NEW! Fall Kids After-school Art Class!

Paper Art Palooza!

Wednesdays, for 6 weeks
October 4th to November 8th
4 to 5:30pm
ages 7 to 10

Paper is the star of the show here in this art class. Come explore how paper is made, who invented it, and how artists use it today. We will take you beyond collage and work with sculpting it, photographing it and weaving it. Origami and Kerigami will also be our focus!

Click here to register online!

Call our office at 814-234-2740

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Stop by our office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851 (at the back of the Gallery Shop)


Prekindergarten Fall Art Class! Now available

Fall Art Exploration for Pre-Kindergarten Students

Oct 11–Nov 15

1-2:30 pm on Wednesdays

Instructor -- Carrie Koch

Fee: $70.00 (Member Discount Available)

Level: Ages 4-6

Get a little messy with art experimenting with fall colors, textures, and shapes using many types of art materials.

Sign up online today!
or call our office, 814-234-2740


It's not too late to sign up for Fall Classes and Workshops!

Click here for the link.for the online regististration system.

If you would like you can also peruse a PDF file of the brochure (should be at your door shortly!) which you can download, fill out and send it to us at PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

You can also bring out your filled in form to our office at 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA at the back of the Gallery Shop.

Some classes still available are:

Improving Your Photographic Skills

Oct 5–19, 2017

1-3:30 pm on Thursdays

Instructor -- Robert Baumbach

This short course is intended for beginning and intermediate photographers. The first class will be in the classroom and the second will meet at the Boalsburg Military Museum. The third class will be at the Arboretum on PSU campus. After an initial class about basics, the instructor will work with students on various experiments in the field designed to explore techniques and camera settings to improve their skills.

Sign Up Today Online! or call us at 814-234-2740 or email us


Rhoneymeade Plein Air Series

Oct 13-27, 2017 Meets 1:00 PM-4:00 PM on Fri

at Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden & Arboretum Room

Instructor -- J. Harlan Ritchey

Join us as we paint our way in watercolor through the beautiful grounds of Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden. We begin the session with an instructor demonstration of various landscape techniques, followed by individual instruction for each student as they work at their own pace. The indoor studio will be available to us so we will meet rain or shine. Class will meet at Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden & Arboretum, 177 Rimmey Rd., Centre Hall

Required supplies for this program: Please bring your own supplies; students who are new to plein air painting can email Harlan at for suggestions.

Sign Up Today Online! or call us at 814-234-2740 or email us


Open Access Print Studio

Sunday evenings 6.30-9.30pm

September 24 - November 5

Print assistant Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Calling all happy printmakers! We are offering an evening open print studio where printmakers can use our 15” table-top Conrad etching press. Anyone with prior experience of the printmaking is welcome. You are required to bring your own tools, paper and inks and you are responsible for your own cleanup. Rudimentary printmaking supplies are also available (linocutting tools, simple soft brayers, barens and paper-soaking trays are available). Printshop assistant Ingrid Booz Morejohn will be present to collect fees and answer simple questions. Sessions are drop-in and don’t need to be booked in advance (but Ingrid would love it if you sent her an email or text message if you are coming to gage attendance). Technical support is not available during open-access sessions, so if you need training or assistance you will need to book one of our printmaking courses. You use the press at your own risk. Please do not print anything that will damage the press bed, roller or press blankets.

Just drop in at the Art Alliance Studio, 818 Pike Street Lemont, PA! 10$ per session


Upcoming Workshops

Watercolor Plein Air Workshop

at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

177 Rimmey Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828 -- Rhoneymeade's website 

September 22 and 23

10am–4pm (each day)

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.

Paint Like A Robot (Mixed Media)

Oct 6, 2017 (one day) Friday, 1-4pm

Instructor -- Isabel Kumerz

The main goal of this workshop is to help you to become more free and expressive, taking risks through experimentation. For this reason it is important not to know what is going to happen. You simply have to follow my instructions blindly, like a robot. This way you will be moving out of your comfort zone and learning how to create new possibilities for your art. This process is helpful to represent motion or movement and repetition. The result is usually a painting/drawing with a twist, unconventional and full of interest.

