Art Alliance Summer Camps are here!

(well, okay not _here_ but available for you to sign up for Feb 17 at 8am!)

Can you believe it? It is already time for Summer Camp sign up!

We have posted our camps on our online registration system -- choose Youth Summer Camps 2018 -- where you can sign up starting at 8am on Feb 17!

Or call the office and sign up over the phone, 814-234-2740.

We also have a PDF of the summer camps you can look at and print out for yourself.

AND you can find us and many other summer camp opportunities at the Summer Youth Fair this Saturday, February 17 from 10am–2pm at Mount Nittany Middle School!

Printed brochures will be mailed to our family members soon.


Volunteer Spotlight

Many, many thanks to all our hardworking volunteers. The Art Alliance could not do all that we do without you and your great ideas, your energy and your spirit. Here is one example of one our awesome volunteers and how they are making a difference for the Art Alliance.

We will be featuring our stellar volunteers on a regular basis on our About Us page under Volunteer Spotlight. So if you know someone you would like to see in our Volunteer Spotlight, please contact the office at 814-234-2740 or email us at We know we have a lot of deserving members!

stacie bird volunteer spotlightChris Bittner

I volunteer for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania because I love art, artists and helping to bring culture and beauty to the community. Having a group of like-minded people doing what I do in so many different media inspires and pushes me to push myself. The Art Alliance is a vital part of Happy Valley and I awn honored and happy to play a part.

Chris Bittner is a sculptor, art lover and Art Alliance Board member. He lives in Lemont, PA with his lovely wife, Jennifer.


inservice 2017Inservice Art Class Days
are now available for Winter/Spring!

Dates of Inservice Art Class Days

March 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 30, April 2, 3

Programs run from 9am - 3pm

Our Inservice Days Art Classes are a fun, creative way for your kids to spend those winter break days while you need to be at work.

Each day is separate from the others - you may sign up for which ever day(s) suit your schedule. Participants are to bring their own peanut-free lunch. All art supplies and a snack are provided.

Fee for each child, per day, is $35. Limited to 12 participants.

Register Online!

Use this link and select "Youth Winter/Spring 2018" from drop-down Session menu then click on Search button.

Art Alliance members and parents who registered previously and have online accounts (select "forgot password" for login help) go ahead and login and sign up. New particpatnts will need to set up a family account.

Use parent name and contact info to set up account and then you will add your children's info in the next step when processing registration. Once one-time setup is completed you can use this account for all future Art Alliance registrations.

Registrations also accepted by email: or by calling 814-234-2740.

We are excited to be able to provide "PopUp" art classes for those who are interested in a two-hour art adventure that requires no experience and nothing to bring!

Gather your friends, invite your relatives or come alone and enjoy an opportunity to try something new or indulge a long-lost hobby with no long-term commitment or investment required.

Snacks and drinks are included as well and all necessary supplies will be provided for your use.

At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!

$20 fee per person.

Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

Flower Painting with Watercolor

February 16, Friday, 6-8pm

with instructor J. Harlan Ritchey

Valentine's Day has come and gone but flowers are a wonderful gift for any occasion--even when painted! In this class, students will paint their own floral still life from a model. Techniques will include pencil sketches, wet-into-wet method, and applying translucent layers of delicate color to show the arrangements of petals and leaves. Students who wish to incorporate pen-and-ink are more than welcome.

Snacks and drinks are included as well and all necessary supplies will be provided for your use.

At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!

$20 fee per person.

Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.


Winter Landscapes in Watercolor

February 23, Friday, 6-8pm

with instructor J. Harlan Ritchey

It's still cold out but your winter landscapes need not be! In this class, students will work (indoors) from photos of the Pennsylvania winter countryside to practice basic watercolor techniques, including wet-into-wet for expressive clouds and skies, subtle earth tones for mountains and fields, and light washes of color for luminous ice and snow. Students who wish to incorporate pen-and-ink are more than welcome.

