Art Alliance members' art show openings around town

People & Places, a new exhibition featuring work by Wendy Snetsinger opens Sunday, August 20

You are most cordially invited to an opening reception for the exhibition, "People & Places: a retrospective" featuring drawings and paintings by artist Wendy Snetsinger at Foxdale Village Retirement Community's 2nd Floor Gallery.

People & Places: a retrospective
Wendy Snetsinger

opening reception
August 20
3:30–5 pm
Foxdale Village 2nd Floor Gallery

exhibit runs through October 9
8–5 Mon–Fri; 12–4 Sat & Sun

Foxdale Village Gallery is on the 2nd Floor --
Foxdale Village is at 500 E. Maryln Ave, State College PA

Click here for a link to the Foxdale website


Stacie Bird's exhibition, "Desde el Corazón de México" at Rhoneymeade in September!

show runs September 2–30

opening reception September 10, 12–3pm

at Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

click for website and directions (177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA)

Come out to Rhoneymeade and enjoy Stacie Bird's show "Desde el Corazón de México featuring photographs from her many trips to Mexico.


Member News

The very talented Anni Matisk's illustrations in Dinosaurs Living In My Hair2 to be at the NY Now® show at Javitz Center

DLIMH will exhibit at the
NY Now® show (at the Javits Center)
August 20th - 23rd

Author Jayne Rose-Vallee will be there to present our sequel "Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!2" in its premier introduction.

Word from Jayne: We will also be introducing our new "Dinosaurs Living in my Hair!2" Coloring Book, our new DLIMH collaboration with Kickee Pants for our clothing accessories (which includes pajama sets, one piece pajamas, dress, shirt), our new DLIMH collaboration with Mila's Zoo which includes three plush dinosaurs, our DLIMH Sabrina dolls, our DLIMH wrap bracelets, and our collaboration with Jane Tran is expanding with several new hair accessory designs!!

All items will be available at soon.


Mel Lesher's work is at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum & Gardens in Florida

The Ormond Beach Museum says on Facebook for the opening of Tape Art, "We're so lucky to have the gorgeous work of Melissa Lesher as part of the #TapeArt2017 exhibit at #OrmondArtMuseum! Here she is installing "Hive" this morning."

The show is up now (since June) through September 17

Congratulations Mel!


Town & Gown at Artist of the Month: Alice Kelsey

by Courtney DeVita

from the article --
"Leaving her medical practice behind, Alice Kelsey answers call to visual art-making Art is the underlying force behind everything Alice Kelsey does. From painting, to medicine, to music, Kelsey’s life endeavors have all been outflows of her aesthetic expression. Since closing her medical practice 12 years ago and devoting herself full-time to painting, Kelsey, of Warrior’s Mark, has gained national recognition and exhibited her expressive oil and pastel landscapes across Pennsylvania.

Alice Kelsey’s book Through the Surface can be purchased at the Bellefonte Art Museum. Her upcoming exhibit Finding Centre: Paintings by Alice Kelsey and Sarah Pollock, will be in the State College Framing Company and Gallery from November 4 to December 4. A portion of the proceeds from the opening reception November 4 will go to ClearWater Conservancy."

Read more at,1473187/


Todd Raymond Krout has a show at the Kish Bank outlet the Expect More Store

The Expect More Store

Opening Reception, Friday, August 4 from 5:30–7:30pm

Show runs for the month of August

Todd Krout has a show/opening at the Expect More Store / Kish Bank on Allen Street by McLanahans, this Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Todd will have on display his newest and past work including a print of his latest award winning painting (original currently on display in Philadelphia).

Bring friends!

The show remains up through the month of August



Opening reception: Friday, August 4, 2017, 7 – 9 pm

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

On view: August 4 – 28, 2017

The Kingdom Animalia is one of a handful of lineages rooted far back in the history of our existence. Its ancestry represents one of the three major origins of multicellularity, and represents vast and diverse life in the form of creatures who live alongside and sometimes in spite of their human counterparts. In this engaging exhibition, both wildlife and domesticated animal such as birds, horses, sheep, cows, cats and more become the subjects of works of contemporary art. Perennially popular as an artistic theme, Animalia features animal-inspired works by thirteen local and regional artists for an exhibition that is too charming to miss!

Artists are: Art Heim, Jason Lennox, Scott Owens, Amalia Shaltiel, Martha Taylor, George LaVanish, Anne Therese Pelikan, Maggie Scotilla, Nancy Brassington, Anne Buchanan, Char Casbourne, Betsy Rodgers Allen

Art Alliance Events

Save the Date -- Good Spirits is coming!
September 17 from 3-6pm

at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

This year the Art Alliance is partnering with Shaver's Creek Environmental Center to present our annual fundraiser, Good Spirits!

This year's event will be natured-themed, featuring our annual silent art auction with art donated by our esteemed members, wine tasting, art activities, artist decorated bird houses, music by Eric Ian Farmer & Adi Martinez and a special cocktail donated by Big Spring Distillery!

So get out your art-apprciation googles, put on your dancing shoes, ready your wine- and cocktail-tasting taste buds, and come one come all to the Art Alliance Good Spirits party and fundraiser!

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

You can buy tickets online soon or call the office at 814-234-2740.

Thank you to our sponsors thus far:

Wegmans catering

Big Spring Distillery


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.


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.

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

We were 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 were  placed on display in local downtown State College businesses and at Mount Nittany Hospital.

This program was 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.


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!!