A Different Way of Seeing

an abstract show

opening reception Sunday, June 24, 3:30–5pm

Foxdale Village Art Gallery

2nd floor, ask for directions at the front desk

500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801

show runs through August 6

Come out to the opening reception of A Different Way of Seeing abstraction show at the Foxdale Village Art Gallery Sunday, June 24 from 3:30–5pm

artists include: Jean Giddings, Mary Deutch, Mary McGuire, Deena Ultman, Susan Graham, Chuck Fong, Robert Placky, Melinda Curley, Jean Forsberg, Barbara Metzner, Wendy Snetsinger

Refreshments will be served

Foxdale Village website


We are getting ready for our annual Downtown Gallery fundraiser, and we hope you are too!

As a matter of fact, we could not do it without you!

This is a fundraiser for the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, to help us keep a presence for our artists in downtown State College. As you know, this is no mean feat and we really need you and your participation to make this work!

The idea is that you, our members, community members and supporters, create amazing square artworks (in the sizes below) and donate them to the fundraiser. Then we open the show the evening of Kids' Day at The Central PA Festival of the Arts, and everyone, maybe even you, snap up thos those wonderful artworks and they sell like hotcakes!

Last year's debut show was so amazing and we had such a great response, let's make this one even better!

This year your work can be in 3 sizes, Small (6"x6"), Medium (12"x12") and Large (18"x18"). Make sure your signature is on the back so the buyer won’t know who’s piece they’ve bought until they buy it!

If you are in need of a canvas (or two, or three!) stop by the office between (usually) 9–2 at the back of the Gallery Shop in Lemont (824 Pike Street) and pick one up -- we are selling them at cost -- 6x6 is $1, 12x12 is $2 and 18x18 is $7. If you call first we can set one (or some) aside for you, 814-234-2740. We can take cash or check.

ALSO, A REQUEST: If you are making work for the SQuare Show, can you please let us know? This will give us an idea if we have enough pieces to make our event a success! Call our office at 814-234-2740 or email us at

If you are making something for the fundraiser, please drop off your artwork at the gallery 10am–noon Saturday, July 7; or 3–5pm Sunday.


Our Annual Members Show 2018, "Vision," up now at the AAGD through July 6!

Vision -- June

opening reception Friday, June 1, 5–8pm

closing reception Friday, July 6, 5–8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

show runs June 1-July 6

gallery hours Thur–Sat 12-6pm; Sun 12–4pm

This year we decided this year to have two parts to our annual Members Show: Part One was in May, and Part Two opens Friday, June 1 and goes through July 6. The theme for the May exhibition was Reflection and June's is Vision.

We are showcasing the work of our members at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, where the two shows will be up for almost the whole of their respective months.

So come on out to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for round two of our Members Show, "Vision," and check out what our wonderful member artists are up to!

And of course, if you are looking to buy art, please consider our Art Alliance Gallery Downtown as your #1 local art shop stop! 


Check it out! A new publication in the CDT dedicated to the Art Alliance and Bellefonte Art Museum!

Many special thanks to Art Alliance President, Tom Berner, for organizing, designing and publishing the new CentreArts insert for the CDT to come out each month featuring the many events, artists and happenings of the Art Alliance and Bellefonte Art Museum! Be sure to check it out!


speaking of supporting the arts...

Want to be a Rent Angel?

As part of a sustainted effort to keep the downtown gallery open and operational as an art gallery, the Art Alliance has initiated a Rent Angels program where members of the public can sponsor the gallery for a month. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please contact our office at 814-234-2740 or email us at


A→CHROMATIC: Drawings and Paintings, 2013 – 2018

Paintings by J. Harlan Ritchey

Reception: June 7, 6–8pm

HUB Gallery May 29 – July 28, 2018

A→CHROMATIC represents a comprehensive overview of painter J. Harlan Ritchey’s artistic development and coincides with the 5-year anniversary of his introduction to the gallery world.

The subject matter of A→CHROMATIC can be divided into four broad genres: landscape, still life, floral, and abstract. Within each of these genres Ritchey works to explore specific themes and emphasize the elements that he considers to be most conducive to those themes. In the landscape genre, those themes are a connection to perspective and place while the floral genre explores a connection to rhythm and color; the still life genre emphasizes a connection to composition and form, and the abstract genre’s theme focuses on a connection to pattern and theory. Each image carries a range of art-historical, cultural, and biographical influences but invites the viewer to arrive at their own aesthetic or critical judgements.

J. Harlan Ritchey received his BA in Filmmaking from Penn State in 1999, with Honors in Visual Arts. He is a self-taught artist and has for the past several years done fine art and illustration commissions for a range of local and national clients. Ritchey’s first public exhibition was in 2013, and in 2015 he began teaching art classes. He currently lives and works in State College, PA.


Summer Classes are now available online!

Sign up today for Summer Art Classes at the Art Alliance! We have classes in Oil Painting, Watercolor, Drawing, and Printmaking plus Open Studio time for painting, sculpture and figure drawing.

Click here to check out our online registration system with more descriptions.

Click here for a downloadable PDF file of the mailer we send out to our members.


Member News

Find more Member News 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 Molly Allen June & July
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Suzanne DeSarbo June & July
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Barb Pennypacker, oil paintings June & July
The Corner Room Leslie Dyer June & July
Juniper Village at Brookline Debbie Lintal, watercolor June & July
Liberty Craft House Maggie Scotilla, pen & ink May - June 15
Portfolio, A Salon Amalia Shaltiel June & July
The State Theatre Mike Demi
June & July
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Kevin O'Reilly, photography June & July
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Name, Medium Dates
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Adrienne Waterston, silkscreen now thru close

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.

, watercolor, pen & ink, oils
Art Alliance Gallery Downtown Members Show, part 2, "Vision" featuring artwork of our members closing reception, Friday, July 6, 5-8pm -- show runs through July 6
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
name, show/work
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, medium
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
name, medium
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Tea Room Gallery
name, medium date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
name, medium date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Windows Gallery
name, medium dates
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Mary Shay McGuire, Barb Pennypacker
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library name, show dates
Café Lemont Anne Buchanan,, pen, ink, watercolor, oils

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Anne Buchanan now thru June 29
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
name, medium
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
name, medium
date 2018
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
"name" person / media date
State College Framing Company & Gallery "Show", media date

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

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 unless otherwise specified

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

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.


Make some SQuares! for our Gallery Fundraiser opening July 11!! Click here to find out how!

A Different Way of Seeing: an abstract show opens Sun, June 24, 3:30–5 at Foxdale Village

Kids Summer Art Camps!

The Members Show, part 2, Vision, at the AAGD, thru July 6 -- closing party July 6, 5–8pm

J. Harlan Ritchey has a show up at the HUB now thru July 28: A–Chromatic: Drawings & Paintings, 2013–2018

Artist members shows around town -- see Member Shows section!

Online Registration

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

email us or call 814-234-2740 to find out more

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We now have multiple ways to give to the Art Alliance!

Shop Online with Amazon Smile

You can donate to the Art Alliance while shopping online! Click on this link to go to the website. The site should have chosen Art Alliance of Central Penna (see below the search bar). When you shop using Amazon Smile, Amazon's Foundation will donate a percentage of your purchases to the Art Alliance at no cost to you! Click here to start now!

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.

Give to the Art Alliance using the Donate button on our registration page!

Go to the right hand side of the page, under the Login and Registration windows see the icon below and click on it!

Or give to the Art Alliance directly with your credit card through PayPal or with your PayPal account:

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