Plein Air Workshop at Rhoneymeade, June 1, 8, & 15

Instructor: Harlan Ritchey

Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden & Arboretum

177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA

Join us for Friday afternoons as we paint our way in watercolor through the beautiful grounds of Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden. Each session will begin with an instructor demonstration of various landscape techniques, followed by individual instruction for each student as they work at their own pace. The indoor studio will be available to us so we will meet rain or shine. Please bring your own supplies; students who are new to plein air painting can email Harlan at for suggestions.

Fee: $75

click here to sign up online or call the office 814-234-2740


Summer Classes are now available online!

Sign up today for Summer Art Classes at the Art Alliance! We have classes in Oil Painting, Watercolor, Drawing, and Printmaking plus Open Studio time for painting, sculpture and figure drawing.

Click here to check out our online registration system with more descriptions.

Click here for a downloadable PDF file of the mailer we send out to our members.


We are getting ready for our annual Downtown Gallery fundraiser, and we hope you are too!

As a matter of fact, we could not do it without you!

This is a fundraiser for the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, to help us keep a presence for our artists in downtown State College. As you know, this is no mean feat and we really need you and your participation to make this work!

The idea is that you, our members, community members and supporters, create amazing square artworks (in the sizes below) and donate them to the fundraiser. Then we open the show the evening of Kids' Day at The Central PA Festival of the Arts, and everyone, maybe even you, snap up thos those wonderful artworks and they sell like hotcakes!

Last year's debut show was so amazing and we had such a great response, let's make this one even better!

This year your work can be in 3 sizes, Small (6"x6"), Medium (12"x12") and Large (18"x18"). Your signature is on the back so the buyer won’t know who’s piece they’ve bought until they buy it!

If you are in need of a canvas (or two, or three!) stop by the office between (usually) 9–2 at the back of the Gallery Shop in Lemont (824 Pike Street) and pick one up -- we are selling them at cost -- 6x6 is $1, 12x12 is $2 and 18x18 is $5. If you call first we can set one (or some) aside for you, 814-234-2740.


Happy Valley Bonsai Club Sale & Spring Exhibit is June 8–10!

opening reception, Friday, June 8, 6–9pm.

Saturday June 9, 9am–5pm
Sunday June 10, 12–4pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

The Happy Valley Bonsai Club spring exhibit is June 8, 9 and 10 at the Art Alliance of Central PA gallery in Lemont, PA. Bonsai and related items will be sold.

Do you want help creating your own bonsai? Starter juniper trees potted in bonsai pots are for sale and the club will help you start styling them. Then, visit the club later for consultations.

Free to the public. All are welcome!


The Annual Members Show 2018 -- The May Show, "Reflection," at the AAGD in May

Reflection -- May

opening reception Friday, May 4, 5–8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

show runs May 4-27

gallery hours Thur–Sat 12-6pm; Sun 12–4pm

This year we have decided this year to have two parts to our annual Members Show: Part One is in May, and Part Two is in June. In this 50th year of our existence, we have designated the theme for the May exhibition to to be Reflection and that of June Ito be Vision.

We are showcasing the work of our members at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, where the two shows will be up for almost the whole of their respective months.

So come on out to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown and check out what our wonderful member artists are up to! And of course, if you are looking to buy art, please consider our Art Alliance Gallery Downtown as your #1 local art shop stop!


Instructor & Student Show! in May at Rhoneymeade

Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828

show runs May 5–June3

There will be a public reception held on Sunday, June 3, from 2:00 to 3:30

Please join us for the Annual Art Alliance Student & Instructor Show at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, June 3. This wonderful show features artwork by students and instructors at the Art Alliance from the past year.

Here is a link to the Rhoneymeade website for directions and info.


Member News

Find more Member News on our Art News page.


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 Molly Allen,  April & May
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Suzanne DeSarbo, oil or acrylic April & May
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Debbie Lintal, watercolors April & May
Juniper Village at Brookline Brenda Horner, watercolor April & May
Liberty Craft House Maggie Scotilla, pen & ink May & June
The State Theatre

SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Janet Riggio, mixed April & May
Portfolio, A Salon Janet Riggio, mixed April & May
The Corner Room Anne Buchanan, drawing & paintings April & May
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 Adrienne Waterston, silkscreen now thru close

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 Members Show, part 1, "reflection" featuring artwork of our members opening reception, Friday, May 4, 5–8pm; show runs through May 27
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
name, show/work
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, title
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Tea Room Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
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 Shay McGuire, "Cats"
May 4–27
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library name, show dates
Café Lemont Anne Buchanan,, pen, ink, watercolor, oils

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Anne Buchanan, May 4–27
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
date 2018
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
"name" person / media date
State College Framing Company & Gallery "Show", name media date

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

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 unless otherwise specified

Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

Volunteer Spotlight

Many, many thanks to all our hardworking volunteers. The Art Alliance could not do all that we do without you and your great ideas, your energy and your spirit. Here is one example of one our awesome volunteers and how they are making a difference for the Art Alliance.

We will be featuring our stellar volunteers on a regular basis on our About Us page under Volunteer Spotlight. So if you know someone you would like to see in our Volunteer Spotlight, please contact the office at 814-234-2740 or email us at We know we have a lot of deserving members!

stacie bird volunteer spotlightChris Bittner

I volunteer for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania because I love art, artists and helping to bring culture and beauty to the community. Having a group of like-minded people doing what I do in so many different media inspires and pushes me to push myself. The Art Alliance is a vital part of Happy Valley and I awn honored and happy to play a part.

Chris Bittner is a sculptor, art lover and Art Alliance Board member. He lives in Lemont, PA with his lovely wife, Jennifer.


Watercolor Plein Air with J. Harlan Ritchey at Rhoneymeade June 1, 8 & 15

Summer Classes are now available online! Click to sign up today!

Art Alliance Instructor / Student Show is up now thru June at Rhoneymeade! Go and see the amazing work of our students and instructors from the past year in this unique setting

The Members Show, Reflection, at the AAGD, May 4–27

Kids Summer Art Camps!

Artist members shows around town -- see Member Shows section!

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!

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You can donate to the Art Alliance while shopping online! Click on this link to go to the 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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