Form & Fire, ceramics by Central Pennsylvania Artists featuring Jack Troy continues through October 27

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Potter's Guild are presenting Form & Fire, a ceramics exhibition, highlighting the work of Jack Troy, renowned ceramic artist and author, in addition to local talented ceramists.

Open October 4–27

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Curators: Holly Foy and Janet Dillon

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA in the MLK Jr. Plaza next to the Fraser Street Garage.


Fall Adult Art Classes are available now on our online registration site! 

Most classes begin the week of September 16

Click here to register online today for classes like:

Exploring Oil Painting with Marisa Eichman Kupiec

Drawing for Everyone with Jennifer Kane

Open Studio and Open Model Session

Acrylics and Watermedia with Jennifer Kane

Pen & Ink & Watercolor For Your Enjoyment with Mary Shay McGuire

Pastels Expressive Color with Susan Nicholas Gephart

Let's Paint Seascapes with Lena Thynell

Stained Glass with Ken Plattner

Paper Exploration in Watercolors with Michele Rivera

Gelatin Plate Monoprinting with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Introduction to Oil Painting with Marisa Eichman Kupiec

Adventures with Cold Wax Oil Painting 3-day Workshop with Isabel Kumerz

Click here for a PDF file of our printable schedule

Fall Inservice Day Art Classes are available now on our online registration site! 

Elementary aged programs will be offered on the following dates:
Thursday, October 17
Friday, October 18
Friday, November 1
Wednesday, November 27
Monday, December 2

Our Inservice Days Art Classes are a fun, creative way for your kids to spend the day 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 per day.

Click here to register online today!

For Middle and High School Teens a special program will be offered:

“Learning how to Paint in Acrylics in 5 hours”

Monday, December 2 (this program runs 9am–4:30pm; fee is $50)

Students will be provided with all the foundations skills to produce a final acrylic painting. The following painting techniques will be examined: Alla Prima, Impasto, Imprimatura, Glazing, Blocking In / Underpainting, Scumbing and Collage in a Studio atmosphere. Master Artists will provide examples of each of the painting techniques.

Click here to sign up online today!

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.

Call of the office at 814-234-2740 to register over the phone or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street at the back of the Gallery Shop to register in person or email us at


CALL FOR ENTRIES! -- Abstraction Show 2019 November 15-24

The 2019 Abstraction show will be held at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont November 15-24.

Entry forms are being accepted now with the absolute deadline to enter being November 7 at noon.

Click here for a PDF of complete Call for Entry including Entry Form.

You may choose to pay the fee online using this link to our online registration system however, an entry form must still be mailed or emailed or delivered to the Art Alliance office by the Novemeber 7, 12pm deadline.


Pop-Up Art Classes

We are excited to be able to provide "PopUp" art classes for those who are interested in a two-hour art adventure that requires no experience and nothing to bring!

Gather your friends, invite your relatives or come alone and enjoy an opportunity to try something new or indulge a long-lost hobby with no long-term commitment or investment required.

Snacks and drinks are included as well as all necessary supplies.

At the end of the session you will have a finished piece of art to take home!

Acrylic Painting Tricks to use with Collage with Bob Placky

Monday, October 14, 7–9pm


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, to sign up before the class.

You can also sign up for Pop-Ups online! Choose the Fall Pop-Up Classes under the Session Search


Paint Your Own Wineglass with Nicole Packard

Monday, October 28, 6–8pm


Each painter will create a permanent, washable, and beautifully decorated wineglass to take home. Painted glasses can even go in the dishwasher. All materials are provided, including one wineglass per person.

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, to sign up before the class.

You can also sign up for Pop-Ups online! Choose the Fall Pop-Up Classes under the Session Search


Intro to Gouache with Harlan Ritchey

Friday, November 1, 7-9pm


Less common than acrylic or watercolor--but sharing qualities of both--gouache is a fun and versatile opaque water-based paint. Try your hand at this often-overlooked medium in a session that includes an instructor demo followed by painting a small still-life, and learn techniques that highlight the unique properties of gouache. Students seeking to incorporate gouache into traditional (transparent) watercolors are also welcome.

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, to sign up before the class.

You can also sign up for Pop-Ups online! Choose the Fall Pop-Up Classes under the Session Search


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
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


Form & Fire, a ceramics show, featuring PA artists and Jack Troy, continues through October 27 at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Fall Art Classes begin week of September 16

Online Registration for Classes and Entry Fee Payments

Fall Pop-Up Art Classes now available!

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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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.

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