Event Archive

Summer Art Workshops 2019 are posted now to sign up online!

Flowers in Watercolor Workshop

Instructor: Lena Thynell
June 14–15, 2019, Friday & Saturday
10am–4pm each day
Fee: $170.00

Studio to Plein Air: Seeing Expressive Color

Instructor: Susan Nicholas Gephart
Jun 22, 2019 (one day) Saturday
9am–3pm on Sat
Fee: $85.00

Textures & Transparency with Acrylics. Unleash Your Creativity,

Instructor: Isabel Kumerz
Jun 21–22, 2019, Friday & Saturday
9am–12pm each day
Fee: $85.00

Visit our online registration website to sign up today or call the office at 814-234-2740 or stop by any time at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Art of the Body continues at the AAGD until June 30th

A visual exploration of the uniquely human desire to adorn and decorate ourselves.

Humans have expressed their identity, social status, and sexual desirability through self-adornment for thousands of years. Through tattoos, piercings, scarification, make up and hair styling we continue to express our individuality.

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania is using this show at its’ Downtown Gallery to showcase several local tattoo and piercing artists and by doing so, actively encourage the community to become involved in diverse art experiences and expand the boundaries of what is traditionally thought of as art.

Art of the Body runs from June 7th-30th. The First Friday opening reception is on the 7th from 5-8 pm. We invite the community to come and meet the artists and join us on the Martin Luther King Plaza for entertainment from local dance groups.

Special Make-Up Workshop! Friday, June 21 as part of "art of the body"

Also, be sure to join us for a special Make-Up Workshop with Cynthia Mazzant & Roxy Arroyo at the Gallery Downtown on Friday, June 21 at 5pm held during the Central PA Theatre & Dance Festival weekend. From fantasy makeup, including a bit of warrior, to a bit of gore, we will look and play with the face as an art canvas.

 

Centre Arts Wins Awards!

Editing and design work done for Centre Arts has received honors in the annual contest of the Pennsylvania Press Club.

Managing editor R Thomas Berner received two first place honors and a third place. One first-place honor was for the editing and design of the cover and a two-page spread about the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania titled “They paint to preserve,” published in November. A second first place went to Berner for overall editing and a third place for page design.

First-place winners are automatically entered in national competition conducted by the National Federation of Press Women.

Centre Arts comes out the First Friday of every month in the Centre Daily Times. Be sure to pick your up next issue next Friday, May 3, 2019!

 

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

 

Silk Scarf Dyeing with Tissue Paper Pop-Up

with Nicole Packard

Friday, May 24, 7–9pm

Learn a fun and unique technique for dyeing paper and silk. All materials are provided and you will leave with your own dyed paper and silk scarf.

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: $20 plus $5 material fee
Contact the Art Alliance at artalliance05@gmail.com or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

Felting with Jackie Thomas

Saturday, May 25, 10am–12pm

Instructor: Jackie Thompson

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

Use colorful dyed wool fleece, soapy water, and friction to create a small felted vessle decorated with a felted bead. Expect fun and laughter. This is an easy, no-fail project that creates a specail treasure.

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: $25
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

 

The Annual Art Alliance Recycled at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown up thru May 26

Theme: "Water, Water, Everywhere!"

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

show runs May 3–26

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16803

juror: Joyce Henri Robinson

curated and coordinated by: Anni Matsick

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!

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.

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.

 

A HUGE THANK YOU!! to everyone who donated to the Art Alliance during Centre Gives!

YOU GUYS ROCK! We had an unprecedented number of people who donated during Centre Gives and we are so grateful. You make a big difference in our ability to help us bring art and art activities to our community.

THANK YOU!

Ferguson Elementary School’s Art and Science Expo

Student at Ferguson Elementary School’s Art and Science Expo, held on Thursday, March 21, displaying her interactive exhibit, “volcanic painting” - a mixture of art and science that visitors to her space enjoyed trying. Representatives from the Art Alliance visited with students to talk with them about their work.

 

Jackie Thomas and grade school students make artwork for new Williamsport Hospital Pediatric wing

Two projects created with 180 second and third grade students in Jackson Primary School were unveiled and celebrated during a ribbon cutting to open the new Pediatric Wing of the UPMC Susquehanna (Williamsport) Hospital. Jackie Thomas designed the projects in collaboration with Maddie. Then Maddie and her classmates created the components that became the final works. 1) Monet & Rousseau Inspire Maddie (size: 32.5" square before stretching & framing...technique: applique); 2) Bug Heaven: Madilyn's Leaf (size: 36" square Rousseau Inspire Maddie (size: 36" square... technique: handmade wet felt & needle felting

Locally Crafted Ceramics are the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Potters Guild Mother’s Day Sale

May 10–12

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Need a mug for your Mother? A platter for your pal? A vase for spring flowers for you?

The Potters Guild is happy to announce the annual Mother’s Day Ceramics Sale to be held Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 at the Art Alliance Building, 824 Pike Street, Lemont. Now in its 48th year, the Potters Guild consists of over 35 local clay artists who create both functional and decorative ceramics. The sale will offer mugs, bowls, soap dishes, platters, flower pots, sculptural forms and more by Centre County artists! T

he Potters Guild Mother’s Day Sale takes place on Friday, May 10 from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 from 12-4 p.m. Friday evening’s opening reception will feature many of the artists on site, refreshments and special live music by the band OverheaD.

This sale will include ceramics by artists: Autumn Anderson, Kristen Austin, Jan Dillon, Randy Doughty, Holly Foy, Tiffany Friday, Linda Gonclaves, Linda Hale, Linna Muschlitz, Christine Strangel, John Ziegler, Mark Messenger and Melanie Rosenberger.

For more information, contact Holly Foy at hollyfoy@gmail.com or at 814-574-2088

 

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).

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

 

Happy Valley Bonsai Club Show at the PSU Arboretum May 3 & 4

On Friday May 3rd (10-5) and Saturday May 4th (9-5) the Happy Valley Bonsai Club will be presenting an exhibit at the Penn State Arboretum. Exhibit will be held in the Glass House in the Children's Gate Children's Garden. Members will be on hand for demonstrations and discussion.

 

"Climate," an art exhibition, special poetry reading and climate talk by our juror, Peter Buckland, Sunday, April 7, 4–5pm

"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

Special poetry reading and climate talk by juror Peter Buckland, Sunday, April 7, 4–5pm at the gallery

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.

 

"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.

 

"Climate" exhibition up now at the AAGD thru April 28 -- check it out!

"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

Special poetry reading and climate talk by juror Peter Buckland, Sunday, April 7, 4–5pm at the gallery

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.

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.

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

 

Kids Love Art! an art exhibition

opening reception is Friday, April 26, 6:30–8pm

show runs Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 12–4pm both days

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

Kids Love Art! Is our wonderful annual art exhibition showcasing artwork by students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in Centre County schools. The Art Alliance partners with the art teachers in Centre County to create this wonderful annual show by some very talented and creative local students.

The show runs April 26–28, with an opening reception, April 26 from 6:30–8pm at the Art Alliance Art Center, 818 Pike Street in Lemont.

We would like to encourage everyone to come on out to the reception and meet our aspiring artists.

Gallery hours: April 27 & 28, 12–4pm

Thank you to Co-Hosts, Deb Lintal and Dee Stout for coordinating and hanging the show!

 

Elizabeth Hay is opening an art shop, Art a la Carte, in Bellefonte and wants you to be a part of it!

Here is her letter inviting artists to do just that:

Dear Artist,

I am writing to invite you to be part of an exciting new store I’m opening in Bellefonte. The store space is located along Allegheny Street, in the historic Brockerhoff building, next to the Bellefonte Wok and near State Burger. Across the street is Helen Foxx, an awesome clothing boutique, and The Great Mish Mosh, with antiques and other treasures. The store is just steps from the Diamond and the Courthouse, and has great foot traffic.

The store will be a fusion of artists’ work, representing dozens of local artists, displayed in an elegant and chic gift shop. The store will also contain a studio and teaching space, and will offer classes in jewelry making, felting, sewing, knitting, and many other interests. I encourage you to consider teaching as well!

The store will be active on Facebook and Instagram, regularly showing and promoting various artists’work. I will offer shipping of most of the pieces that are shown, effectively expanding your exposure and sales potential.

