At this bank, make a deposit, spend some time perusing local artists' work
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At this bank, make a deposit, spend some time perusing local artists’ work

The Unity Bank branch in Bethlehem Township features a Bethlehem Steel wall mural created through an archived historical photo from the National Canal Museum in Easton. Unity has also purchased artwork by local artists for display at several of its branches. (COURTESY PHOTO/UNITY BANK) If art teacher Rebecca Shoemaker ever wants to show her Banana Factory students how they can go from a beginner to paid artist, she need only to direct them to the Unity Bank branch in Bethlehem Township. There on a wall hang three vertical pieces of colorful fused glass that Shoemaker crafted. Unity Bank , which is based in New Jersey, bought Shoemaker’s work — aptly named “Unity” — as part of a program to spotlight local artists in communities where it has branches. The office at 2920 Easton Ave. also features a 12-by-8-foot mural of an archived historical photo of Bethlehem Steel from Easton’s National Canal Museum, and seven photographs of SteelStacks by Dustin Coughlin, a bank employee who also owns Didco Photography studio in Nazareth. It’s not unusual for banks to lend some lobby space to artists or community groups. But Unity is seeking out local artists and then purchasing their work for […]

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