LAST WEEK TO SEE Pots & Prints at Foxdale!

October 18–November 27

Foxdale Village Retirement Community

opening reception Sunday, October 21, 3:30–5pm

Pots and Prints is one of three exhibitions in 2018 that the Art Alliance has presented at Foxdale Village Retirement Community. The facility has a spacious art gallery with rotating shows to be enjoyed by residents, their families, and other visitors. This show will feature art by some of the leading printmakers in the area as well as students from Art Alliance classes taught by Ingrid Booz Morejohn. The second medium represented in this show is ceramics, with pieces exhibited by members of the Art Alliance Potters Guild.

Combining two mediums in a show is interesting if there is some connection between them. Printmaking and pottery go well together because they are both very process-driven, with many of the defining elements of each medium coming from the exploration, not only of color and composition, but from process-related practices. These two mediums are defined by repetition and duplication. Patterns are often used in both mediums and compliment the quality of same-but-different, in these repetition-based practices.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the reception on October 21, 3:30–5pm. Visitors are also welcome on weekdays 9 am – 5pm during the run of the show.


inservice 2017Fall Inservice Art Class Days are now available—sign up online today!

Dates of Inservice Art Class Days

Nov 21, 26

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.

Special Teen Art Classes during upcoming Inservice Days!

Acrylic painting TRICKS to use with Collage

November 21, 9am-3pm

ages 11 & older

instructor Robert Placky

Students will learn how to produce an "Acrylic Lift," Stamping, Sgraffito and Rice Paper Transfers. The students will experiment with acrylics in the morning and finish a final Collage by the end of the session incorporating non-traditional techniques.

Fee: $35 -- you will need to bring a lunch

Sign up online today!


Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain Workshop

November 26, 9am-3pm

ages 11 & older

instructor Robert Placky

Students will explore unusual ways to draw and most importantly unusual ways to think; upside down, negative space and patterns will explore how we process information. Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words.

Fee: $35 -- you will need to bring a lunch

Sign up online today!


Sign up online today!

Under Search options, choose Youth Fall 2018 and hit the 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.

Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, now through Dec 24

November 2–December 24

we will be open LATE -- until 7:30pm -- Friday, Nov 16, for the Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown State College.
Stop in for great art gifts and homemade cookies!

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK Jr. plaza next to the Fraser Street Garage)

gallery hours: Thur, Fri & Sat, 12–6pm; Sun, 12–4pm
  -- open late Fri, Nov 16, until 7:30 for Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown State College!

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this November & December, opening with a reception Friday, November 2, from 6–8pm.

The Gift Gallery features unique gift items for the holiday season by Pennsylvania artists and artisans. Stop in for beautiful 3D and 2D artwork, ceramics, jewelry, ornaments, fiber arts, paintings, handmade books, hand-cut paper art, pen & ink drawings, prints, art cards and more, all great gifts for that special someone in your life.

Come on down to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this holiday season to pick up some wonderful art for you, your family and friends!

Participating artists include:

Betsy Rodgers Allen


Lisa Baumgartner

books and prints

R Thomas Berner


Stacie Bird

jewelry and cards

Nancy Brassington

paintings and cards

Anne Buchanan

oil painting, pen & ink and graphite drawings

James Byrnes

glass ornaments

Randy Doughty


Kirsten Grigor

pen and ink drawings

Sally Horn

dragon boat ornaments

Brenda Horner

paintings and cards

Mary Shay McGuire

paintings and cards

Ingrid Booz Morejohn

fiber arts

Ann Pangborn

fiber arts

J Harlan Ritchey

miniature watercolor paintings

Michele Rivera

watercolor paintings and cards

Jennifer Shuey

pastel paintings

Christine Smith

cut paper art and jewelry

Annie Swincinski


Lena Thynell

watercolor paintings

Adrienne Waterston

silkscreen art and cards

Additional participating artists include: Elizabeth Hay, jewelry; Heidi Zimbler, ceramics; Ruth Knowles, mixed media.


Pop Up Art Classes!

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 as all necessary supplies.

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

$20 fee per person unless otherwise indicated.

Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class.

Loosen Up with Acrylic Pop-Up

Tuesday, December 4, 10-12pm

with instructor Isabel Kumerz

Various acrylic painting techniques focused on creating more expressive, loose and creative paintings. We will be doing imaginary flowers in a vase.

Snacks and drinks are included, as well as all necessary supplies.
At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!
Fee: $20
Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class


Holiday Card and Decoration Paper Cutting Pop-Up

Wednesday, December 5, 1-3pm

with instructor Harriet Rosenberg

Cut your personal holiday cards and decorations ... because you care enough to make and send Your Very Best. Materials and scissors will be provided as well as "basic" refreshments (you may use your own scissors if you wish). We will cut simple, familiar papercut forms, with and without patterns.

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
Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class


Making Abstract Painting Fun & Simple

Tuesday, December 11, 10am-12pm

with instructor Isabel Kumerz

Using acrylics and a rubber squeegie you will create a beautiful abstract painting in no time.

