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Treasures of the Greater Lehigh Valley

 

The Allentown Art Museum proudly introduces Treasures of the Greater Lehigh Valley, an exhibition of first-rate artworks from the collections of local institutions, on view through November 2, 2003, in the Museum's Kress Gallery.  This installation, organized by the Museum, combines select treasures from the Allentown Art Museum and 15 other organizations located in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, each committed to enriching lives through cultural and artistic education. Participating institutions include The Baum School of Art; Cedar Crest College; Freedman Gallery, Albright College; Historic Bethlehem Partnership; The Historical Society of Berks County; Lafayette College; Lehigh County Historical Society; Lehigh University Art Galleries; Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College; Moravian Historical Society; National Canal Museum; Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society; Payne Gallery, Moravian College; Reading Public Museum; Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University; and the Allentown Art Museum. (right: Walter Baum, USA (1884-1956).  Perkiomen Trees, around 1933, oil on canvas.  Courtesy of The Baum School of Art, The Russell E. Baum Collection)

Exhibition highlights include a book illustrated with hand-colored prints by William Blake, a major Maurice Prendergast oil, a painted dower chest, a Tang dynasty tomb sculpture of a camel, a ceramic pot by Toshiko Takaezu, and a presentation silver and enamel urn designed and produced by Louis C. Tiffany/Tiffany and Co.  An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

The artistic tradition in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties is one of amazing creativity and diversity, stemming from the English and German cultures brought to eastern Pennsylvania during the 1700s.  By 1857, one of the earliest groups of German settlers created the Moravian Historical Society, the mission of which was to collect and preserve the history of the Moravian Church.  Since then, other historical societies have been founded, as well as art museums, art schools, and university art galleries, to educate the public and share the region's rich culture and traditions. (right: Leonid Sokov, Russian (born 1941, active in USA 1980-present).  Lenin and Calder, 1994, bronze, wire and paint.  Collection of Freedman Gallery, gift of Dr. Roman Tabakman)

This region is rich in artistic talent and public support for exhibiting, collecting, and preserving historic and contemporary art. In the future, the institutions represented in Treasures will continue to benefit the public and educate those interested in the arts and crafts of the greater Lehigh Valley.  The Allentown Art Museum's exhibition provides an opportunity to study and enjoy a few wonderful objects from each institution that together represent a wealth of collections deserving to be visited and enjoyed.

Major support for Treasures of the Greater Lehigh Valley is provided by the Society of the Arts (SOTA).  Contributing support has been provided by The Widgeon Foundation; The Morning Call; MCS Industries, Inc.; Keystone Savings Bank; Nazareth National Bank and Trust Co.; and Greshville Antiques and Fine Art.  

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