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“SPACES” Opening Preview: Saturday, October 6, 2012 : 4-6pm (Allentown PA)

September 19, 2012

“It doesn’t rain, it pours”, as the English saying goes…! And aren’t I the lucky, artistic one?! I have my first ever, ‘official’ installation (Quantum Art: “The Artwork of Shroedinger’s Cat”) opening in October.

Here’s the official blurb:

Join us for the SPACES preview the day before the Old Allentown House Tour.  See exciting commercial spaces that are vacant and available for rent or sale in Historic Allentown.

Organized by FUSE art infrastructure, the spaces will house temporary exhibitions by 14+ artists from this area.


WHEN: Saturday – October 6, 2012

WHERE: For venue map and info begin at 221 North 8th Street – Allentown, PA

SPACES are at:

221 N. 8th Street

1021 W. Turner Street

145 N. 11th Street

1131 W. Linden

1128 W. Linden

SPACES is conceived and directed by Kiki Nienaber –  director of FUSE  art infrastructure, in collaboration with Deborah Rabinsky – contributing curator and FUSE advisory board member. The event is a joint venture with Old Allentown for this year’s house tour.

SPACES includes a wide range of artists ranging from 88 year old Karl Stirner with his solid iron sculpture to recent Cedar Crest College graduate Victoria Snyder, with her whimsical yarn and hand made paper installation. Lydia Panas is showing photography from her public art project.  Peter Lewnes’ large scale glass work installation will stand in contrast to conceptual installations by Wesley Heiss and Anthony Donnelly. An ambitious collaborative installation by Nestor Armando, Gil and Jim Toia is installed at a most challenging and intriguing space. Brian Wiggins is presenting an experiment in sculpture, and veteran Karel Mikolas is contributing pieces from his prolific body of work.

The painters in the exhibition convey an equally wide range of approaches and techniques. From Rick Hildenbrandt’s complex painting constructs, to Lisette Morel’s playful site-specific painting installation on paper to Angela Fraleigh’s large scale figurative canvases to Lee Lecky’s poised, abstract, layered paintings, there is no lack of invention and exciting work in this exhibit.

 Deborah Rabinsky has been a tireless activist and supporter of the visual arts. She has long working relationships with some of the most celebrated senior artists of the area including Karl Stirner, Larry Fink and Karel Mikolas. Rabinsky was the owner/director of Gallery de Arte’ Magick in Easton, where she was also an active contributor on Easton’s Mayor’s Arts Council. Many of her associations with artists were established then.

She realized numerous projects with Lafayette College, including during her 4 ½ year tenure as Curator at David A. Portlock Black Cultural Center. Since Ms Rabinsky has relocated to Old Allentown more then 10 years ago, she has been an equally valuable asset on Mayor Pawlowsky’s Arts Commission for over 6 years, curating many exhibitions and continuing to be generous with her time and efforts on behalf of the arts and on this project specifically.

Kiki Nienaber formerly owner/director of Christiane Nienaber Contemporary Art in New York relocated to Allentown after closing her Gallery about 10 years ago. Her discriminating eye in conjunction with her interest in promoting minority and women artists makes her an asset as a consultant and advisor to many national and international exhibition organizers, curators and public art projects including Documenta, Kassel;  Yale Law School Collection; Aichi Triennial (Japan), MTA of New York, 3-D Foundation Verbier, Switzerland; and locally Franklin and Marshall College.

Usually behind the scenes, since co-founding FUSE, she is the front person and the guiding force of her dedicated team of allies in advancing the arts in Allentown.

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