Park Forest Middle School Printmaking Exhibition opens this Friday at the Art Alliance Gallery

opening reception

Friday October 20th at 7pm

show dates

Saturday, October 21st, 12-3pm and
Sunday, October 22nd, 12-3pm

Art Alliance Gallery

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

For the past two weeks Art Alliance artist and instructor, Ingrid Booz Morejohn, has been "artist in residence" for Nicole Packard's (also an Art Alliance artist and instuctor) art classes at Park Forest Middle School in State College. Ingrid writes, "the enthusiasm and talent of these students has been amazing and a huge amount of fun. Thank you to Nicole Packard for inviting me to work beside you, you've got 150 talented kids!"

So come on out and see these talented kids' artwork at the Art Alliance Friday for the opening and then Saturday and Sunday for the show!


Join the Art Alliance on a bus trip Dec. 2 to see art in Philadelphia museums!

The Art Alliance is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum on Saturday, December 2 to see a special exhibition “Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.”

In 1917 John G Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove or European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later the Philadelphia Art Museum presents one of the country’s more remarkable collections including the work of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, Monet, and more.

If you choose to visit one of the other museums on the parkway, complementary shuttle service is available.

The Barnes Collection houses one of the world’s collections greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern painting. Note: it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance for this museum.

The Rodin Museum is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of work by Auguste Rodin, the genius often regarded as the father of modern sculpture.

We will leave from the Fullington Bus Terminal at 7:00 am and leave Philadelphia for the return trip at 5:00 pm. Round trip bus fare is $70.

If you wish to join other art lovers for this fun experience you may pay by check, payable to the Art Alliance, P.O. Box 811, Lemont, PA. 16851 or by credit card by calling us at 814-234-2740.

We need to hear from you by October 30.


Our Annual Holiday Wreath & Runner Sale!

Tannenbaum Farms in Centre Hall is once again supplying us with gorgeous freshly-made Pennsylvania wreaths and table or mantle runners for the holidays.

This Annual Wreath sale is not only a great deal for you, but a fundraiser for the Art Alliance! So be sure to order some wreaths and/or runners and tell your friends and families about the sale as well!

We offer professionally crafted:

  • 22" Fraser fir wreaths
  • 32" table or mantle runners
  • your choice of red or burgundy ribbon

Prices are: $30 each (for either wreaths or runners); 2 for $55; 3 for $80.

Pick-up dates at the Art Alliance are:

Tuesday, November 21 & Thursday, November 30, 10am - 1pm.

Orders accepted now through November 10.

3 ways to order:

  1. email us your order NOW, or
  2. call the office at 814-234-2740, or
  3. download the order form here, fill it out and email or mail it to us at: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

Please include:

  1. which item(s) you want
  2. how many of each item
  3. choice of ribbon color for each, and
  4. which day you will pick up your order

You must pay in advance:

Call the office with your credit card info, 814-234-2740, or send us a check to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

NOTE: There will be NO additional wreaths on hand for purchase at pickup!!


image by Robert Placky, "Discharge" 2017 

The Abstraction Show 2017
Call for Entries!

Must enter by end of the day, Thursday, Nov 2

Show dates: November 10–19

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 10, 7-9pm

Entry Process & Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms together with the entry fee (checks to be payable to Art Alliance) are now being accepted. The absolute last date to enter is Thursday, November 2. Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid by check, credit card, or online. If payment is made online, an entry form must also be submitted either by mail or email (click here for PDF of entry form)


STUDENT $20 -- college or high school



Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in previous Art Alliance shows are eligible. All works must be original. All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, unframed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted. Unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring. All pieces under glass or plexiglass must be framed. 3-D work may not be heavier than 100 pounds. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.

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.

Sales & Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance will charge acommission of 20% of the selling price for work soldat the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible forlost or damaged works.

Show Dates & Hours

The exhibit will open Friday, November 10 and continue through Sunday, November 19. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday noon– 5pm, except Saturdays are 10 am – 5pm. The exhibit will be closed Monday and Tuesday.


The opening reception will be held on Friday,November 10 from 7–9 pm. Artists are asked to bringeither food or wine to share or to add $5 to their entry fee to help cover expenses for the reception. Prizewinners will be announced at the reception.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artists must deliver their work to the Art Alliance on Thursday, Nov 9 from 5–7 pm. Please have labels completed and attached (see reverse side ofthis page).

