Art Alliance members' art show openings and events around town

From Centre County, Through A Lens at the State College Framing Company & Gallery

State College Framing Company & Gallery

160 Rolling Ridge Dr, State College, PA 16801

Opens Friday, March 16, 5:30-8pm

Featuring Gerald Lang & Jennifer Tucker, Chuck Fong, Thomas Berner, Art Heim, Pat Little and Bob Lambert. Join us to view a variety of photographs while sipping local wines from Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery and enjoying tasty Hors d’oeuvres by local caterer, Paul’s Provisions. 10% of the proceeds from opening night sales will go to the Centre County Historical Society.

State College Framing Company and Gallery loves hosting events that highlight local artists and businesses and that benefit local non-profit organizations. We are a local business hosting an event with local artists & local food and wine, that benefits a local nonprofit organization.


A new show, “Nature: Kelsey, Kenyon, and Belser” will be at Foxdale Village, March 18

"Nature: Kelsey, Kenyon & Belser"

at Foxdale Village Gallery

Community Building, 2nd floor gallery

500 E. Marylyn Ave, State College, PA

opening reception Sunday, March 18, 3:30-5pm

gallery hours: Mon.- Fri. 8 am – 5 pm; Sat. & Sun. noon – 4 pm

show runs through April 30

This exhibition of works by three local artists highlights the interplay of inner and outer Nature. Our paintings feature landscape and natural objects, as well as our unique ‘voices’. Different aspects and places inspire the start of a painting, and the artist’s ‘handwriting’- a particular way of handling materials in transcribing what she sees and feels- is prominent in its finish. A variety of art media, as well as sizes (scale) and shapes (format) of paper and canvas have been harnessed, and are part of the look and feel of different works. We are excited to share our connection with Nature in bringing our artwork together. Hope you can see the show!


Artwork by Barb Pennypacker

Special Art Show coming up at The State Theatre in April

Opening Reception, Friday, April 6, from 5-7pm

The State Theatre, State College, PA

Show runs through April

The Art Alliance and the Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition are co-sposoring an art exhibition to memorialize the land on Whitehall Road at the end of Blue Course Drive.

Come to the opening on First Friday State College, Friday April 6, from 5-7pm to see the art and continue the conversation about the issues around land use in our area.


the }figure{ative show 2018

opening reception Friday, March 9, 7–9pm

at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont, PA

818 Pike Street, Lemont PA 16851

gallery hours: Saturdays 10am–5pm; Sun, Wed, Thurs, Fri 12–5pm; Mon & Tues, CLOSED

There will also be a poetry reading during the exhibition on Sunday March 11 at 4pm! at the Art Center in Lemont see info below

show runs March 9–March 18

image by C.S. Fong

The Art Alliance of Central PA is a nonprofit organization of more than 370 members. Located at the foot of Mount Nittany in Lemont, it is close to the University Park Campus of Penn State University. Our mission is to serve artists, students, and the art-loving public in Centre County and beyond. We sponsor classes, workshops, exhibits, and sales at 818 Pike Street.

The }figure{ative Show

Formerly “The Go Figure” show, this show has a 2-decade history showcasing artworks of the human figure by Central Pennsylvania artists. Entry to the show is not juried. All work must have the human figure as the dominant theme; clothed figures, nudes, and portraits are all invited.


There will be a poetry reading during the exhbition on Sunday March 11 at 4pm! At the Art Center in Lemont.

Poets include: Mary Rohr Dann, Mary McGuire, Sarah Russell, John Ziegler, Mark Shiley, Teresa Stouffer, Lisa McMonagle, Laura Nejako and Steve Deutsch.

About the Juror

Kelsey Rieger is a nonprofit arts professional and graduate student in the Penn State School of Visual Arts. Her background is in museums and nonprofit community arts engagement with an emphasis on education and curatorial practice in contemporary art. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in art education, and her research interests include critical place-based pedagogy within art museums, informal learning in socially engaged art practice, and post-critical museum theory. Kelsey began working with the Art Alliance of Central PA as the downtown gallery manager in 2016–17, and is excited to return to participate in this year's juried figurative show!


New show at the Green Drake!

opens Friday, March 9, at 4pm

artist will be there Saturday, March 10, 2–3pm to answer questions

artist reception, Friday, April 6

Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center

101 W. Main Street, Millheim, PA  //

A new collection of large impressionistic oils by Resident Artist Karl Eric Leitzel will be shown for the first time. This new show opens Friday, March 9, at 4:00pm, with an artist's reception Friday evening, April 6th.

The artist will be at the gallery this Saturday, March 10, from 2-6 pm in case you would like to talk with him while getting an early look at the work. Some of the large pieces are shown next to miniature studies of nearly the same scene, which are also available. The artist has also written thoughts about each piece and this new collection in general. The large pieces are all in beautiful matching traditional antiqued gold frames. We would ask that any pieces purchased early remain in the show, if possible, through the end of March. (poster attached and more images below)

Also, our annual Mid-winter Sale, with 15% off nearly all fine art and some craft art, continues until March 21. Come in this week or next for this special opportunity!


A new show, “Nature: Kelsey, Kenyon, and Belser” will be at Foxdale Village, March 18

at Foxdale Village Gallery

Community Building, 2nd floor gallery

500 E. Marylyn Ave, State College, PA

opening reception Sunday, March 18, 3:30-5pm

gallery hours: Mon.- Fri. 8 am – 5 pm; Sat. & Sun. noon – 4 pm

show runs through April 30

This exhibition of works by three local artists highlights the interplay of inner and outer Nature. Our paintings feature landscape and natural objects, as well as our unique ‘voices’. Different aspects and places inspire the start of a painting, and the artist’s ‘handwriting’- a particular way of handling materials in transcribing what she sees and feels- is prominent in its finish. A variety of art media, as well as sizes (scale) and shapes (format) of paper and canvas have been harnessed, and are part of the look and feel of different works. We are excited to share our connection with Nature in bringing our artwork together. Hope you can see the show!


Pat Cortese has a solo show at the Bellefonte Art Museum in March

Pat Cortese has a solo show at Bellefonte Art Museum in the Community Gallery.

Exhibit runs March 2 through March 25.

Hour are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 12-4:30pm or by appointment.


Nicole Packard has her work up at BB&T Bank on E. College Ave by the mall for March & April!


"My Life with Mary Margaret" a photography show by Paul Ruby

opening reception Friday, March 2nd, 5-8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA

show runs March 2–25

Join us Friday, March 2nd, for the opening reception of an exhibition of photographs by artist Paul Ruby titled "My Life with Mary Margaret," at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. The artist will be present to answer questions.

The show continues thru March 25.


The Art of Protest: A Juried Art Exhibition

Schlow Centre Region Library

Betsy Rodger's Allen Gallery

March 2018

You can log in to Entry Thingy to see if your work was chosen! Go to your submissions and find the Art of Protest link to see.

presented by the Central PA Festival of the Arts

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is collaborating with Schlow Centre Region Library and Centre County Reads to present The Art of Protest. This exhibition will hang in the library’s Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery in during March 2018 and is open to artists living in Centre County.

Art used as a tool for persuasion, resistance, or a call to action, is a means of communication older than the printing press. Artists have made important contributions to debates on political, social, and economic issues with works as small as cartoons and as large as installations covering many acres. Both still and moving images can communicate with an immediacy that transcends language barriers.

The Art of Protest is an exhibition arranged in conjunction with the 2018 one-book, one community program Centre County Reads. This year’s selection, The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, was written by State College native Sunil Yapa. This New York Times bestselling novel is set amid the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.

Work entered in this show should attempt to persuade the viewer to take action in favor of a particular cause, such as peace, the environment, civil rights, freedom of speech or religion. The library is an all ages environment and so submissions should not contain excessive violence or nudity. Complete rules are listed in the call for entries.

The show’s juror will be Martha Carothers. She is Professor of Art & Design at the University of Delaware where she teaches visual communications and book arts. Carothers’ book arts often highlight text about books, reading, and typography.

Carothers has received Delaware State Arts Council Emerging and Established Artist grants and was a Fulbright Scholar affiliated with City University of Hong Kong. Her creative work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. She earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Penn State.

Ms. Carothers will award a Best in Show of $150 and two honorable mention awards of $50 each.


Member News

Anni Matsick has her work included in the exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories

Marvel at more than 50 eclectic new works of art by members of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI) as part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s new exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories, open now in the fifth floor Barensfeld Gallery through April 2018.


Artist Laura Maney's Lithography artwork is up at Cafe Lemont thru February


Call for Entries Opportunities

The Annual Art Alliance Recycled Show 2018:
Green Is The New Black

Call for Entries! due Tuesday, March 28 at NOON

opening reception Friday, April 6, 5–8pm

show runs April 6–29

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

The Recycled Art Show is in its twenty-fourth year of inspiring environmental and artistic goals for Central Pennsylvania artists. Entry to the show is not juried and is open to artists of all ages.

This is an opportunity for artists to express their concern for the environment and the importance of recycling programs like the one we are fortunate to have in Centre County.

For the first time this show will be in our Gallery Downtown, attracting a larger audience and open for most of the month of April.

We invite you to look in your garage, basement, and attic and find some interesting materials to recycle into an entry for this exciting show!

Our Juror

Dan Baxter is a 3D-Mixed Media artist who creates whimsical robots out of vintage items. His “bots" combine a love of science fiction, finding rusty antiques, and creating things. He lives in State College and is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, an Invited Artist in the 2018 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and has had his work displayed at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown.

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Eligible Work

All works must be made primarily from recycled/repurposed materials and adhere to the theme, “Green Is The New Black.” Materials found in nature (i.e. rocks, grasses) may be included but may not comprise the majority of materials used. Collaborations are acceptable. School classes and youth groups are encouraged to enter group projects. Each project is considered a single entry with one fee.

Entry Process and Fee

Entry forms must be received at the Art Alliance by Tuesday, March 27 by NOON. This deadline will be strictly enforced. The non-refundable entry fee is $25. For youth (18 and under) the entry fee is waived. You may enter up to two pieces of artwork.

Show Dates and Hours

The exhibit will open with a reception from 5-8pm on Friday, April 6, and will run through April 29. The Gallery Downtown will be open Thursdays-Saturdays 12-6pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Sitters are needed during these times and we will contact you by email to sign up.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held Friday, April 6, from 5-8pm. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7pm. The public is invited and attendees are encouraged to dress or accessorize according to the show’s theme.

Dropping Off and and Retrieving Work

Work must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, on Tuesday, April 3 from 4-6pm. All entries must be pre-registered, no on-site entries permitted. All artwork must be picked up on Sunday, April 29, 4-6pm unless you are participating in the extended show (see below).

Extended Show

The juror will select from wall-hung and tabletop pieces to be included in an extended show, displayed inside wall cases at the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, 253 Transfer Road. Dates are April 30 – May 30. If you do not want your piece considered please indicate this on the entry form.

Click here for a PDF of the Call For Entries

Click here for our Online Payment Website to pay for your entry


Juried Show at the Festival of the Arts Call for Entries!

The deadline to apply is May 4, 2018.

Images 2018 is a juried exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, and digital art. The Images exhibition is open to artists whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Artists of all ages are welcome, and we especially encourage enrolled students from ages 16 through 26 to apply. Artists enter the show by submitting digital images of work created in the last three years.

The exhibition will hang in Schlow Centre Region Library throughout the month of July 2018. The Library is located on South Allen Street in downtown State College. Allen Street becomes “main street” of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts each July.

The Images 2018 exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the State College Framing Company & Gallery, Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, Schlow Library Foundation, Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey, and the Sturtz-Davis family. We are currently seeking additional sponsors.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Jennifer Shuey, Director of Development at (814) 237-3682. Special thanks to our exhibition partner and host, Schlow Centre Region Library.

Show hours at Schlow Centre Region Library are the same as the library’s hours, generally from 9 am – 8 pm on Mondays – Wednesdays, noon – 8 pm on Thursdays, 9 am – 6 pm on Fridays, and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays. There may be times when the work displayed in the Downsbrough Room is not accessible due to other library programming. To check the library’s hours, please call (814) 237-6236.

An Awards Reception will be held Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Schlow Centre Region Library. The reception is hosted by the Schlow Library Foundation.

Click here to go to the Juried Show webpage and to sign up.


Call for Entries: Knoxville Photo 2018 Exhibition

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its sixth annual Knoxville Photo 2018. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from June 1-29, 2018. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

About the juror: Leigh Mitchell is a fine art photographer and educator. She was a college instructor for over ten years, teaching Film Photography I and II, Digital Photography I and II, and Photography Appreciation. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Human Studies from Warren Wilson College and a master’s degree in Studio Art from Western Carolina University. Her work has been in galleries locally and nationally, including The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Rochester, NY), Five Spot (Atlanta, GA), The Asheville Art Museum, and The Asheville Area Arts Council.

More information about the program, as well as images from previous exhibitions, can be found at Knoxville Photo 2017 featured the work of 37 artists as selected by juror Baldwin Lee.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation. For more information: Suzanne Cada, 865-523-7543,


Exhibition 280 Call for Entries

Exhibition 280
Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Road
Huntington WV 25701

Entry Deadline: 4/15/18

Days remaining to deadline: 70


Media Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Exhibition 280): $30.00


Open to artists 18 years and older who reside in West Virginia, and all the states that border West Virginia, which includes Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Open to all types of media.


Entries will be accepted online only at, search for call title Exhibition 280. Your entry must be submitted by April 15, 2018. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $30 for 1 to 3 works. Maximum of three works per artist.


We are pleased to announce our juror, Laura Roulet, an independent curator and writer based in Washington, DC. Laura has most recently worked on the project Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California (2017-18) and was one of five international curators chosen for the DC public art project 5x5 in 2012. She has written widely on contemporary art and is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. The three $2,000 cash awards will be awarded for works selected by the juror. A purchase award will be selected by the HMA Curator once the exhibition has been installed. Awards will be announced at the exhibition reception on July 21, 2018, 5 – 7 pm.


Artists may submit a maximum of three works. Entries must be of original design and personal execution, and created in the past three years. Works cannot have been exhibited at the Huntington Museum of Art in the past three years. The Huntington Museum of Art reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet the requirements. Work may be disallowed if it is not suitably prepared for exhibition, was not adequately represented by submitted images, or was entered by an artist that resides outside of the allowed states of WV, OH, KY, VA, PA, and MD. Accepted artwork may not be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition September 16, 2018.

Wall space as well as pedestals will be provided to show work to its best advantage. Artwork may also be freestanding. All work must be suitably prepared for exhibition with proper supports, hanging devices, and clear instructions for installation. Paintings must be framed or have museum finished edges. Works on paper must be matted under plastic glazing, not glass.

Works will be exhibited in a gallery designed by Walter Gropius with poured concrete ceilings; therefore, no ceiling-suspended objects can be accommodated. Height limit: 9 feet. Weight limit: 500 lbs. Installations, computer-based and video works must be accompanied by all materials required for presentation. Straight-projection video works (those with no installation component) will be shown looped with other accepted video works in the gallery.


Accepted works can be hand-delivered or shipped. Works may be hand-delivered between Monday, June 18, 2018 and Sunday, July 1, 2018. Shipped works MUST be received by the Museum by Saturday, June 30, 2018.

At the close of the exhibition, hand-delivered works may be picked up between Monday, September 17, 2018 and Sunday, September 23, 2018. These works must be removed from the Museum by September 23, 2018. Any hand-delivered work not claimed by this date automatically becomes the property of Huntington Museum of Art.

The artist will be responsible for all shipping/insurance charges for both directions. A check or shipping label for return shipping and insurance to and from your address is the artist’s responsibility. All work shipped to the Museum or from the Museum must include full payment for return. Artists must pack and crate works carefully in reusable shipping containers. HMA is not responsible for works damaged in transit. Shipped works will be sent out by October 1, 2018.

An insurance value must be declared for all artwork entered. The Huntington Museum of Art will insure against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while on location during the period of the loan. The work will be handled with utmost care during the loan period, however we cannot be responsible for works that are inordinately fragile or inherently subject to damage.


• Accepting applications: February 1, 2018 through April 15, 2018

• Jurying: April 16, 2018 – May 6, 2018

• Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2018

• Delivery of Accepted works: Hand-delivered works may be delivered between Monday, June 18, 2018 and Sunday, July 1, 2018. Shipped works MUST be received by the Museum by Saturday, June 30, 2018. Hours for Hand-delivery and Pick-up of works: Monday 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday 10 am-9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

• Exhibition dates: July 14, 2018 – September 16, 2018. The exhibition reception will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm. Awards will be announced at the reception.

• Pick-up of hand-delivered work: Monday, September 17, 2018 – Sunday September 23, 2018. Works must be removed from the Museum by September 23, 2018.


Bellefonte Art Museum Print Gallery Call for Entries

The Bellefonte Art Museum is now compiling a new list of artists interested in displaying their artist prints in the Print Gallery of the Bellefonte Art Museum. If you would like to participate, please contact Barb Pennypacker, the Print Gallery curator, at (the second character in my email address is the #1). We are filling positions beginning with the 2018 Winter show.

Two artists will be highlighted during each 3-month-long show. Space is the only limitation to the number of prints an artist may display. We will attempt to show all of your prints, however, those that do not fit will be returned. You are asked to replace any prints that are sold.

Prints for display must be signed and enclosed in a protective plastic sleeve. If your print is not matted, please include a piece of matt board or foam core in the envelope so that your print will stay erect on the display rail. Participating artists will be asked to provide the title, price and whether the print is a giclee print, a question that visitors often ask. In addition, each artist will need to provide a short bio, artist’s statement and a jpeg of yourself, to be posted in the gallery during your show. Prints may not be priced below $40. As with all sales, the museum charges a 30% commission.

Each first Sunday, the museum holds a reception for artists displaying their work in any of the 5 galleries. You are encouraged to participate in this wonderful opportunity to discuss your work with the many visitors who attend this monthly event.


Art Alliance Events

A special thank you to Elizabeth Laurenzana & Matt Siekman

A special thank you to Elizabeth Laurenzana and Matt Siekman of the real estate firm 1855 Living for providing breakfast for our members and friends going to the Philadelphia Art Museum on the bus (find out more below -- not too late to sign up)! We appreciate their generosity!


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