Snacks and drinks are included, as well as all necessary supplies.
At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!
Fee: $20
Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class


Upcoming Workshops

Gelli Plate Monoprinting Workshop

December 4 (4 hours) 1-5 pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Explore subtractive and additive monoprinting using a gelatin plate as a matrix in this 4-hour workshop. No previous printmaking experience is necessary with this fun, explorative, versatile and simple technique that doesn’t require a printing press – results are immediate and addictive. During this workshop you will produce a number of unique prints that can be used for journaling, collaging, book-binding and other mixed media projects or as stand-alone works of art, perfect for Christmas gift giving. You can also learn how to easily create gift tags or wrapping paper.

$40 plus a $10 materials fee

To sign up please call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 


Drypoint Printmaking Workshop

December 6 (4 hours) 1-5 pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn all the techniques of traditional drypoint engraving but use instead a cheap and easily accessible material – simple recycled milk and juice Tetrapak containers. With these you can feel free to experiment and make ‘mistakes’ without feeling you have wasted expensive materials like a copper or zinc plate. The idiosyncrasies of the material (folds, creases etc.) only lend character to the final prints. You will also learn some aspects of relief printing as well as collagraph printing where layers are peeled away and inked. Each student will print a limited series of relief and intaglio inked prints.

$40 plus a $10 materials fee

To sign up please call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 


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

Artist Ceci Rusnak has her artwork in two shows in PA

"Inspired!" will be at the Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, now through Oct. 17

"Eye on the Needle" will be at The Bottleworks, Johnstown, Oct. 17-Nov. 30

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!


speaking of supporting the arts...

Join the growing ranks of Rent Angels!

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.

A huge

Thank You

to our current Rent Angels:

Tom and Paulette Berner

Heidi Nicholas & Bruce Fleisher

Ed and Charlene Friedman

Elizabeth Kirchner

John and Cinda Kostyak

Robert and Ann Pangborn

Thomazine Shanahan

Dolores Taricani

Don and Peggy Zimmerman

McQuaide Blasko, Thomas Miller

Rapid Transit, Terry Loesch

The Tavern Restaurant, Pat Daugherty


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 J. Harlan Ritchey, pen & ink drawings October/November
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Nicole Packard, abstract paintings October/November
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Jan Riggio, multiple mediums October/November
The Corner Room Kevin Reilly, photography October/November
Juniper Village at Brookline Stacie Bird, photographs October/November
Liberty Craft House Kevin Reilly, photography October/November
Portfolio, A Salon Molly Allen, watercolor paintings October/November
The State Theatre 80th Anniverary Exhibtion
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. State College Photo Club, photography October/November
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Name, Medium Dates

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, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801 Holiday Gift Gallery unique gifts for the holidays by local artists and artisans Grand Opening Reception, Friday, November 2, 5–8pm! runs through December 24
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Jeanne McKinney — "Paintings of Monhegan Island, Maine"
Nov 2–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Pottery Gallery, NEW!
Lynn Anne Verbeck — I create biomorphic forms designed with both configuration and function in mind. Nature is a deep well of inspiration in my work. I am fascinated with how nature divides and segments plants, petals, leaves and even underwater creatures around a main axis....
Nov 2–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, medium
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Paulette Berner & JE Crum
Aug 31–Nov 25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
Anne Buchanan
Nov 2–27
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Manya Goldstein & Ruth Kempner Mixed Media show November 2018
The Bottleworks, Johnstown, PA Ceci Rusnak"Eye on the Needle" October 17–November 30
Café Lemont name, medium

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Linda Hale Nov 2 – Dec 28
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
name, medium
Expect More Store, Kish Bank, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
R Thomas Berner, "Travel Pixels", photography November 2018 with an artist's reception, Nov 2, 5–7pm
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn Ave, State College, PA
Pots & Prints, an Art Alliance show assorted artists Show runs through November 25
Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne PA 19087
118th International Anniversary Works on Paper Exhibition Anni Matsick, “TWO" Lena Thynell, “Frosty Country Morning" October 14–November 20
Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
PWCS's Aqueous 72nd Annual International Exhibition, Aqueous Open 2018 Anni Matsick with “Girl With Pink Ribbon” October 14–November 20
State College Framing Company & Gallery Christine Stangle, ceramics & Lisa Baugartner, & hand-made books and prints November 2018
State College Framing Company & Gallery Viva Mexico! Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger, Harriet Rosenberg October 13–November 17, 2018 with a special Dia de Muertos reception, Friday, November 2, from 5–8pm
Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA show artist date

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.


Holiday Gift Gallery at the AAGD in Nov & Dec -- up now through Dec 24th!

Fall 2018 Teacher Inservice Days Art Classes Nov 21 & 26 -- available for signup now

Pots & Prints, up now at Foxdale, will be up thru the end of November

Check out our upcoming Pop-Up Art Classes!

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

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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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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