Art Alliance members' art show openings around town

It's that time of year again!

The Art Alliance of Central PA's

Potters Guild Annual

Mothers Day Show & Sale!

show runs

May 12–14

opening reception

Friday, May 12, 7–9pm
featuring music by Overhead

gallery hours are

May 13, 10am–4pm
May 14, 12–4pm

at the

Art Alliance Studio, 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA


The Art Alliance
Students & Instructors Show

opening reception

Sunday, May 14, 1:30–3:30pm


Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

show runs

May 13–May 30


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!

Click here for the Rhoneymeade website and here for directions (from their website). Their address is 177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828.

Also at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden May 14, two Mothers Day Pop-Up Art Classes!

This will be a Parent & Child art class
with instructor Nicole Packard
11am–12pm or 1–2pm

This event is free but please send them an email to sign up!

Click here for the Rhoneymeade website and here for directions (from their website). Their address is 177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828.


Member News

Alice Kelsey "Through the Surface" Solo Exhibit

I’m very excited about a series of new paintings, drawings, and monotypes which I’ll be exhibiting in a solo show at the Bellefonte Art Museum, and welcome you to see the show. I created the works in the “Through the Surface” exhibition during the past year in an intensive, inspired search with varied art materials to capture the imagery and mystery at a central Pennsylvania spring-fed pond. More than fifteen colorful and expressive works will be shown, welcoming visitors to immerse in imagery of water lilies, iris, and reflections, and explore ways in which the textures and surface qualities of different artist’s materials affect the look and feel of artwork. By grouping a series of related works created by one artist utilizing varied materials, the show uniquely highlights the expressive qualities of a wide range of media (oil, pastel, gouache, monotype, silverpoint, acrylic, pen, and graphite) and supports (linen, canvas, wood panel, and several kinds of paper).

I’ve also created a book about the artwork and media used in the exhibit which is available for purchase at the museum. Gallery talks about this topic, and book signing events will also be offered (see below). Admission is free and open to the public, and artwork is available for purchase. Here’s the show details, and more information can be found on my website,

I hope that the show’s exploration of media and materials will be especially of interest to members of our group who are also artists.

Exhibit Dates: May 5 – 28, 2017
Reception: Sunday, May 7 (noon- 4:30 pm)
Gallery Talks: Saturday, May 6 (1 – 2 pm), and Sunday, May 21 (2 – 3 pm)
Book Signings: Saturday, May 6 (2 – 3 pm) and Sunday, May 14 (2 – 3 pm)
Location: The Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA -- 814-355- 4280
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; noon – 4:30 pm, or by appointment


Lena Thynell's piece accepted into 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regiona Exhibition!

Lena Thynell's "Old Stone House" was selected into the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS).

The juror of selection and awards this year is renowned watercolor artist Frank Eber.

The exhibition runs from June 17 to July 17, 2017.

Anni Matsick's work selected for North Lights Books' 2017 watercolor competition!

Anni Matsick was among 126 artists whose work was selected for North Light Books’ 2017 watercolor competition Splash 19: Illusion of Light.

Two of her works, "Sweet Dreams" and "Girl in White Hat," were chosen from over 1700 entries received and will appear in the annual collectors’ volume to be released in June 2018.

"Sweet Dreams" (top image left) was also a 2nd Prize winner in AACP’s 2015 Members Show.

Here's a link to the Splash 19 winners announcement webpage.

Lena Thynell has been busy

Lena Thynell is one of the Juried-in Artists at The Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival! The festival takes place Tuesday, June 6th trough Sunday, June 11th, 2017. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, NY (14424).

Lena recently achieved Signature Status at Baltimore Watercolor Society.

Lena's painting "Forgotten" was accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society's 77th Annual International Open Exhibition , April 24-June 2, 2017, WA.

Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) is pleased to announce that Lena Thynell of Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, USA has been chosen as one of the 60 artists selected for the 77th Annual International Open Exhibition that will be on display from April 24 through June 2 at the Harbor History Museum. The museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.

Art enthusiasts, collectors, students, and everyone interested in the arts are invited to the Open Exhibition Artists’ Reception on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following the reception, artists are encouraged to sharpen their plein air painting skills in scenic Gig Harbor. The resource room at the Harbor History Museum will be available for artists wishing to paint inside instead.

Click here to see a press release for more information about the event, the organization, the juror and Lena Thynell.

Art Alliance Events

past events

Spring Colors Studio Tour May 6 & 7, 2017

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

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.

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.


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 and at Mount Nittany Hospital.

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


December 2016 -- The Mona Lisa's mysterious smile is back!

You did it!! You matched Geof's challenge and raised over $1200  to help get the downtown gallery off to a great start. Thank you so much, way to go!

And of course A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Geof Godbey for proposing this challenge!! We are so grateful for the fantastic support of all our members.

Thank you!

Leonard da Vinci said:

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing."

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."


Good Spirits! 2016


Check out these great pictures by Stacie Bird from our recent event, Good Spirits! our annual fall fundraiser featuring great wine, food & music with all our friends and supporters. It was a lovely event and we would are so grateful to everyone who helped out. Thank you so much for coming, donating, volunteering to help make our organization a success.

Thank Yous All Around!!

to our generous donors:

to our wondeful sponsors:

to our media sponsors:

to our marvelous volunteers!

Bob & Marge Carline
food & organizing
Susan & Buzz Graham
wine pouring & as needed
Barb Pennypacker
wine pouring & as needed
Chris Bittner
organized Artists In Action, set-up, as needed
Chuck Fong as needed Mary Deutch as needed
Stacie Bird
wine pouring & photography
Betsy Allen
wine pouring & as needed
Diane & Emma Kesidis
check-in and check-out
Susan & Laura Nejako
check-in & check-out
Janet Haner printed tickets Dee Stout made event signs
Melinda Curley Cathy Zangrilli
organized food & made programs

to our Artists In Action!

Mark Messenger J. Harlan Ritchey
Amy Romaneic Jennifer Shuey
Adrienne Waterston  

Special thanks to Tom Berner for selling the most tickets!!