Event Archive

Our special show, "Is it hereditary?" up now thru Sun, Oct 14, at the AAGD

October 5–14

opening reception Friday, October 5, 6–8pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK plaze next to the Fraser Street Garage)

Special Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday, 12–6pm; Sunday, 12–4pm

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special show called, "Is it hereditary?" which opens October 5 with a reception from 6–8pm.

This unique show featurea work by children and their adult family mentors — whether that is a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, step-parent, we are looking for the person who is encouraging and helping the younger artist in their artistic endeavors.

Come on down to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown to see this fun and inspiring show of multi-generations of artists and their work.

Pics from the opening! Thanks to Dee Stout!


7 on the Square up at Foxdale one more week

August 15–October 15

Foxdale Village Art Gallery

500 E. Marylyn Ave, State College, PA


Come and see the opening of the new show "7 on the Square" featuring the work of 7 intrepid artists, all square! The artwork, that is. The artists may or may not be "square" depending on how you define it.

Participating artists are: Karen Deutsch, Marie Draguns, Manya Shoket Goldstein, Elizabeth Kirchner, Ruth Kempner, Rhonda Stern and Adrienne Waterston.

The show will be up at Foxdale Village Retirement Community until the end of September.


Jennifer Shuey has a show, "The Trees In Me," at Schlow Library in September

September 2018

Schlow Centre Region Library - Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801

"Trees in Me" Jennifer Shuey, Solo Exhibition



Special art activity opportunity at the Fall Festival open air event in Downtown State College this Saturday

Fall Festival, Saturday, October 6, 10am–3pm

Downtown State College
— in the 200 block of S. Allen Street

Paper Art with instructor Nicole Packard

Our intrepid art instructor, Nicole Packard, will be facilitating Paper Art at a booth during the annual Fall Festival in downtown State College in the 200 block of S. Allen Street. The block in front of Schlow Library will be closed to traffic and feature lots of fun things for kids to do!

Nicole will be doing:

Paper Art: You never knew that you could create so many things out of just paper! Weaving, cutting, collage, and more. Join us and let your imagination run wild.

The event listing says, " Fall Festival has returned! The festival will take place on the 200 block of Allen Street from 10am–3pm. Come on out for free pumpkins for the kids at the Pumpkin Patch, enjoy the Bounce House, Tumble Bus, Pony Rides, and more. Fun and games for the whole family! Enjoy music throughout the day."

Click here for a link to the downtownstatecollege.com website for this and other events happening around town!


Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 50 years of art in our community!

Art Alliance 50th Birthday Party

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

September 23, 5-7:30pm

with music by Leah Mueller and Her Rhythm

hors d'oeuvres by Wegman's

It was a grey day, but people came out to the beautiful new Shaver's Creek Environmental Center to celebrate the Art Alliance's 50th Birthday!

Our plein-air artists created some awesome work and many admired the wonderful bird boxes, created by Chris Bittner, that our wonderful artists painted/decorated.

Thank you to everyone for supporting the arts in Centre County and your local arts organizations! We can not do all that we do without you.


Nancy Brassington's new "Houses" exhibit at the AAGD September 7

"Houses" an exhibit by Nancy Brassington

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

opening reception Friday, Sept 7, 6–8pm

show runs thru Sept 30

Nancy Brassington's "Houses" exhibit opens Friay, Sept 7, with a reception from 6–8pm at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. Come meet the artist and check out her amazing artwork!


Art Exhibition, Marica Tacconi, abstract painting

opening reception
Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7:00pm

show runs
through September

Webster’s Bookstore & Café

133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA // 814-272-1410

Artist’s Statement:

My work as an abstract painter explores color, texture, and movement. I am drawn to non-representational, free-flowing art that develops and “takes shape” as I engage in the process. My approach is intuitive, unstructured, and rhapsodic – almost like “stream-of-consciousness” on canvas.

My acrylic paintings often incorporate materials that provide texture and facilitate movement. I am most inspired by abstract expressionism, synchromism, and the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and Gerhard Richter.

As a music historian, much of my inspiration also comes from sound and from the connections between the aural and the visual. I paint while listening to music, mostly classical, but also jazz and music from non-Western cultures. Viewers have described my work as “having rhythm” and as incorporating harmony of form and color.

Check out Mar's facebook event


Gelli Monoprinting Demo for Pop Up Ave this Saturday!

MKL Plaza, Fraser Street, Downtown State College

Saturday, September 22, 1–4pm

with instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn

If you want to see how easy and fun it is to make beautiful 'instant' prints using a Gelli plate (a gelatin and mineral oil matrix) come watch the Art Alliance printmaking instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn demo the technique in front of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown during POP UP AVE on Saturday Sept 23, 1–4pm.

Come on out to State College's very own pop up flea market Pop Up Ave happening in Fraser Street between College and Beaver Aves and take in the food vendors, vintage clothing and art demonstrations happening this Saturday!

Pop Up Ave is a curated outdoor urban flea hosting dozens of the raddest makers and vintage vendors from across Pennsylvania (and beyond)! There will also be live music, food vendors, a beer garden by Elk Creek Café & Aleworks—and it's FREE to attend.

Pop Up Ave will be happening from 11am–7pm.

Check out the whole line-up of vendors at popupave.com


Introduction to Soapstone Carving

with Chris Bittner

Monday, September 10, 6:30–9pm

Students will be introduced to soapstone as an easy-to-carve artistic material. We will learn about soapstone's origins, uses and properties, proper use of tools and safety practices. During the class, each student will use rasps and sandpaper to carve and polish one or two small pieces that may be pendants or small sculptures. Students will keep their pieces and take home a new artistic skill.