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.


Color Theory Workshop

October 28 & 29 (Saturday & Sunday)

10am-3pm both days

Instructor -- Sean Bodley

This workshop is for artists interested in expanding their understanding of color and how colors interact in an artwork. We will look at color in art history from around the world and practice techniques to enhance our color perception. Students will experiment with tools to invent creative color schemes and learn about balancing color in a composition. Demonstrations will be given for all major concepts and individual instruction throughout the class. All experience levels welcome, however prior experience with the paints of your choice are recommended. A list of recommended pigments will be sent at least two weeks prior to class. Students may choose between acrylic, oil, watercolor, or other paints to practice.

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.


Figure Drawing From Imagination

November 4-5 (Saturday & Sunday)


Instructor -- Sean Bodley

This workshop is for people who are interested in capturing the dynamic energy of the human figure in a drawing. We will look at a variety of approaches to this timeless subject and practice a range of techniques. Tools will be shared to help visualize the figure, breakdown proportions, and see skeletal and muscular anatomy. Demonstrations will be given for all major concepts and individual instruction throughout the class. All experience levels welcome, however the ability to draw a sphere, cube, and cylinder from imagination is recommended to get the most out of the workshop. A list of recommended materials will be sent at least two weeks prior to class.

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.


Good Spirits was great, thank you!

A giant thank you! to everyone for coming out to Good Spirits!

Special thanks go to all our wonderful volunteers for making this event even possible:

  • Stacie Bird and Jennifer Bittner for pouring beverages;

  • Jean Giddings for her help with what seems like possibly everything;

  • Cathy Zangrilli, her grandson Mike and Gloria Scaltz for helping with the food;

  • our esteemed artists for dontating their wonderful artwork;

  • our friends at Shaver's Creek, especially Jennifer Anderson Steigerwalt and naturalist Doug Wentzl;

  • artists who painted and decorated birdboxes: Corinne Webster, Manya Goldstein, Robert Placky, Adrienne Waterston, Karen Lintner, Gloria Scaltz, Kristin Ziegler, Mary Beth Wiseman, Eric Kirsch & kids, & mystery artists!

  • musicians Eric Ian Farmer and Ady Martinez for their lovely music;

  • our Artists In Action who painted and sculpted during the event: Amy Romaniec & Mark Messenger (ceramics); Jen Shuey, Harlan Ritchey and Alice Kelsey (en plein air); Adrienne Waterston (casein painting);

  • our wonderful check-in people, Diane Kesidis, Laura Nejako, Susan Nejako

  • Chuck Fong and Chris Bittner for whatever was needed;

  • Penn State rowers for their help with setup and tear down;

  • demonstrators: Julia Nelson, Harriet Rosenberg, and Kim McElhatten from;

  • special thanks to Art Heim for the use of his wonderful "Barred Owl" photograph for our Good Spirits logo this year!

and our sponsors:

  • Wegmans who donated super yummy food;

  • Big Spring Spirits for donating their delish mango highball;

  • BB&T Bank;

  • Dante's Restaurants and Nightlife;

  • M&T Bank

  • Tom Cali at ReMAX Realty;

  • Jim Isola with Wells Fargo Advisors


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, watercolor August & September
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Amalia Shaltiel, photography August & September
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Carolyn Todd, Photo Club August & September
Juniper Village at Brookline Nicole Packard, watercolor August & September
Liberty Craft House Adrienne Waterston, collage, acrylic August & September
The State Theatre Jon Vickers Jones, August
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Amalia Shaltiel, watercolor August & September
Portfolio, A Salon Debbie Lintal, abstract August & September
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 Judith Bogert August & September
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Isabel Kumerz August & September

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

Bellefonte Art Museum's Photography Gallery: Lisa Engstrom-Baumgartner, Sept 1–Oct 1

