Calls for Entry -- see more in the Calls for Entry section on our Art News page

Call for Entries! Special show coming up called, "Is it hereditary?"

October 5–14

opening reception Friday, October 5

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Entry form due in the Art Alliance office 12pm on Wednesday, September 26

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special show called, "Is it hereditary?" October 5–14 featuring work by children and their adult family mentors — whether that is a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, step-parent, we are looking for the person who is encouraging and helping the younger artist in their artistic endeavors. Both people will have an artwork in the show, which can be for sale, if you so desire.

The artwork can be 2D or 3D. 2D work does not have to be framed. The entry fee is $25 per family. Please include $5 for reception refreshments or indicate you will bring something to share.

The entry form is due into the Art Alliance office by noon on Wednesday, September 26

For a PDF file of the entry form, please click here

To enter

Fill out the entry form and send it to us via email (info@artalliancepa.org) or mail (PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851) to be in our office by Wednesday, September 26, by noon.

Payment options

MAIL a check to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851 ($25 + $5 for refreshments or indicate you will bring some, made out to the Art Alliance of Central PA);

PAY ONLINE — use the Register for Classes link in the menu on our website http://artalliancepa.org to go to our online registration system and under the Search ‘Session options’ pull-down menu, choose ‘Child/Mentor Art Show: Is It Hereditary?;'

FILL OUT THE CARD INFO on the entry form and mail to us, PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

 

News

We are 50 this year and celebrating with a party!

Leah Mueller & Her Rhythm (Stacy Glen Tibbetts and Chris Gamble)

Art Alliance 50th Birthday Party

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

September 23, 5-7:30pm

with music by Leah Mueller and Her Rhythm

hors d'oeuvres by Wegman's

Join us at Shavers Creek Environmental Center Sunday, September 23, from 5-7:30pm with live music by Leah Mueller and Her Rhythm, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and great company!

We will also have plein air artists taking in the natural beauty of Shaver's Creek and creating works to be sold at the end of the evening.

Wren boxes, created and donated by Chris Bittner, are being painted/decorated by our very own artists and will be available for purchase at the party!

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!

This event is being generously sponsored by:
Wegmans, Dantes, M&T Bank, 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!!

 

Gelli Monoprinting Demo for Pop Up Ave this Saturday!

MKL Plaza, Fraser Street, Downtown State College

Saturday, September 22, 1–4pm

with instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn

If you want to see how easy and fun it is to make beautiful 'instant' prints using a Gelli plate (a gelatin and mineral oil matrix) come watch the Art Alliance printmaking instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn demo the technique in front of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown during POP UP AVE on Saturday Sept 23, 1–4pm.

Come on out to State College's very own pop up flea market Pop Up Ave happening in Fraser Street between College and Beaver Aves and take in the food vendors, vintage clothing and art demonstrations happening this Saturday!

Pop Up Ave is a curated outdoor urban flea hosting dozens of the raddest makers and vintage vendors from across Pennsylvania (and beyond)! There will also be live music, food vendors, a beer garden by Elk Creek Café & Aleworks—and it's FREE to attend.

Pop Up Ave will be happening from 11am–7pm.

Check out the whole line-up of vendors at popupave.com

 

Anni Matsick has a piece in the HAA show "Pastiche II"

Harrisburg Art Association Membership Exhibition, "Pastiche II"

opening reception Sept 9, 11am–6pm

Gallery Walk, Harrisburg PA

 

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

See a list of classes below. For more details and information please check our online registration website -- click here for link. For a PDF file of the Fall Class schedule please click here.

Mondays

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

Tuesdays

Painting Open Studio with Susan Graham

Acrylics Come to Life with Jennifer Kane

Printmaking Open Studio with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Wednesdays

Sculpture Open Studio with Linda Hale

Exploring Pastels with Alice Kelsey

Collagraph Printmaking with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Stained Glass with Ken Plattner

Thursdays

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.

 

Pop Up Art Classes!

We have some new awesome Pop Up Art Classes coming up in Sept/Oct/Nov. Check out our Art Classes page to find out more.

Tai Chi of Drawing Techniques -- Gesture Drawing -- Session 1

Art Alliance Art Center

Thursday, September 20, 1–3pm

with instructor Ann Taylor Schmidt

Do you want to challenge your fear of the blank page? Add expressive movement to your compositions? Feel the fun of drawing? Ann Taylor-Schmidt will lead you through several exercises, laughing and approaching drawings from a whole new moving, sculptural and vibrant perspective, using gesture drawing. You’ll learn new ways to approach drawing trees, people, even bouquets, and have some fun doing it. Bring your drawing materials including large paper, charcoal, a fine point marker, a ballpoint pen. and your exploring spirit. Large sheets of paper will be provided for some of the exercises, too. 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!
This is one in a series of four Pop-Up Drawing Classes with instructor Ann Taylor-Schmidt (the series repeats in October) TO SIGN UP you must CALL 814-234-2740 or EMAIL us at info@artalliancepa.org
Fee: $20 per class or $70 for all 4

 

Geometric Framework & Negative Space -- Session 1

Art Alliance Art Center

Thursday, September 27, 1–3pm

with instructor Ann Taylor Schmidt

Bring negative space out of the background. Give it a positive spin. Learn the design concept using the strength of negative space in your art. Build object-frames. Learn how to see and shade geometric shapes, forming convincing objects. Explore perspective, values, shapes and form. Learn to squint, improve your art and have fun!

