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Art At Home


Celebrating local artists who have brightened up homes in the Lehigh Valley and beyond

Artwork on loan hangs in the Kemerer Museum

Open now through
January 31, 2022

Kemerer Museum
of Decorative Arts

Saturday & Sunday, 1:00-4:00 pm

Artwork on loan hangs in the Kemerer Museum

Through the support of local artists, funds raised at the Holiday Dinner Art Auction have allowed HBMS to preserve 20 historic buildings and sites and continue our mission to
educate the public about Bethlehem’s rich heritage.

Co-Curator: Sandra Corpora

From an early age, Sandra Corpora demonstrated exceptional ability at drawing and painting. She has a BFA in Painting from Kutztown University, receiving the prize for top fine art graduate. Sandra has studied in workshops with Kenn Backhaus, Nelson Shanks, John Osborne, T.M. Nicolas, Scott Jennings and others. She paints primarily from life in the studio and outdoors on location. She is inspired to constantly improve her skills as a painter in all subjects, figurative, still life and landscape.

Sandra Corpora is a signature member of Oil Painters of America where she won an Award of Excellence and a signature member of American Women Artists where she's also won an Award of Excellence. She’s also a member of the American Impressionist Society, and the Portrait Painters of America where she was a finalist in the Members Competition. She also teaches and conducts workshops. Her work is in private and public collections in Italy, Canada, Norway, and the US. She is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.

About The Exhibit

Throughout 28 years of the Holiday Dinner and Art Auction, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has introduced more than 600+ works of art from local artists into homes across the region and country, and a few works have even found residence in other countries.

On view this spring, Art At Home celebrates the safe reopening of the Kemerer Museum of the Decorative Arts and explores a personal connection between artwork and the home. The exhibition features artworks on loan from private collections and spotlights of the local artists who loaned their time and talents in support of HBMS' mission. Proceeds from all artworks purchased through HBMS go directly toward the care and preservation of our 20 historic buildings and sites.

Visitors to the 2018 Art Preview Reception get a first look at the artwork on display at the Luckenbach Mill

What You'll See

Explore the evolution of the Holiday Art Auction since its start in 1994 with a selection of pamphlets, invitations, programs, and photographs from years past alongside recorded interviews from people who have been involved from the start!

Counter-clockwise:
Jersey Baby
by Sandra Corpora on loan from
Volker & Denise Oakey
Farmstead Grape Arbor
by Sandra Corpora on loan from
Walter & Lucinda Dealtry
Johnson's Water Lilies
by Elena Shackleton on loan from
Pat and Sandra Corpora

Each year the Featured Painting is the star of the show! The painting is commissioned and created by a talented local artist and appears on Christmas cards and promotional materials for the Holiday Dinner & Art Auction, drawing up excitement for the event.

The live auction of the Featured Painting is considered by many to be the climax of the evening, and each year one lucky bidder gets to take the one-of-a-kind piece home.

View all the featured paintings from 1994 to 2020 in the slideshow below!

2019 Featured Artist Ann Elizabeth Schlegel poses with her painting Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

1994: Ben Marcune

1995: Katherine Merle Smith

1996: Ruth Owen Pook

1997: Noel Adams

1998: Lee Branagan

1999: Bernie Tyler

2000: Chester F. Ryder

2001: Phyllis Facchiano

2002: Jessica Wasilewski

2003: Richard Greenleaf

2004: Jean Perez

2005: Sharon Hergenrother

2006: Lee Branagan

2007: Phyllis Facchiano

2008: Noel Adams

2009: Lee Branagan

2010: Edwin Havas

2011: Ruth Pook

2012: Sandra Corpora

2013: Bebe Traylor

2014: Nancy Shelly

2015: Ben Marcune

2016: Diane Hutchinson

2017: Sergei Yaralov

2018: Adriano Farinella

2019: Ann Elizabeth Schlegel

2020: Jim Lukens

Art helps make a house a home and offers insight into the personality behind the owner.

Past artworks purchased from HBMS loaned to the museum will be on view in the galleries alongside a photo display of the artwork incorporated into the owner's own home décor.

See how these works make homes more special for the families that live there with stories from the owners about their connection to the artwork.

Burnside Plantation by Mary Lahr on loan from
Bruce & Judy Palmer

Learn more about 2020's Featured Artist, Jim Lukens! Peruse a full display of work from this Bucks County impressionist oil painter, with works available for purchase.

Jim Lukens was schooled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Barnstone Studios, Jim's work is viewed and collected as a quintessential addition to the area's vibrant art scene.

2020 Featured Artist Jim Lukens poses with his painting View from the Waterworks

Explore how people have used art in their living spaces throughout history through examples and see how today's trends measure up to historical approaches.

Be inspired to incorporate more art into your own home with DIYs and how-tos to start your own art collection!

Artwork on loan hangs in the Kemerer Museum

#MyArtAtHome

As we celebrate the reopening of the Kemerer Museum and the launch of the Art At Home exhibit, you have the chance to have your artwork shared on our website and social media accounts! You can share your favorite piece of artwork that you have created or purchased, and the artwork can be in any medium. Post your favorite artwork on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with #MyArtAtHome and tell us why it is your favorite piece of art. Join us as we celebrate the art of our community!

To Loan An Artwork

Are you interested in loaning work to be exhibited in the Art At Home exhibition from April
1, 2021 through January 31, 2022? If so, please complete the online form below. 

Please note that the owner of the artwork is responsible for the drop off and pick up of loaned artworks. Loan paperwork must be completed prior to, or upon drop off.  

Drop off dates: 3/09/21- 3/18/21: 12-6 pm M-F, 10-1 pm Sat & Sun, or by appointment via ljancay@historicbethlehem.org 

Pick up dates: 2/01/22- 2/11/22: 12-6 pm M-F, 10-1 pm Sat & Sun, or by appointment via ljancay@historicbethlehem.org 

If you would like to learn more about donating an artwork to the collection at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, please complete the object donation form HERE.

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