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Bethlehem artist James Harmon to exhibit at Keystone's Linder Gallery

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Posted: 09/06/2013

James HarmonLa Plume – The Linder Gallery at Keystone College will present an exhibition of glass art and prints by Bethlehem-based artist James Harmon from September 21 through October 22 on campus.

The exhibition James Harmon: Planned  Random Occurrence features recent glass works and prints from glass, along with older works, that present Harmon’s unique vision of nature’s continual impact on life and art.

A reception for the artist will be held Sunday, September 22, from 4-6 p.m. in the Gallery, and the public is invited. Also, James Harmon will speak about his work and process on Monday, September 23, at 9:45 a.m. in Brooks Theater at Keystone College. The presentation is also to the public. 

James Harmon is one of the most accomplished contemporary glass artists and has been at the forefront of glass ever since he wandered into glass art master Dale Chihuly’s studio as a freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design. After an extensive stint as Chihuly’s assistant, Harmon set out on his own path and started to incorporate the natural images he experienced as a child growing up in the Adirondack Mountain region of New York state into his art. Harmon mimics the natural forms and textures of his early environment in his work and then uses his glass vessels to burn prints from the molten glass onto parchment as they emerge from the fire. The cycle of life is reconstituted in Harmon’s work where he uses the four elements of fire, water, air, and soil.

Harmon’s glass work is in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Honolulu Academy of Art, the Rochester Museum of Art, the Tacoma Museum of Art, and the Toledo Museum of Fine Art and his work has recently been added to the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. He also recently completed a residency in Japan and had a one-person exhibition in Sweden.

“James will present his newest work in this exhibition. To have an artist of this caliber on campus will not only be beneficial to our glass students, it will be beneficial to all students,” said James Lansing, Linder Gallery director. “He’s an artist who has already established himself in art’s historical timeline in his field. He is an example for our students that a career in the arts is a possibility and that many artists start the same way - as students wandering around, looking for direction, and being struck by inspiration.”

For further information and Linder Gallery hours, please call 570-945-8335.

Photo: Niijima by James Harmon