As for me and my qualifications, my background is in retail before working as an artist. I was recruited out of college by Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC for their management program, and spent time later working in their private label buying office, as well as working on the main floor in jewelry in the flagship store. I then managed two accessory stores, winning awards for turning around a bottom rung store. I’ve spent 12 years doing juried art shows, and enjoy working with customers, and educating them about the processes that it takes to make a piece.

I look forward to finding out more about your process so I can convey your story of your work to our customers!

I am planning on opening late March/early April. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, and lots of promotion on social media to friends that have liked the FB page (over 170 so far!), my existing local customer base, plus targeted consumers. If you have an email list and/or a mailing list, I’d love to cross promote to your customers as well.

Click here for the artist agreement. Please call me with any questions or comments.

I am in the process of getting the store ready, buying beautiful antique display pieces, painting, cleaningand getting the space ready to be a lovely background to highlight all the beautiful local art that will becoming. Watch the store space as it develops on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ArtalaCartePA

Warm wishes,

Elizabeth Hay

814.308.4753

ArtalaCartePA@outlook.com

 

The Art Alliance Annual Meeting was yesterday, Thursday at 7pm

Good meeting!

A brief business meeting of financial status, executive director report and affiliate association news (Potters Guilde and Farmland Preservation Artists) New Board Members were nominated and accepted. Jim Bright and Janet Dillon will replace outgoing president, Tom Berner and Karen Lintner, who will, however, remain our instructor outreach person. Other remaining board members are Stacie Bird, Chris Bittner, Marie Doll, Randy Doughty (representing the Potters Guild), Chuck Fong, Bob Placky, Gloria Scaltz, Adrienne Waterston, and Cathy Zangrilli. The new President of the Farmland Preservation Artists, Peg Klinger, will be the FPR representative on the Art Alliance Board.

Special thanks to five of our show award winners who brought in a piece of their work and shared insights about their process, ideas and medium: Marisa Eichman, Nancy Brassington, Art Heim, John Skrabalak, and Linda Hale.

And of course, thank you to all who attended!

 

Kids Love Art! an art exhibition

opening reception is Friday, April 26, 6:30–8pm

show runs Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 12–4pm both days

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

Kids Love Art! Is our wonderful annual art exhibition showcasing artwork by students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in Centre County schools. The Art Alliance partners with the art teachers in Centre County to create this wonderful annual show by some very talented and creative local students.

The show runs April 26–28, with an opening reception, April 26 from 6:30–8pm at the Art Alliance Art Center, 818 Pike Street in Lemont.

We would like to encourage everyone to come on out to the reception and meet our aspiring artists.

Gallery hours: April 27 & 28, 12–4pm

 

You are invited to Isabel's Kumerz Solo Exhibit Momentary Joy

Opening Reception: April 12, 2019 7 pm - 9 pm

Exhibit: April 13 - April 14, 2019 10 am to 6 pm

Location: Art Alliance of Central PA Art Center

818 Pike St, Lemont, PA 16851

The Show will feature nearly 25 artworks by Kumerz, including acrylic paintings, cold wax oil paintings, mixed-media paintings, and drawings.

 

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

 

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! 

 

You are invited to Isabel's Kumerz Solo Exhibit Momentary Joy

Opening Reception: April 12, 2019 7 pm - 9 pm

Exhibit: April 13 - April 14, 2019 10 am to 6 pm

Location: Art Alliance of Central PA Art Center

818 Pike St, Lemont, PA 16851

The Show will feature nearly 25 artworks by Kumerz, including acrylic paintings, cold wax oil paintings, mixed-media paintings, and drawings.

 

Art Shoes Pop-Up

with Nicole Packard

Tuesday, April 9, 6–8pm

Make your own pair of painted shoes based on a famous work of art. Bring a pair of canvas shoes that fit your feet (those from Wal-Mart will work fine) and all other materials will be provided.

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: $20
Contact the Art Alliance at artalliance05@gmail.com or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

Parent and Child Easter Decorations Pop-Up

with Nicole Packard

Saturday, April 13, 1–2, or 2–3pm

in the studio downstairs

Learn how to turn ordinary materials into adorable Easter decorations, including a pom pom bunny and potato stamp Easter eggs. All ages welcome.

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: $20 -- fee covers both parent and child
Contact the Art Alliance at artalliance05@gmail.com or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

Out of the Box Pastel Workshop for Intermediate and Advanced Students

Saturday April 6 12:30–4:30pm

Instructor: Alice Kelsey

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street Lemont, PA 16851

Here’s a half day ‘retreat’ for art-makers with some experience with the pastel medium to expand technique, and share in comradery of creating. With focus on intermediate to advanced pastel skills, topics will include expressive qualities of color, compositional integration, knowing and using your artistic ‘voice’, and assessing progress positively as you paint. We’ll have several interesting and fun ways to learn including in-class exercises, demo, review of recent work, and a Q & A time to discuss and consider solutions for stumbling blocks or what you’ve been wondering how to do with pastel. Join in this time to harness the creative power of pastel and your own natural style!

Fee: $55

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Silk Scarf Dyeing with Tissue Paper Pop-Up

with Nicole Packard

Friday, April 5, 7–9pm

Learn a fun and unique technique for dyeing paper and silk. All materials are provided and you will leave with your own dyed paper and silk scarf.

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: $20 plus $5 material fee
Contact the Art Alliance at artalliance05@gmail.com or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

Join the Centre County Historical Society for a reception to meet the artists on Sunday, February 24, at 2 p.m.

This exhibition will be in the first floor period rooms of the Centre Furnace Mansion and feature the artwork of The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania, a group of artists dedicated to promoting the appreciation and preservation of our area’s farmland through the visual arts.

These artists work in a variety of media: acrylic, oil, watercolor, soft pastel, and photography. As one of the artists said, “The joy of experiencing the farm landscapes becomes magnified and continues long after the painting is done”. The Farmland Preservation Artists aspire to awaken the community’s awareness of the visual beauty and agricultural richness that contributes to what is unique about Centre County.

Centre County Historical Society (find on Google Maps)

1001 E College Ave State College, Pennsylvania 16801

(814) 234-4779 // www.centrehistory.org

 

How to Frame Paper Artworks Pop-Up
(low cost but professional)

Saturday, March 30 10 am–noon

Instructor: Isabel Kumerz

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

A contemporary way to frame and exhibit your modern works on paper without spending a fortune. Two ways on how to frame your paper artwork. One is onto a wood panel, the other is using matts. NO MATERIALS for this class.

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: $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

 

The changing climate is one of the most pressing issues of our time. For our April show, “Climate,” we invite you to choose a topic and create a work of art and short essay or description.

If you are looking for inspiration, consider the following effects of climate change:

Choose a topic in one of three categories:

  • Changes – What is happening, what is predicted to happen in the future, and causes: Coastal flooding, permafrost thaw, ocean acidification, severe weather, melting ice and rising sea level, impact on agriculture. Causes include deforestation, agricultural practices, and fossil fuel burning, which lead to increased CO2, CH4, N2O, and methane.
  • Hazards – Effects of climate change on humans: Sickness and death, food production, shelter, air quality, water quality, economy, disease, pests, transportation systems.
  • Adaptation and Mitigation – If we try, what can be done to adapt to and slow the pace of climate change: Green building innovations, infrastructure investment and redesign, global action and coordination, new jobs and industry, electric cars and biofuels, renewable energy production, long term growth and stability.

The process:

  1. Read up a little about your area of interest;
  2. Create your work of art, or use one that you have already made;
  3. Write a one paragraph description, essay, or poem about your piece and how it relates to the topic;
  4. Submit it to the show.

Climate show entries are due:

Wednesday, March 27 by NOON in the Art Alliance Office in Lemont

Click here for a PDF file of the entry form

Click here to enter online

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

You must submit your payment separately:

About the Juror

Peter Buckland is a lifelong central Pennsylvanian. Since childhood, he has loved the region's forests, fields, and streams and the creatures--including humans--who rely on them. He nurtures this love through his work at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, his service as the Chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and other governmental positions, as published poet, amateur photographer, and outdoor enthusiast. His climate-related work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals, a TEDxPSU talk, The Washington Post, Democracy Works, Dirt Rag, local press, and numerous presentations at state and national conferences. He loves to spend time with his wife Alexandra and son Sacha.

