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Baum School show features figurative realist paintings


The Baum School of Art’s David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries hosts Emily Strong’s figurative landscapes, celebrating humanity and form, in her solo exhibition, “Body Language” from Sept. 16 through Oct. 21.
“Body Language” explores the many complexities of physical relationships with self and others. Strong spent the months of quarantine interviewing models of all ages with different racial and cultural backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations, body types and disabilities in preparation of this body of work. Her work represents the topography of the figure in a less traditional manner, allowing realism to meet abstraction.
As part of the exhibition, each painting features an accompanied interview from the model. These anonymous interviews both humanize the obscure figures in the paintings and give the subject a platform to share their relationships with their bodies.

There will be an opening reception at the galleries in Allentown on third Thursday, Sept. 16, and a closing reception on third Thursday, Oct. 21.
The closing reception will feature an artist talk from Strong, as well as a presentation from Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, the only domestic violence agency serving survivors of domestic and intimate partner abuse in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. Turning Point’s 24/7 helpline is 610-437-3369.