Art show openings and events around town

A Different Way of Seeing

an abstract show

opening reception Sunday, June 24, 3:30–5pm

Foxdale Village Art Gallery

2nd floor, ask for directions at the front desk

500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801

show runs through August 6

Come out to the opening reception of A Different Way of Seeing abstraction show at the Foxdale Village Art Gallery Sunday, June 24 from 3:30–5pm

artists include: Jean Giddings, Mary Deutch, Mary McGuire, Deena Ultman, Susan Graham, Chuck Fong, Robert Placky, Melinda Curley, Jean Forsberg, Barbara Metzner, Wendy Snetsinger

Refreshments will be served

Foxdale Village website


Our Annual Members Show 2018, "Vision," up now at the AAGD through July 6!

Vision -- June

opening reception Friday, June 1, 5–8pm

closing reception Friday, July 6, 5–8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

show runs June 1-July 6

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

This year we decided this year to have two parts to our annual Members Show: Part One was in May, and Part Two opens Friday, June 1 and goes through July 6. The theme for the May exhibition was Reflection and June's is 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 for round two of our Members Show, "Vision," 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! 


Manual Labor Drawings by Kate McGraw and Jo Margolis

Robeson Gallery, Lower Level, HUB-Robeson Center

Dates of exhibition: June 5 -August 24, 2018

Reception: June 14, 6--Spm

Free and open to the public

University Park, P.A. -The HUB-Robeson Galleries are proud to present Manual Labor, an exhibition of drawings by Kate McGraw and Jo Margolis, in the Robeson Gallery from June 5 through August 24, 2018. A free and public opening reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, June 14 from 6-8pm.

Kindred methodologies in mark-making techniques and appreciation for agricultural spaces bring artists Jo Margolis and Kate McGraw into the fold of artistic collaboration and formal discussion. Exacting and rigorous, each artist employs their astute sense of agency by using simple tools to mark the surface of their chosen material - paper, stone, wood or wall - while consciously allowing for the drawn forms to grow organically. Over the course of many rigorous drawing sessions, these hallowed surfaces become enveloped with careful inscriptions, serving as documents of time - evocative of sacred texts, or illuminated manuscripts.

"I am fascinated by the essence of calligraphic shapes and sacred texts. Some of my latest work focuses on forms that emerge, the softness of clarity until we know what it is becoming. There is something in unknowing that is both humbling and hopeful."

Margolis and McGraw find comradery and appreciation for agricultural life and their local landscapes of Southcentral Pennsylvania that inform their sense of place and home. As a farmer tends to the land, each artist toils over surfaces with pen, graphite, crayon or pencil in earnest cultivation. The direct action of drawing tools meeting surface is the performance, and vehicle for manifestation. Experiencing the artistic process as meditative labor is an essential component to the artists' work. Intentions transmute into textural surface planes, meandering departures and connections, and floating tapestries that consider the void in space, as well as the occupied.

"My most recent work honors the infusion of light and spectrum as the vehicle for expansion and ascension. My studio, as it stands today, is a makeshift time machine and incubator space for off-site projects, installations and performances, paintings and drawings, sites and shiny objects."

Margolis and McGraw combine austere, monastic minimalism with the whimsical and enchanted to create atmospheres for contemplation and reflection, as well as metamorphosis and expansion. Both artists were born and raised in Southcentral Pennsylvania. Jo Margolis lives and works in Wellsville in York County and Kate McGraw lives and works in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County. Margolis earned her BFA and MFA from University of Pennsylvania. McGraw earned her BFA from Penn State and her MFA from Brooklyn College.


Children & Youth Art Workshops at the Palmer

These kids workshops at the Palmer Museum of Art on PSU campus in State College, PA, are free but you have to preregister. Contact Heide A. Port at 814-863-9181 or

Almost Famous: Make Your Own Art Poster

June 16, Sat, 10:30–1:30, ages 6–8

June 23, Sat, 10:30–1:30, ages 9–12

Framing the City: Our Town

June 30, Sat, 10:30–1:30, ages 6–8

July 7, Sat, 10:30–1:30, ages 9–12

For more information check the Palmer Museum website 


A→CHROMATIC: Drawings and Paintings, 2013 – 2018

Paintings by J. Harlan Ritchey

Reception: June 7, 6–8pm

HUB Gallery May 29 – July 28, 2018

A→CHROMATIC represents a comprehensive overview of painter J. Harlan Ritchey’s artistic development and coincides with the 5-year anniversary of his introduction to the gallery world.

The subject matter of A→CHROMATIC can be divided into four broad genres: landscape, still life, floral, and abstract. Within each of these genres Ritchey works to explore specific themes and emphasize the elements that he considers to be most conducive to those themes. In the landscape genre, those themes are a connection to perspective and place while the floral genre explores a connection to rhythm and color; the still life genre emphasizes a connection to composition and form, and the abstract genre’s theme focuses on a connection to pattern and theory. Each image carries a range of art-historical, cultural, and biographical influences but invites the viewer to arrive at their own aesthetic or critical judgements.

J. Harlan Ritchey received his BA in Filmmaking from Penn State in 1999, with Honors in Visual Arts. He is a self-taught artist and has for the past several years done fine art and illustration commissions for a range of local and national clients. Ritchey’s first public exhibition was in 2013, and in 2015 he began teaching art classes. He currently lives and works in State College, PA.


Of Man and Nature by David Moyer

Art Alley in the HUB

May 14 – September 18

Reception: June 7, 6–8pm

David Moyer’s work begins with his interest in books and the written word, which drives him to look for ways to combine his creative imagery with text. His work explores visual and literary ideas through drawings and black and white print media.


Member News

Stacie Bird has a new show "Centro" at the Green Drake in Milheim up now through the end of June!

May 4–June 30

at the Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center

101 Main Street, Millheim, PA

Come on out to Milheim and check out Stacie Bird's new show, "Centro," this month and next at the Green Drake Gallery.

This show features photographs Stacie took in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.


Art Alliance & Art Alliance Gallery Downtown Events

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 $7. If you call first we can set one (or some) aside for you, 814-234-2740. We can take cash or check.

ALSO, A REQUEST: If you are making work for the SQuare Show, can you please let us know? This will give us an idea if we have enough pieces to make our event a success! Call our office at 814-234-2740 or email us at

If you are making something for the fundraiser, please drop off your artwork at the gallery 10am–noon Saturday, July 7; or 3–5pm Sunday.


Calls for Entry

Calling all artists!!!!

Have you ever thought about your art being featured in an art museum? Well, now is your chance! We are pleased to extend an invitation to you to submit your work for possible inclusion in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art's Biennial 2018.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15.

The exhibition offers you an opportunity to be recognized for your work. Cash awards will include a top prize of $1,000 for Best in Show, together with a $500 First Place Award, a $250 Second Place Award, and three $100 Third Place Awards. In addition, there will be a $300 People’s Choice Award, to be determined by visitors to the exhibition. As in previous exhibitions, sale of artwork is encouraged. A 25% commission will be retained by the Museum.

The deadline to submit artwork is June 15, 2018. You will be notified by September 5th if your piece is chosen to be featured in the exhibit. This year, the exhibition will take place from October 19, 2018 to January 19, 2019.

For more information or for a registration form please contact or 814-472-3920. There is a $25 registration fee.


Member Events Archives

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