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5x5 is a Lehigh Valley-based group of artists who work in five distinct media:

  • Photographer Richard Begbie

  • Printmaker Pat Delluva

  • Oil Painter James DePietro

  • Multimedia/Mosaic Artist Barbara Kozero

  • Pastel Painter Jacqueline Meyerson

Over the past year, the 5x5 Artists have conducted research in the Historic Bethlehem Collections, photographing and studying objects. Their unique perspective encourages us to see these artifacts in a new light, as the artists fill in context or focus on details often overlooked. The resulting exhibit consists of over 50 unique works of art, exhibited directly alongside corresponding objects from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection.

Works are available for sale, and a percentage of those sales goes directly to supporting Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

On Exhibit March 28 - August 18, 2019 at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Exhibit Opening Reception

Join us for the Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6 - 8 pm

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem

Be the first to see the exhibit, meet the 5x5 Artists and enjoy wine & light refreshments.

HBMS Members attend FREE.
Guests: $15, Students: $5

Reservations required. We hope to see you there!

About the Artists

View Richard Begbie's Work

"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” -  Ansel Adams

With my photographs, I try to capture images that relate to my immediate surroundings.  I am concerned about contrasting elements of shadow and light, foreground and distance, linear and spatial relationships. There must be an emotional connection to the subject matter that I find in the natural environment around me.  My images are usually true straight images: unpretentious, and true to reality.  I feel similar to Edward Weston that “the camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself.” I also use a series approach in order to vary my focus."

~ Richard Begbie, richardbegbiephotography.com

"Following ten years as a high school art teacher, I embarked on a career as registrar of the Allentown Art Museum. Experiencing outstanding works by artists and artisans from different eras and cultures in a variety of materials broadened my understanding of the creative process and deepened my appreciation of historical innovation in the visual arts. The impact of this exposure still informs my work.  

Experimenting with different methods and techniques in image-making has always excited me. My current explorations have been in the area of printmaking. Using water-soluble materials, I create relief prints from carved blocks, monoprints, and monotypes which are one-of-a-kind prints requiring spontaneity and often quick execution and can bring surprising and sometimes unpredictable results. This has influenced my approach to drawing and painting as well.  

Nature has been a frequent theme in my work, but I take equal interest in emphasizing relationships in the ordinary. I often look to my immediate surroundings for inspiration. Patterns in a fence and shadows on a concrete porch floor or a brick wall can catch my attention and provide the subject for my expression. Strong diagonal lines and the interplay of light and shadow often characterize my compositions and satisfy my penchant for creating a mood.  

In the 5 x 5 project with the Kemerer Museum, I was attracted to patterns and motifs found in a variety of objects within the collection. I chose relief printmaking as my method of execution for most images, carving my design into a synthetic block made in Japan called Gomuban, which was then inked and printed on paper. This choice of medium presented strong contrasts and emphasized the design components of the objects I selected to interpret.  

Currently I conduct art classes for older adults at Country Meadows of Bethlehem and Lutheran Manor. My students continually inspire me to look for new possibilities in my art as we design projects of interest to them." ~ Pat Delluva

View James A. DePietro's Work

"My art has become my voice, my means of self-expression, my visual narrative. Like a child who is asked to be seen and not heard, art is my personal method of "speaking out and being seen" as a productive force within the art community."

"The need to create an image as a means of self expression has long been a part of the creative process.  Image becomes the message and the artist inherits the role of visual storyteller.  This role allows each individual to state a personal point of view by using art as the messenger.  Even though society may not wish to view the message, it is essential that the artist feels a strong compulsive need to deliver it.

Utilizing a series approach to my artwork enables me to experiment with both subject matter and technique and get across the message to the viewer. A series format is a collection of thought processes under one theme and an artist can explore a variety of topics by working within it.  This frees the artist to examine the many facets of art while developing painting skills and broadening the artist’s own frame of reference." 

~ James A. DePietro, jamesadepietro.com

"I earned a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin with a major in sculptural ceramics. Going to university in the 1970’s, I was happy to participate in the fun and funky sculptural clay art of the time. I love low fire clay and bright glazes with gold and pearly lusters. Doll-like figures, fairy tales and fables, and toys were a large part my whimsical subject matter then and still are today. I like to delve into mixed media, adding rich fabrics and various materials to embellish surface texture.

My work has always been additive, assembling pieces into a greater whole, so the transition to glass and clay mosaics seems natural. I like the story telling quality possible with mosaics and it is a versatile medium for use in public art works. The addition of glass to my work greatly expanded my color palette. A number of my large mosaic installations can be seen in Lehigh Valley Hospitals, schools and private collections. Some of the school site mosaics I made with the addition of pieces crafted by my students. As an artist educator, I have taught kindergarten through college. My work has been exhibited locally as well as nationally.

My most recent endeavor has been to write and illustrate a book for children. I published Finding the Magic in Me in 2018. I wrote the book with my grand daughter in mind. This book tells the story of an African American girl who, with the help of a cat and a small brown bear, learns about the historic achievements of women of color." ~ Barbara Kozero

View Jacqueline Meyerson's work.

"For me, painting photo realistic is reaching the highest level of skill and ultimate expression of perfection in anyone’s respective medium. Being able to almost smell the onions on the table, or trying to touch the shiny glass of the water pitcher in the painting is representative of success.  There is plenty of room for impressionism, painting in the abstract, blocks of color, or just a very loose representation of a subject.  Fooling the viewer into thinking that he/she is looking at a photo is my ultimate goal."

"Growing up in New York, I spent most of my free time creating on many levels.  I always had an affection for drawing but didn't pursue it as a profession.  I took several art classes in college but it wasn't until later in life did I realize my full potential.

In 2001, I gave up my full time job as a controller of a small electronics firm and decided to concentrate solely on my new endeavor.  My motto rings louder than ever for me now, "it's never too late." I explored all the mediums and have become extremely passionate about pastels. Bold colors, forms, and textures that energize and vibrate, inspire me. My current muse comes from multiple objects and the fabulous flora that nature provides.  I try to capture the drama of light and shadows that fall on ordinary objects and fool the viewer into thinking they are looking at a photo.

I have been voted one of the top 100 Pastel artists in the world by the Pastel Journal and have garnered many coveted awards. Articles about my work have graced many publications as well. I currently teach a pastel workshop at the Baum School in Allentown as well as other venues."

~ Jacqueline Meyerson, meyersonstudios.com


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