Snacks and drinks are included as well and all necessary supplies will be provided for your use.
At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!
Fee: $20 plus a $5 materials fee
Contact the Art Alliance at info@artalliancepa.org or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.


Anni Matsick is in the PA Art of the State!

Pennsylvania Art of the State

The State Museum, Harrisburg

June 24 - September 9

Sept 9, Gallery Walk and exhibition closing


Plein-Air Workshop at Rhoneymeade

Friday, September 7 & Saturday, September 8; 10–3 both days

with Lena Thynell

award winning Watercolor Artist, Plein Air Painter, Signature Member of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh Watercolor Societies

Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

177 Rimmey Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828

Join me at this two-day workshop at Rhoneymaede Arboretum & Sculpture Garden. For the intermediate / experienced watercolor painter who would like to learn about painting on location, outdoors, "en plein air". The workshop will cover tools and materials, selecting a dramatic composition, simplifying what you see, observing the light and shadows, how to capture the moment and experience how the paper and paint reacts when you paint outdoors. We will start and finish both days in the classroom. Lena will paint demos outdoors weather permitting. Students don't have to have tripods/ easels for outdoor painting, the garden has benches and chairs where you can sit and paint. The workshop is hosted by Art Alliance of Central PA , sign up online or call 814-234-2740 The class is limited to 15 students. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For list of materials, email Lena lena@lenathynellwatercolor

Sign up today online! Go to the Search Options "Selection Session" drop-down menu and choose 'Lena Thynell Plein Air at Rhoneymeade' option and hit the 'Search' button. Then click on the link for the workshop and register!


"Sky" by Susan Nicholas Gephart

The Art Alliance Instructors' Show at Schlow Library, August 3-31

The old saw about those who can do and those who can’t teach is not true when it comes to Art Alliance instructors. They teach and do, and as evidence of this, several of them will have their work on display in the annual instructors’ show at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 South Allen St., State College. The show runs from Aug 3 to Aug. 31.

The instructors are: Lisa Baumgartner, handmade books and papers; Ingrid Booz-Morejohn, printmaking; Susan Nicholas Gephart, oils; Kirsten Grigor, drawing; Jennifer Kane, drawing and painting; Isabel Kumerz, abstract painting; Mary McGuire, pen and ink and watercolor; Julia Nelson, architectural drawing; Nicole Packard, silk painting; collage; Michele Randall, encaustic; Jan Riggio, acrylic and soil; Michele Rivera, watercolor; Harriet Rosenberg, papercutting; Ann Taylor-Schmidt, drawing; Jackie Thomas, felting; Lena Thynell, watercolor; Adrienne Waterston, serigraph.


Happy Valley Bonsai Club Exhibit at the AAGD, Aug 27–30

opening reception Monday, August 27 from 6–8pm

show runs Mon–Thurs, August 27–30

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown State College

gallery hours are: Mon–Thur, 1–7pm

The Happy Vally Bonsai Club will be exhibiting bonsai!  in the Fraser Street Mall Be sure to stop by!


Stacie Bird has a closing reception for her show "Centro" up now at the Green Drake in Milheim

May 4–August 25

closing reception, August 24 from 6–8pm

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.


Encaustics -- THIS EVENT IS FULL 

We have added an additional date, SAT, Aug 18, 10am–12pm

with Michele Randall

Friday, August 17, 7–9pm -- FULL

Saturday, August 18, 10am–12pm

$40 — includes materials

Encaustic painting is a ancient form of artwork that uses a wax medium and heat to manipulate a design. In this class we will do photo-transfers onto an encaustic base and learn how to seal and alter the image. Along the way, you will be introduced to the basics of encaustic art. This class is focused on fun and experimentation. All materials provided. You will leave with a small wood mounted artwork to hang on your wall.

Snacks and drinks are included as well and all necessary supplies will be provided for your use.
At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!
Fee: $40
Contact the Art Alliance at info@artalliancepa.org or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.


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


A HUGE THANK YOU! to all the amazing artists who donated their wonderful artwork for our SQuare Show and made it such a success!

We can not express how much we appreciate the participation, time and energy that you put into this show. THANK YOU!!

You guys are the best!!


Anni Matsick, Tom Mickle, Mike Demi are in the Penn College Juried Regional Exhibition

Penn College Juried Regional Exhibition 2018

The Gallery at Penn College

May 29–July 27

Summer hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 10–5; Friday 10–1; Sunday 1–4

Experience fine art by emerging and established contemporary artists. This open themed exhibition highlights recent work in a variety of styles and media by artists living within 100 miles of Williamsport, PA. The Gallery at Penn College is proud to showcase the diverse artwork produced in our creative community. Congratulations Anni & Tom for getting into the show!


Come see our annual awesome Downtown Gallery SQuare Show!

This special show is a fundraiser for the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, to help us keep a presence for our artists in downtown State College.

The opening on Wednesday was great fun but with over 300 pieces donated by local artists, there a few still left, so stop in during Arts Fest or during our gallery hours in the month of July to pick up some really great pieces for very reasonable prices!

This year all the awesome, donated artwork is SQuare! and comes in 3 sizes:

Small (6"x6")

Medium (12"x12")

Large (18"x18")

The artist's signature is on the back so the you won’t know who’s piece you’ve bought until you buy it!

Our gallery website for more details and information about future events is http://artalliancegallerydowntown.org. The gallery also has it's own email list which you can join by clicking here.

A HUGE THANK YOU! to all the amazing artists who donated their wonderful artwork for this show. The quality of work is really amazing and we can not express how much we appreciate the participation, time and energy that you put into this show.

You guys are the best!!


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.



Closing reception for our annual Members Show 2018, "Vision," at the AAGD Friday, July 6!

Vision -- June

closing reception Friday, July 6, 6–8pm

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!