Peter Buckland—Academic Programs Manager, Penn State's Sustainability Institute

"What's the Future Hold? Ask A Metalhead." TEDxPSU

Eligible Work

2D and 3D work created in the last 5 years that has not previously won an award in an Art Alliance show is eligible. Reproduction prints are not acceptable. 2D work must not exceed 48" in any direction. Work must be ready to hang with hardware on the frame or stretched canvas. The Art Alliance reserves the right to reject any entry.

Entry Process and Fee

This exhibition is open to all and is not juried in. The entry form must be received in the Art Alliance office by 12pm, Wednesday, April 27.

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

Poetry & Climate Talk

The exhibition will include a special poetry and climate talk on Sunday afternoon, April 7th, from 4–5pm. Our Juror, Peter Buckland’s reading will intersperse poems with reflections on climate science, clean and dirty energy, land and soils, and organizing for a more convivial world.

Show Dates and Hours

“Climate” will open at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown on Friday, April 5, and run through Sunday, April 28. Art Alliance Downtown Gallery hours are Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6pm, Sundays, 12–4pm.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, April 5, from 5–8pm. Contributing artists can contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form).

Prizes and Judging

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. In addition, Honorable Mention awards will be given to other notable works.

Sales and Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance has a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork. Purchased pieces must remain in the gallery until the end of the show, April 28.

Receiving and Retrieving Work

Artwork must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA, on Sunday, March 31 between 4–6pm. Please attach a completed label to your work. Pick up your artwork on Sunday, April 28 from 4–6pm. The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown has no additional storage space for artwork, please honor the pickup date.

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

Peter Buckland is a lifelong central Pennsylvanian. Since childhood, he has loved the region's forests, fields, and streams and the creatures--including humans--who rely on them. He nurtures this love through his work at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, his service as the Chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and other governmental positions, as published poet, amateur photographer, and outdoor enthusiast. His climate-related work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals, a TEDxPSU talk, The Washington Post, Democracy Works, Dirt Rag, local press, and numerous presentations at state and national conferences. He loves to spend time with his wife Alexandra and son Sacha.

Peter Buckland—Academic Programs Manager, Penn State's Sustainability Institute

"What's the Future Hold? Ask A Metalhead." TEDxPSU

 

Spring Art Classes at the Art Alliance are up on our registration website now. 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):

Drawing

Drawing for Everyone with Jennifer Kane -- Mondays, 1–4pm (Mar 18–Apr 8)

Watercolor

Pen & Ink & Watercolor with Mary McGuire -- Mondays, 9:30am–12pm (Mar 18–Apr 15)

Paint the Pennsylvania Landscape with Lena Thynell -- Wednesdays, 1–4pm (Mar 20–Apr 3)

Beyond Ordinary Watercolors with Michele Rivera -- Thursdays, 9am–12pm (8 weeks)

Acrylics

Acrylics Come to Life with Jennifer Kane -- Tuesdays, 1–4pm (Mar 19–Apr 9)

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

3D

Soapstone Carving with Chris Bittner -- Mondays, 6–9pm (Mar 18–Apr 8)

Stained Glass with Ken Plattner -- Wednesdays, 6–9pm (8 weeks)

Art and Design Theory & Fundamentals thru Printmaking

Color Theory, Elements of Art & Principles of Design thru Gelliplate Monoprinting with Ingrid Booz Morejohn -- Tuesdays, 6–9pm (Mar 19–Apr 9, plus Sat Mar 23)

Exploring Nature & the Principles of Art and Design with Ingrid Booz Morejohn -- Thursdays, 1–4pm (Apr 18–May 2)

Spring Art Classes begin the week of March 18!

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

Reckoning 

/'rek(ǝ)niNG/

art exhibition

  • The action or process of calculating or estimating something.
  • A person's view, opinion, or judgment
  • A bill or account, or its settlement
Reckoning? I reckon.
Wreckin? I reckon it could be.
Can you attest? I reckon, it is.
They're not the ‘Sweet Valley High’ twins; but then again, neither is she Regina George. Well, because you see, they've identified as “poor” too. Farm-raised.
And She believes it well.
And so, I question the usefulness of your poverty as necessary entertainment as enough for distraction.
Can you attest to the usefulness of your making?
Yes. I am reckoning. It is.

–– Notes from a Black girl who sings like a white girl singing like a Black girl, 2018

This exhibit takes up the question: what does it mean to reckon with the past and the ways it manifests in the present? How can such manifestation act as a practice of reckoning that provides new insights into how we imagine and engage to the past? What do the politics of reckoning entail? What forms of accountability are deemed necessary of artists, of citizens? And what new social and creative worlds might be made visible and viable after such a reckoning?This exhibit features the work of a number of artists across disciplines whose work function as modes of reckoning. Living in an age of consequence, what accounts need to be settled in order to activate transformation(s)?From the deepening crisis of climate change, to ecological collapse, to warfare within school walls, to contemporary debates over nations’ borders, democracy, race, gender, sex, and class inequality we encounter a moment of profound precarity, uncertainty, and unknowing. For artists, these crises pose a unique challenge, namely, what does it mean to make art in this moment?

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

Show runs, March 1–24

Opening reception, Friday, March 1, 5–8pm

Artists' reception, Monday, March 18, 7:30–9:30pm

Artwork by Anya Wallace, Courtney Morris, Mary Lee Ker, Leslie C. Sotomayor, Grace Hampton, Rudy Shepherd, Bessie Floresgomez, Ciara Newton

Our Roots Run Deep

Dances, Short Films, Readings event

Monday, March 18, 5:30–7:30pm

at Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, 206 South Burrowes Street

Short films

"Lumiere douce, Lumiere brilliant; Soft light, Brilliant light,” by Wilna Julmiste Taylor

“Outsiders,” short films on the experiences of South and Central American migrant farmworkers in the U.S. and Centre Hallby Bessie Floresgomez Followed by discussion

Youth Performances

Readings, dance, and vocals by youth of color from the State College Area High School focusing on the legacies of Martin and Malcolm and different approaches to working for racial justice

 

The Annual Figure-ative Show up now thru Sunday, March 17

Opening reception, Friday, March 8, 7–9pm

at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont

Show runs March 8–17

There will be a Special Poetry reading on Sunday, March 10, 3pm.

Gallery Hours Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Suns from 12–5pm, and Sats from 10am-5pm. The exhibit is closed Monday and Tuesday.

The }figure{ative Show

Formerly “The Go Figure” show, this show has a 2-decade history showcasing artworks of the human figure by 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.

There will be a Special Poetry reading on Sunday, March 10, 3pm.

Show Dates and Hours

The Exhibit will open at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont on Friday, March 8, and run through Sunday, March 17. The show will be open Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Suns from noon-5pm, and Sats from 10am-5pm. The exhibit is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, March 8 from 7-9pm. Prize winners will be announced at this time. We are asking artists to contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form).

About the Juror

James Farrah moved to this area from Arizona. There, he was the head of the MESA Arts League Critique group and the Phoenix Art Group where he led 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.

Eligible Work

2D and 3D work created in the last 5 years that has not previously won an award in an Art Alliance show is eligible. Reproduction prints are not acceptable. 2D work must not exceed 48" in any direction. Work must be ready to hang with hardware on the frame or stretched canvas. The Art Alliance reserves the right to reject any entry.

Entry Process and Fee

Each artist may submit one piece. The entry form and non-refundable fee are due by Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by NOON. Online payment is available and credit cards are acceptable by phone, but a signed entry form must be either mailed, to the office, emailed or filled out online. SEE BELOW..

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

Show Dates and Hours

The Exhibit will open at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont on Friday, March 8, and run through Sunday, March 17. The show will be open Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Suns from noon-5pm, and Sats from 10am-5pm. The exhibit is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, March 8 from 7-9pm. Prize winners will be announced at this time. We are asking artists to contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form).

Prizes and Judging

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. In addition, Honorable Mention awards will be given to other notable works.

Sales and Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance charges a 20% commission of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Receiving and Retrieving Work

Work may be delivered to the Art Alliance on Thursday, March 7, between 5–7pm. Please complete and attach ID labels (see other side) to your work. All artwork must be retrieved on Sunday, March 17 between 5–6pm. The Art Alliance has no additional storage space for artwork, please honor the pickup date.

