We are 50 this year and celebrating with a party!

Join us at Shavers Creek Environmental Center Sunday, September 23, from 5-7:30pm with live music by Lea Mueller and her band, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and great company! Tickets are just $25 so bring your family, friends, and neighbors and help us celebrate this momentous occasion! -- call, stop by or get tickets online and get yours today!

Art Alliance 50th Birthday Party

Shavers Creek Environmental Center

September 23, 5-7:30pm

with music by Lea Mueller and her band

This event is being generously sponsored by:
Wegmans, Mount Nittany Winery, Dantes, M&T Bank, Big Spring Spirits, and Tom Cali, Tracy Wagner, McKenzie Millward at RE/MAX Centre Realty

Call now to get your tickets today! 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop.

You can also now pay for tickets online 

-- click the link to go to our online registration system and choose "Art Alliance 50th Birthday Party" from the "Search Options" and hit "Search." The event should come up. Proceed as a normal class registration. If you do not have an account, go ahead and make one. You do not need to be a member to make an account. And then come to the party!!


Be sure to visit our Calls for Entry section for art shows calls for entry and other art opportunites


7 on the Square opens this Sunday at Foxdale!

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 3:30–5pm

Foxdale Village Art Gallery

500 E. Marylyn Ave, State College, PA

Come and see the opening of the new show "7 on the Square" featuring the work of 7 intrepid artists, all square! The artwork, that is. The artists may or may not be "square" depending on how you define it.

Participating artists are: Karen Deutsch, Marie Draguns, Manya Shoket Goldstein, Elizabeth Kirchner, Ruth Kempner, Rhonda Stern and Adrienne Waterston.

The show will be up at Foxdale Village Retirement Community until the end of September.


Happy Valley Bonsai Club Exhibit at the AAGD, Aug 27–30

opening reception Monday, August 27 from 6–8pm

show runs Mon–Thurs, August 27–30

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown State College

gallery hours are: Tues–Thur, 1–7pm

The Happy Vally Bonsai Club will be exhibiting bonsai at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. Be sure to stop by!


Fall Art Alliance Art Classes are now available to sign up online

See a list of classes below. For more details and information please check our online registration website -- click here for link.


Oil Painting with Susan Nicholas Gephart

Drawing for Everyone with Jennifer Kane

Introduction to Encaustics with Michele Randall

Gelli Plate Printing with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Pen & Ink & Watercolor with Mary McGuire


Painting Open Studio with Susan Graham

Acrylics Come to Life with Jennifer Kane

Printmaking Open Studio with Ingrid Booz Morejohn


Sculpture Open Studio with Mary Lee Kerr

Exploring Pastels with Alice Kelsey

Collagraph Printmaking with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Stained Glass with Ken Plattner


Watercolor with Michele Rivera

Pop-Up Drawing with Ann Taylor-Schmidt

Figure Drawing Open Studio with Tom Mickle

Sign up for classes now! Online registration available, click here or call our office at 814-234-2740.


The new August Centre Arts is out as of Friday, August 3!

Get your copy of this important Arts in Centre County Calendar insert in the CDT or stop by the Art Alliance or Bellefonte Art Museum to get your copy today!

This month find articles about Jeanne Stevens-Sollman and Phil Sollman and their art collection,

Be sure to check it out!


Pop Up Art Classes!

We have some new awesome Pop Up Art Classes coming up in July & August. Check out our Art Classes page to find out more.


Encaustics -- THIS EVENT IS FULL 

We have added an additional date, SAT, Aug 18, 10am–12pm

with Michele Randall

Friday, August 17, 7–9pm -- FULL

Saturday, August 18, 10am–12pm

$40 — includes materials

Encaustic painting is a ancient form of artwork that uses a wax medium and heat to manipulate a design. In this class we will do photo-transfers onto an encaustic base and learn how to seal and alter the image. Along the way, you will be introduced to the basics of encaustic art. This class is focused on fun and experimentation. All materials provided. You will leave with a small wood mounted artwork to hang on your wall.

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!
Fee: $40
Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.


Art Shoes

with Nicole Packard

Friday, August, 24, 7–9pm

Make your own pair of painted shoes based on a famous work of art. Bring a pair of canvas shoes that fit your feet (those from Wal-Mart will work fine) and all other materials will be provided.

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!
Fee: $20
Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.


Introduction to Soapstone Carving

with Chris Bittner

Monday, September 10, 6:30–9pm

Students will be introduced to soapstone as an easy-to-carve artistic material. We will learn about soapstone's origins, uses and properties, proper use of tools and safety practices. During the class, each student will use rasps and sandpaper to carve and polish one or two small pieces that may be pendants or small sculptures. Students will keep their pieces and take home a new artistic skill.