Mask Making Workshop!

during the Central PA Theater & Dance Fest

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Frasert Street, State College, PA

Saturday, June 23, 12–5pm

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania is proud to be a participating arts organization in the Central PA Theater & Dance Fest, June 22–24

As part of the festivities, we will be having a Mask Making Workshop at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown in Martin Luther King Plaza off Fraser Street during the Festival, June 23, 12–5pm.

Be sure to check out the art in the gallery while you are there. You never know when a piece of art might tickle your fancy!


Happy Valley Bonsai Club Sale & Spring Exhibit is June 8–10!

opening reception, Friday, June 8, 6–9pm.

Saturday June 9, 9am–5pm
Sunday June 10, 12–4pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

The Happy Valley Bonsai Club spring exhibit is June 8, 9 and 10 at the Art Alliance of Central PA gallery in Lemont, PA. Bonsai and related items will be sold.

Do you want help creating your own bonsai? Starter juniper trees potted in bonsai pots are for sale and the club will help you start styling them. Then, visit the club later for consultations.

Free to the public. All are welcome!




Instructor & Student Show! in May at Rhoneymeade

Please join us for the Annual Art Alliance Student & Instructor Show at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, June 3. This wonderful show features artwork by students and instructors at the Art Alliance from the past year.

There will be a public reception held on Sunday, June 3, from 2:00 to 3:30.

Here is a link to the Rhoneymeade website for directions and info.

Art Alliance Instructor Student Show

Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828

show runs May 5-June3


Special workshop

Exploring the Magic of Watercolor with Mick McAndrews Workshop

Date : May 21-24, 2018

Time : 10am-4pm on Mon Tue Wed Th

Level : Intermediate/Advanced

Fee: $525 for non-members; $485 for members

During this watercolor workshop we will paint a variety of subjects with a focus on working with plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the medium. We will avoid the pitfalls of noodling with fussy details and instead focus on the key elements in all painterly two dimensional works of art: interesting shapes, value contrast and variety of edges. We will discuss the importance of good drawing skills, basic color theory, perspective, and the elements and principles of design. With this knowledge we will explore and experience the “magic” of watercolor.

Instructor Mick McAndrews is an award-winning watercolorist, a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society as well as a member of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies. His award winning paintings strive to capture the mood and atmosphere of a subject, combining the magic of watercolor with reverence for the principles of design to create works of sophisticated simplicity.

You can find out more about Mick McAndrews at his website: www.mickmcandrewsfineart.com.

Space is limited! So sign up today!

To sign up online, click this link to go to our online registration system and choose "Mick McAndrews Guest Workshop May 21-24."

You can also call our office to sign up -- 814-234-2740.


Hammered Flowers -- Sunday, May 20

Drop in between 1–3 pm

Julia Nelson, instructor

at Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden & Arboretum

177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall

All ages are welcome!

Drop in between 1–3 pm for a Hammered Nature card workshop with Julia Nelson.


The Art Alliance Spring Colors Studio Tour 2018!

May 19, 10am–4pm & May 20, 12–4pm

special opening reception
May 18 at the Art Center in Lemont

at studios around Centre County

including a group show at the Granary in Lemont

It's that time of year again! Spring must be just around the corner (mustn't it?) because we are going to be having our Spring Colors Studio Tour, May 19 & 20!

In addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday event, this year's tour will also feature a special opening reception at the Preview Show at the Art Center in Lemont on Friday, May 18, from 7–9pm.

The Spring Colors Studio Tour is a great opportunity for you to see our fabulous artists showcasing their work in their own studios. Some artists are also doing demonstrations during the tour to highlight their studio practice and show the public just what it is they do when they create their art.

We also have a group venue this year, the lovely Granary in Lemont, PA, for artists who prefer to be in a group space.

So look for the brochures coming out soon and figure out who you want to vist and map out your tour!


Printmaking -- Sunday, May 13, Mothers Day!

Drop in between 1–3 pm

Ingrid Booz Morejohn, instructor

at Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden & Arboretum

177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall

All ages are welcome!

Art Alliance Instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn will introduce you to the wonderful world of printmaking. Using simple methods and materials and with any skill level or age try your hand at creating a unique work of art called a monoprint. All supplies included.

Great mother/child activity for Mothers Day!


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated through Centre Gives!

We are so grateful for all our members and supporters who donated the past couple of days through Centre Gives! THANK YOU!! Your generosity is amazing and we could not do what we do without you.

Also, we want to thank the Centre Foundation for providing this wonderful opportunity to participate in this generous fundraising event which benfits so many of our local area nonprofit organizations.

Thank you everyone!!


Potters Guild Mothers' Day Pottery Sale & Show at the Art Alliance this weekend, May 11–13

opening reception Friday, May 11, 7–9pm

show runs Sat, May 12, 9am–5pm; Sun, May 13, 12–4pm

at the Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Come on out to the Art Alliance Art Studio for the annual Mother's Day Pottery Sale & Show this weekend. The opening reception is Friday and features appetizers and cocktails. There is sure to be something for everyone!


J.A.M. Fest is coming to downtown State College this Saturday, May 12

May 12, 12-5pm

Downtown State College, Calder Way, Allen Street and MLK Plaza plus select stores

Come listen to live music and explore creative activities and experiences in downtown State College on Saturday, May 12 from 12pm – 5pm. Artwork will be displayed in storefront windows and all activities will help increase well-being, build connections and foster self-expression.

J.A.M. Fest will be on Allen Street, Calder Way (Between Allen and Fraser) and in the Martin Luther King Plaza (Fraser Street), as well as in select stores downtown. We really appreciate you coming down to join the fun and to offer an activity for J.A.M. Fest goers!

