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Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Cedar Crest College Art Exhibition Features Work of Local College Students

Allentown, PA (January 7, 2010)—Cedar Crest College presents a free exhibition of the work of students from six Lehigh Valley colleges titled, “Life Choice,” from Jan. 25 through Feb. 26 in the Lachaise Gallery in the Miller Family Building. Several types of art will be on display including painting, metalsmithing, sculptural forms, photography, mixed media, and much more. An artists’ reception will be held on Jan. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Students whose work will be featured in the exhibition include: Cedar Crest— Sarah Binder, Gabrielle Buzgo, Erica Hawkey, Rose Marsh , Lindsey Wagner, and Jillian Webberson; Lafayette College—Imogen Cain and Scott Lyttle; Lehigh University— Jessica Bandy, Camila Drozd and Amber Magee; Moravian College—Sarabeth Brockley, Stephanie Mount, Nicole Shamy and John Strader; Muhlenberg College—Margaret Cady, Alane Gianetti and Gregston Hurdle; and Northampton Community College— Cailin Crisler, Howard Crockett, Steven Kalamar, Lizette Mejia, Michael Schnapp, Zachary Vazquez, Mike Wadas, and Crista Woychowsky.

The idea behind the “Life Choice” exhibition is to show the influence that art has on a student’s education and future success and on the larger community, said Cedar Crest Art Department Chair Jill Odegaard. The exhibit will help people understand that a career and life in art is a “reasonable path.”

“This is the first time we’ve hosted anything like this. This show not only builds a sense of community among the students, but it illustrates the impact their work can have,” said Odegaard. “The value it can have in energizing the larger community and spurring creative approaches and solutions in all aspects of life—a key attribute to a solid liberal arts education—should not be underestimated.”

Participating students are excited about the opportunity to showcase their work.

“The title of the show, ‘Life Choice,’ is so appropriate because that’s what art is for us—it is a life path that we have chosen above and beyond just a career,” said Cedar Crest junior Lindsey Wagner, who will be exhibiting a series of miniature acrylic paintings of toy soldiers, which she has developed over the past several months. “Growing up, art was and is the answer to my many interests. With it, I can explore anything and everything that I find captivating.”

Gallery hours for the “Life Choice” exhibition are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Art work can also be viewed by appointment. For information call 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.

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