Club. We hope to see you there.

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo
08/13/2018

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo

SOTA members enjoyed a lively discussion of the “The Map of Salt and Star”  by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, one of the...
07/20/2018

SOTA members enjoyed a lively discussion of the “The Map of Salt and Star” by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, one of the books selected for the 2018 LUNCHEON WITH THE AUTHORS. The 6th Annual LWTA will be held on October 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Country Club in Allentown. Check out our event page on Facebook or visit https://sotapa.org/ for complete information about the event and to purchase tickets.

Luncheon With the Authors tickets are now available for sale online. Visit the SOTA website at https://sotapa.org/ and c...
06/03/2018

Luncheon With the Authors tickets are now available for sale online. Visit the SOTA website at https://sotapa.org/ and click on Luncheon With the Authors where you can purchase tickets using PayPal, Master, Discover, Visa or AMEX. Also you will find complete information concerning date, time, directions as well as book and author descriptions. We hope to see you all on October 4, 2018 at the Lehigh Country Club for our annual Luncheon With the Authors.

The Luncheon With The Authors (LWTA) Committee recommends the three books selected for this year’s event, which takes ...
05/30/2018

The Luncheon With The Authors (LWTA) Committee recommends the three books selected for this year’s event, which takes place on Thursday, October 4 at the Lehigh Country Club in Allentown. Please check out this diverse selection of books, which include one narrative nonfiction book and two novels.

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heligman

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

This Could Hurt: A Novel by Jillian Medoff

At the October luncheon, these nationally acclaimed authors will share their remarks, participate in a panel discussion, and sign books for attendees. This year’s Mistress of Ceremonies is Nancy Werteen, an award winning television news journalist with WFMZ-TV69 and also the co-founder of The Wisdom Coalition. Don’t miss this annual fundraiser sponsored by Society of the Arts to benefit educational programs at the Allentown Art Museum, the SOTA Print Fund and the SOTA Education Endowment. Ticket information available soon at https://sotapa.org/

A wonderful group of women!!!
05/27/2018

A wonderful group of women!!!

The 2018 SOTA Apprentices became full SOTA members at the May 23 SOTA Annual Luncheon. Congratulations to a vibrant and creative new group of members.

Here are some of SOTA’s past presidents pictured during the 2018 SOTA annual luncheon on May 23. The members all thank...
05/26/2018

Here are some of SOTA’s past presidents pictured during the 2018 SOTA annual luncheon on May 23. The members all thank them for their leadership as presidents and for their ongoing guidance and creativity in a myriad of capacities as SOTA members.

The 2018 SOTA Apprentices became full SOTA members at the May 23 SOTA Annual Luncheon. Congratulations to a vibrant and ...
05/26/2018

The 2018 SOTA Apprentices became full SOTA members at the May 23 SOTA Annual Luncheon. Congratulations to a vibrant and creative new group of members.

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo
05/26/2018

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo

Truffle Bar
05/22/2018

Truffle Bar

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley great event!!! Truffle Bar is representin’ as usual!

Centennial Catering & Conference Center
05/22/2018

Centennial Catering & Conference Center

Shout out to Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley for a fabulous event last week! Special thanks to Xplorer Spirits, Hackett Wine, Eight Oaks Craft Distillers, Duck Donuts, Truffle Bar, and Whole Foods Market for showcasing some amazing tastings! #sota #willyoubenext?

The robin who built the most perfect nest in the Millcreek Landscape Designs’ planter at SOTA’s Idea House 2018 at H...
05/22/2018

The robin who built the most perfect nest in the Millcreek Landscape Designs’ planter at SOTA’s Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL is now resting on her two blue eggs!!!

The winner of the favorite building feature at SOTA’s Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL was the family room fireplace desig...
05/21/2018

The winner of the favorite building feature at SOTA’s Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL was the family room fireplace designed and built by Ruhmel Contracting!! Congrats!!!

