The Holiday Gift Gallery is open Wed–Sat 12–6pm, Sun 12–4pm

Our annual Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown has great affordable, small gifts for family and friends, like ornaments, jewelry, mugs, bowls, napkins, cut-paper art, pillows, scarves, paintings, drawing, prints and more! All made by local PA artists and artisans!

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is located at 123 S. Fraser Street in Downtown State College.

The Holiday Gift Gallery will be open from Friday, Novemeber 8 thru the end of December.

Stop in, buy local for the holidays and support your local arts community!

Free garage parking voucher with all purchases!


Holiday Gelliplate Workshops!!
at the AAGD Annex on S. Fraser Street in State College

For the first time ever we are hosting single-lesson, 3-hour gelliplate printmaking workshops with Art Alliance printmaking instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown Annex on Fraser Street - just in time to fix all your last minute holiday needs for card making, gift tags, small art and holiday stress relief!!!

If you can't make it yourself consider giving a friend a pre-Christmas gift of a fun workshop where all materials are included and all levels are welcome and you don't need to think - just enjoy!

We have 3 dates to choose from:

Thursday, December 12, from 1–4pm

Friday, December 13, from 5–8pm

Only $35! Click here to sign up online!


Potters Guild Holiday Sale at the Art Alliance Art Center, Dec 13–Dec 15

Friday, December 13, opening reception, 5–8:30pm with holiday music by Ancient Echoes Music

Saturday, December 14, 10am–5pm; Sunday, December 15, 12–4pm

at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont, PA

Looking for unique, locally crafted gifts this holiday season? You’ll find them at the Potters Guild Holiday Sale Friday, Dec.13, through Sunday, Dec.15.

The annual sale will be at the Art Alliance Art Cener, 824 Pike St. in Lemont, and will feature ornaments, bowls, platters, mugs, planters, sculptural forms and more.

The opening reception is Dec.13 from 5 to 8:30 p.m., with an opportunity to meet many of the ceramic artists, enjoy refreshments and hear holiday music by Ancient Echoes Music.

The sale continues on Dec.14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec.15 from noon to 4 p.m.

Artists selling their work include Autumn Anderson, Kristin Austen, Jan Dillon, Randy Doughty, Holly Foy, Tiffany Friday, Linda Goncalves, Linda Hale, Mark Messenger, Melanie Rosenberger, Christine Stangel and Keri Wallace.

The Potters Guild is an affiliate of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and has more than 35 member artists who create functional and decorative ceramics.


Farmland Preservation Artists have an exhibition up at 3 Dots downtown!

The Farmland Preservation Artists opened their show December 6 at 3 Dots Downtown, a multi-use community space in downtown State College.

The paintings will be on exhibit thru the end of Janary. Check it out!

3 Dots Downtown

137 E Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801


Volunteer Spotlight

Many, many thanks to all our hardworking volunteers. The Art Alliance could not do all that we do without you and your great ideas, your energy and your spirit. Here is one example of one our awesome volunteers and how they are making a difference for the Art Alliance.

We will be featuring our stellar volunteers on a regular basis on our About Us page under Volunteer Spotlight. So if you know someone you would like to see in our Volunteer Spotlight, please contact the office at 814-234-2740 or email us at We know we have a lot of deserving members!

Bob Placky volunteer spotlightRobert Placky

Robert is a recently retired secondary art teacher from the State College Area School District. He taught for 40 years, focusing on advanced classes and portfolio development. Many of his students obtain degrees in the arts at major universities and art schools. He has stayed active in the art community with his involvement with the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. He is the Secretary on the Art Alliance Board of Directors and the Exhibition Chair. One of his yearly highlights is hanging the Abstraction Show.

Robert is an artist/adventurer that loves the outdoors and thrives under cerulean skies. He is an acrylic painter that uses mixed media on canvas and in print to capture the essence of place. He lives in Park Forest with his studio dog, Jayda.


Member News — find more Member News on our Art News page


speaking of supporting the arts...

Rent Angels for the Gallery Downtown -- Thank you!Join the growing host of Rent Angels!

As part of a sustained effort to keep the downtown gallery open and operational as an art gallery, the Art Alliance has initiated a "Rent Angels" program through which members of the public can sponsor the gallery for a month.

Click here for a link to the letter for more information about the program and how you can join this growing cohort of community-minded, art-loving individuals in helping to keep fine art an integral part of downtown State College.

Also feel free to contact our office to speak with Marie Doll at 814-234-2740 or email us at with questions, etc.

