Art Alliance members' art show openings around town

Confluence: A Show of Prints
at Foxdale Village Gallery
June 23–August 14, 2017

Foxdale Village Gallery
500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801
(814) 272-2146  //

Opening reception: Sunday, June 25, 3:30–5pm

On view: June 23–August 14, 2017

Participating artists include:

Cazia Bradley, Valerie Dillon, Elaine Elledge, Laura Maney, Ingrid Booz Morejohn, Susan Parsonage, Mary Shoemaker, and Adrienne Waterston

Confluence: a show of prints features artwork by local Centre County artists and brings together a wide variety of styles and practices, all falling under the generous umbrella of printmaking. Come and see this eclectic collection of original prints and meet the artists at the opening reception, Sunday, June 25, 3:30-5pm.

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
June 2–27, 2017

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

Opening reception: Friday, June 2, 7–9pm

On view: June 2–25, 2017

Geologist John Holy once wrote: “The sediments of the past are many miles in collective thickness: yet the feeble silt of the rivers built them all from base to summit.” Sediment is fashioned from the history of its own creation. Each layer is visually distinguishable from the ones that came before or follow after it, and together these seemingly insignificant strata make up the greatest canyons and mountains.

In Stratified, seven contemporary artists explore the ways in which layering and pentimenti processes can be used to create complex beautiful things. Ranging in media, style and concept, these works use painterly techniques, printmaking, collage, found and collected objects, and photo-transfer techniques to depict depth born from the process of repeated application.

Participating artists: Carol Baney, Cheri Harte, Christine Smith, Deena Ultman, Holly Veenis, Adrienne Waterston and Kristin Ziegler

If you would like to be considered for an upcoming show, you can send us your information via our online form on the gallery website (click this link).

Visit the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown's website for hours and more information about the artists and the show!

Jami Joelle Nielsen's "Otherworldy Landscapes" opens June 2nd at the Schlow Library's Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery!

opening reception

Friday, June 2, 4:30-5:30pm


Schlow Library's Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery

show runs

June 1 - June 29


check the Schlow website for library hours

Join us for the Opening Reception for "OTHERWORLDLY LANDSCAPES", a mixed-media art exhibit by recycled-object artist Jami Joelle Nielsen. The Opening Reception will be held in Community Room B at Schlow Library from 4:30-5:30 pm, Friday, June 2, coinciding with Downtown State College's First Friday events. Refreshments/snacks have been generously donated by McLanahan's.

Jami Joelle's science-fiction themed artworks created from recycled vintage science books and other recycled materials, will be featured in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery at Schlow Library, at 211 S. Allen Street in State College. A portion of sales will be donated to Schlow Library.

The exhibit will be on display for the month of June available for veiwing on the days and hours the library is open (exhibit comes down June 29). Parking available on site using/validating with ticket system.

About the Artist: Jami Joelle Nielsen is a Chicanx recycled-object artivist with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome who combines a passion for nature, science, the arts, and social awareness through visual expression. Drawing from a degree in Environmental Science, her artwork combines a reverence for the wonders of nature and human impact. She creates “no-waste” collage, assemblage and paintings, using recycled materials in an attempt to narrate the chasm that exists in humanity’s relationship with its source, and explores deeper connections and dependencies therein. The end result pays homage to coexistence, transformation, and hope.

For inquiries, purchasing, or commissions, please visit or email at

Thank you to Schlow Library and McLanahan's for making the Opening Reception possible!


Congratulations to all our Art Alliance artists chosen to participate in the 2017 PA Arts Fest Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition!

Christine Bailey, Virginia Belser, Jason Bloom, Randy Doughty, Wes Glebe, Art Heim, Anne Kenyon, Diane Maurer and Ian Stainton were all accepted to participate in the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition! Congratulations!

Be sure to visit thse wonderful artists during the festival July 13–16. Check out the Arts Fest website to find out where exactly people will be and also what other events and booths you might want to visit while you are there.

Member News

Alice Kelsey "Through the Surface" Solo Exhibit & Related Book

I’m very excited about a series of new paintings, drawings, and monotypes which I’ll be exhibiting in a solo show at the Bellefonte Art Museum, and welcome you to see the show. I created the works in the “Through the Surface” exhibition during the past year in an intensive, inspired search with varied art materials to capture the imagery and mystery at a central Pennsylvania spring-fed pond. More than fifteen colorful and expressive works will be shown, welcoming visitors to immerse in imagery of water lilies, iris, and reflections, and explore ways in which the textures and surface qualities of different artist’s materials affect the look and feel of artwork. By grouping a series of related works created by one artist utilizing varied materials, the show uniquely highlights the expressive qualities of a wide range of media (oil, pastel, gouache, monotype, silverpoint, acrylic, pen, and graphite) and supports (linen, canvas, wood panel, and several kinds of paper).

I’ve also created a book about the artwork and media used in the exhibit which is available for purchase at the museum. Gallery talks about this topic, and book signing events will also be offered (see below). Admission is free and open to the public, and artwork is available for purchase. Here’s the show details, and more information can be found on my website,


Lena Thynell's piece accepted into 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regiona Exhibition!

Lena Thynell's "Old Stone House" was selected into the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS).

The juror of selection and awards this year is renowned watercolor artist Frank Eber.

The exhibition runs from June 17 to July 17, 2017.

Anni Matsick's work selected for North Lights Books' 2017 watercolor competition!

Anni Matsick was among 126 artists whose work was selected for North Light Books’ 2017 watercolor competition Splash 19: Illusion of Light.

Two of her works, "Sweet Dreams" and "Girl in White Hat," were chosen from over 1700 entries received and will appear in the annual collectors’ volume to be released in June 2018.