Sitting for the Show

In order to make our shows open to the public, we need participating artists to “sit” with the exhibit. Please sign up for a time slot to sit with the exhibit after you receive the Sign Up Genius email invite.

About the Juror

James Farrah moved to this area from Arizona. There, he was the head of the MESA Arts League Critique group and the Phoenix Art Group where he led 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.

The Art Alliance of Central PA is a non-profit organization of more than 370 members. Located at the foot of Mount Nittany in Lemont, it is close to the University Park Campus of Penn State University. Our mission is to serve artists, students, and the art-loving public in Centre County and beyond. We sponsor classes, workshops, exhibits, and sales at 818 Pike Street.

 

Two Mothers / Two Daughters

Vi McLane & Marsh Haack

Bert Newman & Karen A. Deutsch

Foxdale Village Gallery

Foxdale Village Retirement Community

500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801

Opening Reception--Sunday, January 13, 3:30–5pm

Show runs through the end of February

 

Hang It: Twining A Discus Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 10am-3pm

Instructor: Jackie Thomas

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Twining is a simple basket making technique. Starting from a predrilled base, use clothesline and fabric trims for the core and yarn to stitch together a circular wall piece. This is an easy, no-fail project that creates a special treasure.

Fee: $85

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

BAM's February calendar

The Bellefonte Art Museum lineup for February begins Friday, February 1 and opens with a reception, Sunday, Feb 3. Shows run thru Sunday, Feb 24.

Contemporary Art by Aboriginal Artists of the Pacific Northwest in the Windows Gallery

Cynthia Nixon in the Community Gallery

Lisa Marie Cirincione in the Photography Gallery

Jan Dillon and Mark Messenger in the Pottery Gallery

Nancy Brassington and Alex Ramos in the Print Gallery

 

Art Exhibit at the State Theatre, February, 2019

Artist, Mary Shay McGuire, is showing her acrylics, pen and ink and watercolors and giclée prints at The State Theatre, 130 West College Ave., State College, PA through February, 2019.

 

Artists Take A Stand 2, the new show at the AAGD, up now thru Feb 24

show runs Feb 1–24

opening reception Friday, February 1, 5–8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown State College, PA

A Special Poetry, Performace & Music event will be held Sunday, February 17, 3–5pm

We have decided to do a second STAND show, as artists continue to address the many issues coming to the fore in our society today. Exploration, expression and discussion are needed on so many topics: education, justice, climate, the environment, foreign relations, sexism, racism and many more. Come downtown and find out what issues our local artists have been creating art about.

Poetry, Performance & Music

The exhibition will include a special poetry, performance and music event on Sunday afternoon, February 17th, from 3–5pm. Michele Katz, guitarist and vocalist will perform some classical folk tunes along with poetry readings provided by the State College Poetry Workshop.

Show Dates, Hours, Location

Artists Take A Stand 2 will open with a reception Friday, February 1 from 5-8pm at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown and run through Sunday, February 24. Art Alliance Downtown Gallery hours are Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6pm, Sundays, 12–4pm.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, February 1, from 5–8pm. We are asking artists to contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form). Artists Carol Cillo and Steve Getz will comment on individual pieces and facilitate additional conversation among the guests regarding the art. Their talk will begin at 6pm.

Sales & 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. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork. Purchased pieces must remain in the gallery until the end of the show, February 24.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artwork must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA, on Sunday, January 27 between 4–6pm. Please attach a completed label to your work.

Artwork must be retrieved on Sunday, February 24 from 4–6pm. The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown has no additional storage space for artwork, please honor the pickup date.

Sitting for the Show

After all entries have been received, you will receive an email with a link for you to sign up for a time slot to sit with the exhibit.

 

Christine S. Stangel and Lisa Baumgartner have their artwork at State College Framing Company & Gallery

State College Framing Company

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801

 

Christine S. Stangel is a ceramic artist (top image) and Lisa Baumgartner creates handmade books and prints (bottom image).

 

Our instructor, Adam Swartz, is in the news!

Check out this article in the StateCollege.com Town and Gown news online! Here's a snippet:

Adam Swartz is living a dream many fail to achieve. He didn't have to really grow up.

As a puppeteer for his company, Adam Swartz Puppets, Swartz has taken a youth mindset into the "grown-up" world, creating a successful venture that reaches out to children across the area.

"Back when I was 9 years old, I didn't want to grow up," Swartz says. "Everyone has the Peter Pan Syndrome. I thought if I had to pretend to be a grown-up, I could at least continue to play with toys and get a job as a puppeteer."

Raised in the area, Swartz earned his degree in integrative arts from Penn State. With his puppeteering, Swartz's goals were simple: to simultaneously educate and entertain audiences from all walks of life.

"I was a big Jim Henson fan from The Muppets, and this struck me as an ideal job," Swartz says.

Click here to read the article about Adam and his work

 

Christine S. Stangel and Lisa Baumgartner have their artwork at State College Framing Company & Gallery

State College Framing Company

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801

 

Christine S. Stangel is a ceramic artist (top image) and Lisa Baumgartner creates handmade books and prints (bottom image).

 

Our instructor, Adam Swartz, is in the news!

Check out this article in the StateCollege.com Town and Gown news online! Here's a snippet:

Adam Swartz is living a dream many fail to achieve. He didn't have to really grow up.

As a puppeteer for his company, Adam Swartz Puppets, Swartz has taken a youth mindset into the "grown-up" world, creating a successful venture that reaches out to children across the area.

"Back when I was 9 years old, I didn't want to grow up," Swartz says. "Everyone has the Peter Pan Syndrome. I thought if I had to pretend to be a grown-up, I could at least continue to play with toys and get a job as a puppeteer."

Raised in the area, Swartz earned his degree in integrative arts from Penn State. With his puppeteering, Swartz's goals were simple: to simultaneously educate and entertain audiences from all walks of life.

"I was a big Jim Henson fan from The Muppets, and this struck me as an ideal job," Swartz says.

Click here to read the article about Adam and his work

 

Soapstone Carving

Monday, February 18, 6:30-9pm

Instructor: Chris Bittner

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

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 as all necessary supplies.

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

Special Music & Poetry event at the Artists Take A Stand show at the Gallery Downtown, Sunday, February 17 from 3–5pm

If you have not been to this wonderful art show yet, here is another reason to go:

Michelle Katz is a singer-songwriter who has been performing her music in Central PA for over 20 years. Michelle blends gentle finger-style guitar with her lyrical voice to share story songs that resonate with everyone. She has played many local venues including Webster’s, Cool Beans, the Acoustic Brew, First Night, the Palmer Art Museum, and many seasons of the Lemont Concerts on the Green. Michelle resides in State College with her husband, Rick Gilmore. 

Poets reading include: John Ziegler, Teresa Stouffer, Sarah Russell, Mary Rohrer-Dann, Mary McGuire, Lisa McMonagle, Linda Goncalves, Julia Kasdorf, Laura Nejako, Andrea Brown, Dani Fruehan and Steven Deutsch. Some will be reading original work, others will read poems by other poets. The poetry reading should take about an hour.

Music by Michelle Katz & Poetry Reading

Sunday Feb 17, 3–5pm

Artists Take A Stand Art Show

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

 

Basic Relief Printmaking Linocut Workshop

Friday & Saturday, February 15 & 16, 10am-4pm each day

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn the basics of relief printmaking with one of the simplest and oldest forms of printmaking. You will learn how to design, carve, ink and print linocuts in black and white and color. We will explore color mixing, multiple color blocks and print registration. $10 materials fee.

Fee: $170

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Loosening Up with 12 Compositions

Saturday, February 9, 9am–12pm

Instructor: Isabel Kumerz

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

A strong graphic composition can help create a bold and definite artistic statement. Knowing the different Design Compositions is helpful when you get offtrack and need to refocus your color, your composition and your original intention. We will practice 12 design compositions working very loose and fast with a large or long brush, dipped into black acrylic. Afterwards we will choose 4 compositions and work on a series of small paintings in color. These composition designs work for all painting styles - abstract to realism.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop

Tuesday, January 29, 6-9 pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn all the techniques of traditional drypoint engraving but use instead a cheap and easily accessible material – simple recycled milk and juice Tetrapak containers. With these you can feel free to experiment and make ‘mistakes’ without feeling you have wasted expensive materials like a copper or zinc plate. The idiosyncrasies of the material (folds, creases etc.) only lend character to the final prints. You will also learn some aspects of relief printing as well as collagraph printing where layers are peeled away and inked. Each student will print a limited series of relief and intaglio inked prints.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Discovering Pastels

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, 10am-3pm each day

Instructor: Susan Nicholas Gephart

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Join nationally recognized painter, Susan Nicholas Gephart in a two-day pastel workshop to discover the fun and immediate gratification of this color rich medium. The morning sessions will included a hands- on experiments designed for you to experience how a variety of soft and hard pastels react on different color and texture surfaces. The instructor will provide an inspiring demonstration each day that will open your eyes to connect all the possibilities. You will learn how to take your sketches and photos to create your new pastel paintings in a relaxing atmosphere.

