There are some Kid's Summer Art Camps with seats available!

Check our online registration page to see which are available today!


Summer Pop-Ups are here!

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown,
123 S Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

On view: July 12–July 30, 2017

We are so grateful for the wonderful response by our artists who participated and donated over 500 artworks to our first ever annual SIXxSIX show at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown!! Thank you!

AND a BIG thank you to everyone who came over the Central PA Festival of the Arts weekend and bought pieces, WOW! Almost 200 artworks sold in just 5 days! Spectacular!

But if you missed out or just want to shop in a more leisurely way, the SIXxSIX show will continue to be on view at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, thru July 30th. With many many great pieces still remaining you still have a great opportunity to collect amazing artwork at very reasonable prices. These small pieces are great for those smaller spaces in your house or for gifts for family and friends!

All artwork is 6"x6" in size and all pieces are just $25!

Work is sold anonymously so that only after you buy the piece can you discover who made it!

Come in to the gallery during regular gallery hours through July 30 and see all the remaining artworks at the Art Alliance Galler Downtown off the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in downtown State College.

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is located at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College next to Chuck Fong's Photography studio and across from the new H+M store. Check the gallery website for more information about upcoming shows, our mission, location information and more..

Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts "Images" Juried Show

at Schlow Library

show runs July 1–31

check the Schlow website for library hours

Best in Show: sponsored by Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, award to Gloria Plosky Scaltz!! Congratulations Gloria!!

Images 2017 is a juried exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, and digital art. Images is open to artists whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Artists of all ages are welcome, and we especially encourage enrolled students from ages 16 through 26 to apply to the exhibition. Artists enter the show by submitting digital images of work created in the last three years.

The exhibition can be viewed in Schlow Centre Region Library throughout the month of July 2017. The Library is located on South Allen Street in downtown State College. Allen Street becomes “main street” of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts each July.

The Images 2017 exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Bath Fitter, the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey, the Schlow Library Foundation, and the Sturtz-Davis family. Special thanks to our exhibition partner and host, Schlow Centre Region Library.

Show hours at Schlow Centre Region Library are the same as the library’s hours, generally from 9 am – 8 pm on Mondays – Wednesdays, noon – 8 pm on Thursdays, 9 am – 6 pm on Fridays, and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays. There may be times when the work displayed in the Downsbrough Room is not accessible due to other library programming. To check the library’s hours, please call (814) 237-6236.

Congratulations to these Art Alliance members whose work was selected for the "Images" show: R. Thomas Berner, Nancy Burch Brassington, Karen Deutsch, Mark Farmer, Dotty Ford, Chuck Fong, Marianne Fyda, Norris Lacy, Linda Hale, Cinda Kostyak, Jeanne McKinney, Tom Mickle, Gloria Plosky Scaltz, Wendy Snetsinger, Will Wadlington, and Adrienne Waterston.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will award $1,800 in prizes at Images 2017, chosen by our juror, Kathryn E. Blake. Award winners will be announced at a public Awards Reception during the Arts Festival on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm at Schlow Centre Region Library.

Best in Show: sponsored by Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, award to Gloria Plosky Scaltz!! Congratulations Gloria!!
William D. Davis Award in Drawing: sponsored by the Sturtz-Davis Family
Best Pastel: sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
Award of Merit: sponsored by Bath Fitter
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Best Student Submission: sponsored by the Schlow Library Foundation
Viewers’ Choice Award: sponsored by Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey


The Art Alliance Juried Show 2017 Call For Entries!

deadline to enter must be
in the Art Alliance office by:
Thursday, July 27

About the Juror

Kathleen Case Burk

Kathleen Kase Burk has exhibited her drawings in regional and national shows for over thirty-five years, winning many awards. Her works are included in many public and private collections, such as Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Del Mar College (TX), University of North Dakota, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and Parkersburg Art Center (WV). She received a BA degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and an MA degree in Art, also from IUP, in 1980. She has taught art in a variety of settings, including the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, visiting artists program through PA Council on the Arts, and at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg from 1991 until 2009.