Please pick up your artwork on Sunday, Nov 19,between 5–6 pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

About the Jurors

Awards for this exhibition will be presented by two Penn State Professors, John Bowman and Ann Shostrom (who are married).

John works in a variety of media including painting,drawing, and sculpture. He is represented by Winston Wachter Gallery in Seattle and NYC where he will present an exhibition in April, 2018. He has shown internationally and is represented in private and museum collections. Bowman is Professor-in-Charge of the Drawing and Painting Area of the School of Visual Arts at Penn State.

Ann’s work includes dyed, sewn, and painted constructions combining formalist abstraction, social content, and handmade craft. She and John founded and co-direct First Street Green, an artists’ collective in the East Village of NYC, providing a flexible cultural space and forum for the arts and community action.

For a PDF of the entry form click here.

To pay online, please click here and choose Abstraction Show 2017 


From top left: "Discharge," "Alma's Auttumn," "Jessie's Box," "Algonquin River Grass 1" by Bob Placky

“The Unfinished Work… finished"
a new show by Bob Placky at Foxdale Village starting Oct 13!

October 13 thru November 28, 2017

Foxdale Village Gallery (2nd floor of main building)

500 E. Marylyn Avenue State College, Pa 16801

Artist Reception: October 15, 2017 from 3:30 to 5pm

Gallery is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and Noon to 4pm on weekends — please check in at the front desk

”This exhibition will feature abstract acrylic paintings and acrylic/mixed work that is conceptual in content. The majority of the work iscurrent with a number of unfinished art accumulating over a 40 year art teaching career at State College Area Senior High School. A number ofthese abandoned pieces were finished and re-visited for this exhibition.


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 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.

Bring your exploring spirit. Gesture drawing will soon become your favorite approach!

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.

Watercolor Pumpkins and Gourds Pop-Up Class

October 29th, 1–3pm -- adult class

at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

click for website and directions (177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA)

with instructor Nicole Packard

Fall is here! Create your own autumn themed painting!

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.

Calling all Central PA artists!

It is INKtober 2017!

And we want to encourage YOU to participate!!

Jake Parker created INKtober "as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year."

We thought it might be fun to challenge our Art Alliance artists to jump in too! For our INKtober challenge you need to:

  1. Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want);
  2. Email the Art Alliance a photo of your ink drawing/painting;
  3. We will post your drawing on Facebook and Instagram and hashtag it with #inktober2017;
  4. Repeat!

Here are some of Jake's prompts to inspire you -- use if you like!

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

To participate in INKtober with the Art Alliance, email a picture of your ink paintings/drawings to and we will post them on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

The more images we get the more fun it will be!! So let's get INKing!

For Jake Parker's INKtober rules see: //

Some of the wonderful #INKtober2017 images to date!

Anne Buchanan

Sean Bodley

Maggie Scotilla

Mary McGuire

Adrienne Waterston

Karen Deutsch

Paul McCloskey

Amalial Shaltiel

Martha Grout Taylor

Small Scotilla, age 5

Kristi Borelli

Rachel Hahs

Karen Deutsch

Olivia, age 7

Anne Buchanan


It's not too late to sign up for Fall Classes and Workshops!

Click here for the link.for the online regististration system.

If you would like you can also peruse a PDF file of the brochure (should be at your door shortly!) which you can download, fill out and send it to us at PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

You can also bring out your filled in form to our office at 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA at the back of the Gallery Shop.

Open Access Print & 'Whatever' Studio Time

Sunday evenings 6.30-9.30pm

September 24 - November 5

at the Art Alliance Studio

Print assistant Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Calling all happy printmakers and artists in general!

We are offering an evening open art studio where painters, collage artists, sketchers, multi-media artists and printmakers can make art and hang out with other artists and talk art. Printmakers can use our 15” table-top Conrad etching press - painters, etc., have access to art tables and easels.

You are required to bring your own tools, paper and inks and you are responsible for your own cleanup. Rudimentary printmaking supplies are also available (linocutting tools, simple soft brayers, barens and paper-soaking trays are available). Printshop assistant Ingrid Booz Morejohn will be present to collect fees and answer simple questions.

Sessions are drop-in and don’t need to be booked in advance (but Ingrid would love it if you sent her an email or text message if you are coming to gage attendance).

