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Prepare for Square!

Just thought we'd put a wee reminder out there -- a note from our Square Chair, Jim Bright

Dear Members and Friends,

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the Art Association of Central Pennsylvania both have long and rich histories. Many Art Alliance members led committees, exhibited, or volunteered in Arts Fest programs since the early years of the festival. Both organizations have made great strides since the days of art on the snow fences along College Avenue. As artists push at the boundaries and limitations of previous years, we should begin to focus on opportunities for 2019.

The SQUARE exhibition/fund-raiser is one such opportunity. SQUARE has multiple benefits for our organization and for each of us as artists. While its primary purpose remains that of helping to fund the shows and activities of our downtown space, it also provides some benefits to artists and our organization that may be sometimes overlooked. SQUARE brings foot traffic and attention to the Art Alliance Downtown Gallery. SQUARE reaches new artists, new buyers, and new advertising venues. More people view the work of the SQUARE show than any other show throughout the year. More sales are made in the SQUARE show than any other, due to the reasonable cost of quality work by local and regional artists. Artists have found that the 6" x 6" format encourages experimentation and risk taking, which have long been vital to the growth of their work. Collectors find new artists in this informal atmosphere.

As our SQUARE committee refines this fund raiser, it is my hope that our members will continue to find new subjects, medias, and methods of expression to fill our downtown walls during the most exciting month of our year. Have fun with the creative process! Have fun at the opening reception! Help our organization to continue its forward movement in 2019.

-- Jim Bright, SQUARE ARTIST (and chair!)

 

 

or call our office at 814-234-2740

Also we will have 6"x6" canvases in the office starting next week available for $1 each -- stop in and pick yours up today!

We are located in the office at the back of the Gallery Shop at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851.

 

The Art Alliance need you!

Do you have some "free" time? Feel like doing something to help people out? Why not sign up for something to do at the Art Alliance? We need people to:

  • clean the art center;
  • help with art exhibition opening receptions;
  • help with the garage sale
    -- be the "organizer;" receive donated items (before the event); organize the items into a "shop;" price items; staff the garage sale while it is happening (over a weekend in August); take left over items to the Goodwill.

 

"Climate," an art exhibition, is up at the Gallery Downtown through April 28

"Climate," an art exhibition

Opening Reception, Friday, April 5, 5–8pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

Show runs April 5–28

We had a special poetry reading and climate talk by juror Peter Buckland, Sunday, April 7, 4–5pm at the gallery -- click here for video clips of Peter's reading

The changing climate is one of the most pressing issues of our time. For our April show, “Climate,” we are featuring artwork created in response to issues surrounding our changing climate. Issues like, the potential changes that might happen to our planet due, the hazards inherent in dramatic change, adaption and mitigation systems we might be able to implement to help us reshape and live in this new world.

Join us Friday, April 5, for the opening reception for this inspiring show and help us further the conversation around this important issue.

Our juror for this show is Peter Buckland, Academic Programs Manager, Penn State's Sustainability Institute. In addition to being our juror, Peter will host a poetry reading and climate talk at the gallery on Sunday, April 7, from 4–5pm.

This show is being coordinated and curated by artist Jennifer Kane.

 

Some Spring Art Classes at the Art Alliance start in April -- check these out and sign up today!

We have wonderful classes for you this spring in a variety of topics and mediums.

Here is the list (click here for a PDF of our printable schedule):

Acrylics

Rembrandt Technique with a Twist
with Isabel Kumerz
Tuesdays, 1–4pm
(Apr 16–May 7) -- 4 weeks

Art and Design Theory & Fundamentals thru Printmaking

Exploring Nature & the Principles of Art and Design
with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Thursdays, 1–4pm
(Apr 18–May 2) -- 3 weeks

Check out the classes on our online registration website and sign up today! 

 

The Annual Art Alliance Recycled Show Call For Entries!

Theme: "Water, Water, Everywhere!"

opening reception, Friday, May 3, 5–8pm

show runs May 3–26

juror: Joyce Henri Robinson

curated and coordinated by: Anni Matsick

Entries due: Monday, April 29, NOON
to the Art Alliance office

Call for Entries Form (PDF file)

mail to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851

drop off in office: 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

email to: artalliance05@gmail.com

Fill out an online entry form here

You must submit payment for your entry separately. See below for details.

