Artists Take A Stand 2017!

opening reception

Friday, March 24, 7-9pm

show dates are

March 24-26

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.

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

To mail in your registration, if you didn't get one in the mail you can click here to download a PDF of our Spring Classes mailer and then mail to: Art Alliance, PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

The 2017 Recycled Show, "Flights of Fancy"

call for entries
due in the Art Alliance office
Thursday, April 13

opening reception

Friday, April 21, from 7–9pm

show runs

April 21–23 

our juror

Carol Baney

The Art Alliance is a non-profit organization of more than 300 members. Located at the foot of Mount Nittany in Lemont, it is close to the University Park Campus of Penn State University. Our mission is to serve artists, students, and the art-loving public in Centre County and beyond. We sponsor classes, workshops, exhibits, and sales at 818 Pike Street in Lemont, Pennsylvania.

The Annual Exhibition

The Recycled Art Show is in its twenty-third year of inspiring environmental and artistic goals for Central Pennsylvania artists. Entry to the show is not juried and is open to artists of all ages.

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.

Click here to download a PDF file of the Call for Entries

  • Fill out the file and email to us at:; or
  • mail it to us (must arrive before or on April 13) at PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851; or
  • bring it to the office, in the back of the Gallery Shop at 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown show, In Focus, is on view now through this Sunday, March 26

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

On view: Feb 3–26, 2017

Today’s world is saturated with imagery, and photography features prominently in our everyday lives. It provides the inhuman ability to freeze time, to capture a feeling, and to share our experiences with others. Photography validates the mundane and asks us over and over again to take a second look. It allows us to see beauty in small details and encourages us to share those moments with the world around us.

Alliance Gallery Downtown’s newest exhibition, In Focus, features seven Centre County photographers as they invite us to see the world through their lenses. With a variety of interests and subject-matter, this exhibition explores the diverse aesthetics of our lives and brings the beauty of our world into focus.

Featured artists: Chuck Fong, Stacie Bird, Gary Schubert, Art Heim, Michael Pelikan, Deb Placky, Anne Cortese

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!

Spring Colors Studio Tour 2017!!

Our Studio Tour is back! This year we are having a Spring Colors Studio Tour and you are invited to participate!

This year's tour will be held the weekend of May 6 & 7,  Saturday from 10–4 and Sunday from 12–4.

Our Studio Tour event is a weekend where artists open up their studios or participate in a group venue open to the general public. As a participating artist, you can show and sell your work, offer demonstrations, show your techniques and materials and meet people interested in supporting the arts and finding out more about you and your work in an intimate setting.

We will be promoting the event on TV, in local newspapers and on local radio stations as well as social media.

In our last tour (Fall 2015) more than 19 of the area’s finest artists working in a variety of media opened their studios for this self-guided tour. The event is free to the public.

Group venues provided by the Art Alliance this Studio Tour include the Granary in Lemont and the Rhoneymeade Sculputure Garden and Arboretum studio space.

Click here for a Spring Colors 2017 PDF form THEN…

  • download the form

  • FILL IT OUT and

  • email to us at

  • OR bring it by the office, 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA, in our office at the back of the Gallery Shop -- if we are not there, please leave in the mailbox on the side of the building by the side door.

  • or mail it to PO Box 811, Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851.

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
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Debbie Lintal,
Feb & Mar
Juniper Village at Brookline JE Crum, watercolor Feb & Mar
Liberty Craft House Ruth Knowles, collage, mixed media Mar & Apr
The State Theatre Stacie Bird, photography March
opening Friday Mar 3
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
The Village at Penn State Sean Bodley Feb & Mar

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 Community Gallery: Beverly Klucher, Mar 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 Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Chuck Fong, Art Heim, Michael Pelikan, Deb Placky, Gary Schubert
In Focus, a photography show
Mar 3–26
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Beverly Klucher
Mar 3–26

Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Stacie Bird
Mar 3-26
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Lena Thynell
"Paintings from Pennsylvania"
February 2017
opening reception Fri, Feb 3, 3-5pm
Blair County Arts Foundation Stacie Bird
through the end of March 2017
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Dottie Ford & Mary Vollero
Foxdale Village, State College, PA
Jean Sletten Giddings
"This Fleeting World,"
a collection of paintings and collages
March 9 - April 24, opening reception March 12, 3:30-5pm
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
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Jennifer Shuey
pastel landscapes
Mar & Apr

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

  • 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


Wednesday, March 22, from 1-3pm
with instructor Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Explore subtractive and additive monoprinting in this 2 hour Pop Up class. Possibilities are limitless with this highly evocative, expressive and simple method of printmaking. No previous printmaking experience is necessary and all drawing levels are welcome. You will go home with a finished print(s) in hand. All materials included.

$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.

A Craving for Kandinsky

Friday, March 31, from 7-9pm
with instructor Sean Bodley

If you love color vibrations or are interested in abstract art, Kandinsky has a lot to teach. We will play with line, shape, color, and acrylic paint to create stunning effects, drawn from his paintings. No prior painting experience required!

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.

Cezanne in Happy Valley

Wednesday, April 5, from 1-3pm
with instructor Sean Bodley

Have you ever looked out over a gorgeous landscape and wished you could capture that feeling of awe? By looking at and painting from the work of Cezanne we will experiment with line, shape and color to make a landscape. Participants will leave with a painting inspired by a master and their own appreciation of the land. No prior painting experience required!

$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.

Watercolor for Beginners

Wednesday, April 19, from 1-3pm
~ OR ~
Wednesday, April 26, from 1-3pm
with instructor Lena Thynell

Would you like to paint watercolor but don't know how to start, this pop up class is for you. Perhaps you have been painting some, but would like to know more about the material we use. Our instructor Lena Thynell has been painting watercolor for 20 years and she will share her knowledge about paper, paint and brushes. All material will be provided at the class and you will get time to try the medium. No previous watercolor experience is needed.

$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!

Artists Take A Stand 2017 opening reception, March 24, 7-9pm, show runs March 24-26, special poetry readings and music, Sunday, March 26

Spring Adult Art Classes start March 20! Click here to register online today!

Pop-Up Classes are here! Monoprinting Craving for Kandinsky Cezanne in Happy Valley Watercolor for Beginners

Spring Colors Studio Tour 2017, May 6 & 7

New photography show at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown "In Focus" — March 3–26

Summer Art Camps 2017!! registration now open

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.

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