Clarence H. Carter: The best of two art worlds

As a child, artist Clarence H. Carter was known to dig a hole, sit in it and stare at the sky. It was, he says, his attempt to experience different levels of existence — the confining one below and the expansive one above.

Carter was a unique American artist, hard to typify or categorize. The little boy who wanted two perspectives would grow up to straddle two different schools of art in his career — American Scene painting or Regionalism, which portrayed the reality of the world outside, and the imaginary, dreamlike world of Surrealism.

The Baum School of Art in Allentown is presenting a great opportunity to see the roots of Carter’s stylistic transition and even purchase original works by the man once called “an American Master” by celebrated novelist James A. Michener.

“Clarence H. Carter: Realism to Surrealism” features work covering the two major periods in the life Carter (1904-2000), who

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