This year's Art Alliance Recycled Show's theme is "Water, Water, Everywhere!" and entries are due in the Art Alliance office by NOON, Monday, April 29.

Our Juror is Joyce Henri Robinson, assistant director of the Palmer Museum of Art, where she has worked as a curator for more than 20 years. She was part of the curatorial team behind the recent Palmer exhibition, Plastic Entanglements, which featured 60 works by 30 artists to explain plastic’s influence over various aspects of life.

Show Details

The Annual Art Alliance Recycle Show

The Recycled Art Show is in its twenty-fifth year of inspiring environmental and artistic goals for Central Pennsylvania artists. Entry to the show is not juried and is open to artists of all ages. This is an opportunity for artists to express their concern for the environment and the importance of recycling programs like the one we are fortunate to have in Centre County. For the second time this show will be in our Gallery Downtown, attracting a larger audience and open for most of the month of May. We invite you to look in your garage, basement, and attic and find some interesting materials to recycle into an entry for this exciting show!

Eligible Work

All works must be made primarily from recycled/repurposed materials and adhere to the theme, Water, Water, Everywhere! Materials found in nature (i.e. rocks, grass, etc.) may be included but may not comprise the majority of materials used. Collaborations are acceptable. School classes and youth groups are encouraged to enter group projects. Each project is considered a single entry with one fee.

Entry Process & Fee

Entry forms must be received at the Art Alliance by Monday, April 29 by NOON. This deadline will be strictly enforced. The non-refundable entry fee is $25. For youth (18 and under) the entry fee is waived. You may enter up to two pieces of artwork.

Call for Entries Form (PDF file)

Mail in a paper entry form to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851

Email an e-version of this form to: artalliance05@gmail.com

OR complete an online entry form here

Entry Fee: $25 for everyone over 18

Entry Fee: 18 or younger entries are FREE

You must submit your payment separately:

Eligible Work

All works must be made primarily from recycled/repurposed materials and adhere to the theme, Water, Water, Everywhere! Materials found in nature (i.e. rocks, grass, etc.) may be included but may not comprise the majority of materials used. Collaborations are acceptable. School classes and youth groups are encouraged to enter group projects. Each project is considered a single entry with one fee.

Entry Process & Fee

Entry forms must be received at the Art Alliance by Monday, April 29 by NOON. This deadline will be strictly enforced. The non-refundable entry fee is $25. For youth (18 and under) the entry fee is waived. You may enter up to two pieces of artwork.

Call for Entries Form (PDF file)

Mail in a paper entry form to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851

Email an e-version of this form to: artalliance05@gmail.com

OR complete an online entry form here

Entry Fee: $25 for everyone over 18

Entry Fee: 18 or younger entries are FREE

You must submit your payment separately:

Show Dates, Hours & Location

The exhibit will open with a reception from 5–8pm on Friday, May 3 at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, and will run through May 26. The Gallery Downtown will be open Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6pm and Sundays, 12–4pm. Sitters are needed during these times and we will contact you by email to sign up.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held Friday, May 3, from 5–8pm at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown,123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 6:30pm. The public is invited and attendees are encouraged to dress or accessorize according to the show’s theme.

Prizes & Judging -- thanks to Joe Krentman & Son for the prizes and to our juror, Joyce Henri Robinson

Prizes will be awarded for First place ($150_; Second place ($100); Third place ($50) and a Popular Award -- Visitors may cast a ballot for their favorite entry. The artist whose work receives the most votes will be awarded $100.

Sales and Conditions

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

All reasonable care will be taken of entries but the Art Alliance is not responsible for loss or damage.

Submission of work connotes acceptance of terms.

In the case of response beyond space available, the chair reserves the right to limit acceptance to one per person.

Receiving and Retrieving Work

Work must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, on Wednesday, May 1 from 5–7pm. All entries must be pre-registered, no on-site entries permitted.

All artwork must be picked up on Sunday, May 26, 4–6pm unless you are participating in the extended show (see below).

Sitting for the Show

In order to have the show open to the public, the artists are asked to Sit at the show. You will receive an email with a link for you to sign up for a time slot.

About the Juror

Joyce Henri Robinson is assistant director of the Palmer Museum of Art, where she has worked as a curator for more than 20 years. She was part of the curatorial team behind the recent Palmer exhibition, Plastic Entanglements, which featured 60 works by 30 artists to explain plastic’s influence over various aspects of life.

