Spring 2017 Art Classes are now online for registration!

Check out our Spring 2017 Adult art classes! We have many of our usual favorites, like Painting with Oil, Watercolors, Drawing, Acrylics, Stained Glass, Handbuilding Clay and various Open Studios, along with a couple of new choices, including a Drawing from Nature with Confidence class taught by a new-to-us teacher, Ann Taylor-Schmidt and a class with our beloved Isabel Kumerz on Unleasing Your Creativity.

So click here to check out the classes today and sign up online or call us at 814-234-2740 or email us at

The Art Alliance Figurative Show 2017 Call for Entries is here!

March 10–19
show dates

Friday, March 10, 7–9pm
Opening Reception

Thursday, March 2
Entries and fees due in the office by the end of the day

Juror, Dana Carlisle Kletchka

Thursday, March 9, 5-7pm
artwork drop off date and time

Sunday, March 19, 5-6pm
artwork pick up date and time

Formerly the “Go Figure” show, this show has a 2-decade history showcasing the figurative works of 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.

About the Juror

Dana Carlisle Kletchka is the Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Art Education program; co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA), a joint project of the School of Visual Arts and the Palmer Museum of Art; and a co-editor of, an online community of practice. Dana is interested in critical art museum education pedagogies; professional development for PreK–12 teachers in art museum contexts; the use of social media and and digital technologies on interpretation and engagement in the art museum; and the professional positionality of art museum educators within the profound paradigmatic shift of art museums over the last 40 years. In 2015, she was awarded the National Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year for the Museum Education Division.

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.

Entry Process and Fee

Each artist may submit one piece. The entry form and non-refundable fee must be received in the office by the end of the day March 2, 2017. Online payment is available at and credit cards are acceptable by phone, but a signed entry form must be mailed to the office.

Click here for a PDF of the Entry Form (and more information about the show, sales terms etc.).

We must have a copy of the Entry Form in the office by the end of the day, March 2nd.

Fees: member $25, non-member $35

Artists Take A Stand 2017!
Call for Entries!

Entries due into the office by the end of the day:

Monday, March 13

show dates are

March 24-26

opening reception

Friday, March 24, 7-9pm

poetry, performance & music

Sunday, March 26, 12-5pm

Artists Take A Stand provides Central Pennsylvania artists an opportunity to make art about the current issues that concern them the most, including electoral politics, racism, the environment, women’s issues, economics, education, foreign relations, war, and much more. It’s a chance to vent, protest, find hope, mend divisions, revel or despair.

Eligible Work

While we welcome all kinds of expression, our space is limited so each artist is welcome to bring two pieces with a maximum size of 4’ x 4’. If you have an odd sized piece or installation, please contact us to discuss placement.

Entry Process & Fee

This exhibition is open to all and is not juried. Entry for the show is free thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. The entry form must be received in the office by the end of the day, Monday, March 13, 2017. If you would like a short statement to accompany your piece, please send it digitally to the Art Alliance at and attach a copy to your artwork.

Poetry, Performance & Music

The exhibition will include a special poetry, performance and music event on Sunday afternoon.

Show Dates & Hours

Artists Take A Stand will open on Friday, March 24, and run through Sunday, March 26. Gallery hours are Saturday, 10am–5pm, and Sunday, 12–5pm.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, March 24 from 7–9pm. We are asking artists to contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form).

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.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artwork must be delivered to the Art Alliance on Thursday, March 23 between 5–6:30pm. Please attach completed labels to your work. Artwork must be retrieved on Sunday, March 26 from 5–6pm. The Art Alliance 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.

Entry Form PDF

Click here to download a PDF entry form to fill out and HAVE IT TO US IN THE OFFICE BY THE END OF THE DAY, MONDAY, MARCH 13.

You can:

A) mail it to us -- Art Alliance of Central PA, PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851;
B) email it to us at;
C) drop the entry form off at the office at 818 Pike Street, Lemont, in the back of the Gallery Shop.

Call us with questions etc. at 814-234-2740.

Come see the show, Memories & Mindscapes, Feb 3–26 at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 7–9pm
Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S Fraser St. State College, PA 16801

On view: Feb 3–26, 2017

Joseph Conrad once wrote, “The mind of man is capable of anything.” The human mind is an incredible, unfathomable thing. It is a place of both boundaryless existence and human capacity, taking what we perceive to be real and turning it over, upside-down, and inside-out. Our memories and imagination are what take us beyond the limits of reality and of time, to a place made up entirely of possibility.

In Memories & Mindscapes, seven Centre County artists investigate the role of fantasy, imagination, memories, and nostalgia in their work. Translating this central theme through a variety of artistic media, this contemplative exhibition explores the complexities of how we realize the past and the imagined in our own minds.

Featured artists: Nancy Brassington, Mike Demi, Isabel Kumerz, Nicole Packard, Robert Placky, Amalia Shaltiel, Mary Vollero

If you would like to be considered for an upcoming show, you can send us your information via our online form on the gallery website (click this link).

Visit the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown's website for hours and more information about the artists and the show!

