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Art In and Out of Focus, a photography show presented jointly by the Art Alliance and the State College Photography Club, continues through September 29 in the Downtown Gallery.

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA in the MLK Jr. Plaza next to the Fraser Street Garage.

 

Pastel Passions, an exhibit of works by the members of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

Pastel paintings by local artists will be displayed at the Art Alliance Art Center from September 27-29. The event opens with a reception on Friday, September 27 from 6-9pm. The paintings, which are for sale, can be viewed any time during business hours, Saturday – 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday – 12 – 5pm.

This exhibit represents work of members of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. The Society is headquartered in the State College area but represents artists from all over Pennsylvania. Since 2005, the Society promotes awareness of the beauty of pastels and the artistic development of its members through workshops, exhibitions, and plein-air painting opportunities.

The title of the show, ”Pastel Passions,” signifies the artists’ love of the soft pastel medium. Diverse in content, the show includes: landscapes, portraits and still-lifes. Ultimately, the viewer will get a chance to step into multiple artistic worlds. For more info go to www.centralpapastel.com

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES! -- Form and Fire, Ceramics by Central Pennsylvania Artists featuring Jack Troy will be held October 4-27 in the Downtown Gallery.

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA in the MLK Jr. Plaza next to the Fraser Street Garage.

Entry forms are being accepted now with the absolute deadline to enter being September 26 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 August 29 at noon deadline.

 

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

  

Art In Nature Art Alliance Art Party! October 6th, 3–6pm

Please plan to join us at Millbrook March on Sunday, October 6th from 3-6pm for a wonderful afternoon. Listen or dance to the popular band Kristi Jean & her Ne'er-Do-Wells. Enjoy scrumptious food catered by Wegmans and wine tasting by Mount Nittany Winery. Watch plein-air artists in action and bid on artwork and other gifts in the silent auction. Advance tickets are $35 and can be purchased online through our registration system. Tickets bought at the event will be $40. We are counting on the support of our members and friends to make this event a success!

 

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 artalliance05@gmail.com.

  

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!

Soapstone Carving with Chris Bittner

Monday, October 7, 6:30–9pm

$25 plus $5 materials fee

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

 

Acrylic Painting Tricks to use with Collage with Bob Placky

Monday, October 14, 7–9pm

$20

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

$20

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, 7-9pm

$20

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 artalliance05@gmail.com. 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 artalliance05@gmail.com 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 Sagesse, oil paintings September & October
Downtown State College Improvement District Offices Nicole Packard, acrylic paintings August & September
Juniper Village at Brookline Josephine Kuhn, oil paintings August & September
Liberty Craft House Harlan Ritchey, watercolor September & October
Portfolio, A Salon Jan Riggio, multi media August & September
The State Theatre Deena Ultman, acrylic paintings
September & October
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Jan Riggio, multi media August & September
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists

Members who would like to be considered for an outreach exhibition should contact Marie at the office: 814-234-2740 or email artalliance05@gmail.com

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.

Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County
Ancient Echoes: Arts Honoring Ancestors
Holly Foy, ceramics Through September 29
John Sutton Hall at IUP Museum
LEGACY Exhibition
Jim Bright, sculptures September 7 - December 9
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
Artists in Our Midst Exhibition
Anni Matsick, drawings and watercolor
Tom Mickle, paintings
through December 7
Stifel Fine Arts Center (Wheeling, WV)
Collective Works of Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
Anni Matsick, watercolor
September 5 - 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, watercolor
October 2 - November 2
Reception: Oct. 5, 5-8pm

If you are an artist member and would like to have a listing here please contact the office with the details at artalliance05@gmail.com

 

Art In and Out of Focus continues through September 29 in downtown gallery

CALL FOR ENTRIES -- Form and Fire, Ceramics by Central Pennsylvania Artists, are due September 26 at noon

Art In Nature, the Art Alliance Fall Fundraiser, at Millbrook Marsh, Sunday, October 6. Tickets now on sale!

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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You can donate to the Art Alliance while shopping online! Click on this link to go to the smile.amazon 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!

Go to the right hand side of the page, under the Login and Registration windows see the icon below and click on it!

Or give to the Art Alliance directly with your credit card through PayPal or with your PayPal account:

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