 

Art Alliance Summer Camps 2019

Summer Camps at the Art Alliance 2019

Read about and sign up for camps on our registration website -- available NOW!

Ages 5-8

Jun 17–21 -- Cats! 

We will be using a variety of different materials to create a week full of cats! Projects will include finger puppets, 3-D cat sculptures, cat family portraits, cat tissue paper paintings, cat masks, and creating cat short stories and poetry books.

Jun 24-28 -- Bug Out!

Do insects have fan clubs? Sure they do and we will become fans by making our own t-shirts, masks and bug prints. Let's show how much we love insects by creating our own giant paper mache creature. Who knows, maybe we'll even create a bug rock band?

July 15-19 -- Mini Makers

From paper marbling to 3D sculpture, we will be making art out of a wide range of materials. Bring your creativity and imagination and let's Make Art!

July 22-26 -- STEAM Rollin'

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math! We will be making lots of art while exploring science and math topics, too. Join us and see how they all come together this week.

Aug 5-9 -- We Can Build It!

Buildings are giant sculptures that people can go into. Let's create a caste or a tower or an ancient pyramid. Let's make a building of the future. We will do cool architectural art with wood, metal, clay and paper mache.

Aug 12-19 -- Ways to Go

Do you want to design your own car or your own flying machine? Do you want to set sail on the high seas with your specially designed ship? We will have so much fun figuring out how to make things fly, roll and sail. We can take your ideas and use found objects, wood, paint and clay to make them come to life! There are so many ways to go!

Aug 19-23 -- Color Printmaking AM

Explore COLOR and PRINTMAKING through scientific experimentation and art creation. Make original prints and works of art in a fun, creative environment using various materials and a number of techniques.

Ages 7-11

Jun 24-28 -- Puppets

We will be using a variety of materials to create many different types of puppets this week. Some of the projects will include a family of finger puppets, simple sock puppets, folded paper puppets, and we will also experiment with marionette creations!

July 8-9 -- Brazil!

Bem vindo as Brasil - Welcome to Brazil! An intensive multi-media art and cultural experience featuring the old and the new, the AMazon rainforest, Brazilian folklore, food and dancing.

July 15-19 -- Art in Math & Nature

Explore and make art using tessellations, number patterns like the golden rectangle and Fibonacci, fractals, tangrams and more! Drawing, collage and painting!

July 22-26 -- Storybook Landscapes

Books record our history, communicate ideas, and tell a story … but can they do more? We will take an old, ordinary book that is heading to the trash, and recycle it into something extraordinary: a 3-D fairytale landscape. Bring a worn-out book and an open mind as we put a new spin on the old saying: "from trash to treasure".

July 29-Aug 2 -- Comics, Cartoons & More

From your imagination to the page and beyond! Create your own characters and bring them to life. Tell their story through sequential art, animation, puppetry and theatre games.

Aug 19-23 -- Color Printmaking PM --

Explore COLOR and PRINTMAKING through scientific experimentation and art creation. Make original prints and works of art in a fun, creative environment using various materials and a number of techniques

Ages 4-6

July 1-3 -- Little Birds of A Feather

Explore birds and experiment with different ways to make art in your first art camp experience, designed for those who have not yet attended kindergarten. Spread your wings and fly into this mini art camp! This session is limited to 6 participants.

Ages 9-teens

Aug 5-9 -- Clay

Explore hand-building techniques and learn how to use patterns and textures to decorate surfaces. All materials and time for glazing are included in the fee. Our returning and older students will be offered expanded options.

Aug 12-16 -- Clay

Explore hand-building techniques and learn how to use patterns and textures to decorate surfaces. All materials and time for glazing are included in the fee. Our returning and older students will be offered expanded options.

Ages 11+

Aug 12-16 -- Drawing Outside the Boundary

Students will review drawing foundation skills initially for the first few days and then explore new media with the introduction of non-traditional materials. Example of contemporary artists and samples of unique techniques will be reviewed.

Aug 19-23 -- Acrylic Painting TRICKS to use with Collage

Students will learn how to produce an "Acrylic Lift", Stamping, Sgraffito and Rice Paper Transfers. The students will experiment with acrylics in the first few days of the class and finish a final collage on a "theme" of their own choosing. The final mixed media art work will incorporate both traditional painting and non-traditional techniques.