Primarily a still life artist, Ms. Burk’s extremely realistic pencil drawings explore the effects of light on arrangements of common objects. Her interest in design, particularly grids and centralized geometric constructions, gives them an abstract quality. “There’s a sense of stillness and contemplation in this way of working,” she says, “and the repetition of forms, building to a complex whole, is engaging, whether you’re looking at recognizable objects or abstract structures.”

Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in Art Alliance shows are eligible. All work must be original; reproduction prints are not acceptable.

  • 2D work may not exceed 50 inches in width, including frame.
  • All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted.
  • All pieces under glass or plexiglass must be framed. However, unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring.
  • 3D work may not be heavier than 100 lbs. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.

Note: The chair reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet these requirements and has the final decision of how the work is hung.

Entry Process and Fees

Each artist may submit up to two pieces for consideration. However, no more than one piece per artist will be chosen for hanging. The entry form, (click here for a PDF file, find yours in the mail soon or stop by our office and pick one up) along with digital images of the work you are submitting and the non-refundable entry fee (payable to Art Alliance) are due in the office of the Art Alliance by Thursday, July 27, 2017 whether by US Postal Service or email ( Online payments or credit card payments by telephone are acceptable.

2D: Send one image 3D: Up to two images per piece

Please label each image with your last name, first initial, and title of your piece. The quality of the images is important. All images must be in JPEG format and should not exceed 2 MB.

Fee: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

Deadline to apply: Thursday, July 27, midnight

Show Dates, Hours and Reception

The Juried Show will run Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 17. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 8 from 7-9pm. Award winners will be announced at this time. Cash awards will be given. Gallery hours will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Gallery is closed Monday and Tuesday. All participating artists will be asked to volunteer to sit with the show for a timeslot during the hours the gallery is open. Watch for an email invitation to sign up for a time. The email will be sent after accepted works are chosen .


A list of accepted works will be posted on the Art Alliance website,, following the jurying process. This list will be posted no later than 4pm on Monday, August 21.

Receiving and Retrieving Work

Artists whose work has been accepted for the exhibit may deliver the work on Thursday, September 7, between 5 and 7pm. All accepted work should be delivered to the Art Alliance at 818 Pike St., Lemont. Works must be picked up on Sunday, September 17 between 5 and 6pm at the Art Alliance. If you are unable to retrieve your work at this time, please make special arrangements at the time of delivery of the work.

The Art Center has no additional storage space for art work so please try to have it picked up on time.


The Art Alliance will take all reasonable care of artwork but is not responsible for loss or damage. Entry of works indicates acceptance of these terms.


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


Contact the Art Alliance office at (814) 234-2740,

Click for a PDF file of the Juried Show 2017 Call For Entries

Click here to go to pay for the Juried Show 2017 online


We have one more Workshop available this summer

Sign up today for:
Figure Drawing From Imagination

Click here to go to our online registration and sign up today!

Or call the office at 814-234-2740 or email us at with questions.


Pottery Throwing Class

at the Potters Guild of the Art Alliance in Lemont

Aug 8, 15, 22, 29; or Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26  -- 6–9pm

with instructor Lynn Ann Verbeck

$180 for Potters Guild Members; $210 for non-members

Lynn Ann Verbeck will teach an 8 week throwing class for students 18 and over. Students at all levels are welcome. The tuition for the course includes use of tools, glazing and firing fees. In addition, students must pay $15 for clay at the beginning of the first class.

Contact LINDA GONCALVES by email, if you want to take the class,


Fall Workshop!

Watercolor Plein Air Workshop

at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden
177 Rimmey Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828

September 22 and 23

10am - 4pm

with instructor Lena Thynell

For the intermediate / experienced watercolor painter who is unfamiliar with painting outdoors, on location, and would like to learn and practice how to paint outdoors, "en plein air". The workshop will cover tools and materials, selecting a dramatic composition, simplifying it, observing the light and shadows and experience how the paper and paint reacts when painting 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.

The class is limited to 15 students. Bring your own lunch and beverage.

For list of materials, email Lena@LenaThynellWatercolor 


To sign up, please go online and select Fall 2017 Adult Ed and look for the workshop or call our office at 814-234-2740.


