Art Show Openings and Events

Jackie Thomas and grade school students make artwork for new Williamsport Hospital Pediatric wing

Two projects created with 180 second and third grade students in Jackson Primary School were unveiled and celebrated during a ribbon cutting to open the new Pediatric Wing of the UPMC Susquehanna (Williamsport) Hospital. Jackie Thomas designed the projects in collaboration with Maddie. Then Maddie and her classmates created the components that became the final works. 1) Monet & Rousseau Inspire Maddie (size: 32.5" square before stretching & framing...technique: applique); 2) Bug Heaven: Madilyn's Leaf (size: 36" square Rousseau Inspire Maddie (size: 36" square... technique: handmade wet felt & needle felting


Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown now open!

November 2–December 24

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK plaze next to the Fraser Street Garage)

gallery hours: Thur, Fri & Sat, 12–6pm; 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 and more.

Come on down to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this holiday season to pick up some wonderful art for your family and friends!

Participating artists include:

Betsy Rodgers Allen


Lisa Baumgartner

books and prints

R Thomas Berner


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


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


Lena Thynell

watercolor paintings

Adrienne Waterston

silkscreen art and cards

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


Art Alliance Events

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Member News

Diane Maurer's work will be at the Met's Watson Library!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library has invited Diane Maurer to be part of the Legacy Project, honoring prominent American paper decorators.

A selection of her decorative papers and biographical story will be archived so that researchers now and in the future will have access to original works for study of the book and paper arts movement in America.

Diane's Hand Marbled Paper Page on Facebook


Christine S. Stangel and Lisa Baumgartner have their artwork at State College Framing Company & Gallery

State College Framing Company

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801


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


Our instructor, Adam Swartz, is in the news!

Check out this article in the 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


Calls for Entry

Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition

Emerging & professional artists from the 250 mile radius of New Castle, PA are invited to apply electronically for the Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition to compete for cash prizes, First Place $600, Second $400, Third $200, and up to 6 Merit awards!

The Hoyt


Deadline for Entries: Postmark- January 26, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: February 23th Delivery of accepted works: By March 16th

Pick up works: June 1st

Public Reception: April 6, 2-4pm

Exhibition Dates: April 2 - May 30, 2019


Entries are limited to artists 18+ living within 250 miles of New Castle, PA 16101

All media will be considered with the following exceptions: No video or installations.

Works must be original and completed within the last three years and not previously shown at the Hoyt. Work cannot exceed 48 inches in any direction or 150 pounds in weight.

All work must be professionally prepared for display 2D pieces must be framed & wired: paper works protected by glass or plexiglass. Special display instructions should be clearly noted.

Arts & Education at the Hoyt has final authority to define what constitutes an acceptable entry. Works may be declined if they are not adequately prepared for display, considered unsafe, or appear to be different from the entry emailed or CD.


Apply Online

After completing the online applications, email images to

Enter by Mail

Print at Prospectus

Each image file on the CD must be titled with corresponding entry number indicated. Label the CD in marker including your name, entry number and title of work in the sequence they appear on CD. JPEG file only, cannot exceed 2MB.

Mail CD, Entry/Notification Card and fee to: Arts & Education at the Hoyt, 124 East Leasure Avenue, New Castle, PA 16101.


$35.00 for up to three entries ($25.00 for Hoyt Members) and $10.00 for each additional entry. Entry fees may be paid online or made payable to Arts & Education at the Hoyt and mailed to Arts & Education at the Hoyt, Regional Juried Exhibi-tion, 124 East Leasure Ave., New Castle, PA 16101. (entry fee is non-refundable)


Juror's notification will be sent by February 23rd.


Accepted works must be received at the Hoyt by March 16th. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up of all works. Return shipping instructions must be included for works shipped. Work can be picked up in person on June 1st. Shipped works by June 8th.


Sales are encouraged. A commission of 30% will be charged on all sales resulting from the exhibition, please price accord-ingly. Checks are issued within 30 days of the exhibition's close. All works not for sale must be clearly marked NFS.


For nearly two decades Kurt Shaw was the Art Critic for the Tribune Review in Pittsburgh. His critical eye and thoughtful commentary literally has put Pittsburgh on the map as being one of this country’s most prominent cultural art centers. His tireless support of the arts was honored by the City Council of Pittsburgh in 2014 when they created what came to be known as “Kurt Shaw Day” on July 8th of that year.

A Carnegie Mellon graduate, Shaw begin his career as an illustrator creating works for the Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and the National Enquirer. He has won numerous awards, among them a Golden Quill for Feature Illustration (1992) and Parenting Publications Gold Awards (2000, 2001, 2003) for various magazine covers. He is listed in the 2000-2001 Who's Who In The West, Marquis Who's Who, as well as several issues of The Guild and the Burridge Index.

As a studio artist, Shaw was commissioned to create large scale sculptural works for Carnegie Mellon, Windjammer Café on Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas and for Progressive Medical in Westerville, Ohio. He opened Shaw Galleries, an antique map, print and art gallery located on Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District and his own work is being represent-ed by Eastside Gallery in Pittsburgh, Marcia Evans Gallery Columbus and Malton Art Gallery in Cincinnati.


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