The Art Alliance will be participating in J.A.M. Fest on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 12-5pm in front of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown (weather permitting) or in the Gallery in case of rain.

Art instructor Nicole Packard will be doing “I Am” artwork where people can create pieces about the wonderful things that make them who they are. We will be creating collages and finger print self portraits.

So stop by the Martin Luther King Plaza in downtown State College this Saturday and take part in all the fun happening there!


Kids Love Art! an art exhibition

opening reception is April 27, 6:30–8pm

show runs April 28 & 29, 12–4pm both days

Art Alliance Art Center, 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

Kids Love Art! Is our wonderful annual art exhibition showcasing artwork by students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in Centre County schools. We partner with the art teachers in Centre County to create this wonderful annual show by some very talented and creative local students.

The show runs April 27–29, with an opening reception, April 27 from 6:30–8pm at the Art Alliance Art Center, 818 Pike Street in Lemont.

We would like to encourage everyone to come on out to the reception and meet our aspiring artists.

Gallery hours: April 28 & 29, 12–4


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.


Artwork by Barb Pennypacker

Special Art Show to memorialize the farmland on Whitehall Road

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.


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!


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

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 Brenda Horner's paintings are up at Café Lemont thru April

Brenda Horner does watercolor and calligraphy!


The Art Alliance 50th Anniversary Juried Show

February 27 - April 27

Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center

B. Stephen Carpenter II, juror

Professor of Art Education and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

at the Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center

The members of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania are excited to present their 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition in the HUB Robeson Gallery at Penn State. The show highlights the inspiring work of artists in the Central Region and beyond.

About the Juror

B. Stephen Carpenter, II is Professor of Art Education and African American Studies; Co-Director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA); and, Chief Executive Artist for Reservoir Studio at Penn State. He is also a Founding Faculty member of the Summer residency MAT/MA in Art & Design Education at Vermont College of Fine Arts. For the 2017-2018 academic, Steve is Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, and Artist and Learner in Residence, Easterly Parkway Elementary School. Steve is interested in curriculum theory, professional development through art for preK-12 educators, public pedagogy and participatory art practices, critical art education studios, and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs. Steve has authored and co-authored book chapters and journal articles on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory.

The Art Alliance 50th Anniversary Juried Show is being sponsored by:

The State College Framing Company & Gallery


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

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.

Awards generously sponsored by Joe Krentzman & Son

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Come to our Annual Meeting!

Wednesday, April 25 at 7pm

Art Center, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

  • We will have awesome speakers highlight the past year's progress and speak about where we've been and where we'd like to go as the Art Alliance
  • We will elect new board members Art Alliance artists will present their work and talk about their process and answer questions
  • We will enjoy wine and finger food with our fellow members after the show

Art Alliance Annual Meeting

Wednesday, April 25, at 7pm

Art Center, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851


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.


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.


Closing Reception, Friday March 30, 7–9pm at the Liberty Craft House for Kirsten Grigor

Some of you may have been to the Liberty Craft House in the last two months and seen Kirsten Grigor's artwork hanging in their beautiful space. For those of you who haven’t (or who want to see it again!), please join Kirsten for a closing reception for her show of pen and ink drawings at the Liberty Craft House this Friday, March 30, from 7-9pm.

When: Friday March 30, 7-9pm

Where: Liberty Craft House 346 East College Avenue

What: Closing reception of Kirsten's show of pen and ink drawings

Come out for a few drinks, some good conversation, and to enjoy Kirsten's company and her art!

Kirsten Grigor // www.klgcustom.com


High School Art Show at the AAGD opens Monday, March 26!

Come one come all to the opening of the State College Area High School and Philipsburg-Oceola High School Joint Art Show, Monday, March 26, from 6–8pm at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown.

Come find out what our young up-and-coming local artists have been working so hard on and see their talents on display at the Gallery Downtown!

Refreshments will be served.

opening reception Monday, March 26, 6–8pm

show runs March 26–30

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

special gallery hours for this show

Monday, 6–8pm (opening); Tuesday–Friday, 4–6pm

Sponsored by Diamond Back Truck Covers -- https://diamondbackcovers.com/


"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.


Artwork by Barb Pennypacker

Special Workshop this Saturday to be held in conjunction with a Special Art Show to memorialize the farmland on Whitehall Road

Saturday, March 24, 1–3pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike St, Lemont, PA

This event is FREE & open to adults and children

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania in partnership with the Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition is offering a free hands-on community art workshop titled: "Art Workshop to memorialize the farmland and watershed off Whitehall Road"

Registration online: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054da4a62aa7fb6-artworkshop 

The art workshop will be instructed by artist and educator Nicole Packard. No art experience necessary. All supplies will be provided. This event is free and open to adults and children. Attendees will be encouraged to offer their art for inclusion alongside the works of local area artists at the State Theatre exhibit running from April 2–30 with a special opening reception, April 6 from 5–7 pm.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/166114404044220/


the }figure{ative show 2018

show runs March 9–March 18

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

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 exhibition 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!


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


Dotty Ford has an exhibition at Schlow Library, Feb 2018

Works in Mixed Media

Don't miss the work of local artist Dotty Ford on display throughout February. After retiring as an art teacher from the State College Area School District in 2005, Ford began to pursue various art media as the artist, rather than the teacher. Her interests are mainly in watercolor, collage, assemblage, drawing and needle felting.

In addition to art making, she also enjoys learning about and sharing the works of fine artists as a docent at the Palmer Museum of Art. For the last four years, Ford has acted as curator for the Bellefonte Art Museum’s holiday show and sale. She is also the co-chair for “Speaking of Art,” an interest group of 50+ members with the Penn State University Women’s Club.

