Upcoming Workshops

DA DA DA: A Collage Workshop

Instructor: Karen A Deutsch

January 20, from 10-12, 1-3

Dada artists embraced chance as a tool for liberating creativity from rational thought. In this this collage class we will start with fun and easy projects using materials from magazines and newspapers, collaborative exercises, demonstrations (of gluing methods) and discussion. In the afternoon session, participants will make a collage using pictures of figures, body parts, insects, machines and architectural or interior elements they will cut from magazines, newspapers & old books.

We put disparate elements together, playing with scale and meaning, in a simple or complicated way. Dada’s aesthetic, marked by its mockery of materialistic and nationalistic attitudes has it’s relevance today.

Beginners are welcome, but in the spirit of the short workshop format, time will be best used if students arrive with ideas and materials ready and some experience with mixed media practices.

Lunch break noon-1pm

Anyone taking the class can e-mail Karen with questions about the course and/or links to good articles on Dada and Surrealiam. Also, look for her 8-week Collage Class in the Spring.

Dadaesque works can:

  • Tell a story
  • Mount a Protest
  • Depict the absurd
  • Create imaginary worlds


  • new and old magazines, newspapers—Look for figures, body parts, insects, machines and architectural or interior elements
  • glue stick (acid-free)
  • gel medium or PVA glue
  • flat brush to apply adhesive
  • scissors
  • substrate—something to mount your collage on, like found paper, parts of a book, almost anything with a bit of weight

Fee: members $60; non-members $75.00


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.


Call for Entries!

Art at the End of the Lens
photography show

entries due Wed Jan 24 by NOON

mail filled out form to "Art Alliance, PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851"
or email to

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. Click on the green button below for details about the show and how to enter.

Entry Process and Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms with fee are now being accepted. The absolute last date to enter is Wednesday, January 24 by 12pm (noon). Entry fees are non-refundable and may be paid by check, credit card, or online. If fee is paid online, an entry form must also be submitted either by mail or email --

Entry Fee: $30 Members; $40 Non-members

Eligible Work

Photographs that have not received awards in previous Art Alliance shows are eligible.

All submissions should be suitable for public viewing and prepared for hanging. All work must be framed and securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, unframed work, or partial frames will not be accepted. Dimension, including frame, may not exceed 30 inches in either direction.

The chair reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet these requirements and will have the final decision on how the work is hung.


There will be cash prizes.


The Art Alliance is not responsible for loss of or damage to your artwork. Entry of work indicates acceptance of disclaimer.

Sales and Conditions

Photographs may be for sale. The Art Alliance will charge a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show.


This show will be held at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801.

Show Dates and Hours

The exhibit opens Friday, February 2 and continues through Sunday, February 25. Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Saturdays 12-6pm, Thursdays & Fridays 12-8pm, Sundays 12-4pm.

Sitting Assignments

As a participating artist, you must sign up to sit at the show in order for the gallery to be open. If your artwork is selected by the juror, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for timeslots to sit at the gallery. If you can not sit at the show, you must make alternative arrangements.


The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 2 from 5–8pm. Artists are asked to bring either food or wine to share. If preferred, a $5 contribution to help cover reception expenses may be paid along with the entry fee. Prize winners will be announced at this time.

Dropping Off and Retrieving Work

Artists must deliver their work to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown on Sunday, January 28 between 4–6pm. Please have labels completed and attached (they are included on the reverse side of this page).

All artwork must be retrieved at the Gallery Downtown on Sunday, February 25, between 4 and 6pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

Additional Space for Matted Work

Participating artists may bring unframed, matted, priced photos labeled with the artist’s name, to be included in a For Sale bin (can be additional images or same as entered). All sales are subject to a 20% commission.

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


Contact R Thomas Berner:; or the Art Alliance office: (814) 234-2740,

Click here for a PDF of the Call For Entries file

-- email us your filled in PDF file
-- or mail to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851

Click here to pay online 

-- choose Photography Show 2018 from the 'Please select Session' pull down menu
-- or mail your check payable to 'Art Alliance' to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851


Please note: the following class structure has changed

A Pastel Premiere Primer with the Central PA Pastel Society

Coordinator: Kim Flick

1-4pm Tuesdays, 3 classes, Jan 16, 23, 30

sign up for each class individually, $25 per class

-- call the office to sign up 814-234-2740

An introduction to the wonderful world of pastels, featuring instructors from the CPPS. Each week a different member will present personal practice, basic strokes and techniques for a specific genre and unique to pastel medium. Beginners are welcome.

Fee: $25 each class -- must call the office to sign up! 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.

Wonderful Watercolor

February 6, Tuesday, 10am-12pm

with instructor Lena Thynell

For beginners. Practice painting a winter scene in watercolor.

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.


Make Some Valentines Cards with your kids

February 10, Saturday, 1-2pm and/or 2-3pm

with instuctor Nicole Packard

$15 for both two people (a parent and a child)

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 Valentines cards to take home!

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.

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.

The Farmland Preservation Artists are at Schlow Library through the end of January 2018!

Come check out the wonderful work of the Farmland Preservation Artists at Schlow Library, up now through the end of January 2018! Participating artists include:

Valerie Moyer, R. Thomas Berner, Milt Trask, Cinda Kostyak, Barbara Pennypacker, Jeff Mathison, Lena Thynell, Jennifer Shuey, Karl Leitzel, Denise Wagner, Susan Nicholas Gephart, Anne Kenyon


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 will highlight the inspiring work of artists in the Central Region and beyond. We invite you to join other talented artists by submitting images of your work for consideration by our juror.

Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in Art Alliance shows are eligible. All work must be original; reproduction prints are not acceptable.

  • 2D work may not exceed 72 inches in width and 84 inches in height, including frame.
  • All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted.
  • All pieces under glass or plexiglass must be framed. However, unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring.
  • 3D work may not be heavier than 150 lbs or taller than 108 inches. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.
  • Work containing open food products or biohazardous materials are prohibited.

Entry Process and Fees

This show is open to artists 18 years old and older who live within a 100-mile radius of State College, PA. Each artist may submit up to two pieces for consideration. However, no more than one piece per artist will be chosen for hanging. The entry form, along with digital images of the work you are submitting and the non-refundable entry fee (payable to Art Alliance) are due in the office of the Art Alliance by Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Online payments or credit card payments by telephone are acceptable, but a signed entry form must be received by the deadline.

  • 2D: One image per piece
  • 3D: Up to two images per piece

Please indicate the framed dimensions of your submitted work and label each image with your last name, first initial, and title of your piece. The quality of the images is important for the jurying process. All images must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 2 megabytes.

Sales and Catalogue

Works may be for sale. Buyers interested in works will be put in contact with the Art Alliance. The Art Alliance will charge a 20% commission on the selling price of work sold. The Art Alliance will produce a catalogue of works and prices in exhibit.

Show Dates, Hours and Reception

The Juried Show will run Tuesday, February 27 through Friday, April 27, 2018. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, noon-6 pm and Friday,Saturday, and Sunday, noon- 4pm.

The reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7pm at the Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center on the campus of Penn State. Award winners will be recognized at this time.

Insurance and Consent to Reproduce

All works will be insured for their value while in the care of the exhibit sites. This exhibit requires that all artwork has a value placed on it for insurance purposes, even if it is not for sale. Works will be insured by the HUB Robeson Galleries for the value indicated on the entry form. Each artist will be required to sign a contract for insurance purposes. These will be sent out by Penn State and should be sent back promptly.


Jurying will be completed and a list of accepted works will be posted on the Art Alliance website,, by 4pm on Thursday, January 25.

Deliver Your Work

Artists whose work has been accepted for the exhibit must deliver the work on Saturday, February 10 between 3–6pm or on Sunday, February 11 between noon–3pm. Every artist must deliver work during these hours ONLY. All accepted work should be delivered to the Art Alliance at 818 Pike St., Lemont, PA. Make sure that your piece is ready for transport (with corners protected and fragile pieces wrapped) and that your name is clearly indicated on the wrapping.

Pick Up Your Work

Pick up your work at the Art Alliance on Monday, April 30.


If you have additional questions about the show please contact Bob Placky, Juried Show Chair, at (814) 574-3440 or

To inquire about the Art Alliance, contact us at (814) 234-2740 or by email at

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.


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


Winter Classes are Here!

starts the week of January 8

click here for a PDF of the classes

click here to sign up online

Click here for our Classes Page where you can usually find all our regular classes plus pop-up classes, workshops, and inservice days art classes for kids.


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 Paulette & R. Thomas Berner, photographs and digital paintins Dec & Jan
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Deb Lintal, watercolor Dec & Jan
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Tom Boothby, oil painting Dec & Jan
Juniper Village at Brookline J. Harlan Ritchey, watercolor Dec & Jan
Liberty Craft House Barbara Metzner, acrylic, mixed media Dec
The State Theatre Will Snyder, III, prints
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Sarah Pollock, acrylic paintings Dec & Jan
Portfolio, A Salon Nicole Packard, abstract Dec & Jan
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, paintings & collages 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 "ESCAPE" -- opens Friday, Jan 5, 5-8pm; show is up Jan 5-28
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, title
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Team Room Gallery
Patricia Rhees Jan 5–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Liz Liadis
Jan 5–25
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 Farmland Preservation Artists, painting, photography thru the end of Jan 2018
Café Lemont Harriet Rosenberg,
cut paper
Dec 2017

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

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

stacie bird volunteer spotlightI 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.

Stacie Bird is a photographer, art lover and Art Alliance Board member. You can find her work online at Her work will also be featured in the November show at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown.

ESCAPE! at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

show runs Jan 5–28

The Art Alliance Downtown Gallery's new show 'ESCAPE' brings innovation and design into the art realm, featuring the designs of Winfield PA's own Gilson Snowboards, Philipsburg-based Organic Climbing gear, mountain bike fabrication by Jones (from Freeze Thaw, downtown State College), as well as climbing holds by local craftsman, Jim Bowers.

These applied arts along with extreme climbing photography by Daniel Gajda and paintings about escape from Jim Klotz, craft this show to encourage us to dream about where we can escape, engage, and get out of our standard modes of how to think about art.

Join us for live music by The Local Station (

Sponsored by Tussey Mountain your local escape destination

DA DA DA: A Workshop with Karen Deutsch this Sat, Jan 20, from 10am–3pm. Sign up today!

Art at the End of the Lens Photography Show CALL FOR ENTRIES! due Jan 24 by Noon

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

The FPA is at Schlow Library! Stop in now through the end of January 2018 to see!

Winter Classes are here!

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

ESCAPE! new show at the AAGD runs thru Jan 25

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

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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