Event Archive

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop

December 6 (4 hours) 1-5 pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn all the techniques of traditional drypoint engraving but use instead a cheap and easily accessible material – simple recycled milk and juice Tetrapak containers. With these you can feel free to experiment and make ‘mistakes’ without feeling you have wasted expensive materials like a copper or zinc plate. The idiosyncrasies of the material (folds, creases etc.) only lend character to the final prints. You will also learn some aspects of relief printing as well as collagraph printing where layers are peeled away and inked. Each student will print a limited series of relief and intaglio inked prints.

$40 plus a $10 materials fee

To sign up please call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 


Holiday Celebration at the AAGD Fri, Dec 7 from 5-8pm!

Be sure to bring your friends and family to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for First Friday Dec 7 from 5-8pm for our Holiday Celebration featuring homemade cookies and hot apple cider! And of course be sure to check out all the fabulous arts and crafts made by our local artists, artisans and craftspeople, perfect for gifts for the holidays.

When you come in Friday, we will also be having our Shop & Win Weekend so if you decide to buy something for $10 or more, you can add your name into a drawing for the chance to win a Gift Certificate for the Gallery! (see below)


Shop & Win Weekend Dec 6–9 at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown!

Featuring unique gifts created by Central PA artists and artisans

The Gallery is bursting with unique gift items of beautiful glass, cut paper and ceramic ornaments, jewelry, paintings, prints, delicate hand-cut paper art, handmade books, soft hand-knit arm warmers, drawings, art cards, ceramic pots and MORE! Most of the items are one-of-a-kind, so selection is best right now!

Please come in and bring your friends, enjoy refreshments, and choose some unique gifts. With your purchase of $10 or more, your name will go into a drawing for a chance to win one of three gift certificates for the Gallery!

Special holiday hours beginning Dec 6

Thur & Fri 12–8pm

Sat 10am–6pm

Sun 12–4pm

Stop in THIS WEEKEND ONLY, get some great gifts created by local PA artists today and earn a chance to WIN a GIFT CERTIFICATE for the Gallery!


Locally Crafted Ceramics are the Perfect Holiday Gift!

Art Alliance Pottery Guild Holiday Sale

Friday, Dec 7, 6-9pm

Saturday, Dec 8, 9am-5pm

Sunday, Dec 9, 12-4pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

Want to find beautiful, locally crafted gifts for your holiday gift needs? The Potters Guild is happy to announce the annual Holiday Ceramics Sale to be held Friday, December 7th through Sunday, December 9th at the Art Alliance Building, 824 Pike Street, Lemont. Now in its 47th year, the Potters Guild consists of over 35 local clay artists who create both functional and decorative ceramics. The sale will offer ornaments, mugs, bowls, platters, flower pots, sculptural forms and more by Centre County artists!

The Potters Guild Holiday Sale takes place on Friday, December 7th , from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, December 8th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, December 9th from 12-4 p.m. Friday evening’s opening will feature many of the artists on site, refreshments and holiday music by violinist Mark Minnich. Mark is the concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and the President of the Penn’s Woods Music Festival Council in State College, PA.

This sale will include ceramics by artists: Kristin Austen, Jan Dillon, Randy Doughty, Holly Foy, Tiffany Friday, Linda Goncalves, Linda Hale, Jeanne Houston, Mark Messenger, Linna Muschlitz, Christine Stangel, Don Swartz, and John Ziegler.

For more information, contact Holly Foy at hollyfoy@gmail.com or at 814-574-2088.


Danny Stainton's Pottery Show This Weekend, Dec 1 & 2!

10 till 5 Saturday , Dec 1

12 till 4 Sunday, Dec 2

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA


Special Farmland Preservation Artists Show at the Bellefonte Art Museum this month!

Central Pennsylvania Farms - Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania

Painting in a variety of media and photographing, the members of Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania bring a range of work done specifically for this show. The subject matter extends beyond the usual farm sites to related agricultural activities.

Bellefonte Art Museum

133 North Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, 814-355-4280

Windows Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00-4:30 p.m.


Artist Ceci Rusnak has her artwork in PA shows

"Eye on the Needle" will be at The Bottleworks, Johnstown, Oct. 17-Nov. 30


inservice 2017Fall Inservice Art Class Days are now available—sign up online today!

Dates of Inservice Art Class Days

Nov 21, 26

Programs run from 9am - 3pm

Our Inservice Days Art Classes are a fun, creative way for your kids to spend those winter break days while you need to be at work.

Each day is separate from the others - you may sign up for which ever day(s) suit your schedule. Participants are to bring their own peanut-free lunch. All art supplies and a snack are provided.

Fee for each child, per day, is $35. Limited to 12 participants.

Special Teen Art Classes during upcoming Inservice Days!

Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain Workshop

November 26, 9am-3pm

ages 11 & older

instructor Robert Placky

Students will explore unusual ways to draw and most importantly unusual ways to think; upside down, negative space and patterns will explore how we process information. Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words.

Fee: $35 -- you will need to bring a lunch

Sign up online today!


Sign up for Inservice Days Art Classes online

Under Search options, choose Youth Fall 2018 and hit the Search button

Art Alliance members and parents who registered previously and have online accounts (select "forgot password" for login help) go ahead and login and sign up. New particpatnts will need to set up a family account.

Use parent name and contact info to set up account and then you will add your children's info in the next step when processing registration. Once one-time setup is completed you can use this account for all future Art Alliance registrations.

Registrations also accepted by email: info@artalliancepa.org or by calling 814-234-2740.

Anni Matsick & Lena Thynell have artwork in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

October 14–November 20, 2018

Wayne Art Center

433 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087


Introduction to Soapstone Carving

with instructor Chris Bittner

Monday, November 19, 7–9:30pm

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: $30 plus $5
Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740  or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class


Abstraction Show 2018

Abstraction Show 2018

November 9–18

opening reception Nov 9, 7–9pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

If you missed the opening last Friday, not to worry! The Art Alliance Abstration Show 2018, juried this year by internationally recognized, award-winning artist and Art Alliance instructor, Jennifer Kane, will be open Wednesday–Friday, 12–5pm; Sat 10–5 and Sun 12–5.

The Art Alliance Abstraction Show is a vertiable showcase of the considerable local abstract artist talent in our area and features artwork by 50 artists this year!.

As said by Kirk Varnedoe in his book, Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art since Pollock, "The less there is to look at, the more important it is to look closely and carefully. This is critical to abstract art. Small differences make all the difference."

Color, shape, composition, concept, juxtaposition, materiality, texture -- all become essential elements in their own right in abstract works of art, a discipline which continues to be a developing, exciting and collectible component of the art world today.


Entry Process & Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms together with the entry fee (checks to be payable to Art Alliance) are now being accepted. The absolute last date to enter is Thursday, November 1. Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid by check, credit card, or online. If payment is made online, an entry form must also be submitted either by mail (PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851) or email (info@artalliancepa.org) or dropped off at our office, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA at the back of the Gallery Shop..


STUDENT $20--college or high school; MEMBER $30; NON-MEMBER $40

Click here for a PDF of the entry form

Click here to PAY ONLINE

You must fill out and send your entry form to the Art Alliance by Nov 1. You may email the entry form to info@artalliancepa.org or mail to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851. You can also drop the entry form off at our office, at the back of the Gallery Shop, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 1681. The Art Alliance must receive the entry form by the end of the day, November 1.

Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in previous Art Alliance shows are eligible. All works must be original. All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, unframed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted. Unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring. All pieces underglass or plexiglass must be framed. 3-D work may not be heavier than 100 pounds. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.

Sales & Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance will charge a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged works.

Show Dates & Hours

The exhibit will open Friday, November 9 and continue through Sunday, November 18. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday, Sunday 12–5, Saturdays 10–5. The exhibit will be closed Monday and Tuesday.


The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 9 from 7–9 pm. Artists are asked to bring either food or wine to share or to add $5 to their entry fee to help cover expenses for the reception. Prize winners will be announced at the reception.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artists must deliver their work to the Art Alliance on Thursday, Nov 8 from 4–7 pm. Please have labels completed and attached (see reverse side of this page). Please pick up your artwork on Sunday, Nov 18,between 5–6 pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

About the Juror

Jennifer Kane is a contemporary artist working in Central Pennsylvania and Southern California. She studied art, science, and theater at the University of Illinois, graduating with a BFA and MFA before moving to the State College area, where she has a dual career as a costume designer and conservation artist.

Recent work is informed by her study of climate change, featuring new ways of using materials to physically interpret her subject and observations. The resulting mixed media works on paper were accepted into the main division of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 2018. This was Jennifer’s 15th year as a participating artist at the festival, where she has been an award winning invited artist.

Jennifer’s other current abstract works include ‘Into the Future’, a digital landscape series about construction and destruction from her own on-site photos of concrete, and ‘Access Series’, colorful portraits of utility access portals with a corresponding essay about American access to power and sanitation.

Jennifer was chosen to represent Joshua Tree National Park for the 2017-18 season, where she wrote and led an immersive, art-based interpretive program serving park-goers of all ages from around the world. She would like to thank Michael Mann (Climatologist and geophysicist, currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University), and Chris Forest (Professor of Climate Dynamics Associate Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management at PSU) for their support and contributions to her climate work.

"¡Viva Mexico!" an art show up at the State College Framing Co. now, is throwing a party, Nov 2 in honor of the Dia de Muertos

¡Viva Mexico! with art by Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger, and Harriet Rosenberg

October 13–November 17

Dia de Muertos reception, Friday, November 2, 5–8pm

State College Framing Company & Gallery

in the South Hills Mall off S. Atherton

"Viva Mexico" is going up now at the State College Framing Company & Gallery! This show features artwork by artists Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger of Crash & Burn Metal Art, and Harriet Rosenberg!