For more information about Ford's work or to inquire about a sale, please contact the artist (dottysford@gmail.com).

Like the Library this exhibition is free and open to the public.


Anni Matsick's work is at the Art Association of Harrisburg


Figuratively Speaking Members Exhibit / First Prize Watercolor

January 12 - February 15


Ben Saggese has his artwork at the State Theatre in February

opening was Friday, February 16 from 4-6pm

Come out for Ben Saggese's work at the State Theatre in February 2018.


Chris Mingear's artwork is up at Zola's in downtown State College thru February


Art at the End of the Lens
photography show

opening reception this Friday, Feb 2, 5-8pm

show runs Feb 2–25

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA

The Art Alliance is having a photography show which will be shown at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown in State College in February 2018.

About the curators

Linda Hale is an amateur enthusiast photographer with a special interest in portraiture. She works in her small home studio with subjects to portray moods and emotions that might otherwise be hidden or kept private. Her images have been recognized in various printed and online photographic publications. She will be featured in the June 2018 Black and White magazine with a collection of her portraits of women with cancer.

R Thomas Berner is a freelance writer and photographer whose work appears in State College Magazine. Known for his two self-published books about barns in Pennsylvania, he is now working on a book about churches in Centre County and a project titled “Anonymous Eyes,” which will have an international flavor. He has a gallery at https://rthomas-berner.pixels.com.


List of Accepted Juried Show 2018 Artworks

Betsy Rodgers Allen, Wariness

Bill Arde,n Reflection of Nature

Rick Avery, Trees

Stacie Bird, Easter Parade

Thomas Boothby, Redhead Diptych

Nancy Burch Brassington, American History

Jim Bright, The Reporter Extends Congratulations

Anne Buchanan, Still Life with Ginger Jar

Peter F. Pepe and Scott Camazine, Goddess of Borders

K. Chovit, Fruit of Adonis

Anne Cortese, Mary's Room

Pasquale Cortese, Untitled 1

Melinda Harr Curley Hair Heard Round the World

Mike Demi, Where Are You Going?

Suzanne DeSarbo, Rte. 322 Sheds

Mary Deutsch, The Unknown Sea

Karen Deutsch, Flowering Inferno

C.S. Fong, Stout

Dotty Ford, Henri's Hen

Jean Forsberg, Earth Fire Water Air

Susan Nicholas Gephart, The Path to Light

Jean Sletten Giddings, Burdock Leaf

Wesley Glebe, Alternative Energy

Susan Graham, Emergence II

Kirsten L. Grigor, Fracture

Jody Grumblatt, To the Barn

Robert Hale, Polaroid

Linda Hale, Revealed

Cynthia Hassler, Swan

Art Heim, Venice 2 Boats

Ann E. Hettmansperger, Space Matter

Alice Kelsey, Mt. Nittany from the Everhart Farm

Mary Lee Kerr, Resist

Lynn Kibbe, Elk Call

William T. Klaus, Box of Eyes

Peggy Shannon Klinger, Untitled

Carrie Koch, Caeruleus Flavus

Joan Koester, Ready to Go

Stephanie Koller, Awakenings

Cinda Kostyak, Stuart's Chapel

Liz Krick, Imprint

Josephine Kuhn, Hydrangea in a Basket

Marisa Eichman Kupiec, The Hunt for the Red Doe

Janet Lindsay, Southwest Landscape

Karen Lintner, Quiet

Jeff Mathison, Pillar of Spirit

Anni Matsick, Girl With Pink Ribbon

Diane Maurer, To the Oracle

Mary Shay McGuir,e Love Letters

Jeanne McKinney, White Head, Monhegan Island, Maine

Mark Messenger, Composition

Barbara Metzner, Lost Doubloon

Tom Mickle, Sid

Linna Muschlitz, Into the Flames

A.T. Pelikan, Winter Warmth

Michael P. Pelikan, Harvest

Barb Pennypacker, Should We Tell Them?'

Mary Lou Pepe, Chamber Pot

Grace Pilato, Majesty

Robert Placky, Algonquin River Grass: One

Claire Placky, Two Figures

Michele Randall, In Jest

Tim Reede,r Untitled

Michele Rojas, Rivera Piety

Harriet Rosenberg, The Storytellers

Paul Ruby, Mary and Paul at Ghost Ranch

Gary Schubert, Santa Fe

Maggie Scotilla, Winding Tree

Marilyn C. Seeling, Beaver Haven

Amalia Shaltiel, Islands in the Stream

Leslie Shelleman Neff, Round Barn

Sofi Skidgel, Windows

John Skrabalak, Underfoot

Candace Smith, Lisa's Hand

Wendy Snetsinger, To Be Organized Soon

Ian Stainton, Expanded Vase

Rhonda Stern, Woman

Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, Just One, Adam, Just One

Marica Tacconi, Breaking Free

Jackie Thomas, Rounding Bee Business

Deena Ultman, Abstraction

Mary Vollero, Penn State Elms (triptych)

Will Wadlington, Scenic 1

Denise Wagner, Snowy Owl

Adrienne Waterston, Hot Damn 1 & 6

Erin Bolger Welsh, Untitled

Jim Welsh, Reckless

Judith Ann Wilson, Outside Dunbar Cave II

Carol Wright, Blue Coral Blooms

Barb Pennypacker at the "Artists In Our Midst" exhibition at 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)


The Farmland Preservation Artists are at Schlow Library through the end of January 2018!

Come check out the wonderful work of the Farmland Preservation Artists at Schlow Library, up now through the end of January 2018! Participating artists include:

Valerie Moyer, R. Thomas Berner, Milt Trask, Cinda Kostyak, Barbara Pennypacker, Jeff Mathison, Lena Thynell, Jennifer Shuey, Karl Leitzel, Denise Wagner, Susan Nicholas Gephart, Anne Kenyon


DA DA DA: A Collage Workshop

Instructor: Karen A Deutsch

January 20, from 10-12, 1-3

Dada artists embraced chance as a tool for liberating creativity from rational thought. In this this collage class we will start with fun and easy projects using materials from magazines and newspapers, collaborative exercises, demonstrations (of gluing methods) and discussion. In the afternoon session, participants will make a collage using pictures of figures, body parts, insects, machines and architectural or interior elements they will cut from magazines, newspapers & old books.

We put disparate elements together, playing with scale and meaning, in a simple or complicated way. Dada’s aesthetic, marked by its mockery of materialistic and nationalistic attitudes has it’s relevance today.

Beginners are welcome, but in the spirit of the short workshop format, time will be best used if students arrive with ideas and materials ready and some experience with mixed media practices.

Lunch break noon-1pm

Anyone taking the class can e-mail Karen with questions about the course and/or links to good articles on Dada and Surrealiam. Also, look for her 8-week Collage Class in the Spring.

Dadaesque works can:

  • Tell a story
  • Mount a Protest
  • Depict the absurd
  • Create imaginary worlds


  • new and old magazines, newspapers—Look for figures, body parts, insects, machines and architectural or interior elements
  • glue stick (acid-free)
  • gel medium or PVA glue
  • flat brush to apply adhesive
  • scissors
  • substrate—something to mount your collage on, like found paper, parts of a book, almost anything with a bit of weight

Fee: members $60; non-members $75.00


Jean Giddings' artwork will be at Zola's, up thru the end of Dec

Collages and paintings by Jean Giddings

Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar

324 W. College Ave State College, PA 16801

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.


Dragons to Dachshunds: Phyllis Kipp’s Papier-Mâché Menagerie

December 31, 2017; noon–10pm

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

Join us at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for a special First Night State College Special Exhibit of puppets and carousel animals by Phyllis Kipp!

refreshments will be served at 7pm

Click here for a link to the First Night State College website for information about this and other exciting events at First Night State College!


Roxanne Naydan's work is at the

State College Framing Company & Gallery

along with work by other artists, like Lena Thynell,

through December


Christine Smith has her cut-paper art and jewelery at

Otto's Pub & Brewery

up in December

all items are for sale!


In The Palm of Your Hand II

opening reception, Friday, Dec 1, 5-8pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA

show runs Dec 1–23

You are invited to the opening reception for In The Palm of Your Hand II at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, Friday, Dec 1, from 5-8pm. Meet the artists, enjoy small bites, wine and small but mighty works of art!

Featuring work by artists:
Salley Horn, Dan Baxter, Stacie Bird, Jennifer Judd, Chris Mingear, Randy Doughty, Brian Giniewski, Annie Swinsinski, William Synder III, Adrienne Waterston & John Ziegler

Visit the gallery website to stay informed about upcoming shows, to apply to be in a show or sign up for our mailing list!


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!


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 www.finishinglinepress.com
Click on “Preorder Forthcoming Titles”or “Bookstore.”

cover art by Art Alliance artist, Barbara Metzner


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!

Pick-up dates at the Art Alliance are:

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


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 https://photoplacegallery.com/infrared-invisible-made-visible/ 


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.

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.



"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


Eat at The Field Burger & Tap on Monday November 20 to benefit the Farmland Preservation Artists!

The Field Burger & Tap at Toftrees Golf Resort is excited to present The Field Gives Back. This monthly event is a chance for them to give back to our community while you enjoy great food, drinks, and more. This month, the Farmland Preservation Artists will be featured, Monday, November 20, from 11am–10pm.

The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania (FPA) formed in late 2005. We are a joint enterprise of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Centre County Farmland Trust. Our mission is to promote the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts.

Our artists work in a variety of media and focus upon the following goals:

  • To portray the beauty of the rural landscape, the local farms and the agricultural products they yield
  • To highlight farm life, local food markets and economy
  • To illustrate the issues facing farmers that affect our communities
  • To increase support for farmland preservation through the exhibition and sale of art
  • To promote the goals of the co-sponsoring organizations, the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Centre County Farmland Trust

The Field is donating 10% of all event proceeds to the Farmland Preservation Artists. Plus, as a thank you for your support, all guests will be registered to win gift cards for The Field!

The Field at Toftrees Golf Resort is located at One Country Club Lane, State College, PA 16803. Their phone number is 814.234.8000. Click here for their website.


Todd Raymond Krout will show his art at the Branch & Vine, Tuesday, Nov 14

Branch & Vine in Calder Way

Tuesday, Nov 14 from 5-8pm

Todd would like to invite you all to an Art popUP and wine tasting at The Branch & The Vine in partnership with the University Wine Company (246 east calder way, behind urban outfitters).

Todd will be showing his canvas paintings for the first time and is anxious for feedback. In addition to a fun evening of art, wine tasting and friends, we will be giving away three gifts!!! Enter to win a limited edition print of one of my paintings, a gift basket from The Branch & The Vine and a gift from the University Wine Company. So, bring friends and come on out!!! This is an open invitation, so please feel free to share and add your friends to the guest list. Hope to see you all there!!!

For more information about our hosts, please visit their websites: The Branch & The Vine www.branchvineoils.com University Wine Company www.universitywineco.com. Their neighbors, Avant Garden and the Funky Trunk, will be open that evening as well ... a perfect evening to explore the shops of Calder way.


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: http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober // https://www.facebook.com/inktober/

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


Adrienne Waterston has a new show up in Schlow Library for October

For the month of October, Adrienne Waterston will have a show of her prints titled "Mapping the Future" in the Schlow Centre Region Library's Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery.