Fee: $170 (call office to inquire about 1 day option - 814-234-2740)

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Inservice Days Kids' Art Classes at the Art AllianceWinter 2019 Classes & Workshops now online!

There is a second round of 4-week classes that start Monday, Feb 4 -- check them out and sign up online today!

Check them out and sign up today

Also, if you would like a digital copy of our Winter Classes schedule to view on your computer or print out, click here for a PDF file.

Find out more about our instructors here

The second round of Winter Classes begin the week of Feb 4:

Mondays

Drawing for Everyone, 1–4pm with Jennifer Kane (4 week, starts Feb 4)

Play with the possibilities of using gesture, line, shape, and tone to develop responsive drawings. Each class, Jennifer will demonstrate activities for participants to practice and apply to their own work. Artists’ choice of drawing medium and surface may be used.

 

Tuesdays

Acrylics Come to Life, 1–4pm with Jennifer Kane (4 weeks, starts Feb 5)

Explore a range of effects that can be achieved with the vibrant and flexible medium of acrylic paints. Fun, informative activities will be introduced and practiced during class to add new techniques to your repertoire.

Required supplies for this program: Golden heavy body acrylics and glazing medium are suggested. Instructor will email a supply list 1 week prior to the first class.

 

Gelli Plate Monoprinting, 6–9pm with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (4 week, starts Feb 5)

Gelli plate monoprinting is known as 'monoprinting without a press'. It is a fun, explorative, versatile and simple printmaking technique that doesn’t require a printing press – results are immediate, fun and very addictive! We will explore subtractive and additive monoprinting using stencils, masks, found objects, mark making tools and acrylic paints. You will produce a number of unique prints that can be used for journaling, collaging, book-binding and other mixed media projects or as stand-alone works of art. No previous printmaking experience is necessary.

Required supplies for this program: We will provide you with one 5x7 gelatin plate, acrylic paint (used instead of ink), paper and a number of pre-cut stencils, tools and other materials. Feel free to bring your own stencils, textures and natural materials to work with as well.

 

Wednesdays

Collagraph Printmaking -- 2 Plate Method, 1–4pm with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (4 week, starts Feb 6)

During this course we will explore a 2-plate method of inking and printing color collagraphs. Collagraphs are collage-type prints. Your plate matrix is created in a multitude of ways: assembling and adhering ?at objects, applying mediums or distressing or peeling away the plate surface which is then sealed and inked either intaglio or relief or both. Collagraphs are highly textured, creating 3-dimensional effects when printed. This course is designed for the absolute beginner as well as experienced artists that would like to explore a new technique. You do NOT need to know how to draw as collagraphs respond well to collage techniques and abstract compositions – they can be as simple or as complex as you care to make them.

Required supplies for this program: Printmaking tools, press and ink included. Students will be required to purchase their own printmaking paper - which can be purchased at cost from the Art Alliance.

 

Thursdays

More with Pastels, 1–4pm with Alice Kelsey (4 weeks, starts Feb 7)

Expand creative possibilities with pastel and have a fun time while you’re at it! The course is designed for participants who are familiar with basic pastel (soft/dry) techniques and would like to enrich and broaden their artistic expression with this medium. Topics of exploration include color layering, wet/dry application, paper selection, compositional integration, and multimedia options, with a variety of relaxed and engaging learning opportunities (demonstration, hands-on exercises and discussion).

With focus on intermediate techniques, participants will need some prior experience with pastel and a basic selection of hard and soft pastels. Please contact the instructor with questions about experience level and/or materials.

 

stacie bird volunteer spotlightChris Bittner

I volunteer for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania because I love art, artists and helping to bring culture and beauty to the community. Having a group of like-minded people doing what I do in so many different media inspires and pushes me to push myself. The Art Alliance is a vital part of Happy Valley and I awn honored and happy to play a part.

Chris Bittner is a sculptor, art lover and Art Alliance Board member. He lives in Lemont, PA with his lovely wife, Jennifer.

 

Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, extended through Jan 27!

now thru Sunday, January 27

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK Jr. plaza next to the Fraser Street Garage)

We will be open Monday, December 31, from 12–3pm for First Night State College!

Gallery hours for January will be Fri & Sat, 12–6pm; Sun 12–4pm

We would like to thank everyone who came to the gallery for their gift shopping this holiday season!

Thank you so much for supporting your local arts community and for shopping downtown. It really makes a difference for all of us here in the State College area.

As a result of the popularity of the Gift Gallery, we will be extending this format thru January until Sunday, January 27. Hours will be limited to Fridays & Saturdays, 12–6pm and Sundays from 12–4pm.

Some of our artists have brought in new items and some will be offering discounts on older items. We will still have beautiful 3D and 2D artwork—ceramics, jewelry, knit items, handmade books, bowls, plates, unique art prints, drawings, mugs and more! These are one-of-a-kind art and craft pieces that are bound to make someone in your life a little bit happier.

Stop in today and find out what our PA artist have in the Gift Gallery for you in January.

 

Art Alliance show schedule for 2018

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

call for entries DUE Wednesday, March 28 by NOON!

"Kids Love Art," April 27–29
opening reception Friday, April 27, from 6:30-8pm
at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont
gallery hours Sat & Sun 12–4pm

"Members Show," May & June 2018
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
Reflection (May) &

Vision (June)
-- reception, Friday, June 1, 5–8pm
-- show runs through July 6
-- closing reception, Friday, July 6, 5–8pm

call for entries DUE Wednesday, April 25 by NOON!

Studio Tour, May 19 & 20 2018
Studio Tour Preview Show, May 18-20, opening reception at the Art Center May 18 from 7-9pm
-- studios all around Centre County and at the Granary in Lemont

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

drop off your artwork at the gallery 10am - noon Saturday, July 7; or 3-5 pm Sunday

Abstraction Show, November 9–18 2018

 

"Out Loud"

Friday, January 11th at 7:30 PM

At The Bellefonte Art Museum

Join us as poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf and photographer Steven Rubin share their new book documenting fracking in Pennsylvania. There will be signed copies of their book "Shale Play" for sale.

The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by: Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association and the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County.

 

Go with the Flow

Saturday, January 12, 9am-12pm

Instructor: Isabel Kumerz

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Go with the Flow is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a running (fluid) consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined together to make interesting and visually organic patterns. Fluid acrylics can be used in many different ways such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping and many other effects. Fluid art opens up a lot of possibilities and is definitely worth exploring and adding to your artist tool belt. In this course I will teach you everything you need to know to become a paint pouring artist. This type of art is fun for students of all levels.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or 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. 

 

Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown now open!

November 2–December 24

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK plaze next to the Fraser Street Garage)

Special holiday hours this week!

Thur & Fri, 12–8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun, 12–4pm

Open Monday, Dec 24 from 10am-2pm!

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this November & December, opening with a reception Friday, November 2, from 6–8pm.

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this November & December, opening with a reception Friday, November 2, from 6–8pm.

The Gift Gallery features unique gift items for the holiday season by Pennsylvania artists and artisans. Stop in for beautiful 3D and 2D artwork, ceramics, jewelry and more.

Come on down to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this holiday season to pick up some wonderful art for your family and friends!

