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The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, will be transformed into a steel plant blast furnace during the multi-dimensional photography installation ‚??Blast Furnace,‚?Ě premiering Jan. 10 at the performing arts center.

The exhibit, created by Mike and Jamie Cabreza of iMiJ Shop of Easton, will include an array of photographic imagery ‚?? more than 50 photos in all ‚?? including 30-plus featured on the Cabrezas‚?? three-dimensional iMiJ Blocks on display throughout the building.

Blast Furnace unites the Cabrezas‚?? iMiJ Blocks, interactive photo cubes they have designed since the mid-1990s, with molten steel, one of the most enduring symbols of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, now the home of SteelStacks. The exhibit, which will run through April 28, is designed to give viewers a worker‚??s perspective of what life was like in a steel mill such as the Bethlehem Steel, which produced steel for much of the Manhattan skyline, as well as national landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam.

Included in the exhibit are 16 two-foot square iMiJ Blocks arranged into unique seating configurations throughout the ArtsQuest Center. The multi-media experience, which focuses on the energy and vivid colors of molten steel, will also include three large theater scrims hanging from the ceiling, as well as a slide and video presentation shown on the wall of the ArtsQuest Center‚??s Creativity Commons.

Mike Cabreza, a graduate of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Florida, honed his photography and design skills while at Moby C. Studio in New York City, where worked for artist Gregory Colbert. Cabreza was also the black & white fine art printer for acclaimed photographer Roxanne Lowit, creating all the prints for her exhibitions and her 2001 book, People.

Jamie Cabreza has travelled the world extensively while photographing for clients such as L'uomo Vogue magazine and designers Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. She is a 1994 graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned her bachelor‚??s degree in fine art.

In 1995 the Cabrezas moved to New York City, where they founded the East Village-based blulite studio, a photo and furniture gallery with a black & white fine art lab. In 2001, they relocated to the Lehigh Valley and opened iMiJ Shop, which specializes in out-of-the-ordinary, functional photo designs for clothes, furniture, home and more.

The opening reception for Blast Furnace will take place Jan. 10, 5-8 p.m. Light refreshments and complimentary red and white wine will be available from 5- 6:30 p.m. As part of the evening, the Cabrezas will present a special gallery talk at 6 p.m.

For more information on Blast Furnace, please visit www.artsquest.org.
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