"Sweet Dreams" (top image left) was also a 2nd Prize winner in AACP’s 2015 Members Show.

Here's a link to the Splash 19 winners announcement webpage.

Lena Thynell has been busy

Lena Thynell is one of the Juried-in Artists at The Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival! The festival takes place Tuesday, June 6th trough Sunday, June 11th, 2017. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, NY (14424).

Lena recently achieved Signature Status at Baltimore Watercolor Society.

Lena's painting "Forgotten" was accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society's 77th Annual International Open Exhibition , April 24-June 2, 2017, WA.

Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) is pleased to announce that Lena Thynell of Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, USA has been chosen as one of the 60 artists selected for the 77th Annual International Open Exhibition that will be on display from April 24 through June 2 at the Harbor History Museum. The museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.

Art enthusiasts, collectors, students, and everyone interested in the arts are invited to the Open Exhibition Artists’ Reception on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following the reception, artists are encouraged to sharpen their plein air painting skills in scenic Gig Harbor. The resource room at the Harbor History Museum will be available for artists wishing to paint inside instead.

Click here to see a press release for more information about the event, the organization, the juror and Lena Thynell.

Art Alliance Events

past events

Artists at the Art Alliance are helping the Jana Marie Foundation bring attention to Mental Health for May, Mental Health Month

Thank you to all our artists and friends who contributed to this projects! We are so amazed at all the elephants we saw in shop windows downtown.

Thank you to Jana Marie Foundation for organizing and providing the elephants for their Mokita project to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community.

Click on the links to find out more about the Jana Marie Foundation, as well as the other sponsors of this event, Skills of Central PA and Beck Psychotherapy.


Spring Colors Studio Tour May 6 & 7, 2017

Our Studio Tour is back! This year we are having a Spring Colors Studio Tour and you are invited to participate!

Our Studio Tour event is a weekend where artists open up their studios or participate in a group venue open to the general public. As a participating artist, you can show and sell your work, offer demonstrations, show your techniques and materials and meet people interested in supporting the arts and finding out more about you and your work in an intimate setting.

We will be promoting the event on TV, in local newspapers and on local radio stations.

In our last tour (Fall 2015) more than 19 of the area’s finest artists working in a variety of media opened their studios for this self-guided tour. The event is free to the public.

Group venues provided by the Art Alliance this Studio Tour include the Granary in Lemont and the Rhoneymeade Sculputure Garden and Arboretum studio space.


HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Centre Gives!!

Your support of the arts is truly awesome!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Art Alliance through Centre Gives this year. Together we raised more than $6,800!!

You are amazing and we are so very lucky to have such wonderful friends and supporters.

Your support is helping the Art Alliance:

  • provide interesting and reasonably priced art classes for adults as well as art classes and camps for kids
  • keep up facilities maintenance
  • pay our instructors enough to help keep them dedicated to teaching art
  • host and organize our studio space as a gallery space for art exhibitions for all artists who want to show their work
  • keep an up-to-date and current website and social media platform
  • maintain an office staff who organize schedules and make all the events and classes run smoothly
  • organize outreach exhibitions in our local businesses to bring our members' artwork to a broader audience

So, thanks to YOU the Art Alliance can keep doing what we do.

And remember, we appreciate all kinds of support, so if you could not give at this time, you can donate money directly to the Art Allliance or to our fund at the Centre Foundation at any time. OR, just as importantly, we always have a lot of volunteer opportunities as well! Call the office today at 814-234-2740 to find out what you can do if you would like to donate your time.

We appreciate everything you do to support the Art Alliance!

Artists at the Art Alliance are helping the Jana Marie Foundation bring attention to Mental Health for May, Mental Health Month

We have been asked by the Jana Marie Foundation to help promote Mental Health awareness during May, Mental Health Month, through their MokitaTM Trunk Show by inviting our artists "to highlight positive ways to cope with “elephants” that exist in our community – art, music, creative expression, outdoors, whatever it may be."

The decorated "elephants" in the room will be placed on display in local downtown State College businesses and at Mount Nittany Hospital.

This program is sponsored by Jana Marie Foundation, Skills of Central PA and Beck Psychotherapy. The elephants are made of plastic gator board and are about 2 feet tall.


December 2016 -- The Mona Lisa's mysterious smile is back!

You did it!! You matched Geof's challenge and raised over $1200  to help get the downtown gallery off to a great start. Thank you so much, way to go!

And of course A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Geof Godbey for proposing this challenge!! We are so grateful for the fantastic support of all our members.

Thank you!

Leonard da Vinci said:

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing."

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."


Good Spirits! 2016


Check out these great pictures by Stacie Bird from our recent event, Good Spirits! our annual fall fundraiser featuring great wine, food & music with all our friends and supporters. It was a lovely event and we would are so grateful to everyone who helped out. Thank you so much for coming, donating, volunteering to help make our organization a success.

Thank Yous All Around!!

to our generous donors:

to our wondeful sponsors:

to our media sponsors:

to our marvelous volunteers!

Bob & Marge Carline
food & organizing
Susan & Buzz Graham
wine pouring & as needed
Barb Pennypacker
wine pouring & as needed
Chris Bittner
organized Artists In Action, set-up, as needed
Chuck Fong as needed Mary Deutch as needed
Stacie Bird
wine pouring & photography
Betsy Allen
wine pouring & as needed
Diane & Emma Kesidis
check-in and check-out
Susan & Laura Nejako
check-in & check-out
Janet Haner printed tickets Dee Stout made event signs
Melinda Curley Cathy Zangrilli
organized food & made programs

to our Artists In Action!

Mark Messenger J. Harlan Ritchey
Amy Romaneic Jennifer Shuey
Adrienne Waterston  

Special thanks to Tom Berner for selling the most tickets!!