Snacks and drinks are included as well and all necessary supplies will be provided for your use.

At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!

$20 fee per person.

Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

the }figure{ative show 2018

Call for Entries!

due Feb 27, Tues, at NOON

show runs March 9–March 18

opening reception Friday, March 9, 7–9pm

at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont, PA

image by C.S. Fong

The Art Alliance of Central PA is a non-profit organization of more than 370 members. Located at the foot of Mount Nittany in Lemont, it is close to the University Park Campus of Penn State University. Our mission is to serve artists, students, and the art-loving public in Centre County and beyond. We sponsor classes, workshops, exhibits, and sales at 818 Pike Street.

The }figure{ative Show

Formerly “The Go Figure” show, this show has a 2-decade history showcasing artworks of the human figure by Central Pennsylvania artists. Entry to the show is not juried. All work must have the human figure as the dominant theme; clothed figures, nudes, and portraits are all invited.

About the Juror

Kelsey Rieger is a nonprofit arts professional and graduate student in the Penn State School of Visual Arts. Her background is in museums and nonprofit community arts engagement with an emphasis on education and curatorial practice in contemporary art. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in art education, and her research interests include critical place-based pedagogy within art museums, informal learning in socially engaged art practice, and post-critical museum theory. Kelsey began working with the Art Alliance of Central PA as the downtown gallery manager in 2016–17, and is excited to return to participate in this year's juried figurative show!

Eligible Work

2D and 3D work created in the last 5 years that has not previously won an award in an Art Alliance show is eligible. Reproduction prints are not acceptable. 2D work must not exceed 40" in any direction. Work must be ready to hang with hardware on the frame or stretched canvas. The Art Alliance reserves the right to reject any entry.

Entry Process and Fee

Each artist may submit one piece. The entry form and non-refundable fee are due by Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by NOON. Online payment is available at and credit cards are acceptable by phone, but a signed entry form must be mailed to the office.

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

Show Dates and Hours

The Exhibit will open at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont on Friday, March 9, and run through Sunday, March 18. The show will be open Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Suns from noon-5pm, and Sats from 10am-5pm. The exhibit is closed Monday and Tuesday. Opening ReceptionThe opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, March 9 from 7-9pm. Prize winners will be announced at this time. We are asking artists to contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form).

Prizes and Judging

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. In addition, Honorable Mention awards will be given to other notable works.

Sales and Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance charges a 20% commission of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Receiving and Retrieving Work

Work may be delivered to the Art Alliance on Thursday, March 8, between 5–7pm. Please complete and attach ID labels (see other side) to your work. All artwork must be retrieved on Sunday, March 18 between 5–6pm. The Art Alliance has no additional storage space for artwork, please honor the pickup date.

Sitting for the Show

In order to make our shows open to the public, we need participating artists to “sit” with the exhibit. Please sign up for a time slot to sit with the exhibit after you receive the Sign Up Genius email invite.

Click here for a PDF of the Call for Entries for the }figure{ative show.

  • Email your filled out PDF to or
  • snail mail it to Art Alliance, PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851 or
  • stop by our office at the back of the Gallery Shop at 824 Pike Street in Lemont.

Click here for a link to our online payment system.

Choose Figurative Exhibition 2018 in the Please Select Session pull-down menu.


Art at the End of the Lens
photography show

opening reception this Friday, Feb 2, 5-8pm

show runs Feb 2–25

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA

The Art Alliance is having a photography show which will be shown at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown in State College in February 2018.

About the curators

Linda Hale is an amateur enthusiast photographer with a special interest in portraiture. She works in her small home studio with subjects to portray moods and emotions that might otherwise be hidden or kept private. Her images have been recognized in various printed and online photographic publications. She will be featured in the June 2018 Black and White magazine with a collection of her portraits of women with cancer.

