The Art Alliance Members Show 2017

show runs

May 19–28

opening reception

Friday, May 19, 7–9pm

gallery hours

Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays and Wednesday Thursday and Friday, noon-5pm;  The exhibit will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

The Annual Members Show

The Annual Members Show offers the opportunity for all members, regardless of their level of expertise, to show their work. All work entered into the show will be accepted – the Juror chooses prizes only. We look forward to this annual show featuring the work of our many talented members.

our juror

Jack Troy

Jack Troy is a potter, teacher, and writer from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he taught at Juniata College for 39 years. Introduced to clay in 1962, he has taught 251 workshops to date in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Great Britain.He has worked at the Institute of Ceramic Studies, Jingdezhen, China and was an invited artist at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. His education in ceramics has included trips to thirteen countries.Jack has been the juror for more than a dozen national ceramic exhibitions. He has designed and built eight salt kilns, nine reduction kilns, two raku, and seven anamagas.Having published over 80 articles in ceramics publications, he is also the author of “Salt Glazed Ceramics” (1977), “Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain” (1995), and “Calling the Planet Home,” [poems] (2003). His work has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous collections, public and private.

Eligible Work

2D and 3D work is eligible that has not won an award in a previous Art Alliance show. 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 & Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms with the non-refundable fee will be accepted until Tuesday, May 9, 2016. You can make credit card payments by calling our office (814-234-2740) or online at our website,

Fee: $25

Show Dates & Hours

The Exhibit will open on Friday, May 19 and run through Sunday, May 28. Hours are: Sundays and Wednesday Thursday and Friday, noon-5pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm. The exhibit will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, May 19 from 7-9 pm. Prize winners will be announced at this time.

Prizes & 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 & 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 works of art.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Work must be delivered to the Art Alliance on Thursday, May 18, from 5–7pm. Please have the included labels completed and attached to your work.

All artwork must be retrieved from the Art Alliance on Sunday, May 28 from 5–6pm.

If you cannot comply with these dates and times, contact the office at 814-234-2740.

The Art Alliance has no additional storage space, please honor the pickup date.


Hey All You Artists!

We are having our first ever SIXxSIX show, a fundraiser for the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, and need your help!

We are so excited to announce our first ever annual SIXxSIX show at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown!!

This is the first-of-its-kind event for this area, and will be a great way to showcase all the wonderful art happening in Centre County. To really make it fly though, we will need to get a lot of people participating--we are hoping to hang 500 pieces in the gallery! The SIXxSIX show opening celebration corresponds with the first night of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts opening Kids Day, which means there will be a lot of people in town who want to see awesome art!!

Which is where YOU come in.

The fundraiser idea is that YOU (artist, art student, friend of artist)

1. make an artwork that is 6 inches by 6 inches (possibly by 6 inches again if you are a 3D person).

2. Mount your piece on something hardish (NOT framed) so we can hang it (like foamcore or masonite or matboard or an old cereal box).

3. Sign your work on the back -- DO NOT sign it on the front.

Also, PLEASE let us know (via email or call us 814-234-2740) if you are making something (how many pieces) and whether it is 2D or 3D so we can have an idea of how many we have coming in...

4. DONATE it to our show. Of course you can make more than one piece if you like, up to 5 pieces.

5. Drop off your work on July 7 from 5 - 8pm or July 8 from 2-8pm.

6. Come to the show opening, which is the evening of Arts Fest kick off kids' day, Wednesday, July 12 from 7-9pm, amid great fanfare and acclaim.

NOTE: If you need a surface to work on, we have stretched canvases here in the office FOR FREE!! You may come and pick one (some) up. There is a limited supply so please come sooner rather than later.

Click here for a PDF file of instructions, requirements, dates and MORE!

And THANK YOU in advance, we really think this is going to be an exciting event!! We hope you will participate!


HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Centre Gives!!

Your support of the arts is truly awesome!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Art Alliance through Centre Gives this year. Together we raised more than $6,800!!

You are amazing and we are so very lucky to have such wonderful friends and supporters.

Your support is helping the Art Alliance:

  • provide interesting and reasonably priced art classes for adults as well as art classes and camps for kids
  • keep up facilities maintenance
  • pay our instructors enough to help keep them dedicated to teaching art
  • host and organize our studio space as a gallery space for art exhibitions for all artists who want to show their work
  • keep an up-to-date and current website and social media platform
  • maintain an office staff who organize schedules and make all the events and classes run smoothly
  • organize outreach exhibitions in our local businesses to bring our members' artwork to a broader audience

So, thanks to YOU the Art Alliance can keep doing what we do.

And remember, we appreciate all kinds of support, so if you could not give at this time, you can donate money directly to the Art Allliance or to our fund at the Centre Foundation at any time. OR, just as importantly, we always have a lot of volunteer opportunities as well! Call the office today at 814-234-2740 to find out what you can do if you would like to donate your time.

We appreciate everything you do to support the Art Alliance!

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.

Eligible Work

All works must be made primarily from recycled/repurposed materials and adhere to the theme, Flights of Fancy. Materials found in nature (i.e. rocks, grasses) 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 and Fee

Entry forms must be received at the Art Alliance by Thursday, April 13. This deadline will be strictly enforced. The non-refundable entry fee is $25 for one or two pieces. For youth (18 and under) the entry fee is waived.

Show dates and hours

The exhibit will be open Saturday, April 22 from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, April 23 from noon – 5pm. Sitters are needed during these times and we will contact you by email to choose a time.