The winner of the Favorite Room at SOTA’s Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL was the master bedroom by Shoshana Gosselin and...
05/21/2018

The winner of the Favorite Room at SOTA’s Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL was the master bedroom by Shoshana Gosselin and Jennifer Bonner of Love Your Room!! Congrats!!!!!

05/19/2018

Tomorrow (May 19th) is the LAST day of the SOTA Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL. We will be offering 50% off all of SOTA’s Attic and Annex items. You would be CRAZY to miss this!! Admission is $20 at the door. So many have commented that HoudenHAL is amazing! The house is located less than 5 minutes from the Fogelsville Hotel Restaurant at 9905 Old 22. Come see us!!! Proceeds benefit educational programs at Allentown Art Museum!! @buckshappening @folinoestate @housesplendid @wcainteriors @designsbywillyandwandra @allentownschools @mrslaurenfarrell @kellydunnhome @bhousegallery @sharonkimmerle @loveyourroom @spundesign @designbyplace @designstudiohh @atownappliance @museumstoreaam @the.baum.school.of.art

05/16/2018

SOTA’s Attic has so much left for you to buy!! Visit our Attic Annex tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday - 10am-4pm.

Tour the Idea House while you are there!! It won’t disappoint!!! $20 at the door!!! Support educational events for kids at the Allentown Art Museum. - 10am-4pm.

9897 Old 22, Breinigsville, PA for SOTA’s Attic Garage Sale.

9905 Old 22, Breinigsville, PA for Idea House Tour. $20. (Children Under 10 Not Permitted).

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo
04/03/2018

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo
04/03/2018

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo

Lots of excitement last weekend at the Allentown Art Museum! Saturday, March 10, 2018 saw the unveiling of a significant...
03/14/2018

Lots of excitement last weekend at the Allentown Art Museum! Saturday, March 10, 2018 saw the unveiling of a significant commission undertaken by the museum. The first glimpses of “Girl Balancing Knowledge III” by internationally acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare was followed by an interview of the artist by museum President and CEO David Mickenberg. During this discussion the audience learned of the Nigerian-born, London-based artist’s history and artistic philosophy. Film crews from PBS39, WFMZ, as well as a museum sponsored crew recorded the event for future documentaries. Before and after the discussion, SOTA docents Mary Jo Gonsiorowski and Jacqueline Sellers gave tours of the sculpture in Trexler Gallery, engaging the viewers with observations and discussions. The sculpture has already been placed into storage but “Girl” will reemerge following the 2019 reconfiguration and reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection. One thing is certain, the sculpture will take a central role in the life of the Allentown Art Museum where it will continue to shine a light on global issues including the lack of educational opportunities for children, especially girls, around the world.

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo
02/12/2018

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo

On Sunday, February 11, 2018 the subjects in numerous paintings at the Allentown Art Museum, stepped out of their canvas...
02/12/2018

On Sunday, February 11, 2018 the subjects in numerous paintings at the Allentown Art Museum, stepped out of their canvases and came to life. In this annual event, eight SOTA docents donned lookalike costumes such as a Spanish dancer, cooks, artists, even a saint and described “their art” to visitors in very personal terms. The experience was enjoyed by museum visitors as well as the by participants.

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo
02/03/2018

Society of the Arts - Lehigh Valley's cover photo

Yesterday the docents had a wonderful overview of Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, whic...
01/27/2018

Yesterday the docents had a wonderful overview of Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, which opens tomorrow, Sunday January 28. Claire McRee, Assistant Curator for AAM briefed the group on the high points of the exhibit and gave some biographical insights on each of the 11 female photographers represented in the exhibit. These amazing photographers have traveled the world capturing images of cultures and events across the globe. Be sure to visit between January 28 and April 8, 2018 to view this inspiring exhibit.

Address

Allentown Art Museum 31 N 5th St
Allentown, PA
18101

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(610) 432-4333

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