Photograph your Artwork and Create Digital Slides! Workshop -- THIS IS FULL!

Saturday, Feb 25, from 1–4pm

Free for Art Alliance members

Members Only

This is a workshop on making digital slides of artists' work for record, archive, portfolio, catalog, book, websites, and submission for shows and competitions.

Bring a piece of your artwork to photograph, your camera, laptop, etc. I will also have equipment, camera, tripod, lights, laptop, etc. available.

To sign up for this workshop, call us at the office 814-234-2740 or stop by 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA.

Enrollment is limited to 15 so sign-up NOW!

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 Anne Buchanan, pen & ink Feb & Mar
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Char Casbourne, oil Feb & Mar
Juniper Village at Brookline JE Crum, watercolor Feb & Mar
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Debbie Lintal,
Feb & Mar
Village at Penn State Sean Bodley February
The State Theatre Diane Maurer, paper collage November
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Anne Buchanan, pen & ink Feb & Mar
Portfolio, A Salon Harriet Rosenberg, photography/papercuts Feb & Mar
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

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 Museuam's Photography Gallery: Lisa Beightol, Feb 3–26, 2017

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 Nancy Brassington, Isabel Kumerz, Nicole Packard, Robert Placky, Mary Vollero
Memories & Mindscapes
Feb 3–26
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Room
Joan Koester,
solo show, paintings
Feb 3–26

Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
Lisa Beightol Feb 3–26

Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Art Heim & Brenda Horner
Dec 2 - Feb 26
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Steig Gallery
Mary Haight & Michele Randall
Feb 3–26
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Lena Thynell
"Paintings from Pennsylvania"
February 2017
opening reception Fri, Feb 3, 3-5pm
Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD Adrienne Waterston
"Ink It: Contemporary Print Practices" juried show, accepted piece is "Odds & Ends-03" 
through March 11, 2017
Blair County Arts Foundation Stacie Bird
through the end of March 2017
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Gary Schubert & Michele Rivera Dec 27 thru Feb
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 Stacie Bird
February 2017

State College Framing Company & Gallery Susan Nicholas Gephart, Alice Kelsey, Mark Messenger, Barb Pennypacker, Lena Thynell, Adrienne Waterston now through mid March
artist reception, Sunday, Feb 25, 4:30-7:30pm
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Susan Graham
"Impulse to Image", abstract art
December 12, 2016 – March 6, 2017

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

Inservice Art DaysKids school teacher in-service day art classes

  • March 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

  • April 13, 14 & 17

Programs run from 9:00am - 3:00pm

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.

Register Online!

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: or by calling 814-234-2740.

click here to sign up! under the Session pull-down menu, choose Youth Winter/Spring 2017

PopUp Art Classes

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

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

Snacks and drinks are included as well 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.

To sign up for pop-ups, call us at the office 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA.

Upcoming Pop-Up Art Classes 2017

Zentangle Initial

Tuesday, February 21, from 7-9pm
with instructor Nicole Packard

Come learn the calming and beautiful technique of Zentangle. Artist Nicole Packard will be leading you in creating a beautiful Zentangle drawing with an initial of your choice. All abilities are 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!

$20 fee per person

To sign up for pop-ups, call us at the office 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA.

Warm Winter Landscapes

Friday, February 24, from 7-9pm
with instructor J. Harlan Ritchey

It's still cold out there but your winter landscapes need not be! In this class, students will work (indoors) from reference photos of the Pennsylvania winter countryside to practice basic watercolor techniques, including wet-into-wet for expressive clouds and skies, subtle earth tones for mountains and fields, and light washes of color for luminous ice and snow. Students who wish to incorporate pen-and-ink are more than welcome.

All abilities are 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!

$20 fee per person

To sign up for pop-ups, call us at the office 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA.

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!

Chuck Fong

Needless to say, my introduction six years ago to the Art Alliance has brought me a treasure trove of benefits. Not only was I able to share my art photography with my colleagues, but also the ability to present my work to the community at large. Since art is not created in a vacuum, the opportunity to view others' work and to meet these creators personally has enabled me to be exposed to the exchange of enlightening ideas and both constructive and negative criticism.

The Art Alliance not only benefits the exhibiting artists themselves, but the organization offers art classes to both children and adults alike. Through its five or six exhibitions per year, artists of all media and skills are encouraged and challenged to share their best work. Opening night receptions for these shows bring together scores of artists and hundreds of friends and guests in the celebration and sale of the art.

It is my hope that the Alliance will be able to continuously attract both artists who create traditional offerings, but also showcase those to whom avant-garde is their watchword.

Thank you Chuck!

Spring Adult Art Classes are now available for registration! Click here for our online system -- choose Spring 2017 Adult Ed and sign up!

Summer Art Camps 2017!! registration now open

Figurative Show 2017 Call for Entries now available!

Artists Take A Stand 2017 Call for Entries now available!

Pop-Up Classes are here! Warm Winter Landscapes

Memories & Mindscapes 
Feb 3–26 at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

Online Registration System

Inservice Art Days

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

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

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

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

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

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

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