Unity Bank supports the local art scene
CLINTON – Unity Bank has launched a program to support local artists in communities with branches and purchase artwork for display in their branches in Bethlehem, Penn. and Phillipsburg, Emerson, and Ramsey in New Jersey.
“I think it is so important to have local businesses and companies like Unity Bank that are interested in developing programs to support local artists in our area,” said Rebecca Shoemaker, glass fusion artist from Bethlehem. “Local residents can see different types of art and artists can show their work in a non-traditional setting.”
Shoemaker’s work is on display in Unity’s new Bethlehem store at 2850 Easton Avenue. The store also has a Bethlehem Steel mural created from an archived historical photo from the National Canal Museum. Unity made a donation to the museum for their support. The Bethlehem branch also has photographs by Dustin Coughlin from Nazareth, owner of Didco Photography and employees of Unity Bank.
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“When we open a new office or renovate an existing one, we strive to capture the community in our design,” said James A. Hughes, President and CEO of Unity Bank. “The arts program is another way for the bank to support the local community while giving our branches a unique look.”
Shoemaker’s Fusion of Glass in the Bethlehem branch represents the integration of colors, shapes and textures in glass and shows the coming together of different cultures and people. After more than 30 years in the insurance industry, Shoemaker discovered the glass melting program at the banana factory in South Bethlehem and is now a glass melting teacher teaching all levels of students.
Coughlin has been a professional photographer since graduating from Temple University with a degree in advertising and joined the bank’s marketing team in 2012. At the Bethlehem office, seven of his photos of Steel Stacks, the arts and events center in the Lehigh Valley that was previously part of Bethlehem, can be seen.
Four acrylic landscape and sunset paintings by Warren County, New Jersey artist Will Harmuth, are on display in the Unity Phillipsburg store in the Greenwich Station Mall located at 1225 US Highway 22 West. Harmuth, who lives in Washington, painted two scenes of the Greenwich Township Valley near the shore. He trained at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and the Art Students League before embarking on a career in Manhattan illustrating artwork for the Invisible Man, Call of the Wild, and Kafka for the Franklin Library. He was recently commissioned to portray the Red Cross’ 9/11 comfort dog “Rusty”, the son of Lassie, for the 9/11 Museum in Manhattan. He is an active member of the Easton, Pennsylvania art scene and is currently represented by the Connexions Gallery in Easton, the Clinton Falls Gallery in Clinton, New Jersey, and the Hamlet House Fine Art Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out his work online at www.willharmuth.com.
“The arts are fundamental to our humanity and community,” said Harmuth. “They ennoble and inspire us – they promote creativity, goodness and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental part of a healthy community – they empower them socially, educationally, and economically – benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times. You cannot spell fellowship without unity. “
Teaneck artist Sol Zaretsky’s abstract landscape oil paintings are on display in Unity’s Ramsey store at 475 Franklin Turnpike. Zaretsky was an artist and teacher all his life. He attended the Music and Art School and Cooper Union in New York City and has a BFA from Yale University. He taught art at Seward High School in Manhattan and retired in 1986. Zaretsky’s work has been exhibited at the Bowery Gallery, the Pleiades Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum’s Biennale Print Shows, and the Art Center in northern New Jersey. Last year he took first place in the New Jersey Statewide Art Show for Seniors.
Tenn Lu’s watercolor paintings are on display at Unity’s 4 Emerson Plaza West branch in Bergen County. Lu was born in Taiwan and has lived in Tenafly and Haworth for more than 30 years. After retiring from Sony in 2006, he decided to continue his interest in art, drawings and paintings. With his love for vivid watercolors, Lu embodies impressionistic expression in his paintings. He is a frequent watercolor demonstrator and has taught in various locations. He currently teaches at the Old Church Art School in Demarest and the Tenafly Recreation Center. He won first place in the Bergen County Art on the Park Show in 2017 and 2018.
About Unity Bancorp, Inc.
Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTY), the parent company of Unity Bank, its primary and wholly owned subsidiary, is a financial services organization based in Clinton, New Jersey. Unity Bank provides financial services to businesses and consumers through 19 branches in New Jersey and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Unity Bank offers community-oriented commercial banking services including deposit accounts, loans, online and mobile services. For more information, visit www.unitybank.com or call 800-618-BANK (800-618-2265).