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Gallery Exhibit: Penn State and Beyond, Paintings by Richard Greenleaf

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6/1/2011 —

The Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley will participate in the kickoff of the campus' centennial celebration with the exhibition "Penn State and Beyond" featuring the paintings and prints of Allentown architect, artist, and Penn State alumnus, Richard Greenleaf. Although he has an extensive exhibition record, Greenleaf's first solo exhibition in the Lehigh Valley will run from July 11 to August 25. An artist reception will be held on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


The exhibition will feature more than fifty paintings and prints of scenes ranging from impressionistic ocean scenes to architectural cityscapes. Greenleaf has a distinct painting style that has captured the essence of locations including Lehigh Valley sites, popular vacation destinations, and some of the most recognizable spots at Penn State's University Park campus. Some of the works included are paintings created while Greenleaf was a young student studying architecture at Penn State, and have not been exhibited before.


To help commemorate the Lehigh Valley campus' 100 year anniversary, Greenleaf has created a scene of the new campus in Center Valley specifically for this exhibition and for permanent display at Penn State Lehigh Valley.


Richard William Greenleaf grew up and currently resides in the Allentown, Pennsylvania, area. He is a Penn State graduate of 1963 with a degree in architecture. He is a full-time architect with his own firm in Allentown and spends most of his spare time painting in his home studio.

Greenleaf is a self-taught artist who enjoys painting oceanic scenes, historical areas, cityscapes with architectural value, as well as various wildlife scenes; he also paints many scenes from his alma mater, Penn State, and is expanding into other Big Ten Universities.

His style is a colorful blend of realism and impressionism using acrylics with a watered technique. He uses many layers of color that brings out the real depth and color that is not always apparent to the naked eye.

Greenleaf has been painting since age ten but has only recently been sharing his talents during the past few years. His first limited edition print was produced during the summer of 1996. He now has over twenty-five limited edition prints including scenes from Penn State; Ohio State; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Jersey Shore; Annapolis, Maryland; and the Chesapeake Bay. The artist is currently working on new paintings of Penn State, Ohio State, University of Michigan, and the New Jersey shore.

Greenleaf begins planning to paint a scene long before the brush hits the canvas. He is often traveling to research historical and scenic areas in hopes of finding just the right scene to paint. He only recreates paintings of areas that he has visited and has captured the beauty and ambiance personally to incorporate into his paintings.

As a member of the Lehigh Art Alliance, he has also exhibited at the Allentown Art Museum and Lehigh University, and is a member of the Local Historical Commission.


The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the third floor of the campus at 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley. Please call 610-285-5000 for summer gallery hours. For more information, please contact Ann Lalik, gallery director, at 610-285-5261 or e-mail annlalik@psu.edu.

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