The show will be open starting Sat October 13 and run through Sat Nov 17. We will have an artist reception on Fri November 2, from 5 pm till 8 pm. The food and beverage will certainly reflect the culture of Mexico. See you there!


R Thomas Berner's show "Travel Pixels" opens at the Kish Bank with a reception from 5-7pm, Friday, November 2


The Annual Art Alliance Holiday Wreath & Runner Sale is here!

Want some wreaths and runners this holiday season? Look no further!

The Art Alliance offers professionally crafted  22" Fraser fir wreaths and 32" Fraser fir table/mantle runners, with either a red or burgundy velvet ribbon.

1 wreath or runner is $30; 2 are $55; and 3 are $80.

You need to place your order by November 10.

Pick up your order on either Sunday, November 18, from 4-6pm or Monday, November 19, from 10-2.

You can order by:

This event is a fundraiser for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.


Linocut relief printmaking workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

November 3–4 (Sat & Sun);
10am–4pm each day

All materials included. Learn the basics of relief printmaking with one of the simplest and oldest forms of printmaking. You will learn how to design, carve, ink and print linocuts in color. We will explore color mixing, multiple color blocks and print registration. We use easy to cut materials to carve our plate and supply all materials needed. Level: Suitable for beginners.

Click here to sign up online!

Or call our office at 814-234-2740


"Mermaids, Magik, and Wanderers" art show by Carol Brooks at the Art Alliance this weekend!

Saturday, October 26, 10–4

Sunday, October 27, 12–4

Reception is Sunday, Oct 27 at 2pm

at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Come see the new art show, "Mermaids, Magik, and Wanderers" by Carol Brooks Saturday this weekend at the Art Alliance Art Center. The hours will be 10-4 on Saturday, 12-4 on Sunday, with a reception, Sunday starting at 2 pm.


Street Photography: People and Patterns, a 3-day show, goes up at the Art Alliance, Friday, October 19

Street Photography: People and Patterns
an art show with artwork by Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Karen Deutsch & Adrienne Waterston

Friday, Ocober 19–21

Art Alliance of Central PA Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

opening reception Friday, October 19, 7–9pm

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY--People & Patterns Street Photography, as defined by Wikipedia, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

The four women in this exhibit, Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Karen Deutsch, and Adrienne Waterston, are guilty of finding uniqueness in the ordinary, beauty in the everyday, of seeing minute details in simple shapes, commonality in diversity, and loving the process of documenting it.

These artists are curious. They notice things others might not. They anthropomorphize. They pay attention to shadows, fleeting light, textures, the affect of rain. As Adrienne observes, “as I walk around, I am attracted to certain things, consistently drawn to examine them closer, and I wonder about them. … I like to take pictures of them, as a way of capturing a visual record of those musings, wonderings, and appreciations, to share a small part of those moments.”

Photographers like Anne Cortese capture chance encounters of people strolling, sitting and stopping along the streets and alleyways. “One of life's great pleasures is walking the streets of great cities and small towns. The architecture, light, storefronts and people are a feast for our eyes and souls. If you've been to Lewisburg and watched the sun play on the row houses, or strolled through Manhattan and smiled at fashion on young and old, or marveled at shops on century old streets in Paris - you know that joy.”

They may freeze or blur a body in motion, enjoy and share a moment of laughter, or evoke through their photos the stillness of sorrow. They do this truthfully, and ultimately artfully.

To Stacie Bird, “Street photography offers me the chance to find beauty in the mundane, patterns in the man-made, and challenges me to record people interacting with their environments. Small towns, big cities and country roads offer endless opportunities to capture fleeting instances, like clouds passing in front of the sun or shadows on the pavement. The spontaneous nature of street photography appeals to me, because even when photographing the same spot repeatedly, something is sure to change and keep me coming back for more.”

Hopefully, the viewer will come away with an appreciation of the genre of Street Photography and the artists that engage in it.


In “Street Photography—People and Patterns”, many of these moments, unframed and affordable, will be exhibited for your enjoyment at the Art Alliance, October 19–21st. Join us for an opening reception, Friday, October 19, 7-9pm; Saturday the show will be open 10–4 and Sunday 12–4.


Fall Art Classes 2018

Two 4-week classes coming up -- click here for link. Please click here for a PDF file of the Fall Classes

Gelli Plate Monoprinting with Ingrid Booz Morejohn -- 4-week class starting, Monday, October 15

Mondays, 6–9pm

Exploring Pastels with Alice Kelsey -- 4-week class starting, Wednesday, October 17

Wednesdays 9–12am

Sign up for classes now! Online registration available, click here or call our office at 814-234-2740.


Anni Matsick has work in the PWCS's Aqueous show to be at the Spinning Plate Gallery in October


October 6–27, 2018

Spinning Plate Gallery

5821 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11–4


Anni Matsick has a piece in the HAA show "Pastiche II"

Harrisburg Art Association Membership Exhibition, "Pastiche II"

opening reception Sept 9, 11am–6pm

Gallery Walk, Harrisburg PA


Our special show, "Is it hereditary?" 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!!