Gallery joins Lehigh Valley Photography Month with 'American Scenics'

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley will participate in Lehigh Valley Photography Month with the exhibition "American Scenics," featuring the photographs of Gary Graves and Anne Gridley. The exhibit is part of the InVision Photo FestivalTM presented by ArtsQuestTM and runs from Nov. 3 to Dec. 8. An artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The title of this exhibition might suggest the iconographic destinations a tourist associates with the American landscape such as the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, so-called "Kodak Moments," but Graves' and Gridley’s "American Scenics" are those places identified by place names only and constructed by human hands. The landscapes and cityscapes depicted are often discovered by chance en route from one place to another as their commercial photography assignments dictate.

Gridley's interest is with the vernacular landscape of backyards; how the plot of land surrounding a house is altered and shaped by its inhabitants. Specifically, this series depicts lawn ornamentation such as deer and other yard creations. Graves' subjects are often color dominant, mundane and ordinary, and they are sought after as personal challenges to understanding photography and photographic seeing. His work may be less documentary in scope than Gridley's, but the two bodies of work are created parallel to one another as loosely based collaborations. Formally each is similar in their approach: film based cameras and digitally generated color inkjet prints.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the third floor of the campus at 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For an appointment or more information, contact Ann Lalik, gallery director, at 610-285-5261 or email


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Last Updated September 27, 2011