Arts Walk/Run and unveiling of paintings by local artists for HOKA | The Valley Register

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BETHLEHEM, PA (June 3, 2022) – “Tower of Bethlehem,” an art installation for HOKA at Aardvark Sports Shop, features several large abstract paintings depicting local landmarks. The images were created expressly for HOKA in Aardvark by contemporary artist and runner Tina Cantelmi, originally from Bethlehem.

An art unveiling is scheduled after the Arts Walk/Run, a 3.8-mile stroll from north to south Bethlehem on a route that includes 12 large murals from south Bethlehem. The event begins at the Aardvark Sports Shop, 559 Main Street, on Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 a.m., and is hosted by HOKA.

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The installation in Aardvark celebrates the positivity of being a walker or runner in a city as beautiful as Bethlehem, Cantelmi says. She explains that the art installation, comprising five paintings, depicts several local landmarks such as the Hill to Hill Bridge, the Fahy Bridge, Sand Island, Nisky Hill Cemetery, a sunset over the Lehigh River and Steel Stacks after a run. hot summer. The art will be visible in the Aardvark window until August.

“I created the paintings to evoke movement and a bit of a runner’s exhilaration – as most runners can relate to, I’m sure,” says the artist, a graduate of Freedom High School. .

“We didn’t have a girls’ track or cross-country team that I knew in high school. My introduction to running was at Alfred University, where I earned a BFA. There’s not much to do in upstate New York without creating art and running. So I discovered the track team. Looking back, we had a quality racing team with top coaches.

The artist, now 64, says the opportunity to create art for HOKA (her favorite running shoe brand) pairs well with her favorite running store. “So when I got this opportunity, I knew I had to create running art in Bethlehem,” she says.

I have been a customer of Aardvark since its inception over three decades ago. I was living in New York at the time and was moving back to Bethlehem because Mr. Haines, the father of owner Bruce Haines, put me in the right pair of running shoes every time.

The artist says she plans to auction off paintings from the exhibit to benefit Palliative Care Meal Deliveries and Judie’s Heart Palliative Care Education Fund at the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation, Stay tuned for more information.

Tina Cantelmi is a contemporary abstract landscape painter whose works are in private collections from Florida to Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. She is also a columnist and blogger. You can find his paintings on or in the artist archives.

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