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The public is cordially invited to join in a day-long celebration of the arts at Lafayette’s new Williams Visual Arts Building on Tuesday, April 24.

The high-tech, $3.5 million art studio and gallery complex at 243 North Third Street, where the Lafayette campus meets downtown Easton, opened in January. It is benefiting both the College and the community.

“The Williams Visual Arts Building is enabling our academic programs in art to advance to a new level,” says Lafayette President Arthur J. Rothkopf ’55. “It is also a valuable new bridge between the campus and Easton, underscoring Lafayette’s commitment to the revitalization of the downtown business core. It includes community art education programs and a spacious gallery for exhibits by regional artists, as well as shows by Lafayette and guest artists.”

The schedule for April 24:

  • There will be a public open house from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The architects will make presentations from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. The innovative design is a joint venture of Joseph N. Biondo Architects of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Werner A. Buckl + Associates of Easton.
  • An official dedication ceremony will be held at 4 p.m.
  • From 5-7 p.m. there will be a reception with four regional artists whose work is currently on display in the building’s Grossman Gallery. They are painters Isadore LaDuca of Raubsville and Ryo Tokito of Pen Argyl and sculptors Gwenyth Jones of Scranton and Koenraad Van Linden Tol of Easton

Due to limited parking at the Williams Visual Arts Building, shuttle service will be offered on a continuous basis from the Easton Parking Garage at South Third and Pine streets. The shuttle will board passengers on the Pine St. side of the garage.

Shuttle service will also be offered from the Lafayette campus. Limited on-campus parking locations will include the deck behind Markle Hall on High St. and lots on Sullivan Lane. Shuttle stops will be marked.

Handicapped parking will be available adjacent to the Williams Building.

For information, call (610) 330-5048.

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