25th Annual Experimental Art Symposium
This complex assembled from six buildings, including a former banana distribution warehouse, is the home to ArtsQuest’s visual arts education programs. It includes 30 studio artists, three galleries and multiple classrooms. It’s also home to Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (which offers dance, drama and voice education to students ages 6 to 18), the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Santa Bannon Fine Art.
Banana Factory resident artists make up the heart and soul of our programming. Thirty studios which are all rent subsidized enabling artists to afford a special space to create their work. In addition to offering lower rents, the studio artists have an annual group show, an annual featured artist wall and 11 First Friday events where hundred and hundreds of visitors from the community and beyond go to see the studios, meet the artists and enjoy an exciting and free evening. Many of our resident artists teach courses as well and have first pick of teaching art classes at the Banana Factory. Diversity is the name of the game here. Artists in their early twenties can talk to artists in their 70’s and there are all mediums covered from painting, sculpture, photography, and pottery.
BANKO FAMILY COMMUNITY ROOM & GALLERY
A beautiful art gallery and multi-purpose venue that features incredible artwork, host to 5 regional and national exhibitions a year, and numerous special events.
A multi-purpose art gallery and creative space, the Crayola Gallery walls are decorated in beautiful artwork, an angled skylight to let in the sunshine, and an outside terrace. This unique venue showcases 5 regional and national exhibitions a year.
This years Experimental Art Symposium will be held at the Crayola Gallery in the Banana Factory & Comfort Inn in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city's past.
There is so much to explore, experience and do in Bethlehem! Whether you enjoy music, history, shopping, or just getting outdoors, there’s something here for you! With sight-seeing, historic attractions, the casino, our downtown shopping, wonderful restaurants and non-stop festivals, it may just be too much to fit into one day!
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Comfort Suites University
Relax and enjoy your stay at the luxurious Bethlehem Comfort Suites. We offer 124 beautifully appointed suites, each complete with a refrigerator, microwave oven, cable TV - with free HBO, and a conversation area with sofa.
The Comfort Suites University is the perfect hotel whether you are traveling in the area of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for business or pleasure because of the excellent accommodations, location that is convenient, and a friendly staff. The staff looks forward to providing you a memorable stay.
The Lehigh Valley International Airport is only a short drive from the hotel. The Comfort Inn offers a free pick-up service from the airport.
Complimentary WiFi • In-Room Coffee • Free Parking • Free Breakfast Complimentary use of the health club, indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna for hotel guests • Complimentary shuttle service to and from Airport • Free HBO ?Minervas Restaurant and Lounge