Participating artists include:

Betsy Rodgers Allen

photography

Lisa Baumgartner

books and prints

R Thomas Berner

photography

Stacie Bird

jewelry and cards

Nancy Brassington

paintings and cards

Anne Buchanan

oil painting, pen & ink and graphite drawings

James Byrnes

glass ornaments

Randy Doughty

ceramics

Kirsten Grigor

pen and ink drawings

Sally Horn

dragon boat ornaments

Brenda Horner

paintings and cards

Mary Shay McGuire

paintings and cards

Ingrid Booz Morejohn

fiber arts

Ann Pangborn

fiber arts

J Harlan Ritchey

miniature watercolor paintings

Michele Rivera

watercolor paintings and cards

Jennifer Shuey

pastel paintings

Christine Smith

cut paper art and jewelry

Annie Swincinski

jewelry

Lena Thynell

watercolor paintings

Adrienne Waterston

silkscreen art and cards

Additional participating artists include: Elizabeth Hay, jewelry; Heidi Zimbler, ceramics; Ruth Knowles, mixed media.

 

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop

December 6 (4 hours) 1-5 pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn all the techniques of traditional drypoint engraving but use instead a cheap and easily accessible material – simple recycled milk and juice Tetrapak containers. With these you can feel free to experiment and make ‘mistakes’ without feeling you have wasted expensive materials like a copper or zinc plate. The idiosyncrasies of the material (folds, creases etc.) only lend character to the final prints. You will also learn some aspects of relief printing as well as collagraph printing where layers are peeled away and inked. Each student will print a limited series of relief and intaglio inked prints.

$40 plus a $10 materials fee

To sign up please 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. 

 

Holiday Celebration at the AAGD Fri, Dec 7 from 5-8pm!

Be sure to bring your friends and family to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for First Friday Dec 7 from 5-8pm for our Holiday Celebration featuring homemade cookies and hot apple cider! And of course be sure to check out all the fabulous arts and crafts made by our local artists, artisans and craftspeople, perfect for gifts for the holidays.

When you come in Friday, we will also be having our Shop & Win Weekend so if you decide to buy something for $10 or more, you can add your name into a drawing for the chance to win a Gift Certificate for the Gallery! (see below)

 

Shop & Win Weekend Dec 6–9 at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown!

Featuring unique gifts created by Central PA artists and artisans

The Gallery is bursting with unique gift items of beautiful glass, cut paper and ceramic ornaments, jewelry, paintings, prints, delicate hand-cut paper art, handmade books, soft hand-knit arm warmers, drawings, art cards, ceramic pots and MORE! Most of the items are one-of-a-kind, so selection is best right now!

Please come in and bring your friends, enjoy refreshments, and choose some unique gifts. With your purchase of $10 or more, your name will go into a drawing for a chance to win one of three gift certificates for the Gallery!

Special holiday hours beginning Dec 6

Thur & Fri 12–8pm

Sat 10am–6pm

Sun 12–4pm

Stop in THIS WEEKEND ONLY, get some great gifts created by local PA artists today and earn a chance to WIN a GIFT CERTIFICATE for the Gallery!

 

Locally Crafted Ceramics are the Perfect Holiday Gift!

Art Alliance Pottery Guild Holiday Sale

Friday, Dec 7, 6-9pm

Saturday, Dec 8, 9am-5pm

Sunday, Dec 9, 12-4pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

Want to find beautiful, locally crafted gifts for your holiday gift needs? The Potters Guild is happy to announce the annual Holiday Ceramics Sale to be held Friday, December 7th through Sunday, December 9th at the Art Alliance Building, 824 Pike Street, Lemont. Now in its 47th year, the Potters Guild consists of over 35 local clay artists who create both functional and decorative ceramics. The sale will offer ornaments, mugs, bowls, platters, flower pots, sculptural forms and more by Centre County artists!

The Potters Guild Holiday Sale takes place on Friday, December 7th , from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, December 8th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, December 9th from 12-4 p.m. Friday evening’s opening will feature many of the artists on site, refreshments and holiday music by violinist Mark Minnich. Mark is the concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and the President of the Penn’s Woods Music Festival Council in State College, PA.

This sale will include ceramics by artists: Kristin Austen, Jan Dillon, Randy Doughty, Holly Foy, Tiffany Friday, Linda Goncalves, Linda Hale, Jeanne Houston, Mark Messenger, Linna Muschlitz, Christine Stangel, Don Swartz, and John Ziegler.

For more information, contact Holly Foy at hollyfoy@gmail.com or at 814-574-2088.

 

Danny Stainton's Pottery Show This Weekend, Dec 1 & 2!

10 till 5 Saturday , Dec 1

12 till 4 Sunday, Dec 2

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

 

Special Farmland Preservation Artists Show at the Bellefonte Art Museum this month!

Central Pennsylvania Farms - Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania

Painting in a variety of media and photographing, the members of Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania bring a range of work done specifically for this show. The subject matter extends beyond the usual farm sites to related agricultural activities.

Bellefonte Art Museum

133 North Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, 814-355-4280

Windows Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00-4:30 p.m.

 

Artist Ceci Rusnak has her artwork in PA shows

"Eye on the Needle" will be at The Bottleworks, Johnstown, Oct. 17-Nov. 30

 

inservice 2017Fall Inservice Art Class Days are now available—sign up online today!

Dates of Inservice Art Class Days

Nov 21, 26

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.

Special Teen Art Classes during upcoming Inservice Days!

Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain Workshop

November 26, 9am-3pm

ages 11 & older

instructor Robert Placky

Students will explore unusual ways to draw and most importantly unusual ways to think; upside down, negative space and patterns will explore how we process information. Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words.

Fee: $35 -- you will need to bring a lunch

Sign up online today!

 

Sign up for Inservice Days Art Classes online

Under Search options, choose Youth Fall 2018 and hit the Search button

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.

Registrations also accepted by email: artalliance05@gmail.com or by calling 814-234-2740.

Anni Matsick & Lena Thynell have artwork in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

October 14–November 20, 2018

Wayne Art Center

433 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087

 

Introduction to Soapstone Carving

with instructor Chris Bittner

Monday, November 19, 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 plus $5
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

 

Abstraction Show 2018

Abstraction Show 2018

November 9–18

opening reception Nov 9, 7–9pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

If you missed the opening last Friday, not to worry! The Art Alliance Abstration Show 2018, juried this year by internationally recognized, award-winning artist and Art Alliance instructor, Jennifer Kane, will be open Wednesday–Friday, 12–5pm; Sat 10–5 and Sun 12–5.

The Art Alliance Abstraction Show is a vertiable showcase of the considerable local abstract artist talent in our area and features artwork by 50 artists this year!.

As said by Kirk Varnedoe in his book, Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art since Pollock, "The less there is to look at, the more important it is to look closely and carefully. This is critical to abstract art. Small differences make all the difference."

Color, shape, composition, concept, juxtaposition, materiality, texture -- all become essential elements in their own right in abstract works of art, a discipline which continues to be a developing, exciting and collectible component of the art world today.

 

Entry Process & Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms together with the entry fee (checks to be payable to Art Alliance) are now being accepted. The absolute last date to enter is Thursday, November 1. Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid by check, credit card, or online. If payment is made online, an entry form must also be submitted either by mail (PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851) or email (artalliance05@gmail.com) or dropped off at our office, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA at the back of the Gallery Shop..

ENTRY FEES

STUDENT $20--college or high school; MEMBER $30; NON-MEMBER $40

Click here for a PDF of the entry form

Click here to PAY ONLINE

You must fill out and send your entry form to the Art Alliance by Nov 1. You may email the entry form to artalliance05@gmail.com or mail to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851. You can also drop the entry form off at our office, at the back of the Gallery Shop, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 1681. The Art Alliance must receive the entry form by the end of the day, November 1.

Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in previous Art Alliance shows are eligible. All works must be original. All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, unframed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted. Unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring. All pieces underglass or plexiglass must be framed. 3-D work may not be heavier than 100 pounds. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.

Sales & Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance will charge a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged works.

Show Dates & Hours

The exhibit will open Friday, November 9 and continue through Sunday, November 18. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday, Sunday 12–5, Saturdays 10–5. The exhibit will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Reception

The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 9 from 7–9 pm. Artists are asked to bring either food or wine to share or to add $5 to their entry fee to help cover expenses for the reception. Prize winners will be announced at the reception.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artists must deliver their work to the Art Alliance on Thursday, Nov 8 from 4–7 pm. Please have labels completed and attached (see reverse side of this page). Please pick up your artwork on Sunday, Nov 18,between 5–6 pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

About the Juror

Jennifer Kane is a contemporary artist working in Central Pennsylvania and Southern California. She studied art, science, and theater at the University of Illinois, graduating with a BFA and MFA before moving to the State College area, where she has a dual career as a costume designer and conservation artist.