Technical support is not available during open-access sessions, so if you need training or assistance you will need to book one of our printmaking courses. You use the press at your own risk. Please do not print anything that will damage the press bed, roller or press blankets.

Just drop in at the Art Alliance Studio, 818 Pike Street Lemont, PA! 10$ per session


Upcoming Workshops

Color Theory Workshop

October 28 & 29 (Saturday & Sunday)

10am-3pm both days

Instructor -- Sean Bodley

This workshop is for artists interested in expanding their understanding of color and how colors interact in an artwork. We will look at color in art history from around the world and practice techniques to enhance our color perception. Students will experiment with tools to invent creative color schemes and learn about balancing color in a composition. Demonstrations will be given for all major concepts and individual instruction throughout the class. All experience levels welcome, however prior experience with the paints of your choice are recommended. A list of recommended pigments will be sent at least two weeks prior to class. Students may choose between acrylic, oil, watercolor, or other paints to practice.

To sign up, please go online and select Fall 2017 Adult Ed and look for the workshop or call our office at 814-234-2740.


Figure Drawing From Imagination

November 4-5 (Saturday & Sunday)


Instructor -- Sean Bodley

This workshop is for people who are interested in capturing the dynamic energy of the human figure in a drawing. We will look at a variety of approaches to this timeless subject and practice a range of techniques. Tools will be shared to help visualize the figure, breakdown proportions, and see skeletal and muscular anatomy. Demonstrations will be given for all major concepts and individual instruction throughout the class. All experience levels welcome, however the ability to draw a sphere, cube, and cylinder from imagination is recommended to get the most out of the workshop. A list of recommended materials will be sent at least two weeks prior to class.

To sign up, please go online and select Fall 2017 Adult Ed and look for the workshop or call our office at 814-234-2740.


"Line-Item" the new AAGD show, up through Oct 29

Opening reception: Friday, October 6, 2017, 5–8 pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
123 S Fraser St. State College, PA 16801

On view: Oct 6–29, 2017

Artists are: Maggie Scotilla, Harlan Ritchey, Anne Buchanan, Karen Deutsch, Sue Parsonage, William Snyder III, Benjamin Fehl

Event Sponsored by: Gary and Mark Bamat from GB Accounting Services


Good Spirits was great, thank you!

A giant thank you! to everyone for coming out to Good Spirits!

Special thanks go to all our wonderful volunteers for making this event even possible:

  • Stacie Bird and Jennifer Bittner for pouring beverages;

  • Jean Giddings for her help with what seems like possibly everything;

  • Cathy Zangrilli, her grandson Mike and Gloria Scaltz for helping with the food;

  • our esteemed artists for dontating their wonderful artwork;

  • our friends at Shaver's Creek, especially Jennifer Anderson Steigerwalt and naturalist Doug Wentzl;

  • artists who painted and decorated birdboxes: Corinne Webster, Manya Goldstein, Robert Placky, Adrienne Waterston, Karen Lintner, Gloria Scaltz, Kristin Ziegler, Mary Beth Wiseman, Eric Kirsch & kids, & mystery artists!

  • musicians Eric Ian Farmer and Ady Martinez for their lovely music;

  • our Artists In Action who painted and sculpted during the event: Amy Romaniec & Mark Messenger (ceramics); Jen Shuey, Harlan Ritchey and Alice Kelsey (en plein air); Adrienne Waterston (casein painting); Bob Baumbach, bird photography tips;

  • our wonderful check-in people, Diane Kesidis, Laura Nejako, Susan Nejako;

  • Chuck Fong and Chris Bittner for whatever was needed;

  • Penn State rowers for their help with setup and tear down;

  • demonstrators: Julia Nelson, Harriet Rosenberg, and Kim McElhatten from;

  • special thanks to Art Heim for the use of his wonderful "Barred Owl" photograph for our Good Spirits logo this year!

and our sponsors:

  • Wegmans who donated super yummy food;

  • Big Spring Spirits for donating their delish mango highball;

  • BB&T Bank;

  • Dante's Restaurants and Nightlife;

  • M&T Bank

  • Tom Cali at ReMAX Realty;

