Art Show Openings and Events

Street Photography: People and Patterns, a 3-day show, goes up at the Art Alliance, Friday, October 19

Street Photography: People and Patterns
an art show with artwork by Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Karen Deutsch & Adrienne Waterston

Friday, Ocober 19–21

Art Alliance of Central PA Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

opening reception Friday, October 19, 7–9pm

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY--People & Patterns Street Photography, as defined by Wikipedia, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

The four women in this exhibit, Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Karen Deutsch, and Adrienne Waterston, are guilty of finding uniqueness in the ordinary, beauty in the everyday, of seeing minute details in simple shapes, commonality in diversity, and loving the process of documenting it.

These artists are curious. They notice things others might not. They anthropomorphize. They pay attention to shadows, fleeting light, textures, the affect of rain. As Adrienne observes, “as I walk around, I am attracted to certain things, consistently drawn to examine them closer, and I wonder about them. … I like to take pictures of them, as a way of capturing a visual record of those musings, wonderings, and appreciations, to share a small part of those moments.”

Photographers like Anne Cortese capture chance encounters of people strolling, sitting and stopping along the streets and alleyways. “One of life's great pleasures is walking the streets of great cities and small towns. The architecture, light, storefronts and people are a feast for our eyes and souls. If you've been to Lewisburg and watched the sun play on the row houses, or strolled through Manhattan and smiled at fashion on young and old, or marveled at shops on century old streets in Paris - you know that joy.”

They may freeze or blur a body in motion, enjoy and share a moment of laughter, or evoke through their photos the stillness of sorrow. They do this truthfully, and ultimately artfully.

To Stacie Bird, “Street photography offers me the chance to find beauty in the mundane, patterns in the man-made, and challenges me to record people interacting with their environments. Small towns, big cities and country roads offer endless opportunities to capture fleeting instances, like clouds passing in front of the sun or shadows on the pavement. The spontaneous nature of street photography appeals to me, because even when photographing the same spot repeatedly, something is sure to change and keep me coming back for more.”

Hopefully, the viewer will come away with an appreciation of the genre of Street Photography and the artists that engage in it.


In “Street Photography—People and Patterns”, many of these moments, unframed and affordable, will be exhibited for your enjoyment at the Art Alliance, October 19–21st. Join us for an opening reception, Friday, October 19, 7-9pm; Saturday the show will be open 10–4 and Sunday 12–4.


Pots & Prints

October 18–November 27

Foxdale Village Retirement Community

opening reception Sunday, October 21, 3:30–5pm

Pots and Prints is one of three exhibitions in 2018 that the Art Alliance has presented at Foxdale Village Retirement Community. The facility has a spacious art gallery with rotating shows to be enjoyed by residents, their families, and other visitors. This show will feature art by some of the leading printmakers in the area as well as students from Art Alliance classes taught by Ingrid Booz Morejohn. The second medium represented in this show is ceramics, with pieces exhibited by members of the Art Alliance Potters Guild.

Combining two mediums in a show is interesting if there is some connection between them. Printmaking and pottery go well together because they are both very process-driven, with many of the defining elements of each medium coming from the exploration, not only of color and composition, but from process-related practices. These two mediums are defined by repetition and duplication. Patterns are often used in both mediums and compliment the quality of same-but-different, in these repetition-based practices.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the reception on October 21, 3:30–5pm. Visitors are also welcome on weekdays 9 am – 5pm during the run of the show.


"¡Viva Mexico!" up at the State College Framing Co startubg this Saturday, October 13

¡Viva Mexico! with art by Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger, and Harriet Rosenberg

October 13–November 17

Dia de Muertos reception, Friday, November 2, 5–8pm

State College Framing Company & Gallery

in the South Hills Mall off S. Atherton

"Viva Mexico" is going up now at the State College Framing Company & Gallery! This show features artwork by artists Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger of Crash & Burn Metal Art, and Harriet Rosenberg!

The show will be open starting Sat October 13 and run through Sat Nov 17. We will have an artist reception on Fri November 2, from 5 pm till 8 pm. The food and beverage will certainly reflect the culture of Mexico. See you there!


Artist Ceci Rusnak has her artwork in two shows in PA

"Inspired!" will be at the Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, now through Oct. 17

"Eye on the Needle" will be at The Bottleworks, Johnstown, Oct. 17-Nov. 30


Holiday Gift Gallery coming in November & December at the AAGD!

November 2–December 24

opening reception Friday, November 2, 6–8pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK plaze next to the Fraser Street Garage)

gallery hours: Thur, Fri & Sat, 12–6pm; Sun, 12–4pm

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this November & December, opening with a reception Friday, November 2, from 6–8pm.

The Gift Gallery will feature unique gift items for the holiday season by Pennsylvania artists and artisans. Stop in for beautiful 3D and 2D artwork, ceramics, jewelry and more, all great gifts for that special someone in your life.