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 Debbie Lintal, watercolor June & July
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Linda Hale, photography June & July
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Amalia Shaltiel,
June & July
Juniper Village at Brookline Brenda Horner, watercolor June & July
Liberty Craft House Adrienne Waterston, collage, acrylic July & August
The State Theatre Karen A. Deutsch, Flower Fantasies: An Exhibit of Photographs July -- opening reception, Friday, July 7, 5-9pm
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Debbie Lintal, watercolor June & July
Portfolio, A Salon Mary McGuire, watercolor June & July
The Corner Room J. Harlan Ritchey, watercolors, pen & ink Feb
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Holly Fritchman June & July
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Isabel Kumerz
July & August

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

At the Bellefonte Art Museum's Tea Room Gallery: Barb Pennypacker & Denise Wagner, June 30–July 30

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 Aliance Gallery Downtown SIXxSIX -- over 500 pieces submitted!!
opening reception Wed July 12, 7-9pm & open special hours during Arts Fest
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Comunity Gallery
Char Casbourne, Mood In Motion
June 30–July 30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Team Room Gallery
Barb Pennypacker & Denise Wagner
June 30–July 30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Windows Gallery
Stacie Bird, Summer Project 2017 - Good Libations June 30–July 30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
Diane Maurer
June 2-25
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Lena Thynell
"Paintings from Pennsylvania"
February 2017
opening reception Fri, Feb 3, 3-5pm
Schlow Library "Images" juried show as part of Central PA Festival of the Arts: R. Thomas Berner, Nancy Burch Brassington, Karen Deutsch, Mark Farmer, Dotty Ford, Chuck Fong, Marianne Fyda, Linda Hale, Cinda Kostyak, Tom Mickle, Gloria Plosky Scaltz, Wendy Snetsinger, Will Wadlington, and Adrienne Waterston. Awards reception, Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Stacie Bird & Brenda Horner
thru April 30
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Isabel Kumerz May 5, 5:30–7:30pm
The HUB Gallery, Penn State, University Park Campus Harriet Rosenberg
"Harriet Rosenberg: A Retrospective of Cut Paper"
Jan 18 – Mar 2, 2017
reception, Feb 28,, 5:30–7pm 
Café Lemont Brooke Peters
June 2017

State College Framing Company & Gallery Beverly Klucher, "Ship to Shore: Two Painters Perspective"
opening reception, April 29, 4:30pm

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

Volunteer Spotlight

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

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

Bob Carline

Bob Carline has just completed his second 3-year term as a member of the Art Alliance’s Board of Directors. He served as Secretary for 2 years and as President for the past 2 years and has this to say about his art and the important role the Art Alliance played in his own art journey:

“For many years, I tinkered with carving soft woods and painting them, but never made any noteworthy pieces. In 1990 I took a course in carving hardwoods from Bob Butler and I was hooked. Bob encouraged me to take classes in drawing and sculpture, which is how I first became involved with the Art Alliance. Those classes taught technique, but more importantly, helped me get a better understanding of how to express myself in a piece of sculpture or a drawing. The interactions with instructors and other students fueled creativity and experimentation. Creating abstract clay sculptures challenged me to forego symmetry, which as a scientist is such a prominent feature of life. I get a charge out of taking a piece of wood, removing all that is unnecessary, and discovering that enchanting form that lies below the surface. The grain of the wood adds to the beauty and the mystery, because it is impossible, at least for me, to predict just how the grain will appear in the finished piece.

I started carving fish and strove for realism. Those early carvings were accurate, but unappealing. I then tried more abstract images with attention to the form and flow of the piece. I then moved on to pieces that could be caressed, not just observed. Now, my favorite sculptures are those with graceful forms that one can hold and rub. You can even detect a faint aroma to the wood. Wood sculptures that offer something for multiple senses seem to me to be the best. They cry out to the observer – “touch me”.

Thank you Bob!

SIXxSIX up thru July 30 at the AAGD! Spread the word and a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated pieces!

Art Alliance Juried Show Call For Entries! due Thursday, July 27

Flower Fantasies: An Exhibition of Photographs by Karen A. Deutsch at the State Theatre opening Friday, July 7, 5–9pm

Confluence: A Print Show June 25–Aug 15 at Foxdale Village

Summer Camps still available online--sign up today!

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

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

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