New Exhibit Opens at Keystone


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The Linder Gallery at Keystone College, LaPlume, will present an exhibition of glass art and prints by Bethlehem-based artist James Harmon from Saturday, Sept. 21, through Tuesday, Oct. 22 on campus.

The exhibition, which is entitled "James Harmon: Planned Random Occurrence," features recent glass works and prints from glass, along with older works, that present Harmon's vision of nature's continual impact on life and art.

A reception for the artist will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery. Harmon will speak about his work and process on Monday, Sept. 23, at 9:45 a.m. in the Brooks Theater at Keystone College.

James Harmon is considered an accomplished contemporary glass artist ever since he wandered into glass art master Dale Chihuly's studio as a freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design. After a stint as Chihuly's assistant, Harmon set out on his own path and started to incorporate the natural images he experienced as a child growing up in the Adirondack Mountain region of New York State into his art. According to organizers, Harmon mimics the natural forms and textures of his early environment in his work and then uses his glass vessels to burn prints from the molten glass onto parchment as they emerge from the fire.

Harmon's glass work is in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Honolulu Academy of Art, the Rochester Museum of Art, the Tacoma Museum of Art and the Toledo Museum of Fine Art. His work has recently been added to the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. He also recently completed a residency in Japan and had a one-person exhibition in Sweden.

"James will present his newest work in this exhibition. To have an artist of this caliber on campus will not only be beneficial to our glass students, it will be beneficial to all students," said gallery director James Lansing. "He's an artist who has already established himself in art's historical timeline in his field. He is an example for our students that a career in the arts is a possibility and that many artists start the same way - as students wandering around, looking for direction and being struck by inspiration."

Call 945-8335 or visit www.keystone.edu for more information or for gallery hours.

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