Opening reception

The opening reception will be held Friday, April 21 from 7-9pm. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 8pm. The public is invited and attendees are encouraged to dress or accessorize according to the show’s theme.

Receiving and retrieving work

Work must be delivered to the Art Alliance at 818 Pike Street in Lemont on Thursday, April 20 from 4-7pm. All entries must be pre-registered, no on-site entries permitted. Other times are available by appointment; please call the office at (814) 234-2740. All artwork must be picked up on Sunday, April 23 at 5pm unless you have been invited to participate in the extended show.

Extended Show

The juror will select from wall-hung and tabletop pieces to be included in an extended show, displayed inside wall cases at the Centre County Solid Waste Authority, 253 Transfer Road. Dates are April 25 – May 26. If you do not want your piece considered please indicate this on the entry form.

Our Juror

Carol Baney has been the Director of Operations for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts for over 20 years. In that twenty years, she has seen images of thousands of artists' work as she helps to manage the juries for the Festival's Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition, gallery exhibits, and public art projects. She also serves at the Festival's representative on the FestZero Committee, which aims to turn the Festival into a zero landfill waste event in the not too distant future by encouraging recycling and composting.

In addition to her position at the Arts Festival, she now creates Steampunk and vintage watch part jewelry from recycled watches and repurposed costume jewelry. She participates in art shows in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia gaining new insights into festival business, this time from the artists’ point of view.

Juror Awards -- generously sponsored by Joe Krentzman & Son

First place -- $225
Second place -- $125
Third place -- $100
Popular Award -- $100

Visitors may cast a ballot for their favorite entry in the adult division. The artist whose work receives the most votes will be awarded $100.

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.

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 a large response the chair reserves the right to limit submissions to one per person.

The Art Alliance
Students & Instructors Show

opening reception

Sunday, May 14, 1:30–3:30pm


Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

show runs

May 13–June 4


weekends from 10–4

The Art Alliance is having our annual "Students & Instructors Show" at the Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden, opening on Mother's Day (May 14) and up for the remainder of May. Come on out to this beautiful spot and celebrate a year’s worth of Art Alliance student and instructor art work!


Artists at the Art Alliance are helping the Jana Marie Foundation bring attention to Mental Health for May, Mental Health Month

We have been asked by the Jana Marie Foundation to help promote Mental Health awareness during May, Mental Health Month, through their MokitaTM Trunk Show by inviting our artists "to highlight positive ways to cope with “elephants” that exist in our community – art, music, creative expression, outdoors, whatever it may be."

The decorated "elephants" in the room will be placed on display in local downtown State College businesses or at Mount Nittany Hospital.

This program is sponsored by the Jana Marie Foundation, Skills of Central PA and Beck Psychotherapy. The elephants are made of plastic gator board and are about 2 feet tall.

The Mokita Trunk Show opens this First Friday and will have the elephants around town for the month of May.


For the Moment
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
May 5–28

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

Opening reception: Friday, May 5, 7–9pm

On view: May 5–28, 2017

Georgia O'Keefe once said, "When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment." From painting to sculpture, artists have a strong history of embracing the language of flowers to portray temporaneous themes and allegorical gestures. Flowers symbolize contrasting binaries, embodying ephemerality and eternity, passion and purity, fragility and strength.  

In "For the Moment," six contemporary artists will explore the rich and inspirational life of flowers in art. Varying in media, style and concept, these beautiful expressions of nature's bounty will remind us to enjoy the season and celebrate the potential to be found in a backyard blossom.

Featured artists: Karen Deutsch, Alexis Drobka, Marlee Erwin, June Ramsay, J. Harlan Ritchey, Lisa Dawn White

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!

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 JE Crum, watercolor Apr & May
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Linda Hale, photography Apr & May
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Nicole Packard,
Apr & May
Fasta Pasta, 129 S. Fraser Street, State College Bob Baumbach,
Juniper Village at Brookline Debbie Lintal, watercolor Apr & May
Liberty Craft House Ruth Knowles, collage, mixed media Mar & Apr
The State Theatre Barbara Metzner May
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. JE Crum, watercolor Apr & May
Portfolio, A Salon Charlene Casbourne, oil Apr & May
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 Anne Buchanan Apr & May
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Sean Bodley
PA landscapes

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 Tea Room Gallery: Virigian Belsor & Leslie Dyer,, May 5–30, 20 l7

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 Karen Deutsch, Lisa Dawn White, Alexis Drobka, Marlee Erwin, June Ramsay, J. Harlan Ritchey, For the Moment
May 5–30; opening reception, Friday, May 5, 7-9pm
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Tea Room Gallery
Virginia Belsor & Leslie Dyer
May 6-30

Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
Sami & John Sharkey
May 6-30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Stacie Bird
May 6-30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
Jim Cartey
May 6-30
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Lena Thynell
"Paintings from Pennsylvania"
February 2017
opening reception Fri, Feb 3, 3-5pm
Cafe Lemont Lemont, PA
Brooke Peters
thru May 30
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Dottie Ford & Mary Vollero
thru May 30
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 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

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.

check back for Summer Pop-Ups

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!

Members Show! opening reception, Friday, May 19th -- show runs May 19–28 [see post for gallery hours]

Summer Classes are up online!! Sign up today!

Kids Summer Art Camps are filling up! Sign up here....

Students & Instructors show at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden through June 4th

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Centre Gives!!

For the Moment, show runs May 5–28, opening reception May 5, 7–9pm

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