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.
26th Celtic Classic: The 2013 Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, presented by the Celtic Cultural Alliance is Sept. 27 - 29 in downtown Bethlehem. The festival includes the United States National Highland Game Championships, Pipe Band Competitions, Irish Comedy Tour and a new stage, Celtic River Stage. "We are very excited to be adding a new stage and continue to grow our event," said Jayne Ann Recker, Executive Director of Celtic Cultural Alliance. The music lineup includes the Lehigh Valley's Blackwater, above, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 27, Tavern in the Glen; 4:30 p.m. Sept.
Polly is back: "Artist's Collection," through Feb. 23, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem, brings the work of Allentown artist Polly Wood, above, back to public view. Wood is showing a range of work, from her well-known large exaggerated-realism portraits of compelling women whose eyes seem to follow you from the canvas to beyond the frame and around the gallery; to new, colorful, fanciful abstracts, to two-dimensional hanging sounding sculptures you can tap with a mallet. Attend next month's First Friday, 7-10 p.m. Feb.