The vision statement of the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance:
We envision a community that engages the arts, both visual and performing. There will be public art on display; street festivals and gatherings for artists, performers and the general public; galleries and other spaces for group and solo exhibitions and sales of artwork; and educational opportunities in the form of art classes and workshops, lectures and presentations. People of all ages and races will embrace the cultural and artistic movement transpiring in the area.
The Hamburg Area Arts Alliance was created to (a) support and showcase local artists and crafters and (b) stimulate awareness of the arts in our community. The Alliance was formed as a sub-committee of Our Town Foundation – Hamburg’s community revitalization corporation. There are currently more than 5 dozen artist members; over 40 of them have their work on display and for sale in the Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg, 335 State Street in Hamburg.
The only gallery in Hamburg, this display of local artistic talent is a direct result of the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance. Originally occupying a much smaller space when it opened in June of 2007 (across the street from our current location), once the word got around, the Alliance’s membership numbers skyrocketed – jumping from around a dozen to now nearly seventy members. Of those, half have their work on display in the Gallery and interest keeps growing as local talent now appreciates having an affordable place for their art to be seen.
Our membership base runs from Reading to Schuylkill County, and east towards Allentown. The Hamburg Area Arts Alliance has provided an opportunity for local, aspiring artists to get a foot in the door of the world of art.
Public Art Initiative
The Hamburg Area Arts Alliance is also responsible for public artwork created within the district. In 2016, we commissioned Carrie Kingsbury, one of our members, to paint a mural depicting the history of Hamburg on the side of the building at 234 State Street, Hamburg. The next mural project was a painting of trains on the building of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum at 500 South 3rd Street, Hamburg. The most recent mural was painted on the side of Hamburg Manufacturing, Inc., 221 South 4th Street, Hamburg, and depicts the history of the foundry, including its beginning as Hamburg Plow Works.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance or the Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg, please visit us at 335 State Street or call for more information: (610) 562-3106. Applications for membership for the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance are available using the links below. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Other locations to view and purchase art in the area: