Art Alliance members' art show openings around town

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

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

On view: July 12–July 30, 2017

We are so grateful for the wonderful response by our artists who participated and donated over 500 artworks to our first ever annual SIXxSIX show at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown!! Thank you!

AND a BIG thank you to everyone who came over the Central PA Festival of the Arts weekend and bought pieces, WOW! Almost 200 artworks sold in just 5 days! Spectacular!

But if you missed out or just want to shop in a more leisurely way, the SIXxSIX show will continue to be on view at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, thru July 30th. With many many great pieces still remaining you still have a great opportunity to collect amazing artwork at very reasonable prices. These small pieces are great for those smaller spaces in your house or for gifts for family and friends!

All artwork is 6"x6" in size and all pieces are just $25!

Work is sold anonymously so that only after you buy the piece can you discover who made it!

Come in to the gallery during regular gallery hours through July 30 and see all the remaining artworks at the Art Alliance Galler Downtown off the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in downtown State College.

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is located at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College next to Chuck Fong's Photography studio and across from the new H+M store. Check the gallery website for more information about upcoming shows, our mission, location information and more..

Flower Fantasies: An Exhibit of Photographs by Karen A. Deutsch

Opening Reception — First Friday State College, July 7, 5-9pm

State Theatre
130 West College Avenue State College, PA

show dates
July 1–31

12-5 Monday-Friday & one hour before any event

Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts "Images" Juried Show

at Schlow Library

show runs July 1–31

check the Schlow website for library hours

Best in Show: sponsored by Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, award to Gloria Plosky Scaltz!! Congratulations Gloria!!

Images 2017 is a juried exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, and digital art. Images 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 to the exhibition. Artists enter the show by submitting digital images of work created in the last three years.

The exhibition can be viewed in Schlow Centre Region Library throughout the month of July 2017. 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 2017 exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Bath Fitter, the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey, the Schlow Library Foundation, and the Sturtz-Davis family. 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 9am – 8pm on Mondays – Wednesdays, noon – 8 pm on Thursdays, 9am – 6pm on Fridays, and 9am – 5pm 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.

Congratulations to these Art Alliance members whose work was selected for the "Images" show: R. Thomas Berner, Nancy Burch Brassington, Karen Deutsch, Mark Farmer, Dotty Ford, Chuck Fong, Marianne Fyda, Norris Lacy, Linda Hale, Cinda Kostyak, Jeanne McKinney, Tom Mickle, Gloria Plosky Scaltz, Wendy Snetsinger, Will Wadlington, and Adrienne Waterston.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will award $1,800 in prizes at Images 2017, chosen by our juror, Kathryn E. Blake. Award winners will be announced at a public Awards Reception during the Arts Festival on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm at Schlow Centre Region Library.

Best in Show: sponsored by Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania
William D. Davis Award in Drawing: sponsored by the Sturtz-Davis Family
Best Pastel: sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
Award of Merit: sponsored by Bath Fitter
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Best Student Submission: sponsored by the Schlow Library Foundation
Viewers’ Choice Award: sponsored by Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey


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.

Member News

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.

Art Alliance Events

past events

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.

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

We were 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 were  placed on display in local downtown State College businesses and at Mount Nittany Hospital.

This program was 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!!