Peter Gourniak City Center Lehigh Valley photographer Downtown Allentown PA

Art, life and structure

Peter Gourniak Structure MEZZ Gallery Rennasaince Allentown HotelGrowing up here in Allentown was great. As a young kid this place was like Disney World, with Hess’s and so many cool shops to explore, along with great theaters and restaurants. Then in the 80s, I watched from my downtown studio window as this town sort of disassembled. Billy Joel didn’t help much with his song. It really hurt to watch. There were still a lot of people working here, but they’d punch the clock and get out as fast as they could.

This was still my town. So I stayed. I waited.

That’s why now, as I continue to grow up, being able to take photos and document the progress of the real-life renaissance of my beloved city is such a sincere honor. It’s a legacy that I get to leave behind for many eyes of many generations to see long after I am gone.

I’m so glad I waited this one out.

Some people say that the quality of life is all about professional achievement. I agree, and add that it’s also about personal accomplishment as well—all things big and small, and every choice we make along the way are what really matter.

Art is important. Your perspective and interpretation is what makes it art. Take the time to stop, get into the moment and look deeply–not just at art, but life as well.

Please stop by the new MEZZ Gallery and check out “Structure”

Peter Gourniak Structure MEZZ Gallery Rennasaince Allentown HotelI am honored to have the opening exhibition in the brand new MEZZ Gallery, on the mezzanine of The Renaissance Allentown Hotel.  The gallery is a partnership between the hotel and the Allentown Art Museum, and it will present exhibitions that are always open to the public and change quarterly. “Structure,” is a collection of some of my photographs taken around City Center and Downtown Allentown during the construction and refurbishing of many of the many new buildings here. It will be on display through mid January 2016.

The quarterly exhibitions are part of the hotel’s RLifeLIVE event series. I hope you have a chance to check it out.


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City Center Photographer Peter Gourniak has been a part of the Downtown Allentown arts and media industry for over three decades.

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