I started Bethlehem House Contemporary Art Gallery rooted in the belief that anyone can be a fine art collector. Choosing art is a personal decision that should feel right; it should feel comfortable. That is why I created a space that challenges the white walls traditionally used in a gallery setting.
I hope that when you visit the gallery, you feel like you are welcomed into a friend’s home – a familiar and sincere place. I hope some of our handcrafted furniture becomes your new favorite place to sit after a long day. And most of all, I hope you feel inspired to enrich your own home with the display of unique, original, local art.
The gallery is truly a living space and a continuous project. As Director and Curator, my goal is to showcase regional artists, modern furniture artists, and a new experience with every show. I’m very grateful for our relationships with artists, visitors, our community in Historic Bethlehem and beyond, and for supporters like you. Feel free to contact us with any questions, to learn more about the gallery, or for additional information.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
-Ward Van Haute
Ward is a 15 year Art Department veteran of stage and screen. Working as an Art Director, Props Master, and Set Decorator in Philadelphia and New York markets, Ward has provided interior design for more than 100 TV commercials, music videos, and films as well as furnishing dozens of theatre productions.
Ward’s interior and curatorial design is a fusion of various modern and contemporary styles, creating warm and inviting living spaces.
Kate Hughes, Co-Director at the Bethlehem House Gallery, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Fine Arts from Cedar Crest College. She has an extensive background in contemporary art, photography, theater, radio and is heavily involved in local charitable organizations.
Kate has been a resident of the Lehigh Valley for the past twenty years and looks forward to watching the local art scene unfold one Bethlehem House Contemporary Art Gallery show at a time.
Lauren Beauchner graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA in Painting in May 2015. That same month she participated in the Bethlehem House Gallery’s Spring Show and began working with Ward and Kate later that year. Lauren is the Social Media and Marketing Assistant and loves being a part of the exciting events at the gallery.
Lauren is an oil painter and spends her free time working on portrait commissions and her own portfolio. She grew up in the Lehigh Valley and hopes to continue to coordinate events and find new ways to contribute to the growing art scene.
Jerry Forsyth is a theatrical lighting designer and consultant. In terms of production lighting, he has designed well over 300 productions to date. Philadelphia area credits include designs for: The Wilma Theatre, Villanova University Theatre, The Walnut Street Theatre, Amaryllis Theatre Company, The American Music Theatre Festival, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, Venture Theatre, and the Philadelphia Drama Guild.
Additional east coast credits include: The Kennedy Center, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theatre, The York Theatre Company, The Village Theatre Company, The Vineyard Playhouse, and Opera Ebony-New York. Design awards include thirteen nominations and two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design. He has also twice received ‘Most Notable Lighting Design’ citations from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jerry has consulted on theatrical lighting systems for: Delaware County Community College, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, The Wilma Theatre, and the Playground at the Adrienne.
In this sleek modern studio, resident artist, Ward Van Haute, creates reverse paintings on glass and uses the studio to explore kiln formed glass techniques. In addition to being a creative workspace, Studio 945 serves as an alternate gallery venue for Bethlehem House Contemporary Art gallery, with a focus on events and exclusive audience exhibitions.
The modern architecture is the perfect backdrop for contemporary art events, lending itself to vernissage, pop-ups, and other limited run and invited audience affairs. Contact us if you are interested in hosting an event at Studio 945.