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Allentown, PA (January 11, 2005) - Kim Sloane will display a selection of his works for a new exhibition entitled, "Recent Work."* The exhibit will be on display in the Tompkins Gallery and will open on January 31, 2004 with an artist talk from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception for the artist.

KIm Sloane Art
Girando Correva, Without Rest,' oil on linen, 2004, 34"x40"
The paintings in this exhibition mark Sloane's return to painting after nearly five years of drawing. "In my work at this time I want a story," says Sloane, assistant professor of art at Cedar Crest. "Each painting is a response to a particular feeling and the painting is finished when I feel a presence is achieved that is an equivalent to the feeling."

Sloane adds that the paintings are all done from imagination with inspiration from poetry and the history of art, as well as long experience in drawing and working directly from nature. For this exhibition, Sloane drew inspiration specifically from Dante's Divine Comedy. "The poem contains such a richness of imagery, such a variety of emotions that I feel I could work from it for the rest of my time as a painter," says Sloane. "The powerful metaphor of the poem, the journey and the turning from darkness toward the light is an analogy to the process of each painting."

Sloane cites a variety of sources for his work including Romanesque mural paintings, Byzantine Icons and medieval ivory carvings, and he says he feels the greatest affinity to pre-Renaissance work where rhythms predominate.

Sloane received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is a past recipient of the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award and the Helena Rubenstein Foundation Scholarship. His works have been exhibited in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is currently assistant professor of art at Cedar Crest College.

The exhibit will run from January 31, 2005 through March 13, 2005 and is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. For more information, please contact Vicki DaSilva, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.

*Please note change to title of show.


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