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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Time to Jump: The Time Jumpers, above, are in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The country and western-swing band's stellar lineup includes Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and "Ranger Doug" Green of Riders in the Sky, as well as highly-regarded Nashville session and touring musicians Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Dawn Sears, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas. The band began as a jam session for the musicians and to play their favorite songs, but quickly developed the reputation of "the show that stars go to see." In 2007, the group recorded a live album, "Jumpin' Time," that was nominated for two Grammy awards. Wrote a reviewer for the Associated Press: "It's hard to imagine a more skilled band playing [Western swing-country]. Tickets: statetheater.org, 610-252-3132

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Sustaining art: Constance Garrow Diamond's "Sustainability in Painting" continues through Feb. 17, Payne Gallery, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Main and church streets, Bethlehem. The exhibition includes 35 works using collage of acrylic and mixed media on paper. The exhibition supports Moravian College's "Sustainability In Focus" themed programming for the 2012 - '13 academic year. "Sustainability is, by definition, a concern with the future," says Diamond, above, a Brooklyn native who grew up in Long Island where she lives. Diamond received a B.A. in art from New York University, a Master's degree from Queens College, and a Ph.D. in art from New York University. She has taught art in high schools for many years and more recently at the college level at SUNY. "The means of enhancing and protecting that future are various," Diamond says. "Creativity, innovation, making fresh and sometimes unusual connections between supposedly disparate ideas is basic. This definition of art and the definition of sustainability are the same. Protecting the future through providing the conditions for growth is the goal of both of sustainability and art."

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