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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:


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 or email at


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,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.

Abstraction Show 2017 Call For Entries!

Holiday Wreath Sale!

Park Forest Middle School Printmaking Exhibition opening, Friday, Oct 20, 7-9pm

Participate in #INKtober 2017! find out how!

"Line Item" the new show at the AAGD open thru Oct 29!

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