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!
Fee: $20 plus a $5 materials fee
Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.


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 through which members of the public can sponsor the gallery for a month.

Click here for a link to the letter for more information about the program and how you can join this growing cohort of community-minded, art-loving individuals in helping to keep fine art an integral part of downtown State College.

Also feel free to contact our office to speak with Marie Doll at 814-234-2740 or email us at with questions, etc.


Member News — find more Member News on our Art News page

Nancy Burch Brassington "Little Paintings"

First Friday Reception for Exhibit

August 3, 2018 5–8 pm

The State Theatre

130 W. College Avenue State College, PA

"Sky" by Susan Nicholas Gephart

The Art Alliance Instructors' Show at Schlow Library, August 3–31

The old saw about those who can do and those who can’t teach is not true when it comes to Art Alliance instructors. They teach and do, and as evidence of this, several of them will have their work on display in the annual instructors’ show at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 South Allen St., State College. The show runs from Aug 3 to Aug. 31.

The instructors are: Lisa Baumgartner, handmade books and papers; Ingrid Booz-Morejohn, printmaking; Susan Nicholas Gephart, oils; Kirsten Grigor, drawing; Jennifer Kane, drawing and painting; Isabel Kumerz, abstract painting; Mary McGuire, pen and ink and watercolor; Julia Nelson, architectural drawing; Nicole Packard, silk painting; collage; Michele Randall, encaustic; Jan Riggio, acrylic and soil; Michele Rivera, watercolor; Harriet Rosenberg, papercutting; Ann Taylor-Schmidt, drawing; Jackie Thomas, felting; Lena Thynell, watercolor; Adrienne Waterston, serigraph.


Steven Williams' photo show "Scooter In The Sticks" opens at the AAGD Friday, August 3, from 5–8pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA

show runs August 3–26

opening reception August 3, 5–8pm

“Scooter in the Sticks” is an exhibition of photographs reflecting experiences, discoveries and revelations while riding a Vespa scooter. Those interested in the central Pennsylvania landscape will appreciate the images. And for those who ride, or dream of riding a motorcycle or scooter, the show will add fuel to those fires.

Riding can be more than a recreational activity. For photographer Steve Williams, it has opened a door for greater appreciation of the world around him through a simple, quiet, moving meditation on two wheels.

Williams has been a photographer for most of his adult life. In addition to teaching photography at Penn State, he’s worked as a staff photographer, video producer and magazine editor in the College of Agricultural Sciences. And for the past 13 years he’s been the author of the blog Scooter in the Sticks. That project has taken him over 50 thousand miles on his Vespa and generated many of the photographs for the show as well as nurturing the slow travel approach that flows through the collection of images on display.


See more Art News on our Art News page!! Openings, exhibitions, art around town, etc.

Please contact us via email if you would like your event on our website!


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 Kevin Reilly, photography August/September
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Suzanne DeSarbo, oils August/September
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Jan Riggio, multiple mediums August/September
The Corner Room Leslie Dyer, oil paintings July & August
Juniper Village at Brookline Anne Buchanan, pen & ink August/September
Liberty Craft House Kevin Reilly, photography July & August
Portfolio, A Salon Stacie Bird, photography August/September
The State Theatre Nancy Brassington, acrylic
opening reception Aug 3, 5–8pm; show runs August & September
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Debbie Lintal, watercolor August/September
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 August 25

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 Scooter In The Sticks photos by Steven Williams of his adventures around PA on his Vespa opening reception, Friday, Aug 3, 5–8pm; show runs through Aug 26
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 name, medium

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
name, medium date
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
name, medium
Expect More Store, Kish Bank, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
name, medium/title
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
7 on the Square Karen Deutch, Marie Draguns, Manya Shoket Goldstein, Ruth Kempner, Elizabeth Kirchner, Rhonda Stern, Adrienne Waterston opening reception Sunday, August 19, 3:30-5:00 — show runs through October 15
State College Framing Company & Gallery "Show", media date
The State Museum, 300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120 The Art of the State, Anni Matsick June 25–Sept 9

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

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.


7 on the Square opens at Foxdale, Sun, Aug 19, from 3:30–5pm!

Fall Art Alliance Art Classes are available NOW for registration on our online registration site -- CLICK HERE to go now

Happy Valley Bonsai Exhibit at the AAGD opens Monday, Aug 27, 6–8pm runs thru Aug 39!

Nancy Brassington's "Little Paintings" at the State Theatre thru August

Check out our awesome Pop Up Classes coming up in August

"Scooter In The Sticks," a photography show by Steven Williams, up now at the AAGD thru Aug 26

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

Be sure to visit our Calls for Entry section for art shows calls for entry and other art opportunites

Art Yard Sale at BAM Sept 8!! Click here for more details

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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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!

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