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 Executive 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 Van Haute is a self-taught curator, painter, and sculptor. In July 2015 He opened the Bethlehem House Gallery in historic downtown Bethlehem, PA. Ward received his Bachelors Degree in Television and Film Production from De Sales University. 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 strives for a conversation between the artwork and the setting, utilizing various contemporary styles and strong color choices to create warm and inviting living spaces.
Ward is an appointed member of the Bethlehem Fine Arts Council.
In 2014, Ward chose the Lehigh Valley for his home. Excited about the local commitment to the arts and drawn to the small town charm, he saw Bethlehem and her neighboring cities as the perfect backdrop to raise his family and open his gallery. Ward is forever committed to creating and sharing innovative and exciting ways to exhibit art in the home or in the workspace.
Kate Hughes, Gallery Director at the Bethlehem House Gallery, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Fine Arts from Cedar Crest College, as well as her Master’s in Business Management. Kate has an extensive background in contemporary art, photography, theater, radio and is heavily involved in local charitable organizations.
Kate is a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Society of the Arts (SOTA) member.
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.
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.