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 "Fabricated" -- featuring work by Fran MacEachren, Marie Campbell, Ann Pangborn, Patricia Rhees, Sally Horn, Betsy Allen opening reception Friday, Sept 1 from 7–9pm continues through Oct 1
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
Lisa Engstrom-Baumgartner, Designer "art" bookbinding
September 1–24
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
Jennifer Bergharge & Sheena Sovich
September 1–24
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Team Room Gallery
Cinda Kostyak September 1–27
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Jean Forsberg & Gary Schubert
September 1–November 26
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Windows Gallery
name date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
Virginia Belser
September 1–24
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library   September
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Paulette & Tom Berner, Pixels and Bristles
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Nancy Burch Brassington
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
Wendy Snetsinger Aug 8–Oct 9
Huntingdon County Arts Council, 212 Fourth St, Huntingdon, PA
J. Harlan Ritchey, "Inhabited Settings"
Sept 9–29
Café Lemont Name

State College Framing Company & Gallery name

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



Opening reception: Friday, Septeber 1, 2017, 7 – 9 pm

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

On view: Sept 1–Oct 1, 2017

Designer Dorothy Cosonas once said, “inspiration comes from keeping your eyes open.” Many fiber and textile artists gain inspiration from their environment and from the changing world around them. Fiber and textile-based art from incorporate elements consisting of natural or synthetic fiber as well as materials such as fabric or yarn. It is an artistic field that focuses on the importance of materiality and the significance of the artist’s manual labor. It equally prioritizes aesthetic value with utility and can manifest in a variety of forms, techniques and surfaces. In “Fabricated” six fiber artists marry creative expression with traditional maker techniques.

Artists are: Fran MacEachren, Marie Campbell, Ann Pangborn, Patricia Rhees, Sally Horn, Betsy Allen


The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown would like to introduce our new Gallery Manager, Will Snyder III

As you may have heard, our beloved Gallery Manager, Kelsey, will be moving on to her new full-time art education job at the Palmer Museum for PSU. We wish her all the best in her new endeavor and thank her for getting the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown off to a great start. Thank you Kelsey!

After we discovered Kelsey would need to stop working at the gallery, we put out a call for applications and interviewed several excellent candidates. We thank them all for applying and for taking the time to meet with us. After very careful consideration, we decided on a candidate and would like to announce our new Gallery Manager, Will Snyder III.

Will is a local State College artist and Penn State SOVA graduate with a BA in integrative arts and an MFA in printmaking. He has many years of marketing and design experience as well as employee management and accounting/finance skills. Will has been actively producing and promoting his art, as well as working to bring together and formalize a greater arts community here in Center County by supporting various art and art-related projects in our area. He brings together a knowledge of art and business, as well as a passion for helping to create a vibrant art-centered culture here in Centre County.

We welcome Will to the gallery and hope you will come to meet him for the First Friday opening reception from 7–9pm for the new show, Fabricated. We hope to see you there!

You can find out more about Will when you meet him, or at his website: 


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 & Jeanette Baumbach

Bob joined the Art Alliance in 2005 shortly after his retirement as an art teacher at State College Area High School. Jeanette became more active along with Bob when she retired in 2008. They love to hang shows, especially if it means working with Jim Bright. Bob and Jeanette also enjoy maintaining the flower boxes and front landscape at the Lemont studio.

The Art Alliance hopes our members notice the lovely landscaping at the studio. We are so lucky to have you, Bob and Jeanette!

NEW!! Kids Weekly Art Class! begins October 4th - sign up today! Also Pre-Kindergarten art class, Oct 11–Nov 15

Art Alliance Fall Classes and Workshops are now available online!

"Fabricated" the new show up at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, now thru Sept 24

Come and welcome our new Gallery Manager, Will Snyder III!

Wendy Snetsinger has a show at Foxdale Village up thru Oct 9

Online Registration

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

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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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