Come on out and see! Click here for the library website for hours.


Jennifer Shuey is the Artist of the Month in Town & Gown's latest edition!

The article, by Miranda Buckheit, says, "Shuey says she finds art in landscapes and nature. One of her earlier experiences with art was an oil painting class at the Art Alliance with another local artist, Jennifer Kane. Shuey found her love of pastels by going to a local artists retreat. At the retreat, she met Susan Nicholas Gephart. Her eyes brighten as she smiles at the memory. "She loaned me her pastels and said 'give these a try. It just kind of clicked. It was like, 'OK, this is my medium,"' Shuey says."

Check it out! LINK to article


"Line-Item" is now up! At the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for the month of October

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

On view: Oct 6–29, 2017

Artists are: Maggie Scotilla, Harlan Ritchey, Anne Buchanan, Karen Deutsch, Sue Parsonage, William Snyder III, Benjamin Fehl, Kristin Grigor

Opening Reception events sponsored by: Gary and Mark Bamat from GB Accounting Services


"Pastel Passions II," a new show by The Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society at the State College Framing Company and Gallery

opening reception, Sunday October 8, 1-4pm

show runs Oct 8–28

“Pastel Passions II” Paintings by Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society artists will be featured at State College Framing Co. and Gallery, 160 Rolling Ridge Drive in State College from October 8th to October 28th.

The event opens with a reception on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 1-4pm. All of the paintings are for sale and may be viewed any time during the gallery business hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm.

The title of the show, “Pastel Passions II,” signifies the artists’ love of the medium. Diverse in content, the show includes landscape, portrait, flora, fauna and still-life paintings. Visitors will be able to see and enjoy the many different styles and techniques used by CPPS artists with this dry medium.

The Society is headquartered in the State College area but represents artists from all over Pennsylvania. Since 2004, the Society promotes awareness of pastels as an artistic medium and the development of its members through workshops, exhibitions, and plein air painting opportunities.

For more information, go to www.centralpapastel.com


Anni Matsick has a piece accept in the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society's Aqueous International!

Spinning Plate Gallery in East Liberty

show runs Oct 1–22

Anni Matsick has a piece accept in the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society's Aqueous International!

This year’s exhibit includes the work of 70 artists from all over the globe, including 28 artists from the greater Pittsburgh area and the other 42 from 21 states and 4 countries. The exhibit runs from Saturday, October 1 through Saturday, October 22. Gallery Hours are Wednesday 11-4, Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-4, Saturday 11-4.


Park Forest Middle School Printmaking Exhibition opens this Friday at the Art Alliance Gallery

opening reception

Friday October 20th at 7pm

show dates

Saturday, October 21st, 12-3pm and
Sunday, October 22nd, 12-3pm

Art Alliance Gallery

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

For the past two weeks Art Alliance artist and instructor, Ingrid Booz Morejohn, has been "artist in residence" for Nicole Packard's (also an Art Alliance artist and instuctor) art classes at Park Forest Middle School in State College. Ingrid writes, "the enthusiasm and talent of these students has been amazing and a huge amount of fun. Thank you to Nicole Packard for inviting me to work beside you, you've got 150 talented kids!"

So come on out and see these talented kids' artwork at the Art Alliance Friday for the opening and then Saturday and Sunday for the show!


People & Places, a new exhibition featuring work by Wendy Snetsinger at Foxdale Village gallery

Foxdale Village 2nd Floor Gallery

exhibit runs through October 9
8–5 Mon–Fri; 12–4 Sat & Sun

Foxdale Village Gallery is on the 2nd Floor --
Foxdale Village is at 500 E. Maryln Ave, State College PA

Click here for a link to the Foxdale website


Nittany Con 2017 -- State College's Premier Comic Con!!

September 23–24

Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5

Ramada Conference Center


  • 1 day pass: $10
  • 2 day pass: $15
  • kids under 5 are FREE!
  • VIP Saturday Event - $75 (does not include Sat Ticket)


  • Cosplay contests
  • Heroic Beard Contest
  • VIP Meet & Greet with Special Guest Chris Claremont
  • Exclusive VIP Lithograph for Nittany Con
  • Panel Discussions both days
  • Great door prizes

For more information visit their website: www.nittanycon.com


Stacie Bird's exhibition, "Desde el Corazón de México" at Rhoneymeade in September!

show runs
September 2–30

opening reception
Sunday, September 10, 12–3pm

at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

click for website and directions (177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA)

Come out to Rhoneymeade and enjoy Stacie Bird's show "Desde el Corazón de México featuring photographs from her many trips to Mexico.



New show, "Inhabited Settings" in Huntingdon's Art Space

opening reception
Friday, September 8, 6–8pm

The Art Space in Huntingdon

show runs
September 8–29

Meet artists Harlan Ritchey, Fran Bowman, and Jeff Bowman at the opening reception for the Inhabited Settings exhibit on Friday, September 8 from 6 to 8 pm at the Art Space in Huntingdon.

The exhibit combines the wonderful paintings of Harlan Ritchey, the stained glass creations of Fran Bowman, and the superb woodworking of Jeff Bowman. The exhibit will be open through Friday, September 29. The Art Space is open: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 12 pm to 6 pm Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm The Art Space is located at 212 Fourth Street in downtown Huntingdon.

Harlan says, "Come see my paintings in a truly unique environment--sharing an intimate and welcoming space with the Bowmans' lovely handcrafted stained glass and furniture. The first show of its kind... don't miss it! Hope to see you there!"


Lynn Anne Verbeck will be offering a hand-building in clay class in her home studio for the fall

Wednesdays, Sept 6-Oct 25, 10am–2pm

2771 Old Erie Pike, West Decatur, PA 16878


$180 includes glazes and firing // clay is $15 per 25lbs.