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!
This is one in a series of four Pop-Up Drawing Classes with instructor Ann Taylor-Schmidt (the series repeats in October) TO SIGN UP you must CALL 814-234-2740 or EMAIL us at info@artalliancepa.org
Fee: $20 per class or $70 for all 4

 

The Edgy Art of Contour Drawing -- Session 1

Art Alliance Art Center

Thursday, October 3, 1–3pm

with instructor Ann Taylor Schmidt

Learn and practice a drawing technique focusing on detail, texture and contour. Practice slowly transposing the fine edge details and cross-contours of nature to give your art a real-feel and unique you-are-there energy. Turn generic looking drawings into a slice the actual natural world. Become a more sensitive nature artist. Focusing on this drawing technique can be meditative and calming as well.

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!
This is one in a series of four Pop-Up Drawing Classes with instructor Ann Taylor-Schmidt (the series repeats in November) TO SIGN UP you must CALL 814-234-2740 or EMAIL us at info@artalliancepa.org
Fee: $20 per class or $70 for all 4

 

Gelli Plate Monoprinting

Art Alliance Art Center

Friday, October 5, 7–9:30pm

with instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Fee: $30

Explore subtractive and additive monoprinting using a gelatin plat as a matrix in this 2.5 hr. pop-up. 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 additive.

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: $30
Contact the Art Alliance at info@artalliancepa.org or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

Creative Journaling via Creative Writing and Nature Drawing -- Session 1

Art Alliance Art Center

Thursday, October 11, 1–3pm

with instructor Ann Taylor Schmidt

Journaling in nature can calm, inspire and promote creativity. Bring your journal – blank or partially full – and some drawing pens and pencils. We’ll work through exercises in writing and drawing to add some techniques to your toolbox. Drawing from nature can center you and eliminate distractions, which can lead to better flow in your writing. It can also help you ask more questions to lead yourself in the lifelong learning of discovery that all the details of nature affords. We’ll may throw some poetry in for good measure.

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!
This is one in a series of four Pop-Up Drawing Classes with instructor Ann Taylor-Schmidt (the series repeats in November) TO SIGN UP you must CALL 814-234-2740 or EMAIL us at info@artalliancepa.org
Fee: $20 per class or $70 for all 4

 

Painting with Soils!

Art Alliance Art Center

Saturday, October 13, 10–12

with instructor Jan Riggio

Jan’s work is influenced by nature. She observes what the land offers in its natural state. “Look gently at the earth, the way it presents itself. Take the color, light and contours and capture the essence.” This workshop is for curious painters and those who have considered an alternative to watercolor and acyrlics. Fee: $20

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 info@artalliancepa.org or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

Mindfulness Through Drawing

Art Alliance Art Center

Friday, November 2, 7-9 pm

with Kirsten Grigor

Mindfulness Meditation has gained credibility as a pathway to a more fulfilling life. In this class we will work toward reaching that relaxed zen-like zone through sketching. We will draw from our imagination and find inspiration in our natural and manmade surroundings to create compositions of pattern and shape. Repetition of small but gestural marks will bring your heart rate and breathing rate down, allowing you to be present and reach a more centered and relaxed state all while creating a beautiful and textural freehand drawing.

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 info@artalliancepa.org or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

At the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Nancy Brassington's new "Houses" exhibit opens Sept 7 at the AAGD

"Houses" an exhibit by Nancy Brassington

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

opening reception Friday, Sept 7, 6–8pm

show runs thru Sept 30

Nancy Brassington's "Houses" exhibit opens Friay, Sept 7, with a reception from 6–8pm at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. Come meet the artist and check out her amazing artwork!

 

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 info@artalliancepa.org with questions, etc.

 

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

Our instructor, Adam Swartz, is in the news!

Check out this article in the StateCollege.com Town and Gown news online! Here's a snippet:

Adam Swartz is living a dream many fail to achieve. He didn't have to really grow up.

As a puppeteer for his company, Adam Swartz Puppets, Swartz has taken a youth mindset into the "grown-up" world, creating a successful venture that reaches out to children across the area.

"Back when I was 9 years old, I didn't want to grow up," Swartz says. "Everyone has the Peter Pan Syndrome. I thought if I had to pretend to be a grown-up, I could at least continue to play with toys and get a job as a puppeteer."