A huge

Thank You

to our current Rent Angels:

Tom and Paulette Berner

Heidi Nicholas & Bruce Fleisher

Ed and Charlene Friedman

Linda and Bob Hale

Elizabeth Kirchner

John and Cinda Kostyak

Robert and Ann Pangborn

Thomazine Shanahan

Dolores Taricani

Don and Peggy Zimmerman

McQuaide Blasko, Thomas Miller

Rapid Transit, Terry Loesch

The Tavern Restaurant, Pat Daugherty

Calder Joint Venture


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:

The Corner Room Ben Saggese, oil paintings September & October
Downtown State College Improvement District Offices Barbara Metzner, acrylic paintings October & November
Juniper Village at Brookline Josephine Kuhns, oil paintings September & October
Liberty Craft House Harlan Ritchey, watercolors September & October
Portfolio, A Salon Nancy Brassington, oil paintings October & November
The State Theatre Deena Ultman, acrylic paintings
September & October
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Deb Lintal, watercolors October & November
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Name, Medium Dates

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

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.

John Sutton Hall at IUP Museum
LEGACY Exhibition
Jim Bright, sculptures
John Skrabalak, encaustic, oil and cold wax
through December 9
Elk Creek Café
100 West Main Street, Millheim, PA 1685
Edgar Farmer, wood carvings special meet & greet, Sunday, Nov 3, 3:30–5:30pm
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
Artists in Our Midst Exhibition
Anni Matsick, drawings and watercolor / First Place
Tom Mickle, paintings
John Skrabalak, encaustic, oil and cold wax
through December 7
Stifel Fine Arts Center (Wheeling, WV)
Collective Works of Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
Anni Matsick, watercolor
through October 25
Lancaster Museum of Art
Watercolor Society 40th International Juried Exhibition
Anni Matsick, watercolor
through October 26
Spinning Plate Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open International Exhibition
Anni Matsick, Second Place
Lena Thynell
through November 2
Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
Bellefonte Art Museum Peggy Shannon Klinger, oils
through October 27
Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)
11th Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition
Anni Matsick, watercolor
Jeff Mathison, watercolor
October 26 - December 9
Reception: Oct. 26, 7-9pm
Winter Exhibition, Art in Common
321 Gallery at 321 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg
John Skrabalak, encaustic paintings through December 31
Reception: Oct. 12, 6-8pm

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


Lena Thynell Watercolor Workshop, Andalucia Spain, May 16-23, 2020

Join Lena for a week of watercolor painting at the beautiful Garden of Lemons, located in Valle de Lecrín, south of Granada, Spain. We will be painting from life, “Plein Air”, capturing what surrounds us. It could be the landscape, the beautiful garden, or the quaint little town. Lena will give demos focusing on light, contrast, composition and simplification. You will have lots of time to paint.

All skill levels are welcome. If you are new to watercolor painting or not used to painting outdoors, don’t worry. It will be a great opportunity to try something new in the comfort of friends in a relaxed environment. You do not need to purchase any extra equipment for the Plein Air painting event. Each participant will get one painting table, and each table comes with a garden umbrella. Boards are available to bring along if we paint outside the property.

There will be 6 days of painting and exploring this beautiful place. You will be offered a few excursions during the week, and you decide if you would like to participate. You are welcome to bring your spouse. There are trails for walking around the property, and you may take a swim in the pool. The owners and organizers Henrik and Ingo, who are from Denmark, will do their best to make our stay comfortable. Throughout the week, the house’s own chef Henrik creates the most delicious meals, and each will stimulate all the senses.

The course will be advertised in the Nordic countries and in the USA, where Lena has been living for a few years. To the extent that we receive participants from both countries, Lena will switch between Swedish and English when she speaks to the group. Welcome.

For more info and to sign up please click the link below:


Holiday Gift Gallery open NOW at the AAGD!! Check out all the wonderful artistic gift items by local PA artists...

Holiday-themed Gelliprint Workshops, Dec 12 or 13 at the Gallery Downtown's annex space! click here for more info!!

Potters Guild Holiday Sale at the Art Center in Lemont, Dec 13–15! click here for deets

Lena Thynell is offering a Watercolor Workshop in Spain! May 16–23, 2020

Online Registration for Classes and Entry Fee Payments

Fall Pop-Up Art Classes

Inservice Day Programs for Kids and Teens

Robert Placky is our featured Volunteer Spotlight person!

Artist members shows around town -- see Member Shows section!

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

email us or call 814-234-2740 to find out more

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You can donate to the Art Alliance while shopping online! Click on this link to go to the website. The site should have chosen Art Alliance of Central Penna (see below the search bar). When you shop using Amazon Smile, Amazon's Foundation will donate a percentage of your purchases to the Art Alliance at no cost to you! Click here to start now!

Donate to the Art Alliance Centre Foundation Fund to help us get a new facility!

You can also donate to the Art Alliance through our Centre Foundation fund! Established through a bequest by Joan Lampman, whose unwavering dedication to the arts and service to the Art Alliance for 25 years contributed greatly to the organization, this fund will serve to help the Art Alliance find a larger home where the arts can be brought to even more Central Pennsylvania residents.

Give to the Art Alliance using the Donate button on our registration page!

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