New Gallery exhibit will celebrate the Eighth Street Bridge's 100th anniversary

September 24, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley will host a new exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Albertus L. Meyers Bridge in Allentown. "Connecting for the Future: The Eighth Street Bridge Turns 100," runs Oct. 28 to Dec. 20 and features the work of roughly 30 regional artists. A special community event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the campus in Center Valley. The exhibit and event are free and open to the public.

This exhibition will feature approximately 30 regional artists who have created art about this landmark or who will be invited to create a work of art in their medium. It is intended that the work will offer diverse approaches to making art including various media as well as representational and abstract interpretations. The exhibition will also feature artists who painted in the mid-1900s, some of whom were influential artistic leaders in the Lehigh Valley in their time. A catalog will commemorate this exhibition.

A painting of the 8th St. Bridge by Walter Baum

A painting of the 8th St. Bridge by Walter Baum.

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A catered community event on Nov. 17 will highlight the exhibition and the participating artists. In addition, the Heritage Museum of Lehigh County will provide historical accounts, the Lehigh Valley Writing Project will offer written interpretations of the bridge and guests will be greeted by General Harry C. Trexler (as portrayed by George Miller).

A drawing of the 8th St. Bridge by Jerry Quier

A drawing of the 8th St. Bridge by Jerry Quier.

IMAGE: Penn State

Artists featured in this exhibit include Rudy Ackerman, Edgar Baum, Walter E. Baum, John Berninger, Greta Brubaker, Lee Butz, Sandra Corpora, Ron De Long, James Doddy, Adriano Farinella, Elizabeth Flaherty, Christina Galbiati, Rosemary Geseck, Lee Leckey, George Miller, Ramon Peralta, Jerry Quier, Mike Sincavage, Heather Sincavage, Joseph Skrapits, Jason Travers, Dana Van Horn, Charles Vlasics, Ann Yost Whitesell and Ann Williams.

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Last Updated September 25, 2013