Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Come Be Funny With Us!

Knock Knock. Who's there? Only the greatest and most talented comedians in Kutztown! Getting someone to laugh is a skill, just like an artist with a paintbrush. That is why the Eckhaus team and I are excited to launch comedy nights! It's like a SNL short at Kutztown! So come and relieve some stress, support your local comedians and get some free snacks. I can't think of a better way to spend my night? Can you?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Success! For First Open Mic Night

The beauty of open mic night lies in the performers. The ones who dare to make their "voices" heard. The ones who aren't afraid to wing it and play a couple more songs and they did just that! September 10th came and went with a croon-worthy singer and guitarist (Rob Pallet) ukulele (Jenna) and a bunch of electronic machines I'm not even going to act like I pretend I know (Sam this is directed towards you). The eccentricity of this night's group brought a new-found energy to Eckhaus and yes, free coffee does help too. Three acts may seem dull but with the immense amount of talent it was anything but so. Please join us next Thursday for more talent!...and coffee.

                                                                     Rob Pallet 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Open Mic Thursdays

You step up on stage. The crowd’s murmur dwindles and suddenly all eyes are on you. The impatient buzzing of the mic persists waiting for the hiss of your voice. You're about to belt it all out only to look're in your underwear. Yes, this is a scene from a typical anxiety dream but don't let a Freudian analysis keep you from coming to Eckhaus Gallery's open mic night September 10th! Bring your band! Or bring your banjo! Or just bring yourself! Either way free coffee and snacks! Starts at 7 pm! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

CONSTRUCT by Josh Dannin

School has officially begun! And while that may conjure up images of back to school ads, new school supplies and big yellow buses here at Eckhaus it’s a little different. We have a whole semester planned of gracious and talented artists who will be showcasing their work. It’s official to say the arts are not dead here at Kutztown! In fact they’re very much alive. We saw this on Friday, September 4th with Construct by Josh Dannin a Kutztown alumi. We had a total of 75 people attend, the most for a single artist show within the past year and a half. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Department Chair Cheryl Hochberg and the Visual Arts faculty for coming out and supporting Eckhaus and Josh's exhibition. We would also like to thank Betty’s for generously donating the wrap tray (you can find more out about them here) show will be up until the 30th, so stop on in! (No yellow school bus required).

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Get ready for our first exhibition of the semester! On September 4th we welcome Josh Dannin, Kutztown University alum. Reception is September 4th 5-8pm!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Welcome back, KU students! We look forward to seeing you at our exhibitions and events this semester!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Celebrating Kutztown's Bicentennial!

In celebration of Kutztown's Bicentennial, we are currently displaying art works depicting the lives of Kutztown's locals and businesses. 

Kutztown University Communication Design Seniors concentrating in illustration complete a half-semester course entitled Visual Essay, taught by Elaine Cunfer, in which the students use illustration as a medium for reportage.

TJ Walston - profile of Lester Sheetz, DeTurk Hardware

The work exhibited in the Eckhaus Gallery represents much of the artwork produced in this class over the past 2 years.

Local and businesses featured: Salon Joey, Rodale Institute, Topton Barbershop, Firefly Bookstore, Verna Dietrich (Dietrich Meats), The Kutztown Historical Society, The Sacred Oak, Bamboola, Crystal Cave, Uncle Joe's Pizza, Roadside America, Young One's, The Foliage Farm,  Kutztown's School Spirit, Mary, Lester Sheetz, Deturk Hardware, and the Bower's Chili Pepper Festival.

AJ Alayon - profile of Salon Joey

Students were assigned to create an illustration-based visual essay in a poster form.  These posters could profile any aspect of historical or cultural significance, a unique life experience, and/or and interesting person in Kutztown (or very local area) outside the traditional student microcosm.

Ryan Bittle - profile of Firefly Bookstore

Students were expected to go out into the local community and interview their subjects, as well as research life, culture, and folklore of their subjects.

Arren Dawinan - profile of the Kutztown Historical Society

Detail-Hannah Shepley - profile of Kutztown's School Spirit, Mary
Through creating these posters, students gained a new appreciation of their lives in Kutztown and the history of many of the businesses and buildings they see on a regular basis.  Please enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Jamie Basile - Rodale Institute

This exhibition will be open during the Kutztown Car Kruizz on Friday, July 25 from 3-7 PM, and during the Bicentennial Parade on Saturday, August 1 from 6-8 PM.  

For other available times, email Kutztown University's Gallery Director, Karen Stanford, at

For those of you unable to view the artwork during the open times, there are a few of the works posted in the windows as well!