Six LAA members are participating in an upcoming art exhibition. This invitational exhibition celebrates the artistic talent and creativity of women artists from the local Lehigh Valley area.  Their wide-ranging styles, diverse media and varied subject matter demonstrate not only their individual approaches but their unique artistry as well.

“Invitation Women’s Art Exhibition”, Featuring work by:
Louise Arlen Cosgrove, Pat Delluva, Kay Frederick, Maria D. Kazakia,

Brenda Messinger-Voll, and Wendy Steed

January 28 to February 29, 2016
Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA

Hours: Weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Closed weekends and holidays

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The Artists:

Louise Arlen Cosgrove, like plein-air artists preceding her, is attracted to the effects of light and shadow on the landscape.  Subject matter needn’t be well-known or historical to grab her attention, although most of her outings with the Bethlehem Palette Club are on location at recognizable sites.  The artist’s eye interprets beauty everywhere.

Pat Delluva, as an art teacher and an art museum registrar has broadened her understanding and appreciation of the creative process.  With an interest in horticulture, nature is a recurring theme in her work.  She emphasizes relationships in the ordinary and looks to her immediate surrounding as her inspiration.  Repeated patterns on surfaces, strong diagonal lines, and the interplay of light and shadow characterize her compositions.  She is an active member of the Printmakers Society of the Lehigh valley.

Kay Frederick, is a longtime overseas resident who recently returned to the Lehigh Valley.  Animal and people portraits are the subject of her paintings created on paper, canvas, or carved wood block reduction prints.  The contrasts of light and dark with its flowing lines and brushstrokes meticulously create drama.  Focusing on the edge, new work flirts with a loose freshness to add polarity.  She is an active member of the Printmakers Society of the Lehigh valley.

Maria D. Kazakia, is drawn to subjects from nature, her religion, and the Greek landscapes. After immigrating to the USA in 1972, she studied art and experimented with drawing, watercolor, and oils.  Painting has been a process of self discovery, a slow process in her small works of art.  Only in the last two years has she consciously taken ownership of images that satisfy her inner needs and make a statement about her personal experiences.

Brenda Messinger-Voll, has always had a passion for watercolor and recently added the art of embossing to her work.  Antique items found around the house are carefully selected to compliment each piece and give dimension.  She has illustrated children’s books and recently self-published “Growing, Eating. Painting: Vegetables”.  She is also the gallery director for the Nazareth Center for the Arts.

Wendy Steed, creates work that is a reflection of events that shape her life.  She often creates similar images in a variety of media to capture the uniqueness of each translation.  Much of her work is watercolor but she also enjoys working in pastels,pen and ink, and printmaking.  She is also the current president of the Lehigh Art Alliance.

This exhibition was curated by BFAC Rotunda Committee members James A. DePietro and Peggy Hobbs.  More information about the BFAC and its programs can be found on its website: