Upcoming Shows

Call for Entries!

Art at the End of the Lens
photography show

entries due Wed Jan 24 by NOON

mail filled out form to "Art Alliance, PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851"
or email to info@artalliancepa.org

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. Click on the green button below for details about the show and how to enter.

Entry Process and Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms with fee are now being accepted. The absolute last date to enter is Wednesday, January 24 by 12pm (noon). Entry fees are non-refundable and may be paid by check, credit card, or online. If fee is paid online, an entry form must also be submitted either by mail or email -- info@artalliancepa.org.

Entry Fee: $30 Members; $40 Non-members

Eligible Work

Photographs that have not received awards in previous Art Alliance shows are eligible.

All submissions should be suitable for public viewing and prepared for hanging. All work must be framed and securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, unframed work, or partial frames will not be accepted. Dimension, including frame, may not exceed 30 inches in either direction.

The chair reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet these requirements and will have the final decision on how the work is hung.


There will be cash prizes.


The Art Alliance is not responsible for loss of or damage to your artwork. Entry of work indicates acceptance of disclaimer.

Sales and Conditions

Photographs may be for sale. The Art Alliance will charge a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show.


This show will be held at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801.

Show Dates and Hours

The exhibit opens Friday, February 2 and continues through Sunday, February 25. Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Saturdays 12-6pm, Thursdays & Fridays 12-8pm, Sundays 12-4pm.

Sitting Assignments

As a participating artist, you must sign up to sit at the show in order for the gallery to be open. If your artwork is selected by the juror, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for timeslots to sit at the gallery. If you can not sit at the show, you must make alternative arrangements.


The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 2 from 5–8pm. Artists are asked to bring either food or wine to share. If preferred, a $5 contribution to help cover reception expenses may be paid along with the entry fee. Prize winners will be announced at this time.

Dropping Off and Retrieving Work

Artists must deliver their work to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown on Sunday, January 28 between 4–6pm. Please have labels completed and attached (they are included on the reverse side of this page).

All artwork must be retrieved at the Gallery Downtown on Sunday, February 25, between 4 and 6pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

Additional Space for Matted Work

Participating artists may bring unframed, matted, priced photos labeled with the artist’s name, to be included in a For Sale bin (can be additional images or same as entered). All sales are subject to a 20% commission.

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.


Contact R Thomas Berner: journprof@comcast.net; or the Art Alliance office: (814) 234-2740, info@artalliancepa.org

Click here for a PDF of the Call For Entries file

-- email us your filled in PDF file
-- or mail to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851

Click here to pay online 

-- choose Photography Show 2018 from the 'Please select Session' pull down menu
-- or mail your check payable to 'Art Alliance' to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851

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

The State College Framing Company & Gallery

From the website: "The State College Framing Co & Gallery, Inc opened its doors in October of 1995 with the ideals of providing a high quality product and a high level of service in a warm, inviting environment reflective of the products and services provided. Today some eighteen years later these ideals are still the same. We strive to treat all our customers and all projects with a high level of care — whether we’re framing a child’s drawing, shadow boxing a signed jersey, or framing an original O’Keefe painting, we treat the people and the work the same. I would like to invite you to stop by the shop and gallery, take a look around, say “hi”, and see how we can help preserve and present your works of art for a lifetime. — John McQueary II"

The State College Framing Company & Gallery offers Art Alliance members a 30% discount on framing at their store located in Hills Plaza South near Kid to Kid and Ace Hardware.


The Art Alliance 50th Anniversary Juried Show 2018

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

Deadline to enter: Wednesday, December 27

Reception Thursday, April 26, 5:30 – 7pm

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 will highlight the inspiring work of artists in the Central Region and beyond. We invite you to join other talented artists by submitting images of your work for consideration by our juror.

Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in Art Alliance shows are eligible. All work must be original; reproduction prints are not acceptable.

  • 2D work may not exceed 72 inches in width and 84 inches in height, including frame.
  • All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted.
  • All pieces under glass or plexiglass must be framed. However, unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring.
  • 3D work may not be heavier than 150 lbs or taller than 108 inches. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.
  • Work containing open food products or biohazardous materials are prohibited.

Entry Process and Fees

This show is open to artists 18 years old and older who live within a 100-mile radius of State College, PA. Each artist may submit up to two pieces for consideration. However, no more than one piece per artist will be chosen for hanging. The entry form, along with digital images of the work you are submitting and the non-refundable entry fee (payable to Art Alliance) are due in the office of the Art Alliance by Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Online payments or credit card payments by telephone are acceptable, but a signed entry form must be received by the deadline.

  • 2D: One image per piece
  • 3D: Up to two images per piece

Please indicate the framed dimensions of your submitted work and label each image with your last name, first initial, and title of your piece. The quality of the images is important for the jurying process. All images must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 2 megabytes.

Sales and Catalogue

Works may be for sale. Buyers interested in works will be put in contact with the Art Alliance. The Art Alliance will charge a 20% commission on the selling price of work sold. The Art Alliance will produce a catalogue of works and prices in exhibit.

Show Dates, Hours and Reception

The Juried Show will run Tuesday, February 27 through Friday, April 27, 2018. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, noon-6 pm and Friday,Saturday, and Sunday, noon- 4pm.

The reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7pm at the Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center on the campus of Penn State. Award winners will be recognized at this time.

Insurance and Consent to Reproduce

All works will be insured for their value while in the care of the exhibit sites. This exhibit requires that all artwork has a value placed on it for insurance purposes, even if it is not for sale. Works will be insured by the HUB Robeson Galleries for the value indicated on the entry form. Each artist will be required to sign a contract for insurance purposes. These will be sent out by Penn State and should be sent back promptly.


Jurying will be completed and a list of accepted works will be posted on the Art Alliance website, www.artalliancepa.org, by 4pm on Thursday, January 25.

Deliver Your Work

Artists whose work has been accepted for the exhibit must deliver the work on Saturday, February 10 between 3–6pm or on Sunday, February 11 between noon–3pm. Every artist must deliver work during these hours ONLY. All accepted work should be delivered to the Art Alliance at 818 Pike St., Lemont, PA. Make sure that your piece is ready for transport (with corners protected and fragile pieces wrapped) and that your name is clearly indicated on the wrapping.

Pick Up Your Work

Pick up your work at the Art Alliance on Monday, April 30.


If you have additional questions about the show please contact Bob Placky, Juried Show Chair, at (814) 574-3440 or rplacky@comcast.net.

To inquire about the Art Alliance, contact us at (814) 234-2740 or by email at info@artalliancepa.org

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.


Current Shows

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Our Members' Artwork Around Town -- Outreach Exhibitions

These outreach exhibitions that are in place throughout town accomplish two of our goals as your community art organization. They provide the opportunity for individuals to be inspired by art in places they go for other reasons - banks, theatres, libraries and retirement communities. For our featured artist members, these exhibitions allow them to take their work, usually sold in galleries and juried shows, and present it in a more public venue.

Our current outreach exhibitions in the community:

BB&T Bank, College Ave. downtown Paulette & Tom Berner, photographs and digital paintins Dec & Jan
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Deb Lintal, watercolor Dec & Jan
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Tom Boothby, oil painting Dec & Jan
Juniper Village at Brookline J. Harlan Ritchey, watercolor Dec & Jan
Liberty Craft House Barbara Metzner, acrylic, mixed media Dec
The State Theatre Will Snyder, III, prints
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Sarah Pollock, acrylic paintings Dec & Jan
Portfolio, A Salon Nicole Packard, abstract Dec & Jan
The Corner Room Kevin Reilly, photography Dec & Jan
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Adrienne Waterston, silkscreens Dec & Jan
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Jean Giddings, paintings & collages Nov & Dec

Members who would like to be considered for an outreach exhibition should contact Marie at the office: 814-234-2740 or email info@artalliancepa.org

Other Member Shows

These members have let us know that they have work in the following exhibitions and venues. YOU CAN TOO! Please tell us if you are having an exhibition somewhere so we can help get the word out to those who are interested in visiting.

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown "ESCAPE" -- opens Friday, Jan 5, 5-8pm; show is up Jan 5-28
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, title
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Team Room Gallery
Patricia Rhees Jan 5–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Liz Liadis
Jan 5–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Windows Gallery
"Painting What We Feel", abstract works by Jean Forsburg, Melinda Harr Curley, Susan Graham Sept 29–Nov 26
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
Francine Jones
Nov 3-26
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Farmland Preservation Artists, painting, photography thru the end of Jan 2018
Café Lemont Harriet Rosenberg,
cut paper
Dec 2017

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Cinda Kostyak and Jennifer Shuey, Nov 3 - Dec 23
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
Christine Smith, cut-paper art & jewelry
through Dec
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Chuck Fong
November -- opening reception, Friday, Nov 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
Robert Placky, The Unfinished ... Finished show runs Oct 13–Nov 28
Heinz History Center Anni Matsick, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators 20th Anniversary Exhibit: Art of Facts/Discovering Pittsburgh Stories
thru March 28
State College Framing Company & Gallery Roxanne Naydan, pastels through Dec

If you are an artist member and would like to have a listing here please contact the office with the details at info@artalliancepa.org

Art Alliance show schedule for 2018

A reception is held for each exhibit on the opening Friday evening from 7-9pm

All are welcome!

Art Alliance show schedule for 2018

"Art at the End of the Lens," photography show, Feb 2-26
Call for Entries due Wed, Jan 24 by NOON (12pm)
opening reception Friday, February 2, from 5-8pm
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Special 50th Anniversary "Juried Show," Feb 27–Apr 27
closing reception, Monday, April 26, 5:30-7pm
at The Robeson Gallery at the HUB, Penn State

"Figurative Exhibition," March 9–18
opening reception, Friday March 9, from 7-9pm
at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont

Recycled Show, "Green Is The New Black," April 6-29
opening reception, Friday, April 6, from 5-8pm
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

"Kids Love Art," April 27–29
opening reception Friday, April 27, from 6-8pm
at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont

"Members Show," May & June
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Studio Tour, May 19 & 20
Studio Tour Preview Show, May 18-20, opening reception May 18 from 7-9pm
-- at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont

"Hip 2B Square," gallery fundraiser, July 11-29
opening reception Wednesday, July 11, from 6-9pm
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Abstraction Show, November 9–18


How to sign up for shows

Fill out the form for the appropriate show, which will posted as a PDF online and also mailed to our members approximately one month before the show is scheduled to open.

You can send us the form via email at info@artalliancepa.org or snail mail it to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

If you would like to pay online, go to our online registration system, click on the drop down menu and choose your desired show, which will be available the same time as the PDF file,  approximately 1 month in advance.

Past Shows:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Abstraction Show 2017 at the Art Alliance

Show dates: November 10–19

"Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher and depict the world." — Jerry Saltz, art critic

John Bowman & Ann Shostrom, co-jurors

Here are some pictures of the show.


image by Robert Placky, "Discharge" 2017 

The Abstraction Show 2017

Show dates: November 10–19

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 10, 7-9pm

"Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher and depict the world." — Jerry Saltz, art critic

John Bowman & Ann Shostrom, co-jurors

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Please pick up your artwork on Sunday, Nov 19,between 5–6 pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

About the Jurors

Awards for this exhibition will be presented by two Penn State Professors, John Bowman and Ann Shostrom (who are married).

John works in a variety of media including painting,drawing, and sculpture. He is represented by Winston Wachter Gallery in Seattle and NYC where he will present an exhibition in April, 2018. He has shown internationally and is represented in private and museum collections. Bowman is Professor-in-Charge of the Drawing and Painting Area of the School of Visual Arts at Penn State.

Ann’s work includes dyed, sewn, and painted constructions combining formalist abstraction, social content, and handmade craft. She and John founded and co-direct First Street Green, an artists’ collective in the East Village of NYC, providing a flexible cultural space and forum for the arts and community action.

For a PDF of the entry form click here.


The Art Alliance Juried Show 2017

opening reception
Friday, Sept 8, 7-9pm

show runs
September 8-17

About the Juror

Kathleen Kase Burk

Kathleen Kase Burk has exhibited her drawings in regional and national shows for over thirty-five years, winning many awards. Her works are included in many public and private collections, such as Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Del Mar College (TX), University of North Dakota, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and Parkersburg Art Center (WV). She received a BA degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and an MA degree in Art, also from IUP, in 1980. She has taught art in a variety of settings, including the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, visiting artists program through PA Council on the Arts, and at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg from 1991 until 2009.

Primarily a still life artist, Ms. Burk’s extremely realistic pencil drawings explore the effects of light on arrangements of common objects. Her interest in design, particularly grids and centralized geometric constructions, gives them an abstract quality. “There’s a sense of stillness and contemplation in this way of working,” she says, “and the repetition of forms, building to a complex whole, is engaging, whether you’re looking at recognizable objects or abstract structures.”

List of Accepted Works Juried Show 2017

Betsy Rodgers Allen -- Berlin Wall section, Kentuck Knob, PA

Robert Baumbach  -- Shirley's Collection

Stacie Bird -- Mary on the Farm

Sean Bodley -- Self-Portrait

Jim Bright -- Spring Growth Boogie

Anne Buchanan -- Redwinged Blackbird

Char Casbourne -- Coming Up

D. Charriere -- Landscape I

Suzanne DeSarbo -- Route 322 Sheds

Karen Deutsch -- Les Muses

Pat Dolan -- Raven With Berry

C.S. Fong -- Red & Blue

Dotty Ford -- Flight

Susan Nicholas Gephart -- Big Valley Sunset

Susan Graham -- Eruption

Linda Hale -- Born By The River

Robert Hale -- Arch

Cheri Harte -- Butterflies Are Free

Phil Hawk -- Cherry Stone Table

Art Heim -- Cape Coloureds, Namibia Tribe

Anne Kenyon -- Backlit Trees - Fall Weeds

Peggy Shannon Klinger -- Trout Season

Heather Kochendarfer -- Glencoe

Karen Lintner -- Forest I

Mark D. Messenger -- Fall Reflections

Barbara Metzner -- Oasis

Anne Therese Pelikan -- Winter Warmth

Michael P. Pelikan -- Discovery

Brooke Peters -- Low Tide

Gary Schubert -- Georgia@Rhoneymeade #1

Jennifer Shuey -- Where the Slab Cabin Runs

Wendy Snetsinger -- History Persists

Martha Grout Taylor -- Above the First Bridge

Ann Taylor-Schmidt -- Inner Space

Milt Trask -- Spider Rock

Will Wadlington -- Kora-ju 33

Judith Ann Wilson -- On The Edge

Carol Wright -- Blooming Buddies


Confluence: a show of prints
at Foxdale Village Gallery
June 23–August 14, 2017

Foxdale Village Gallery
500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801
(814) 272-2146  // foxdalevillage.org

On view: June 23–August 14, 2017

Participating artists include:

Cazia Bradley, Valerie Dillon, Elaine Elledge, Laura Maney, Ingrid Booz Morejohn, Susan Parsonage, Mary Shoemaker, and Adrienne Waterston

Confluence: a show of prints features artwork by local Centre County artists and brings together a wide variety of styles and practices, all falling under the generous umbrella of printmaking. Come and see this eclectic collection of original prints and meet the artists at the opening reception, Sunday, June 25, 3:30-5pm.

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

State Theatre
130 West College Avenue State College, PA

Show dates: July 1–31
Hours: 12-5 Monday-Friday & one hour before any event

Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts "Images" Juried Show

Schlow Library

July 1–31

Images 2017 is a juried exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, and digital art. Images is open to artists whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Artists of all ages are welcome, and we especially encourage enrolled students from ages 16 through 26 to apply to the exhibition. Artists enter the show by submitting digital images of work created in the last three years.

The Images 2017 exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Bath Fitter, the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey, the Schlow Library Foundation, and the Sturtz-Davis family. Special thanks to our exhibition partner and host, Schlow Centre Region Library.

The Awards Reception will be held Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Schlow Centre Region Library. The reception is hosted by the Schlow Library Foundation.

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

Best in Show: sponsored by Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania was received by Gloria Scaltz!


The Art Alliance
Students & Instructors Show

Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

May 13–June 4, 2017

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in and came out to see the Art Alliance "Students & Instructors Show" at the Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden!

Special thanks to Art Alliance's Karen Lintner for organizing the show and Rhoneymeades's Mel Forkner and James Lesher for hosting and hanging and organizing the show out at Rhoneymeade. This is such a great venue for our artists and we look forward to continuing to work with the great folks at Rhoneymeade for future events.



Members Show

May 19–28, 2017

The Annual Members Show offers the opportunity for all members, regardless of their level of expertise, to show their work. All work entered into the show will be accepted – the Juror chooses prizes only. We look forward to this annual show featuring the work of our many talented members.

Jack Troy

Jack Troy is a potter, teacher, and writer from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he taught at Juniata College for 39 years. Introduced to clay in 1962, he has taught 251 workshops to date in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Great Britain.He has worked at the Institute of Ceramic Studies, Jingdezhen, China and was an invited artist at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. His education in ceramics has included trips to thirteen countries.Jack has been the juror for more than a dozen national ceramic exhibitions. He has designed and built eight salt kilns, nine reduction kilns, two raku, and seven anamagas.Having published over 80 articles in ceramics publications, he is also the author of “Salt Glazed Ceramics” (1977), “Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain” (1995), and “Calling the Planet Home,” [poems] (2003). His work has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous collections, public and private.


