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Kids Art Classes during Inservice Days are now available to sign up online

Dates are:

Monday, January 21

Monday, March 4, Tuesday, March 5, Wed. March 6, Thurs. March 7, Friday, March 8

Friday, March 29

Friday, April 19; Monday, April 22; Tuesday, April 23

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 per day.

Click here to sign up online today!

Call of the office at 814-234-2740 to register over the phone or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street at the back of the Gallery Shop to register in person

 

Winter 2019 Classes & Workshops now online!

Check them out and sign up today

Also, if you would like a digital copy of our Winter Classes schedule to view on your computer or print out, click here for a PDF file.

Find out more about our instructors here

Classes this upcoming Winter 2019 are:

Mondays

Exploring Oil Painting with Susan Nicholas Gephart

Exploring Pastels with Alice Kelsey (4 weeks)

Pen & Ink & Watercolor with Mary McGuire

Drawing for Everyone with Jennifer Kane (4 week)

Soapstone Carving with Chris Bittner

Tuesdays

Painting Open Studio -- drop-in

Acrylics Come to Life with Jennifer Kane (4 weeks)

Gelli Plate Monoprinting with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (4 week)

Wednsdays

Open Studio Sculpture & Printmaking -- drop-in

The Winter Landscape in Watercolor with Lena Thynell (4 week)

Collagraph Printmaking -- 2 Plate Method with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (4 week)

Stained Glass with Ken Plattner

Thursdays

The Finishing Touches in Watercolor with Michele Rivera

More with Pastels with Alice Kelsey (4 weeks)

Open Model Sessions -- drop-in

Workshops -- please note some are one day, others 2 day

Go with the Flow Workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (3 hours)

Gelli Plate Workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (3 hours)

Drypoint Workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (3 hours)

Pastels Workshop with Susan Nicholas Gephart (2 days)

Loosening Up with 12 Compositions Workshop with Isabel Kumerz (3 hours)

Basic Relief Printmaking Linocut Workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (2 days)

Basket Making Workshop with Jackie Thomas (1 day)

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

November 2–December 24

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

Special gallery hours starting Thursday, December 6

Thur & Fri, 12–8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun, 12–4pm

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

photography

Lisa Baumgartner

books and prints

R Thomas Berner

photography

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

ceramics

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

jewelry

Lena Thynell

watercolor paintings

Adrienne Waterston

silkscreen art and cards

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

 

Upcoming Workshops

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Go with the Flow

Saturday, January 12, 9am-12pm

Instructor: Isabel Kumerz

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Go with the Flow is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a running (fluid) consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined together to make interesting and visually organic patterns. Fluid acrylics can be used in many different ways such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping and many other effects. Fluid art opens up a lot of possibilities and is definitely worth exploring and adding to your artist tool belt. In this course I will teach you everything you need to know to become a paint pouring artist. This type of art is fun for students of all levels.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Gelli Plate Monoprinting

Tuesday, January 22, 6-9pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Gelli plate monoprinting is known as 'monoprinting without a press'. It is a fun, explorative, versatile and simple printmaking technique that doesn’t require a printing press – results are immediate, colorful and vibrant! We will explore subtractive and additive monoprinting using stencils, masks, found objects, mark making tools and acrylic paints. No previous printmaking experience is necessary. All materials included.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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

Tuesday, January 29, 6-9 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.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Discovering Pastels

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, 10am–3pm each day

Instructor: Susan Nicholas Gephart

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Join nationally recognized painter, Susan Nicholas Gephart in a two-day pastel workshop to discover the fun and immediate gratification of this color rich medium. The morning sessions will included a hands- on experiments designed for you to experience how a variety of soft and hard pastels react on different color and texture surfaces. The instructor will provide an inspiring demonstration each day that will open your eyes to connect all the possibilities. You will learn how to take your sketches and photos to create your new pastel paintings in a relaxing atmosphere.

Fee: $170 (call office to inquire about 1 day option - 814-234-2740)

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Loosening Up with 12 Compositions

Saturday, February 12, 9am–12pm

Instructor: Isabel Kumerz

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

A strong graphic composition can help create a bold and definite artistic statement. Knowing the different Design Compositions is helpful when you get offtrack and need to refocus your color, your composition and your original intention. We will practice 12 design compositions working very loose and fast with a large or long brush, dipped into black acrylic. Afterwards we will choose 4 compositions and work on a series of small paintings in color. These composition designs work for all painting styles - abstract to realism.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Basic Relief Printmaking Linocut Workshop

Friday & Saturday, February 15 & 16, 10am-4pm each day

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn the basics of relief printmaking with one of the simplest and oldest forms of printmaking. You will learn how to design, carve, ink and print linocuts in black and white and color. We will explore color mixing, multiple color blocks and print registration. $10 materials fee.

Fee: $170

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Hang It: Twining A Discus Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 10am-3pm

Instructor: Jackie Thomas

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Twining is a simple basket making technique. Starting from a predrilled base, use clothesline and fabric trims for the core and yarn to stitch together a circular wall piece. This is an easy, no-fail project that creates a special treasure.

Fee: $85

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

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.

check back in January!

 

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

 

speaking of supporting the arts...

Join the growing host 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 info@artalliancepa.org 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 Ingrid Booz Morejohn, prints December
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Anne Buchanan, drawings December
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Barbara Metzner, abstract acrylic December
The Corner Room Cinda Kostyak, oil paintings December
Juniper Village at Brookline Irmgard Lee, fabric art/quilts December
Liberty Craft House Cathy Zangrilli, acrylic paintings December
Portfolio, A Salon Harriet Rosenberg, photography/cut paper December
The State Theatre Brenda Horner, watercolors
December
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Deb Zucco, photography December
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 info@artalliancepa.org

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
name — "work"
date
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
date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Nancy Brassington
Nov 30–Feb 24
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
name
date
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library name show date
The Bottleworks, Johnstown, PA name"show" date
Café Lemont name, medium
date

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
date
Expect More Store, Kish Bank, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
name, "show", medium date
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn Ave, State College, PA
name medium date
State College Framing Company & Gallery name, show date
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 info@artalliancepa.org

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 info@artalliancepa.org. 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.

 

Winter Art Classes are available NOW! Check them out on our online registration website!

The AAGD Holiday Gift Gallery will be open through Dec 24. Stop in today for great gifts made by local artists and artisans! Extended holiday hours: Th & Fr 12–8pm; Sat 10–6pm; Sun 12-4pm; & Monday, Dec 24, 10am–4pm

Winter Inservice Days Art Classes available for sign up online

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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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 smile.amazon 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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