Art Alliance members' art show openings and events around town

It's the Potter's Guild Annual Holiday Sale! Dec 8–10 at the Art Alliance

Opening reception, Dec 8, 5-9pm

with music by Ancient Echoes

Dec 8–10: Dec 9, 9am-5pm; Dec 10, 12-5pm

The Art Alliance Studio

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

What is better than getting ALL of your holiday shopping done at once? Getting it done while supporting local artists! Mugs, platters, ornaments, sculptural forms and more! Opening reception Friday , Dec 8 5-9 with munchies and music by Ancient Echoes (hammered dulcimer, Irish harp, guitar and recorder). Sat 9-5 and Sunday 12-5.


Geof Godbey has a new book of poems coming out in November

Finishing Line Press is pleased to announce a new book of poems by Art Alliance member, Geoffrey Godbey.

Geoffrey Godbey has been a Professor at Penn State and elsewhere, a professional rock drummer, part owner and editor of a publishing company, a tennis and squash player and a gardener.

His poetry has appeared in The Nation and elsewhere. Finishing Line Press published his book of poems, Finding Home, in 2013.

Robert Bly, Joseph Grucci, John Haag and former US Poet Laureate, Donald Hall, have taught him and praised his work.

He is the father of two daughters and lives on a ridge in Central Pennsylvania with the artist Barbara Metzner.

Order your copy of this new poetry book today by sending $19.99 plus shipping (check or money order made out to“Finishing Line Press”) to

Finishing Line Press
Post Office Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

Shipping is only $2.99 per copy.

Order online at
Click on “Preorder Forthcoming Titles”or “Bookstore.”

cover art by Art Alliance artist, Barbara Metzner


Jean Giddings' artwork will be at Zola's, up Oct 30

Collages and paintings by Jean Giddings

Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar

324 W. College Ave State College, PA 16801

Artist Reception, November 8, 5–7pm

Show is up Oct 30 thru the end of December

Jean's show of collages and paintings will go up on Monday, Oct 30th and run through November and December 2017.

There will be a reception on Nov. 8th from 5 to 7 with hors d'ouvres and a cash bar.


Chuck Fong's Diner Photographs at Kish Bank Expect More Store

Opening Reception, Friday, Nov 3, 5:30-7:30pm

Show is up through November

Expect More Store

S. Allen between College & Beaver

While you are downtown for First Friday, be sure to check out Chuck Fong's diner photographs from his acclaimed Diner Bleu collection opening Friday, Nov 3 from 5:30–7:30pm at the Expect More Store on South Allen Street. The show runs through the end of November.



Alice Kelsey and Sarah Pollock's show, "Finding Centre" at the State College Framing Co & Gallery

Exhibit Dates: November 4 – December 4, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 4:30 – 7:30 pm

The State College Framing Co. & Gallery 

Rolling Ridge Dr., State College, PA Gallery, (814) 234-7336

Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 am – 8 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

The ‘Finding Centre’ exhibit features paintings by Alice Kelsey and Sarah Pollock which explore the Centre Region’s unique balance of open country and vibrant communities. Imagery of Centre County farms, forests, streams, towns, and parks abounds in thirty oil and pastel paintings available for viewing and purchase. With appreciation for stewardship of our natural resources and open space, a portion of proceeds from artwork sales during the opening reception will be donated to Clearwater Conservancy. Please join us in celebrating our local landscape!


Barb Pennypacker at the "Artists In Our Midst" exhibition coming soon to the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona

Be sure to go and see Barb Pennypacker's two paintings at the juried exhibiton 'Artists in our Midst' at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona.

Here's the museum link for more information and location/directions.

The show runs from October 20 to February 10, 2018.

Top: "The Cow Paradge" was one of Barb's paintings chosen for the SAMA show.

Bottom: Barb with her painting, "Where's the Grass?" (juried into the Blair County Arts Festival and named Honorale Mention)


Member News

"Womanhood, Feminism & Identity" the new AAGD show, up thru Nov 26

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 3, 2017, 5–8 pm

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

On view: Nov 3-26, 2017

In the midst of the #metoo threads, the Weinstein dismissal, Hugh Hefner's death and 'grab them by the ...' still lingering, an exhibition about feminism and female identity is very timely.

