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Baum School pays tribute to artist Polly Wood


The Baum School of Art in Allentown presents “A Tribute to Polly Wood” (1946–2016), a memorial exhibition for the beloved artist.

The exhibition, running through July 3 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, will feature artwork by Wood and serve as a memorial to her life and her art, spearheaded by her son, Jonas.

There will be a memorial reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Third Thursday, June 20. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

A native of Allentown, Wood was a prolific artist in the Lehigh Valley and studied under well-known illustrator Mario Cooper in New York City, among others. She was a long-time friend of The Baum School of Art and served on the board of trustees in the 1980s.

The exhibition includes Wood’s colorful and “creatively playful” paintings and mixed media works, including pieces from her Ordinary Women and Space Guitars series.

Her work has been exhibited in several solo and many group shows nationally and in Nice, France.

Wood was a board member of The Lehigh Art Alliance, Open Space Gallery and The Baum School of Art, and was a member of the Arts Advisory Committees of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Muhlenberg College.

Her artwork can be found in numerous collections, including the Berman Museum at Ursinus College, The Philip and Murial Berman Collection, Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, the Wood Company, and Community Music School in Allentown.