  • Jim Isola with Wells Fargo Advisors


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 Mary McGuire, acrylic Oct & Nov
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant J. Harlan Ritchey, pen & ink Oct & Nov
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Barbara Metzner, Oct & Nov
Juniper Village at Brookline Molly Allen, watercolor Oct & Nov
Liberty Craft House Adrienne Waterston, collage, acrylic Oct & Nov
The State Theatre Breast Cancer Awareness Show, multiple artists October
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Debbie Lintal, watercolor Oct & Nov
Portfolio, A Salon Nicole Packard, abstract Oct & Nov
The Corner Room Scott Owens, photography Oct & Nov
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Ruth Knowles Oct & Nov
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Isabel Kumerz Oct & Nov

Members who would like to be considered for an outreach exhibition should contact Marie at the office: 814-234-2740 or email

Paulette & Tom Berner, Pixels & Bristles at Cool Beans coffee house in Bellefonte

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 "Line Item" -- featuring work by Maggie Scotilla, Harlan Ritchey, Anne Buchanan, Karen Deutsch, Sue Parsonage, William Snyder III, Benjamin Fehl opening reception Friday, Oct 6, 5-8pm -- show continues through Oct 29
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Nancy Burch Brassington
Sept 29–Oct 29
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, title
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
Jennifer Steigerwalt & Carol Korte
Sept 29–Oct 29
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Team Room Gallery
Jonathan Preston Sept 29–Oct 29
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Jean Forsberg & Gary Schubert
September 1–November 26
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
Mary Beth Wiseman
Sept 29–Oct 29
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Adrienne Waterston, "Mapping the Future," silkscreen on paper October
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Paulette & Tom Berner, Pixels and Bristles
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Nancy Burch Brassington
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
Robert Placky, The Unfinished ... Finished show runs Oct 13–Nov 28
Spinning Plate Gallery, East Liberty Anni Matsick, Lena Thynell
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Show,
Oct 1-30, opening reception Sept 30, 5pm
Heinz History Center Anni Matsick, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators 20th Anniversary Exhibit: Art of Facts/Discovering Pittsburgh Stories
thru March 28
Café Lemont Name

State College Framing Company & Gallery name

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

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown would like to introduce our new Gallery Manager, Will Snyder III

As you may have heard, our beloved Gallery Manager, Kelsey, will be moving on to her new full-time art education job at the Palmer Museum for PSU. We wish her all the best in her new endeavor and thank her for getting the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown off to a great start. Thank you Kelsey!

After we discovered Kelsey would need to stop working at the gallery, we put out a call for applications and interviewed several excellent candidates. We thank them all for applying and for taking the time to meet with us. After very careful consideration, we decided on a candidate and would like to announce our new Gallery Manager, Will Snyder III.

Will is a local State College artist and Penn State SOVA graduate with a BA in integrative arts and an MFA in printmaking. He has many years of marketing and design experience as well as employee management and accounting/finance skills. Will has been actively producing and promoting his art, as well as working to bring together and formalize a greater arts community here in Center County by supporting various art and art-related projects in our area. He brings together a knowledge of art and business, as well as a passion for helping to create a vibrant art-centered culture here in Centre County.

We welcome Will to the gallery and hope you will come to meet him for the First Friday opening reception from 7–9pm for the new show, Fabricated. We hope to see you there!

You can find out more about Will when you meet him, or at his website: 


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!

Bob & Jeanette Baumbach

Bob joined the Art Alliance in 2005 shortly after his retirement as an art teacher at State College Area High School. Jeanette became more active along with Bob when she retired in 2008. They love to hang shows, especially if it means working with Jim Bright. Bob and Jeanette also enjoy maintaining the flower boxes and front landscape at the Lemont studio.

The Art Alliance hopes our members notice the lovely landscaping at the studio. We are so lucky to have you, Bob and Jeanette!

Abstraction Show 2017 Call For Entries!

Park Forest Middle School Printmaking Exhibition opening, Friday, Oct 20, 7-9pm

Holiday Wreath Sale!

Check out Bob Placky's new show, "The Unfinished Work ... finished" at Foxdale, now through Nov 28!

Participate in #INKtober 2017! find out how!

"Line Item" the new show at the AAGD up through Oct 29!

Art Alliance Fall Classes and Workshops are now available online!

Come and welcome our new Gallery Manager, Will Snyder III!

Online Registration

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

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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.

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

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