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Art works by faculty of Cedar Crest College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College are on display through Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery at Lafayette’s Williams Visual Arts Building, 243 North Third Street, downtown Easton.

The art has been created by full-time studio art faculty of the schools, all members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. (Works by members of Lafayette’s studio art and art history faculty were on view in the Grossman Gallery Oct. 20-Dec. 8.)

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. A roundtable discussion with all the artists will be held 4-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, followed by a two-hour closing reception. The events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes the following artists: Pat Badt, Jill Odegaard, and Kim Sloane of Cedar Crest; Berrisford Boothe, Amy Forsyth, Lucy Gans, Richard Redd, and Tony Viscardi of Lehigh; Rudy Ackerman, Renzo Faggioli, Jeff Hurwitz, and Mark A. Malley of Moravian; and Joseph Elliot, Raymond Barnes, and Scott Sherk of Muhlenberg.

Boothe is a 1983 graduate of Lafayette. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Boothe’s work has been featured in exhibits in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the local area. His art is represented in the collections of Lehigh University, Moravian College, University City Science Center in Philadelphia, and AT&T.

Among the highlights, Toia notes, is an installation by Lehigh’s Gans in the lobby area outside the gallery that stretches the exhibition beyond its boundaries. “Her installation moves from floor to ceiling in an alcove which the artist thought appropriately suited her work, called ‘Now You See Us.’ There are 30 ceramic heads which rest on the wall in two rows.”

Badt, associate professor and chair of the art department at Cedar Crest, presents three small paintings of abstractions based on Vermeer works along with book-like boxes she constructed for each painting.

Ackerman, professor of art and department chair at Moravian, adds “Eight,” an elaborate abstraction in oil on canvas based on a Persian rug motif.

Muhlenberg’s Elliot contributes four photographs of dramatic interior landscapes using the palladium printing process. “The result is a light and ephemeral quality that is almost unimaginable,” says Toia.

For more information, call Toia, 610-330-5577, or gallery receptionist Lori Dobson, 610-330-5831.

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