Click here for a PDF file with a listing of the Art Alliance Summer Camps

 

Visit our Exhibitions page to find our 2019 schedule of shows we are hosting at both the Art Center  in Lemont and the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown in downtown State College

 

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.

 

Kids Art Classes during Inservice Days are now available to sign up online

Dates are:

Friday, April 19; Monday, April 22; Tuesday, April 23

Programs run from 9am - 3pm

Our Inservice Days Art Classes are a fun, creative way for your kids to spend those winter break days 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 sign up online today!

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

 

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 two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!

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.

 

Introduction to Soapstone Carving Pop-Up

with instructor Chris Bittner

Monday, April 22, 7–9:30pm

Students will be introduced to soapstone as an easy-to-carve artistic material. We will learn about soapstone's origins, uses and properties, proper use of tools and safety practices. During the class, each student will use rasps and sandpaper to carve and polish one or two small pieces that may be pendants or small sculptures. Students will keep their pieces and take home a new artistic skill.

Snacks and drinks are included as well and all necessary supplies will be provided for your use.
At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!
Fee: $30
Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740  or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class

 

Flowing Landscape with a Digital Camera Pop-Up

Wednesday, May 8, 5:30–7:30pm

Instructor: Bob Baumbach

Meet at Galbraith Gap -- google map here

baum634@hotmail.com, 814-238-8153

This single session class is for beginning to intermediate photographers. We will concentrate on stream and water photography. You will learn how to control the camera to create various moods of flowing water. We will meet at the Galbraith Gap parking lot (go past Tussey Ski Center until you come to a bridge across the stream and turn left just before the bridge to access the parking area).

Bring camera(s) with charged batteries and a tripod if you have one (I will have extra). In case of heavy rain we will meet Thursday May 9th at the same time. (I will call students to determine postponement).

Snacks and drinks are included as well as all necessary supplies.
At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!
Fee: $20
Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class

 

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 sustainted 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

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

 

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 Isabel Kumerz, acrylic paintings March & April
Downtown State College Improvement District Offices Susan Graham, acrylic paintings April 4 – May 31
Juniper Village at Brookline Janet Riggio, collage April
Liberty Craft House Isabel Kumerz, acrylic paintings March & April
Portfolio, A Salon Anne Buchanan, graphite & ink drawings April & May
The State Theatre Marica Tacconi, acrylic paintings, photography
March & April
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Nicole Packard, acrylic March & April
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 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.

Art Alliance Art Center, 818 Pike Street, State College, PA 16801 Momentary Joy, a solo show by artist Isabel Kumerz, featuring nearly 25 artworks, including acrylic paintings, cold wax oil paintings, mixed-media paintings, and drawings. opens Friday, April 12, with a reception from 7–9pm; show runs Sat & Sun, April 13 & 14; hours are 10am–6pm
Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801 Climate, a show about what is happening with our climate seen through the eyes of artists opens April 5, with a reception from 5–8pm; show runs thru April 28
Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801 Climate, Special Poetry Reading & Climate Notes by our show juror, Peter Buckland Sunday, April 7 from 4–5pm
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Cinda Kostyak, paintings
April 1–28, 2019
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Pottery Gallery, NEW!
Melanie Rosenberger
April 1–28
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, medium
date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Tom Berner, photographs
thru March 31
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
name, medium date
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library name show date
The Bottleworks, Johnstown, PA name"show" date
Café Lemont name, medium
date

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Susan Nicholas Gephart, paintings March & April
Elk Creek Cafe brew pub, Millheim, PA
Susan Graham, paintings April 2–May 22
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
name, medium
date
Expect More Store, Kish Bank, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
name, "show", medium date
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn Ave, State College, PA
name medium date
State College Framing Company & Gallery name, show date
Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA show artist date

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

 

Climate - an art exhibition - is up NOW at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown! Show runs April 5–28. Come see!

Recycled Show, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" Call For Entries! due in the AA office by NOON, Monday, April 29!

Great new Spring Pop-Up Art Classes! These short, 1-time classes are a fun and quick way for people with limited time to have an art experience. Check out our latest Pop-Up Classes and sign up today!

Spring Classes 2019 are up now online -- we have a few that start in April -- check them out and sign up today!

Art Alliance Summer Camps! Online registration now open!

Robert Placky is our new featured Volunteer Spotlight person!

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

Online Registration

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.

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

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