Artists are: Stacie Bird, Natalie Burkey, Recie Dolan, Linda Hale, Mary Lee Kerr, Gretchen Killmon, Joan Koester, Steve Sherrill, Corinne Webster


From top left: "Discharge," "Alma's Auttumn," "Jessie's Box," "Algonquin River Grass 1" by Bob Placky

“The Unfinished Work… finished"
a new show by Bob Placky at Foxdale Village starting Oct 13!

October 13 thru November 28, 2017

Foxdale Village Gallery (2nd floor of main building)

500 E. Marylyn Avenue State College, Pa 16801

Artist Reception: October 15, 2017 from 3:30 to 5pm

Gallery is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and Noon to 4pm on weekends — please check in at the front desk

”This exhibition will feature abstract acrylic paintings and acrylic/mixed work that is conceptual in content. The majority of the work iscurrent with a number of unfinished art accumulating over a 40 year art teaching career at State College Area Senior High School. A number ofthese abandoned pieces were finished and re-visited for this exhibition.

Gary Schubert has a photograph in the "Infrared: The Invisible Made Visible" juried show

at the PhotoPlace Gallery
3 Park Street Middlebury, VT 05753 PHONE: 802.388.4500

Gallery exhibition: November 8 – December 2, 2017

Juror: Laurie Klein

for more information visit the gallery website at 


Art Alliance Events

Join the Art Alliance on a bus trip Dec. 2 to see art in Philadelphia museums!

The Art Alliance is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum on Saturday, December 2 to see a special exhibition “Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.”

In 1917 John G Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove or European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later the Philadelphia Art Museum presents one of the country’s more remarkable collections including the work of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, Monet, and more.

If you choose to visit one of the other museums on the parkway, complementary shuttle service is available.

The Barnes Collection houses one of the world’s collections greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern painting. Note: it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance for this museum.

The Rodin Museum is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of work by Auguste Rodin, the genius often regarded as the father of modern sculpture.

We will leave from the Fullington Bus Terminal at 7:00 am and leave Philadelphia for the return trip at 5:00 pm. Round trip bus fare is $70.

If you wish to join other art lovers for this fun experience you may pay by check, payable to the Art Alliance, P.O. Box 811, Lemont, PA. 16851 or by credit card by calling us at 814-234-2740.

Seats still open, contact us today!


Our Annual Holiday Wreath & Runner Sale!

Tannenbaum Farms in Centre Hall is once again supplying us with gorgeous freshly-made Pennsylvania wreaths and table or mantle runners for the holidays.

This Annual Wreath sale is not only a great deal for you, but a fundraiser for the Art Alliance! So be sure to order some wreaths and/or runners and tell your friends and families about the sale as well!

We offer professionally crafted:

  • 22" Fraser fir wreaths
  • 32" table or mantle runners
  • your choice of red or burgundy ribbon

Prices are: $30 each (for either wreaths or runners); 2 for $55; 3 for $80.

Pick-up dates at the Art Alliance are:

Tuesday, November 21 & Thursday, November 30, 10am - 1pm.

Orders accepted now through November 10.

3 ways to order:

  1. email us your order NOW, or
  2. call the office at 814-234-2740, or
  3. download the order form here, fill it out and email or mail it to us at: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

Please include:

  1. which item(s) you want
  2. how many of each item
  3. choice of ribbon color for each, and
  4. which day you will pick up your order

You must pay in advance:

Call the office with your credit card info, 814-234-2740, or send us a check to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

NOTE: There will be NO additional wreaths on hand for purchase at pickup!!


A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the INKtober drawing challenge!

Jake Parker created INKtober "as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year."

For Jake Parker's INKtober rules see: //

See below some of the wonderful #INKtober2017 images from Art Alliance affiliated artists and check out our INSTAGRAM account to see more! @ArtAllianceofCentralPA

Anne Buchanan

Sean Bodley

Maggie Scotilla

Mary McGuire

Adrienne Waterston

Karen Deutsch

Paul McCloskey

Amalial Shaltiel

Martha Grout Taylor

Small Scotilla, age 5

Kristi Borelli

Rachel Hahs

Karen Deutsch

Olivia, age 7

Anne Buchanan


Member Events Archives

Click on the link to see our archives of past art events and announcments.

Wreath pick-ups Tues Nov 21 & Thur Nov 30

Bus trip to Philly! Dec 2nd to see art. Sign up today!

Great Pop-Up Art Classes for both kids and adults!

A new show, "Womanhood, Feminism & Identity" at the AAGD Nov 3-26

Find our artists' artwork around town!

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Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

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