Members get first look at fall exhibitions, meet X7 photographers


November 15, 2016

                   Photography, "shadow sculpture," abstract painting featured this fall

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley launched its fall exhibitions with a member preview event on Saturday, November 12, that attracted more than three hundred guests between 5 and 8 p.m. All three levels of the Museum were buzzing with activity, as exhibitions opened on each floor.

Upstairs in Rodale Gallery, a contingent of visitors who had driven up from Philadelphia congregated around the poetic abstractions of longtime arts educator Warren Rohrer (1927–1995), whose color palette and visual alphabet were informed by the organic forms he observed in Mennonite fields of Lancaster County. Those who made the trip up to celebrate the opening of Warren Rohrer: The Language of Mark Making included Thomas Hills Cook, Anne Genter, and Warren Reintzel of theRichard C. von Hess Foundation, Robert Kiep III and Joseph J. Stollof the Glenmede Trust Company, and Frank G. Cooper and Debbie Ullman of theDietrich Foundation, all of which supported the exhibition with funding. Also in attendance were members of the Rohrer family: Mrs. Jane Rohrer, Prilla and John Rohrer, Dean and Clair Rohrer, Willa Rohrer and Mathew Levy, and Dorothy Higano; also, lenders to the exhibition and representatives of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, who helped mount the exhibition and who coproduced the catalogue.

Members and VIPs who came to see Warren Rohrer: The Language of Mark Making included friends
and members of the Rohrer family: (l to r) Debbie Ullman, with the Dietrich Foundation; Prilla and Jon Rohrer; Bayard Storey, lender to the exhibition; and Jane Rohrer (seated).


Adjacent to the Rohrer show, in Scheller and Fowler Galleries, are ten works each from seven photographers, comprising Allentown X 7: Photographic Explorations. Theo Anderson, Vicki DaSilva, Rose DeSiano, Ed Eckstein, Larry Fink, Dan R. Talley, and Luke Wynneset out to create impressions of the city from unique vantage points, including parking decks, inside apartments, and even from beyond the visible world, though psychic investigations. Two musicians who perform with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra,Elizabeth Mendoza on cello and Stefan Xhori on violin, provided a soundtrack to the evening, and Elizabeth brough more, as she was one of the subjects of Larry Fink’s photographs, hanging just ten feet from where she sat in person, playing.

Three of the Allentown X 7 photographers (l to r), Larry Fink, Luke Wynne, and Ed Eckstein, were on hand to hear Stefan Xhori and Elizabeth Mendoza provide musical accompaniment to the exhibition, which includes a photograph by Mr. Fink of Ms. Mendoza performing with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.


On the Museum’s main floor, Lehigh University architecture professor Anthony Viscardi talked with guests about his new mural in Trexler Hall, Shadow Landings. And on the lower level, in Fuller Gallery, a selection of photographs submitted by community members to the Building Bridges Project were on display.

Anthony Viscardi (second left) posing with friends on preview night.


Catering was by Karen Hunter.

Attending were Museum Board chair Dolores Laputka; Michael Stershic, president of Discover Lehigh Valley; George Panichas, head of the philosophy department and director of the Ethics Project at Lafayette College; sculptor Dan Kainz; as well as Corliss Ann Bachman, Margo Hobbs, Robert Koenig, Christine Oaklander, Jill Odegaard and Brian Wiggins, Barbara Schulman and John Landis, Attorney and Mrs. Constantine Vecellio, more.

To see more photos from the evening click here.