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Ron De Long (he/him) is a local artist and educational leader with over 35 years of experience in art and education at all levels of instruction. He has also devoted 12 years of his experience in education at Crayola. Ron has also documented results in arts advocacy, and educational instructional improvements. He is an influential leader with experience in directing positive change and developing education talent, and we are so happy to debut his Crucified collection here at the center!
Crucified by Ron De Long makes a visual statement through a series of watercolors and oil paintings that address the concept of LGBTQ-identified people being "crucified." The exhibition will be on display from March 28 through April 29 at the Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center (522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101). Join us for his artist reception on April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
When one thinks about the word Crucified, one, for the most part, thinks of the religious defining context associated with the word. More often, crucified means to put a person to death by nailing or binding an individual to a cross or to mortify or subdue the flesh as by asceticism.
There are additional meanings to the word "crucify." The verb, as an action, shadows and follows many lives of LGBTQ-identifying people in their living. Simply put, LGBTQ-individuals find themselves in circumstances where they must endure severe discipline and restrictions imposed by narrow thinkers and strong extreme righteous moralists. LGBTQ-identified individuals find themselves trying to live in a world of avoidance of all forms of hateful indulgences. They endure hatred, trying to find a pathway to live respectfully and generally have a strong desire to feel safe. Local, state, national and international entities and governing bodies publicly say to the world that they will persecute and continue to crucify LGBTQ-identified individuals. Often, the afflicted must self-deny, live austerely, and be ruled by society standards that support celibacy and other ridiculous constructs.