Click here for a link to the class information and online sign up.


Lena Thynell's work chosen for Art Award for the Brandywine River Museum's "On Location" event

Quote from Lena:

"I am honored that my painting "Looking In" was chosen for the Brandywine River Museum of Art Award yesterday night by the Judge Mr Karl Kuerner, the grandson of the late Karl Kuerner at Kuerner Farm. Philadelphia Watercolor Society Signature Members painted three days on the properties of Brandywine Museum. The event was called 'On Location' a celebration of Andrew Wyeth's 100th birthday. A very memorable event."


September Art Exhibit: “OUTTA THIS WORLD” by artist Jami Joelle Nielsen

Webster’s Donald Neumann Gallery

33 E. Beaver Ave., State College

on display the month of September

Jami Joelle Nielsen is a disabled recycled-object artist artist 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 exclusively 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. Her work pays homage to coexistence, transformation, and hope.

For inquiries, purchasing, or commissions, please visit jamijoelle.com or email at jamijoelle@gmail.com


Artist Gary Schubert's work is featured in "Powerful Images: Contemporary Photography from the HMA collection"

"Another source of contemporary photography for the permanent collection has been the museum’s “Exhibition 280,” which showcases art from West Virginia and surrounding states. Several works in Powerful Images were entries in this juried show, including photographs by Fredrik Marsh, RicBellizzi, Marilyn Szabo, Gary Schubert and Daniel Kaufmann.


Thirty images, ranging from celebrity portraits to surrealist fantasies are included; together they combine to showcase the museum’s expanding journey in the photographic arts."

The show is up August 5–September 17



Melinda Curley's work will be at Zola's in September & October

The Opening Reception is
Thursday, September 7
at Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar
from 5 - 7pm


Mel Lesher's work is at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum & Gardens in Florida

The Ormond Beach Museum says on Facebook for the opening of Tape Art, "We're so lucky to have the gorgeous work of Melissa Lesher as part of the #TapeArt2017 exhibit at #OrmondArtMuseum! Here she is installing "Hive" this morning."

The show is up now (since June) through September 17

Congratulations Mel!


Town & Gown at Artist of the Month: Alice Kelsey

by Courtney DeVita

from the article --
"Leaving her medical practice behind, Alice Kelsey answers call to visual art-making Art is the underlying force behind everything Alice Kelsey does. From painting, to medicine, to music, Kelsey’s life endeavors have all been outflows of her aesthetic expression. Since closing her medical practice 12 years ago and devoting herself full-time to painting, Kelsey, of Warrior’s Mark, has gained national recognition and exhibited her expressive oil and pastel landscapes across Pennsylvania.

Alice Kelsey’s book Through the Surface can be purchased at the Bellefonte Art Museum. Her upcoming exhibit Finding Centre: Paintings by Alice Kelsey and Sarah Pollock, will be in the State College Framing Company and Gallery from November 4 to December 4. A portion of the proceeds from the opening reception November 4 will go to ClearWater Conservancy."

Read more at http://www.statecollege.com/news/Health-and-wellness/artist-of-the-month-alice-kelsey,1473187/


Todd Raymond Krout has a show at the Kish Bank outlet the Expect More Store

The Expect More Store

Opening Reception, Friday, August 4 from 5:30–7:30pm

Show runs for the month of August

Todd Krout has a show/opening at the Expect More Store / Kish Bank on Allen Street by McLanahans, this Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Todd will have on display his newest and past work including a print of his latest award winning painting (original currently on display in Philadelphia).

Bring friends!

The show remains up through the month of August



Opening reception: Friday, August 4, 2017, 7 – 9 pm

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

On view: August 4 – 28, 2017

The Kingdom Animalia is one of a handful of lineages rooted far back in the history of our existence. Its ancestry represents one of the three major origins of multicellularity, and represents vast and diverse life in the form of creatures who live alongside and sometimes in spite of their human counterparts. In this engaging exhibition, both wildlife and domesticated animal such as birds, horses, sheep, cows, cats and more become the subjects of works of contemporary art. Perennially popular as an artistic theme, Animalia features animal-inspired works by thirteen local and regional artists for an exhibition that is too charming to miss!

Artists are: Art Heim, Jason Lennox, Scott Owens, Amalia Shaltiel, Martha Taylor, George LaVanish, Anne Therese Pelikan, Maggie Scotilla, Nancy Brassington, Anne Buchanan, Char Casbourne, Betsy Rodgers Allen


Save the Date -- Good Spirits is coming!
September 17 from 3-6pm

at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

This year the Art Alliance is partnering with Shaver's Creek Environmental Center to present our annual fundraiser, Good Spirits!

This year's exciting event will be natured-themed, featuring:

  • our annual silent art auction with art donated by our esteemed artists
  • wine tasting
  • art activities
  • artist decorated bird houses (generously created by artist Chris Bittner)
  • music by Eric Ian Farmer & Adi Martinez
  • a special cocktail tasting donated by Big Spring Distillery

So get out your art-apprciation googles, put on your dancing shoes, ready your wine- and cocktail-tasting taste buds, and come one come all to the Art Alliance Good Spirits party and fundraiser!

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

You can buy tickets online soon or call the office at 814-234-2740.

Special thanks to Art Heim for the use of his wonderful "Barred Owl" photograph 

Sponsors include:

Wegmans for providing tasty treats

Big Spring Distillery for yummy cocktail tasting


Join us downtown for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Martin Luther King Jr. plaza, Monday, Aug 28

Join us at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for our special hours (9:30–2) for the dediation/ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in front of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown Monday, August 28, from 10-12.


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.