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July 22, 2013

Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Allentown, PA 18101
Tel: 610-437-5915

Lehigh Valley Arts Council
Grounds for Sculpture
benefit bus tour
October 12, 2013

Allentown, PA –July 22, 2013.

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council will host a benefit bus tour to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Grounds for Sculpture is a year-round outdoor contemporary sculpture museum that occupies 42 magnificently-landscaped acres and three exhibition buildings of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Mercer County. Artist and philanthropist J. Seward Johnson Jr., grandson of Johnson & Johnson founder Robert Wood Johnson, envisioned the public garden as an ideal setting for people from all backgrounds to become comfortable with modern sculpture. Since it opened in 1992, the collection has grown to more than 272 contemporary sculptors from around the world, including Daniel Kainz, Karl Stirner and Steve Tobin from the Lehigh Valley.

“There is a fascinating story about the connection between the Lehigh Valley and this beautiful sculpture garden that many Lehigh Valley residents do not know,” said Lehigh Valley Arts Council Executive Director Randall Forte.

In 1993, philanthropists Philip and Muriel Berman assembled thirteen sculptors in Allentown to explore working on a large scale with stone and steel. The artists were given studio access to a stone yard and a machine factory, fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools, cranes, and skilled factory assistants. At the end of three weeks, they produced sixty large works. Some of those original pieces are permanently installed at Grounds for Sculpture.

Lehigh Valley Sculptor Daniel Kainz will accompany guests on the bus and share the fascinating story of the "Allentown Project" that forged a connection between the Lehigh Valley and Grounds for Sculpture.

Bus leaves 9:00AM from the Arts Council office and returns to Allentown approximately 4:30PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes round trip bus ride to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, entrance fee, and a bag lunch. ($50 represents a tax-deductible contribution to the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.) Reservations required. To register online, visit LVArtsCouncil.org.

About the Lehigh Valley Arts Council

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit, membership-supported organization that serves as a regional advocate and ambassador for the Lehigh Valley arts community. Its mission is to promote the arts; to encourage and support artists and their development; to assist arts organizations; and to facilitate communication and cooperation among artists, arts organizations and the community. Through collaborative partnerships, it continues to provide access to the local arts community through education, research, professional development seminars and cooperative marketing initiatives.


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