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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Painting "Mystery": The Baum School of Art begins its 2013 - 14 exhibition season with a reception 6 - 8 p.m. Sept. 18 for "Rob Evans: Mystery & Metaphor," including "Fossil" (mixed media, 27 in. by 38 in., 1997), above, through Oct. 19, The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum, 510 Linden St. Allentown. The paintings of Evans, a guest and spotlight artist Oct. 19 at The Baum School of Art Annual Gala, are inspired by the landscape of the Susquehanna River area where he lives with his family near Wrightsville, York County. Evans received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1981. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and can be found in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. Gallery hours: 610-433-0032

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Big Macks: The South Gallery at the America on Wheels Museum, 5 N. Front St., Allentown, has added three antique Mack Trucks, including an example of the "Bulldog" design, above. The gallery features trucks produced during 68 years by Mack Trucks, Inc, including one of the first models with an enclosed cab. You can practice "driving" a Mack Truck in a driving simulator made from a Mack Granite cab, listen to recordings of Mack employees and truck drivers talk about their experiences and view artifacts from the Mack Trucks Historical Collection. Also in the gallery is a collection of motorized and self-propelled bicycles. The Mack Trucks exhibition is centerpiece of the 48,000-square-foot museum at Lehigh Landing Riverfront. Museum hours: 610-432-4200

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