Second Session of Summer Classes starts July 16!

Check out the classes on our Art Classes page or go to our online registration system, choose Summer 2018 Adult Ed from the Search Options Select Session drop down menu and check the classes out there - sign up today!

Sign up online today!


Come see our annual awesome Downtown Gallery SQuare Show!

This special show is a fundraiser for the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, to help us keep a presence for our artists in downtown State College.

The opening on Wednesday was great fun but with over 300 pieces donated by local artists, there a few still left, so stop in during Arts Fest or during our gallery hours in the month of July to pick up some really great pieces for very reasonable prices!

This year all the awesome, donated artwork is SQuare! and comes in 3 sizes:

Small (6"x6")

Medium (12"x12")

Large (18"x18")

The artist's signature is on the back so the you won’t know who’s piece you’ve bought until you buy it!

 Our gallery website for more details and information about future events is The gallery also has it's own email list which you can join by clicking here.

Gallery hours for the SQuare Show are:

Friday – Saturday 12–6pm;

Sunday 12–pm

Gallery will be closed Monday–Thursday for this show

A HUGE THANK YOU! to all the amazing artists who donated their wonderful artwork for this show. The quality of work is really amazing and we can not express how much we appreciate the participation, time and energy that you put into this show.

You guys are the best!!


Be sure to visit our Calls for Entry section for art shows calls for entry and other art opportunites


The new July Centre Arts is out as of Friday, July 6!

Get your copy of this important Arts in Centre County Calendar insert in the CDT or stop by the Art Alliance or Bellefonte Art Museum to get your copy today!

Many special thanks to Art Alliance President, Tom Berner, for organizing, designing and publishing the new CentreArts insert for the CDT to come out each month featuring the many events, artists and happenings of the Art Alliance and Bellefonte Art Museum!

Be sure to check it out!


Pop Up Art Classes!

We have some new awesome Pop Up Art Classes coming up in July & August. Check out our Art Classes page to find out more.


speaking of supporting the arts...

Want to be a Rent Angel?

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

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

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


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

A→CHROMATIC: Drawings and Paintings, 2013 – 2018

Paintings by J. Harlan Ritchey

Reception: June 7, 6–8pm

HUB Gallery May 29 – July 28, 2018

A→CHROMATIC represents a comprehensive overview of painter J. Harlan Ritchey’s artistic development and coincides with the 5-year anniversary of his introduction to the gallery world.

The subject matter of A→CHROMATIC can be divided into four broad genres: landscape, still life, floral, and abstract. Within each of these genres Ritchey works to explore specific themes and emphasize the elements that he considers to be most conducive to those themes. In the landscape genre, those themes are a connection to perspective and place while the floral genre explores a connection to rhythm and color; the still life genre emphasizes a connection to composition and form, and the abstract genre’s theme focuses on a connection to pattern and theory. Each image carries a range of art-historical, cultural, and biographical influences but invites the viewer to arrive at their own aesthetic or critical judgements.

J. Harlan Ritchey received his BA in Filmmaking from Penn State in 1999, with Honors in Visual Arts. He is a self-taught artist and has for the past several years done fine art and illustration commissions for a range of local and national clients. Ritchey’s first public exhibition was in 2013, and in 2015 he began teaching art classes. He currently lives and works in State College, PA.


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


Our Members' Artwork Around Town -- Outreach Exhibitions

These outreach exhibitions that are in place throughout town accomplish two of our goals as your community art organization. They provide the opportunity for individuals to be inspired by art in places they go for other reasons - banks, theatres, libraries and retirement communities. For our featured artist members, these exhibitions allow them to take their work, usually sold in galleries and juried shows, and present it in a more public venue.

Our current outreach exhibitions in the community:

BB&T Bank, College Ave. downtown Molly Allen June & July
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Suzanne DeSarbo June & July
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Barb Pennypacker, oil paintings June & July
The Corner Room Leslie Dyer June & July
Juniper Village at Brookline Debbie Lintal, watercolor June & July
Liberty Craft House Maggie Scotilla, pen & ink May - June 15
Portfolio, A Salon Amalia Shaltiel June & July
The State Theatre Mike Demi
June & July
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Kevin O'Reilly, photography June & July
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Name, Medium Dates
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Adrienne Waterston, silkscreen now thru close

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

Other Member Shows

These members have let us know that they have work in the following exhibitions and venues. YOU CAN TOO! Please tell us if you are having an exhibition somewhere so we can help get the word out to those who are interested in visiting.

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown SQuare show" fundriser show at the Gallery featuring over 300 artworks donated by area artists!! stop in today and get yourself some awesome art thru July 29; gallery open Fridays & Saturdays 12–6pm and Sundays 12–4pm
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
name, show/work
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, medium
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
name, medium
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Tea Room Gallery
name, medium date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
name, medium date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Windows Gallery
name, medium dates
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Mary Shay McGuire, Barb Pennypacker
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library name, show dates
Café Lemont Anne Buchanan, pen, ink, watercolor, oils

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Anne Buchanan, watercolors, oils, pen & ink now thru June 29
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
name, medium
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Adrienne Waterston, silkscreen
opens July 6, 2018, up through July
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
A Different Way of Seeing: an abstract show Jean Giddings, Mary Deutch, Mary McGuire, Deena Ultman, Susan Graham, Chuck Fong, Robert Placky, Melinda Curley, Jean Forsberg, Barbara Metzner, Wendy Snetsinger June 21–Aug 6
State College Framing Company & Gallery "Show", media date
The Gallery at Penn College, One College Avenue Williamsport, PA 17701port Regional Juried Show 2018, Mike Demi, Anni Matsick, and Tom Mickle May 29–July 27
The State Museum, 300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120 Regional Juried Show 2018, Mike Demi, Anni Matsick, and Tom Mickle May 29–July 27

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

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

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

Snacks and drinks are included as well 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!

$20 fee per person unless otherwise specified

Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

Volunteer Spotlight

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

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

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.


2nd Session for Summer Classes starts July 16th -- Sign up today!

Come buy some SQuares! at The SQuare Show, our Gallery Fundraiser up now at the AAGD thru July 29

Be sure to visit our Calls for Entry section for art shows calls for entry and other art opportunites

Check out our awesome Pop Up Classes coming up in July & August

Kids Summer Art Camps!

A Different Way of Seeing: an abstract show at Foxdale Village thru Aug 13

J. Harlan Ritchey has a show up at the HUB now thru July 28: A–Chromatic: Drawings & Paintings, 2013–2018

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

Online Registration

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

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

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We now have multiple ways to give to the Art Alliance!

Shop Online with Amazon Smile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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