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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

GALLERY EXHIBIT, BRETT WEBER: "VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY.  THE VALLEY"

Allentown, PA (January 3, 2007) - Allentown painter and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) advocate Brett Weber will display a selection of his work in a new exhibit, "Voyage of Discovery. The Valley," at Cedar Crest College.  The exhibition will run from January 29 - June 3, 2007 in the Cressman Gallery located in the Cressman Library.  There will be an opening reception and artist talk on February 1st at 4:00 p.m.

Brett Weber is both an artist and a scientist.  He holds a Ph.D in neuroscience from Temple University.  In what he describes as an ironic twist of fate, Weber was diagnosed with MS just a week before he completed his Ph.D.  This defining moment in Weber's life has led him to research the disease from both a scientific and artistic perspective. 

"There is a sharp distinction between art and science, and studying a disease through art is not the same as studying it through science," says Weber.  "My art is about my own emotional, intellectual and spiritual journey, and within that context MS plays a significant role."

Since his diagnosis, Weber has devoted himself to understanding the disease through scientific research, but also through art. He hopes that his paintings may bring greater public awareness to primary progressive MS and encourage broader scientific research in this area. "Primary progressive MS can be devastating to those who are afflicted with it and to their families, but, like any major life-changing event, chronic illness can also bring new values, new appreciations, and new colors and textures into one's life."

Brett Weber received a B.A. in Fine Art-Painting and a B.S. in Biology from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.  He completed his graduate and doctoral degrees in neuroscience at Temple University in Philadelphia.  His art has been included in numerous shows in New York, Philadelphia, Denver and the Lehigh Valley, as well as Greece.  Weber is a volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and most recently traveled to its headquarters in New York City to be interviewed for the FacesofMS.org website, created in honor of the organizations 60th anniversary.

The Cressman Gallery is open during Cressman Library hours.  Call 610-606-4605 for hours of operation.  For more information, please contact Brian Wiggins, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.

"Escape Subtitles: Dreams, Report, Disease"

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