R Thomas Berner is a freelance writer and photographer whose work appears in State College Magazine. Known for his two self-published books about barns in Pennsylvania, he is now working on a book about churches in Centre County and a project titled “Anonymous Eyes,” which will have an international flavor. He has a gallery at


The Art Alliance 50th Anniversary Juried Show

February 27 - April 27

Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center

B. Stephen Carpenter II, juror

Professor of Art Education and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Reception Thursday, April 26, 5:30 – 7pm

at the Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center

The members of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania are excited to present their 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition in the HUB Robeson Gallery at Penn State. The show highlights the inspiring work of artists in the Central Region and beyond.

About the Juror

B. Stephen Carpenter, II is Professor of Art Education and African American Studies; Co-Director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA); and, Chief Executive Artist for Reservoir Studio at Penn State. He is also a Founding Faculty member of the Summer residency MAT/MA in Art & Design Education at Vermont College of Fine Arts. For the 2017-2018 academic, Steve is Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, and Artist and Learner in Residence, Easterly Parkway Elementary School. Steve is interested in curriculum theory, professional development through art for preK-12 educators, public pedagogy and participatory art practices, critical art education studios, and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs. Steve has authored and co-authored book chapters and journal articles on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory.

The Art Alliance 50th Anniversary Juried Show is being sponsored by:

The State College Framing Company & Gallery

For more information and to see a list of accepted works visit our Exhibitions page (click here).


Special workshop

Exploring the Magic of Watercolor with Mick McAndrews Workshop

Date : May 21-24, 2018

Time : 10am-4pm on Mon Tue Wed Th

Level : Intermediate/Advanced

Fee: $525 for non-members; $485 for members

During this watercolor workshop we will paint a variety of subjects with a focus on working with plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the medium. We will avoid the pitfalls of noodling with fussy details and instead focus on the key elements in all painterly two dimensional works of art: interesting shapes, value contrast and variety of edges. We will discuss the importance of good drawing skills, basic color theory, perspective, and the elements and principles of design. With this knowledge we will explore and experience the “magic” of watercolor.

Instructor Mick McAndrews is an award-winning watercolorist, a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society as well as a member of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies. His award winning paintings strive to capture the mood and atmosphere of a subject, combining the magic of watercolor with reverence for the principles of design to create works of sophisticated simplicity.

You can find out more about Mick McAndrews at his website:

Space is limited! So sign up today!

To sign up online, click this link to go to our online registration system and choose "Mick McAndrews Guest Workshop May 21-24."

You can also call our office to sign up -- 814-234-2740.


Member News

Find more Member News on our Art News page.

Ben Saggese has his artwork at the State Theatre in February

opening is Friday, February 16 from 4-6pm!

Come out for the opening of Ben Saggese's work at the State Theatre, this Friday, Feb 16 from 4-6pm!


Dotty Ford has an exhibition at Schlow Library, Feb 2018

Works in Mixed Media

Don't miss the work of local artist Dotty Ford on display throughout February. After retiring as an art teacher from the State College Area School District in 2005, Ford began to pursue various art media as the artist, rather than the teacher. Her interests are mainly in watercolor, collage, assemblage, drawing and needle felting.

In addition to art making, she also enjoys learning about and sharing the works of fine artists as a docent at the Palmer Museum of Art. For the last four years, Ford has acted as curator for the Bellefonte Art Museum’s holiday show and sale. She is also the co-chair for “Speaking of Art,” an interest group of 50+ members with the Penn State University Women’s Club.

For more information about Ford's work or to inquire about a sale, please contact the artist (

Like the Library this exhibition is free and open to the public.


Anni Matsick's work is at the Art Association of Harrisburg

Figuratively Speaking Members Exhibit / First Prize Watercolor

January 12 - February 15


Anni Matsick has her work included in the exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories

Marvel at more than 50 eclectic new works of art by members of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI) as part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s new exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories, open now in the fifth floor Barensfeld Gallery through April 2018.