The Art Alliance of Central PA's Potters Guild Annual

Mothers Day Show & Sale!

May 12–14, 2017

Opening reception

Friday, May 12, 7–9pm
featuring music by Overhead

Art Alliance Studio, 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA


Spring Colors Studio Tour 2017!!Spring Colors Studio Tour 2017

Our Studio Tour is back! This year we are having a Spring Colors Studio Tour and you are invited to participate!

This year's tour was held the weekend of May 6 & 7,  Saturday from 10–4 and Sunday from 12–4.

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.

This year we had more than 27 participating artists in 17 locations 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.

Kids Love Art!

April 28-30, 2017

Kids Love Art is an exhibition of art from elementary schools from around Centre County!  Come on out and meet the artists at the reception and come over the weekend to take a closer, more leisurely look at the art.

Thank yous to Dee Stout and Debbie Lintal for organizing and Linda Hendrickson, Jan Becker, Janet Scalon for their invaluable help!


The 2017 Recycled Show, "Flights of Fancy"

April 21–23 

our juror

Carol Baney

The Annual Recycled Exhibition

The Recycled Art Show is in its twenty-third year of inspiring environmental and artistic goals for Central Pennsylvania artists.

Photos from the show, thanks to Gary Schubert!

Artists Take A Stand 2017!

March 24-26, 2017

Poetry, Performance & Music

Sunday, March 26, 12-5pm

Artists Take A Stand provides Central Pennsylvania artists an opportunity to make art about the current issues that concern them the most, including electoral politics, racism, the environment, women’s issues, economics, education, foreign relations, war, and much more. It’s a chance to vent, protest, find hope, mend divisions, revel or despair.

Performance & Music

The exhibition included a special poetry, performance and music event on Sunday afternoon.

The Art Alliance Figurative Show 2017

March 10–19 show dates

Juror, Dana Carlisle Kletchka

Formerly the “Go Figure” show, this show has a 2-decade history showcasing the figurative works of 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.

About the Juror

Dana Carlisle Kletchka is the Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Art Education program; co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA), a joint project of the School of Visual Arts and the Palmer Museum of Art; and a co-editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, an online community of practice. Dana is interested in critical art museum education pedagogies; professional development for PreK–12 teachers in art museum contexts; the use of social media and and digital technologies on interpretation and engagement in the art museum; and the professional positionality of art museum educators within the profound paradigmatic shift of art museums over the last 40 years. In 2015, she was awarded the National Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year for the Museum Education Division.

Photography Show

December 9–15, 2016

Juror: James Farrah

James Farrah moved to this area a little over a year ago from Arizona. He was the head of the MESA Arts League Critique group and the Phoenix Art Group where he lead art critiques. His expertise is in many mediums, but focuses on watercolor. Although his work covers a wide range of subjects, Farrah’s current focus is using children’s toys and artist’s manikins for subject material. In addition to being colorful and fun, they are wonderful tools for storytelling. He hopes the paintings evoke a sense of innocence and nostalgia. Farrah graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BFA in painting, photography, and graphic design. Jim is a signature member of the AWS, NWS, NAPA, AWA and WFS. He also taught college level art in Arizona.

Abstraction Show 2016Abstraction Show

November 11-20, 2016

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." — Pablo Picasso (Spanish Artist & Painter 1881-1973)

Juror, Rudy Shepherd

Over the past seven years I have been making work that explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting and sculpture. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. I am exploring the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series of paintings and drawings of both the criminals and the victims, making no visual distinctions between the two. By presenting the people first and the stories second a space is created for humanity to be reinstilled into the lives of people who have been reduced to mere headlines by the popular press.

Going along with these portraits is a series of sculptures called the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. These sculptures are meant to be a counterpoint to what can seem like a vast, unsolvable problem. They pose a solution, while at the same time questioning the viewer’s belief in the power of art, and the power of belief. These have taken the form of a large outdoor public sculpture at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2006, human scale works in 2008, and small-scale ceramic sculptures called Healing Devices.

Most recently I have begun a new series of paintings called the Holy Mountain series, inspired by the final scene of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film The Holy Mountain. These are images of places in the world that are considered ‘sacred’. This is a new direction in my work growing out of the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber project and the Healing Devices, it is an exploration into the idea of finding spiritual solutions to our very human problems.

-- Rudy Shepherd

read more about Rudy and his work at rudyshepherd.com

Photos from the show by show chair, Bob Placky

Juried Show, September 2-11, 2017