Recent work is informed by her study of climate change, featuring new ways of using materials to physically interpret her subject and observations. The resulting mixed media works on paper were accepted into the main division of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 2018. This was Jennifer’s 15th year as a participating artist at the festival, where she has been an award winning invited artist.

Jennifer’s other current abstract works include ‘Into the Future’, a digital landscape series about construction and destruction from her own on-site photos of concrete, and ‘Access Series’, colorful portraits of utility access portals with a corresponding essay about American access to power and sanitation.

Jennifer was chosen to represent Joshua Tree National Park for the 2017-18 season, where she wrote and led an immersive, art-based interpretive program serving park-goers of all ages from around the world. She would like to thank Michael Mann (Climatologist and geophysicist, currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University), and Chris Forest (Professor of Climate Dynamics Associate Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management at PSU) for their support and contributions to her climate work.

"¡Viva Mexico!" an art show up at the State College Framing Co. now, is throwing a party, Nov 2 in honor of the Dia de Muertos

¡Viva Mexico! with art by Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger, and Harriet Rosenberg

October 13–November 17

Dia de Muertos reception, Friday, November 2, 5–8pm

State College Framing Company & Gallery

in the South Hills Mall off S. Atherton

"Viva Mexico" is going up now at the State College Framing Company & Gallery! This show features artwork by artists Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger of Crash & Burn Metal Art, and Harriet Rosenberg!

The show will be open starting Sat October 13 and run through Sat Nov 17. We will have an artist reception on Fri November 2, from 5 pm till 8 pm. The food and beverage will certainly reflect the culture of Mexico. See you there!

 

R Thomas Berner's show "Travel Pixels" opens at the Kish Bank with a reception from 5-7pm, Friday, November 2

 

The Annual Art Alliance Holiday Wreath & Runner Sale is here!

Want some wreaths and runners this holiday season? Look no further!

The Art Alliance offers professionally crafted  22" Fraser fir wreaths and 32" Fraser fir table/mantle runners, with either a red or burgundy velvet ribbon.

1 wreath or runner is $30; 2 are $55; and 3 are $80.

You need to place your order by November 10.

Pick up your order on either Sunday, November 18, from 4-6pm or Monday, November 19, from 10-2.

You can order by:

This event is a fundraiser for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.

 

Linocut relief printmaking workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

November 3–4 (Sat & Sun);
10am–4pm each day

All materials included. Learn the basics of relief printmaking with one of the simplest and oldest forms of printmaking. You will learn how to design, carve, ink and print linocuts in color. We will explore color mixing, multiple color blocks and print registration. We use easy to cut materials to carve our plate and supply all materials needed. Level: Suitable for beginners.

Click here to sign up online!

Or call our office at 814-234-2740

 

"Mermaids, Magik, and Wanderers" art show by Carol Brooks at the Art Alliance this weekend!

Saturday, October 26, 10–4

Sunday, October 27, 12–4

Reception is Sunday, Oct 27 at 2pm

at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Come see the new art show, "Mermaids, Magik, and Wanderers" by Carol Brooks Saturday this weekend at the Art Alliance Art Center. The hours will be 10-4 on Saturday, 12-4 on Sunday, with a reception, Sunday starting at 2 pm.

 

Street Photography: People and Patterns, a 3-day show, goes up at the Art Alliance, Friday, October 19

Street Photography: People and Patterns
an art show with artwork by Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Karen Deutsch & Adrienne Waterston

Friday, Ocober 19–21

Art Alliance of Central PA Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

opening reception Friday, October 19, 7–9pm

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY--People & Patterns Street Photography, as defined by Wikipedia, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

The four women in this exhibit, Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Karen Deutsch, and Adrienne Waterston, are guilty of finding uniqueness in the ordinary, beauty in the everyday, of seeing minute details in simple shapes, commonality in diversity, and loving the process of documenting it.

These artists are curious. They notice things others might not. They anthropomorphize. They pay attention to shadows, fleeting light, textures, the affect of rain. As Adrienne observes, “as I walk around, I am attracted to certain things, consistently drawn to examine them closer, and I wonder about them. … I like to take pictures of them, as a way of capturing a visual record of those musings, wonderings, and appreciations, to share a small part of those moments.”

Photographers like Anne Cortese capture chance encounters of people strolling, sitting and stopping along the streets and alleyways. “One of life's great pleasures is walking the streets of great cities and small towns. The architecture, light, storefronts and people are a feast for our eyes and souls. If you've been to Lewisburg and watched the sun play on the row houses, or strolled through Manhattan and smiled at fashion on young and old, or marveled at shops on century old streets in Paris - you know that joy.”

They may freeze or blur a body in motion, enjoy and share a moment of laughter, or evoke through their photos the stillness of sorrow. They do this truthfully, and ultimately artfully.

To Stacie Bird, “Street photography offers me the chance to find beauty in the mundane, patterns in the man-made, and challenges me to record people interacting with their environments. Small towns, big cities and country roads offer endless opportunities to capture fleeting instances, like clouds passing in front of the sun or shadows on the pavement. The spontaneous nature of street photography appeals to me, because even when photographing the same spot repeatedly, something is sure to change and keep me coming back for more.”

Hopefully, the viewer will come away with an appreciation of the genre of Street Photography and the artists that engage in it.

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In “Street Photography—People and Patterns”, many of these moments, unframed and affordable, will be exhibited for your enjoyment at the Art Alliance, October 19–21st. Join us for an opening reception, Friday, October 19, 7-9pm; Saturday the show will be open 10–4 and Sunday 12–4.

 

Fall Art Classes 2018

Two 4-week classes coming up -- click here for link. Please click here for a PDF file of the Fall Classes

Gelli Plate Monoprinting with Ingrid Booz Morejohn -- 4-week class starting, Monday, October 15

Mondays, 6–9pm

Exploring Pastels with Alice Kelsey -- 4-week class starting, Wednesday, October 17

Wednesdays 9–12am

Sign up for classes now! Online registration available, click here or call our office at 814-234-2740.

 

Anni Matsick has work in the PWCS's Aqueous show to be at the Spinning Plate Gallery in October

Philadelphia Watercolor Society's AQUEOUS OPEN 2018 72ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

October 6–27, 2018

Spinning Plate Gallery

5821 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11–4

 

Anni Matsick has a piece in the HAA show "Pastiche II"

Harrisburg Art Association Membership Exhibition, "Pastiche II"

opening reception Sept 9, 11am–6pm

Gallery Walk, Harrisburg PA

 

Our special show, "Is it hereditary?" at the AAGD

October 5–14

opening reception Friday, October 5, 6–8pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK plaze next to the Fraser Street Garage)

Special Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday, 12–6pm; Sunday, 12–4pm

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special show called, "Is it hereditary?" which opens October 5 with a reception from 6–8pm.

This unique show featurea work by children and their adult family mentors — whether that is a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, step-parent, we are looking for the person who is encouraging and helping the younger artist in their artistic endeavors.

Come on down to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown to see this fun and inspiring show of multi-generations of artists and their work.

Pics from the opening! Thanks to Dee Stout!

 

7 on the Square up at Foxdale one more week

August 15–October 15

Foxdale Village Art Gallery

500 E. Marylyn Ave, State College, PA

foxdalevillage.org

Come and see the opening of the new show "7 on the Square" featuring the work of 7 intrepid artists, all square! The artwork, that is. The artists may or may not be "square" depending on how you define it.

Participating artists are: Karen Deutsch, Marie Draguns, Manya Shoket Goldstein, Elizabeth Kirchner, Ruth Kempner, Rhonda Stern and Adrienne Waterston.

The show will be up at Foxdale Village Retirement Community until the end of September.

 

Jennifer Shuey has a show, "The Trees In Me," at Schlow Library in September

September 2018

Schlow Centre Region Library - Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801

"Trees in Me" Jennifer Shuey, Solo Exhibition

http://www.jennifershueyart.com/ 

 

Special art activity opportunity at the Fall Festival open air event in Downtown State College this Saturday

Fall Festival, Saturday, October 6, 10am–3pm

Downtown State College
— in the 200 block of S. Allen Street

Paper Art with instructor Nicole Packard

Our intrepid art instructor, Nicole Packard, will be facilitating Paper Art at a booth during the annual Fall Festival in downtown State College in the 200 block of S. Allen Street. The block in front of Schlow Library will be closed to traffic and feature lots of fun things for kids to do!