Artist Laura Maney's Lithography artwork is up at Café Lemont thru February


Kirsten Grigor's artwork is up at the Liberty Craft House in downtown State College thru February


Chris Mingear's artwork is up at Zola's in downtown State College thru February


Check out what is going on around town on our Art News Page!


Our Members' Artwork Around Town -- Outreach Exhibitions

These outreach exhibitions that are in place throughout town accomplish two of our goals as your community art organization. They provide the opportunity for individuals to be inspired by art in places they go for other reasons - banks, theatres, libraries and retirement communities. For our featured artist members, these exhibitions allow them to take their work, usually sold in galleries and juried shows, and present it in a more public venue.

Our current outreach exhibitions in the community:

BB&T Bank, College Ave. downtown Nicole Packard, abstract Feb & Mar
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Jan Riggio, watercolor, acrylic Feb & Mar
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Nicole Packard, abstract Feb & Mar
Juniper Village at Brookline Brenda Horner, watercolor Feb & Mar
Liberty Craft House Kirsten Grigor, ink Jan & Feb
The State Theatre

SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Debbie Lintal, watercolor Feb & Mar
Portfolio, A Salon Barbara Metzner, abstract Feb & Mar
The Corner Room Kevin Reilly, photography Dec & Jan
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Adrienne Waterston, silkscreens Dec & Jan
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Chris Mingear, wax paintings on wood Jan & Feb

Members who would like to be considered for an outreach exhibition should contact Marie at the office: 814-234-2740 or email

Other Member Shows

These members have let us know that they have work in the following exhibitions and venues. YOU CAN TOO! Please tell us if you are having an exhibition somewhere so we can help get the word out to those who are interested in visiting.

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown "Art at the End of the Lens" a photography show Feb 2-25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Marianne Fyda
Feb 2–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, title
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Team Room Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Liz Liadis
thru Feb 25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Windows Gallery
"Painting What We Feel", abstract works by Jean Forsburg, Melinda Harr Curley, Susan Graham Sept 29–Nov 26
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
Francine Jones
Nov 3-26
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Dotty Ford, painting, mixed media thru the end of Feb 2018
Café Lemont Laura Maney,
traditional lithography
February 2018

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Cinda Kostyak and Jennifer Shuey, Nov 3 - Dec 23
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
Christine Smith, cut-paper art & jewelry
through Dec
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Chuck Fong
November -- opening reception, Friday, Nov 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
Robert Placky, The Unfinished ... Finished show runs Oct 13–Nov 28
Heinz History Center Anni Matsick, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators 20th Anniversary Exhibit: Art of Facts/Discovering Pittsburgh Stories
thru March 28
State College Framing Company & Gallery Roxanne Naydan, pastels through Dec

If you are an artist member and would like to have a listing here please contact the office with the details at

the }figure{ative show CALL FOR ENTRIES! due Tues, Feb 27 at NOON!! find out more!

Kids Inservice Days Art Classes are now available! Sign up online! Mar 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & Mar 30, Apr 2, 3

NEW Pop-Up Art Classes are now scheduled for Feb -- check them out!

Special, one-time, 4-day watercolor workshop with Mick McAndrews! May 21-24 -- click for more info

50th Anniversary Juried Show Feb 27–Apr 27 -- closing reception, Thur Apr 26

Art at the End of the Lens Photography Show runs Feb 2–25 at the Gallery Downtown -- NOTE: gallery hours have changed: open Thur-Sat, 12-6pm; Sun 12-4pm; closed Mon–Wed

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Donate to the Art Alliance Centre Foundation Fund to help us get a new facility!

You can also donate to the Art Alliance through our Centre Foundation fund! Established through a bequest by Joan Lampman, whose unwavering dedication to the arts and service to the Art Alliance for 25 years contributed greatly to the organization, this fund will serve to help the Art Alliance find a larger home where the arts can be brought to even more Central Pennsylvania residents.

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