The Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery will present the exhibition "Art of Light" by Lyn Godley from Sept. 4 to Oct. 16. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. Godley also will present a lecture on art, light and its ability to help heal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium, located across from the Freyberger Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served at the opening reception.
Godley’s installations incorporate light imbedded in large-scale images, creating an environment that affects the viewer on both an aesthetic and positive psychological level.
"I believe that beauty is transformative, and that works of art have the power to change lives,” explained Godley. “Just as the need to create calls to artists, the appreciation of artistic creations has been part of the human psyche since the beginning of time.
“I believe that light has healing potential that we are only beginning to understand. Developments in light therapy are proving its ability to affect a wide range of symptoms, ranging from reducing depression and stress, changing sleep cycles, relieving pain and increasing the rate of healing. I am convinced that we can use light to create calming environments on a physiological level, not just aesthetic.
“And I believe that, as designers, we have the responsibility to make this world a better place, to relieve suffering wherever possible."
The Freyberger Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact Marilyn Fox, gallery director, at 610-396-6140 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.