Gallery Exhibit: Lehigh Arts Alliance Featured Artists Exhibition

The Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley will host the Lehigh Arts Alliance Featured Artists Exhibition 2011, featuring a number of local artists working in a variety of mediums, from May 9 to June 20. A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Artists featured in this exhibition include Nancy Bossert, Milan J. Kralik Jr., John Mathews, Ramon Peralta, Carole Pickle, Karen Steen and Arleen Yeager.

Founded in 1935 by Professor Garth Howland of Lehigh University, the Lehigh Art Alliance (LAA) continues as an organization for amateur and professional artists in the Lehigh Valley, and as a cultural and educational entity for the people of the area. The Alliance has always attempted to serve both the artist and the community equally. Juried exhibitions give the artists an opportunity to display their works, and the appreciators of art an opportunity to view what those regional artists are producing. Various Lehigh Valley institutions have graciously contributed the use of their exhibition space to the LAA. Among these are the Allentown Art Museum, Cedar Crest College, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, The State Theatre, and The Banana Factory.

About the Artists
Nancy Bossert describes herself as a Fine Artist who loves to create with all materials. Her work represented in this exhibition focuses on figures and nature using mixed media and encaustic techniques. Nancy’s work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections nationally and internationally.

Milan J. Kralik Jr. creates nonobjective steel sculpture. He is represented in numerous private, corporate and museum collections. Skip, as he is commonly known, is the current president of the Lehigh Art Alliance.

John Mathews works with glass, metal, and wood to create one-of-a-kind objects that reveal light, space, and the concept of duality. He currently serves as the assistant academic dean in the arts at Bucks County Community College, where he has also taught sculpture as associate professor.

Ramon Peralta is an accomplished artist who mostly paints in oil on canvas and linen. He has exhibited his paintings nationally and internationally, including his birthplace of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Peralta has been recognized with many awards both locally and in the Dominican Republic.

Carole Pickle creates abstract designs with various paint media. This exhibit features bold acrylic strokes of paint that result in intuitive, gestural paintings. Her work has been published in a number of art periodicals and she has exhibited extensively in the United States.

Karen Steen started her professional career as an editorial illustrator. Her scientific paintings were published in a number of books and magazines that related to health and medicine. More recently, Steen has started combining her technical experience with a more experimental and intuitive approach. Steen has won numerous awards and exhibited widely throughout the United States.

Arleen Yeager exhibits her prints, collages and paintings in many galleries and museums in the Lehigh Valley region as well as New Jersey. Her inspiration comes from the natural world as she seeks to capture the subtle variety of colors of stones and of patterns in plants and leaves.

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, Pa. Call 610-285-5000 for summer gallery hours. For more information, contact Ann Lalik, gallery director, at 610-285-5261 or email

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Last Updated April 06, 2011