Raised in the area, Swartz earned his degree in integrative arts from Penn State. With his puppeteering, Swartz's goals were simple: to simultaneously educate and entertain audiences from all walks of life.

"I was a big Jim Henson fan from The Muppets, and this struck me as an ideal job," Swartz says.

Click here to read the article about Adam and his work

 

Anni Matsick has a piece in the HAA show "Pastiche II"

Harrisburg Art Association Membership Exhibition, "Pastiche II"

opening reception Sept 9, 11am–6pm

Gallery Walk, Harrisburg PA

 

Jennifer Shuey has a show, "The Trees In Me," at Schlow Library in September

September 2018

Schlow Centre Region Library - Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801

"Trees in Me" Jennifer Shuey, Solo Exhibition

http://www.jennifershueyart.com/ 

 

Christine S. Stangle and Linda Baumgartner have their artwork at State College Framing Company & Gallery

September & October 2018

State College Framing Company

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801

 

Christine S. Stangle is a ceramic artist (top image) and Lisa Baumgartner creates handmade books and prints (bottom image).

 

Anni Matsick & Lena Thynell have artwork in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

October 14–November 20, 2018

Wayne Art Center

433 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087

 

Art Exhibition, Marica Tacconi, abstract painting

opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7pm

show runs through September

Webster’s Bookstore & Café

133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA // 814-272-1410

Artist’s Statement:

My work as an abstract painter explores color, texture, and movement. I am drawn to non-representational, free-flowing art that develops and “takes shape” as I engage in the process. My approach is intuitive, unstructured, and rhapsodic – almost like “stream-of-consciousness” on canvas.

My acrylic paintings often incorporate materials that provide texture and facilitate movement. I am most inspired by abstract expressionism, synchromism, and the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and Gerhard Richter.

As a music historian, much of my inspiration also comes from sound and from the connections between the aural and the visual. I paint while listening to music, mostly classical, but also jazz and music from non-Western cultures. Viewers have described my work as “having rhythm” and as incorporating harmony of form and color.

Check out Mar's facebook event

 

Anni Matsick has work in the PWCS's Aqueous show up at the Spinning Plate Gallery

Philadelphia Watercolor Society's AQUEOUS OPEN 2018 72ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

October 6–27, 2018

Spinning Plate Gallery

5821 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11–4

 

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! info@artalliancepa.org

 

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

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, Houses: by Nancy Brassington oil paintings of houses by Nancy Brassington Sept 7–30; opening reception Friday, Sept 7, 6–9pm
Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg 17101 Pastiche II, fall membership exhibition, Anni Matsick with “On Mother’s Knee”-1st Prize Watercolor and “The Berry Stealer" Opening reception during the Harrisburg Gallery Walk, Sunday, Sept 9, 11am–6pm; Sept 9–Oct 11
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Jean Forsberg — This exhibit is a collaboration between painter and quilter. It was inspired by the medieval city of Sijilmasa located at the northern edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Both Jean and Doug will be on-hand Sunday, September 2nd to share the inspiration and process behind this unique project.
Aug 31–Sept 30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Pottery Gallery, NEW!
Jan Dillon, Randy Doughty, Linda Goncalves, Linda Hale, Linna Muschlitz and John Ziegler — The Potter's Guild of Central Pennsylvania was established in 1971 as a co-operative and studio workshop for local potters. Guild members Jan Dillon, Randy Doughty, Linda Goncalves, Linda Hale, Linna Muschlitz and John Ziegler will come together for the September Grand Opening to showcase their range of work.
Aug 31–Sept 30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, medium
date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Paulette Berner & JE Crum
Aug 31–Nov 25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Roxanne Naydan
Aug 31–Sept 30
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Jennifer Shuey "The Trees In Me" solor show September 2018
Café Lemont name, medium
date

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Lisa Beightol Sept 1–Oct 31
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, medium/title
dates
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
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 Septmeber 2018
The State Museum, 300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120 The Art of the State Anni Matsick June 25–Sept 9
Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA Abstract Art Marica Tacconi Sept 7–30

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.

 

It's the Art Alliance's 50th Birthday and we are having a party! Sept 23 at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. Click for details!

Gelli Plate Monoprinting Demo at MLK Plaza this Sat, Sept 22, 1–4pm for Pop Up Ave!

Call for Entries! new show "Is it hereditary?" a mentor/child show at the AAGD -- due Wed, Sept 26 at 12pm

Check out our upcoming Pop-Up Art Classes!

Fall 2018 Teacher Inservice Days Art Classes available for signup now

Nancy Brassington's new "Houses" exhibit open now at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown thru Sept 30

"7 on the Square" with Karen Deutsch, Marie Draguns, Manya S. Goldstein, Ruth Kempner, Elizabeth Kirchner, Adrienne Waterston is up now at Foxdale, thru Oct 15

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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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!

Or give to the Art Alliance directly with your credit card through PayPal or with your PayPal account:

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