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Real to surreal: Two significant art exhibitions spanning the genres of realism and surrealism are on view through Aug. 9, Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown. "Clarence H. Carter: Realism to Surrealism" in the David E. Rodale Gallery features the two major periods of Carter (1904 - 2000). Carter's early work (1925 - '45) was in the aesthetic spirit of the times: the interests of the "common man," scenes emphasizing local places and a "homespun genre." It was after World War II that Carter, along with many American artists of his generation, was drawn into the world of abstraction. "Yellow Eggs" (acrylic, 18 in. x 24 in., 1971), above, is an example of the transparent and translucent ovoids (egg shapes) and hard-edge architecture typical of Carter's later work. Carter's paintings are represented in more than 60 museum collections. In the Rodale Family Gallery is the exhibition "Milan Melicharek: Regional Landscapes." Melicharek was a teacher at Northwestern Lehigh High School for 32 years. His work captures the captivating and moody landscapes of Pennsylvania and Maine. During his career and since his retirement, he has had solo exhibitions and participated in and won several honors in juried shows in the tri-state area. He is a signature member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Watercolor Societies.
Friendly jazz: Craig Kastelnik & Friends perform in the Jazz Cabaret Series, 7:30 p.m. July 19, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Kastelnik, above, left, Hammond B-3 organ; is joined by, left to right, his wife, Pat Flaherty, vocals; Bernard Purdie, drums; and Tom Kozic, guitar. Kastelnik and Flaherty perform in the Lehigh Valley as Kato. Purdie and Kozic have performed as part of the Friends at The Deer Head Inn, Shawnee-on-Delaware, and at clubs in New York City. Ticket information: 610-432-6715
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