Nicole will be doing:

Paper Art: You never knew that you could create so many things out of just paper! Weaving, cutting, collage, and more. Join us and let your imagination run wild.

The event listing says, " Fall Festival has returned! The festival will take place on the 200 block of Allen Street from 10am–3pm. Come on out for free pumpkins for the kids at the Pumpkin Patch, enjoy the Bounce House, Tumble Bus, Pony Rides, and more. Fun and games for the whole family! Enjoy music throughout the day."

Click here for a link to the downtownstatecollege.com website for this and other events happening around town!

 

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 50 years of art in our community!

Art Alliance 50th Birthday Party

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

September 23, 5-7:30pm

with music by Leah Mueller and Her Rhythm

hors d'oeuvres by Wegman's

It was a grey day, but people came out to the beautiful new Shaver's Creek Environmental Center to celebrate the Art Alliance's 50th Birthday!

Our plein-air artists created some awesome work and many admired the wonderful bird boxes, created by Chris Bittner, that our wonderful artists painted/decorated.

Thank you to everyone for supporting the arts in Centre County and your local arts organizations! We can not do all that we do without you.

 

Nancy Brassington's new "Houses" exhibit at the AAGD September 7

"Houses" an exhibit by Nancy Brassington

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

opening reception Friday, Sept 7, 6–8pm

show runs thru Sept 30

Nancy Brassington's "Houses" exhibit opens Friay, Sept 7, with a reception from 6–8pm at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. Come meet the artist and check out her amazing artwork!

 

Art Exhibition, Marica Tacconi, abstract painting

opening reception
Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7:00pm

show runs
through September

Webster’s Bookstore & Café

133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA // 814-272-1410

Artist’s Statement:

My work as an abstract painter explores color, texture, and movement. I am drawn to non-representational, free-flowing art that develops and “takes shape” as I engage in the process. My approach is intuitive, unstructured, and rhapsodic – almost like “stream-of-consciousness” on canvas.

My acrylic paintings often incorporate materials that provide texture and facilitate movement. I am most inspired by abstract expressionism, synchromism, and the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and Gerhard Richter.

As a music historian, much of my inspiration also comes from sound and from the connections between the aural and the visual. I paint while listening to music, mostly classical, but also jazz and music from non-Western cultures. Viewers have described my work as “having rhythm” and as incorporating harmony of form and color.

Check out Mar's facebook event

 

Gelli Monoprinting Demo for Pop Up Ave this Saturday!

MKL Plaza, Fraser Street, Downtown State College

Saturday, September 22, 1–4pm

with instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn

If you want to see how easy and fun it is to make beautiful 'instant' prints using a Gelli plate (a gelatin and mineral oil matrix) come watch the Art Alliance printmaking instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn demo the technique in front of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown during POP UP AVE on Saturday Sept 23, 1–4pm.

Come on out to State College's very own pop up flea market Pop Up Ave happening in Fraser Street between College and Beaver Aves and take in the food vendors, vintage clothing and art demonstrations happening this Saturday!

Pop Up Ave is a curated outdoor urban flea hosting dozens of the raddest makers and vintage vendors from across Pennsylvania (and beyond)! There will also be live music, food vendors, a beer garden by Elk Creek Café & Aleworks—and it's FREE to attend.

Pop Up Ave will be happening from 11am–7pm.

Check out the whole line-up of vendors at popupave.com

 

Introduction to Soapstone Carving

with Chris Bittner

Monday, September 10, 6:30–9pm

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: $20 plus a $5 materials fee
Contact the Art Alliance at artalliance05@gmail.com or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

Anni Matsick is in the PA Art of the State!

Pennsylvania Art of the State

The State Museum, Harrisburg

June 24 - September 9

Sept 9, Gallery Walk and exhibition closing

 

Plein-Air Workshop at Rhoneymeade

Friday, September 7 & Saturday, September 8; 10–3 both days

with Lena Thynell

award winning Watercolor Artist, Plein Air Painter, Signature Member of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh Watercolor Societies

Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

177 Rimmey Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828

Join me at this two-day workshop at Rhoneymaede Arboretum & Sculpture Garden. For the intermediate / experienced watercolor painter who would like to learn about painting on location, outdoors, "en plein air". The workshop will cover tools and materials, selecting a dramatic composition, simplifying what you see, observing the light and shadows, how to capture the moment and experience how the paper and paint reacts when you paint outdoors. We will start and finish both days in the classroom. Lena will paint demos outdoors weather permitting. Students don't have to have tripods/ easels for outdoor painting, the garden has benches and chairs where you can sit and paint. The workshop is hosted by Art Alliance of Central PA , sign up online or call 814-234-2740 The class is limited to 15 students. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For list of materials, email Lena lena@lenathynellwatercolor

Sign up today online! Go to the Search Options "Selection Session" drop-down menu and choose 'Lena Thynell Plein Air at Rhoneymeade' option and hit the 'Search' button. Then click on the link for the workshop and register!

 

"Sky" by Susan Nicholas Gephart

The Art Alliance Instructors' Show at Schlow Library, August 3-31

The old saw about those who can do and those who can’t teach is not true when it comes to Art Alliance instructors. They teach and do, and as evidence of this, several of them will have their work on display in the annual instructors’ show at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 South Allen St., State College. The show runs from Aug 3 to Aug. 31.

The instructors are: Lisa Baumgartner, handmade books and papers; Ingrid Booz-Morejohn, printmaking; Susan Nicholas Gephart, oils; Kirsten Grigor, drawing; Jennifer Kane, drawing and painting; Isabel Kumerz, abstract painting; Mary McGuire, pen and ink and watercolor; Julia Nelson, architectural drawing; Nicole Packard, silk painting; collage; Michele Randall, encaustic; Jan Riggio, acrylic and soil; Michele Rivera, watercolor; Harriet Rosenberg, papercutting; Ann Taylor-Schmidt, drawing; Jackie Thomas, felting; Lena Thynell, watercolor; Adrienne Waterston, serigraph.

 

Happy Valley Bonsai Club Exhibit at the AAGD, Aug 27–30

opening reception Monday, August 27 from 6–8pm

show runs Mon–Thurs, August 27–30

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown State College

gallery hours are: Mon–Thur, 1–7pm

The Happy Vally Bonsai Club will be exhibiting bonsai!  in the Fraser Street Mall Be sure to stop by!

 

Stacie Bird has a closing reception for her show "Centro" up now at the Green Drake in Milheim

May 4–August 25

closing reception, August 24 from 6–8pm

at the Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center

101 Main Street, Millheim, PA

Come on out to Milheim and check out Stacie Bird's new show, "Centro," this month and next at the Green Drake Gallery.

This show features photographs Stacie took in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.

 

Encaustics -- THIS EVENT IS FULL 

We have added an additional date, SAT, Aug 18, 10am–12pm

with Michele Randall

Friday, August 17, 7–9pm -- FULL

Saturday, August 18, 10am–12pm

$40 — includes materials

Encaustic painting is a ancient form of artwork that uses a wax medium and heat to manipulate a design. In this class we will do photo-transfers onto an encaustic base and learn how to seal and alter the image. Along the way, you will be introduced to the basics of encaustic art. This class is focused on fun and experimentation. All materials provided. You will leave with a small wood mounted artwork to hang on your wall.

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: $40
Contact the Art Alliance at artalliance05@gmail.com or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

 

A Different Way of Seeing

an abstract show

opening reception Sunday, June 24, 3:30–5pm

Foxdale Village Art Gallery

2nd floor, ask for directions at the front desk

500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801

show runs through August 6

Come out to the opening reception of A Different Way of Seeing abstraction show at the Foxdale Village Art Gallery Sunday, June 24 from 3:30–5pm

artists include: Jean Giddings, Mary Deutch, Mary McGuire, Deena Ultman, Susan Graham, Chuck Fong, Robert Placky, Melinda Curley, Jean Forsberg, Barbara Metzner, Wendy Snetsinger

Refreshments will be served

Foxdale Village website

 

A HUGE THANK YOU! to all the amazing artists who donated their wonderful artwork for our SQuare Show and made it such a success!

We can not express how much we appreciate the participation, time and energy that you put into this show. THANK YOU!!

You guys are the best!!

 

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