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Yocum Institute hosts The Place I Call Home: Jon Bond, Dave Kline Multi Media Exhibit

by Yocum Institute for Arts Education

Mar 09, 2020

Yocum Institute for Arts Education is pleased to host the The Place I Call Home: Jon Bond and Dave Kline Multi Media Exhibit from March 22, 2020 – April 25, 2020. The exhibit is free to the public and features the works of Berks County natives Jon Bond and Dave Kline. There will be an Opening Reception for the exhibit on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Yocum Institute Gallery located at 3000 Penn Ave, West Lawn, PA 19609. Featuring a special art, music, and video presentation at 3:00 PM.

Berks County natives Jon Bond and Dave Kline recently collaborated on a 10 month project which culminated in the release of “The Place I Call Home.” The collection of 75 original works of art by Jon and 24 original songs and tunes by Dave produced an art book with 2 music CDs along with a lyrics booklet.

Jon draws inspiration from the rustic scenery of northern Berks County and hills and vales near his studio. His paintings reflect the awesome sunsets and atmospherics of the Kittatinny Ridge and iconic farmsteads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Jon works primarily in oils, most often on wood panels, and occasionally on scraps of cardboard when preparing studies or sketches. He also works in watercolors and egg tempera. Jon has exhibited in countless juried shows and has been awarded numerous honors for his work. His art adorns homes, businesses and churches throughout eastern Pennsylvania and the United States.

2020 marks the 46th year of Jon’s profession as a painter and graphic artist. Jon estimates that he’s painted nearly 2,000 original paintings and designed more than 30,000 graphics for signs, murals, garments, vehicles, and antique implements.

Dave is a well-known radio and music personality and Berks County’s ambassador for the folkloric music traditions of the area and the greater Appalachians. For decades he has performed with the Mountain Folk Band at area festivals, events, and celebrations. Dave also blogs, and writes a regular column for the Reading Eagle. Dave writes, “For decades I’ve performed live music shows at campgrounds and festivals tucked in amongst the natural splendor of our mountains and rural villages. My wife, four children and I have spent hours and hours outside in the woods and on our mountains, lakes and streams and I’ve now arrived at the chapter in my life’s book where grandchildren are arriving, which allows me to repeat the cycle of learning all over again.”

Jon and Dave will present a special art, music, and video presentation on Sunday, March 22 at 3pm at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education in West Lawn to coincide with Bond’ opening reception for “The Place I Call Home” exhibition. The exhibition will include 42 original works of art by Jon and several of Dave’s stringed instruments. The exhibit runs through April 25. 

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