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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Through the Ruhf: The opening reception for "Beyond the Edge" brought together, above, from left, Barnaby Ruhe, Upper Milford Township, and his cousins, Peter and Larry Ruhf, both of Shelburne Falls, Mass., for their exhibit, through Nov. 15, Rodale Family Gallery, Baum School of Art, 510 W. Linden St., Allentown. "I started out doing art many years ago. They were the artists. I was not," said Larry, a retired counseling psychologist. "They were all raised in one big art family," said Urszula Abolik, owner, Amber Connection, Emmaus, instrumental in organizing the exhibition. Peter Ruhf, referring to Rudy S. Ackerman, Baum School of Art Director of Exhibitions and Collections, as "the Billy Graham of Lehigh Valley art," recalled Ackerman's days as a Southern Lehigh School District art teacher, "This really cool guy pulls into Coopersburg Elementary School in a Studebaker," adding, "Thank God for Baum [founder Walter Baum], but Rudy has done the job." Gallery hours information: baumschool.org, 610-433-0032

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Top "Brass": A new exhibit, "Brilliant Brass Beauties," through April, American on Wheels museum, 5 N. Front St., Allentown, showcases 15 vehicles from the pre-1915 "brass era" of automotive design and manufacturing, including, above, a green 1906 Reo Model A tonneau. Accompanying the display in the second floor gallery is vintage clothing from the era from collector Jane Grove and antique film and still cameras collected by Robin Miller of Bethlehem. Some of the vehicles are one-of-a-kind. Many are extremely rare and valuable. One car is valued at upwards of $1 million. Museum hours information: americaonwheels.org, 610-432-4200

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