Come on down to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this holiday season to pick up that special something for your special someones.


Member News

Diane Maurer's work will be at the Met's Watson Library!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library has invited Diane Maurer to be part of the Legacy Project, honoring prominent American paper decorators.

A selection of her decorative papers and biographical story will be archived so that researchers now and in the future will have access to original works for study of the book and paper arts movement in America.

Diane's Hand Marbled Paper Page on Facebook


Christine S. Stangel and Lisa Baumgartner have their artwork at State College Framing Company & Gallery

September & October 2018

State College Framing Company

211 S Allen St | State College, PA 16801


Christine S. Stangel is a ceramic artist (top image) and Lisa Baumgartner creates handmade books and prints (bottom image).


Anni Matsick & Lena Thynell have artwork in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 118th Anniversary International Works on Paper show

October 14–November 20, 2018

Wayne Art Center

433 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087


Our instructor, Adam Swartz, is in the news!

Check out this article in the Town and Gown news online! Here's a snippet:

Adam Swartz is living a dream many fail to achieve. He didn't have to really grow up.

As a puppeteer for his company, Adam Swartz Puppets, Swartz has taken a youth mindset into the "grown-up" world, creating a successful venture that reaches out to children across the area.

"Back when I was 9 years old, I didn't want to grow up," Swartz says. "Everyone has the Peter Pan Syndrome. I thought if I had to pretend to be a grown-up, I could at least continue to play with toys and get a job as a puppeteer."

Raised in the area, Swartz earned his degree in integrative arts from Penn State. With his puppeteering, Swartz's goals were simple: to simultaneously educate and entertain audiences from all walks of life.

"I was a big Jim Henson fan from The Muppets, and this struck me as an ideal job," Swartz says.

Click here to read the article about Adam and his work



Calls for Entry

Abstraction Show 2018 Call for Entries

Abstraction Show 2018

November 9–18

opening reception Nov 9, 7–9pm

Art Alliance Art Center

Entries due, Thur, Nov 1

Entry Process & Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms together with the entry fee (checks to be payable to Art Alliance) are now being accepted. The absolute last date to enter is Thursday, November 1. Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid by check, credit card, or online. If payment is made online, an entry form must also be submitted either by mail (PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851) or email ( or dropped off at our office, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA at the back of the Gallery Shop..


STUDENT $20--college or high school; MEMBER $30; NON-MEMBER $40

Click here for a PDF of the entry form

Click here to PAY ONLINE

You must fill out and send your entry form to the Art Alliance by Nov 1. You may email the entry form to or mail to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851. You can also drop the entry form off at our office, at the back of the Gallery Shop, 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 1681. The Art Alliance must receive the entry form by the end of the day, November 1.

Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in previous Art Alliance shows are eligible. All works must be original. All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, unframed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted. Unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring. All pieces underglass or plexiglass must be framed. 3-D work may not be heavier than 100 pounds. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.

Sales & Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance will charge a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged works.

Show Dates & Hours

The exhibit will open Friday, November 9 and continue through Sunday, November 18. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday, Sunday 12–5, Saturdays 10–5. The exhibit will be closed Monday and Tuesday.


The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 9 from 7–9 pm. Artists are asked to bring either food or wine to share or to add $5 to their entry fee to help cover expenses for the reception. Prize winners will be announced at the reception.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artists must deliver their work to the Art Alliance on Thursday, Nov 8 from 4–7 pm. Please have labels completed and attached (see reverse side of this page). Please pick up your artwork on Sunday, Nov 18,between 5–6 pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

About the Juror

Jennifer Kane is a contemporary artist working in Central Pennsylvania and Southern California. She studied art, science, and theater at the University of Illinois, graduating with a BFA and MFA before moving to the State College area, where she has a dual career as a costume designer and conservation artist.

Recent work is informed by her study of climate change, featuring new ways of using materials to physically interpret her subject and observations. The resulting mixed media works on paper were accepted into the main division of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 2018. This was Jennifer’s 15th year as a participating artist at the festival, where she has been an award winning invited artist.

Jennifer’s other current abstract works include ‘Into the Future’, a digital landscape series about construction and destruction from her own on-site photos of concrete, and ‘Access Series’, colorful portraits of utility access portals with a corresponding essay about American access to power and sanitation.

Jennifer was chosen to represent Joshua Tree National Park for the 2017-18 season, where she wrote and led an immersive, art-based interpretive program serving park-goers of all ages from around the world. She would like to thank Michael Mann (Climatologist and geophysicist, currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University), and Chris Forest (Professor of Climate Dynamics Associate Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management at PSU) for their support and contributions to her climate work.


Open Call to Artists!

Opportunity to exhibit and sell your work at the

BOTTLE WORKS SMALL WORKS in Large Space exhibition

Exhibition dates: November 15 – January 5, 2018

Opening Reception: November 15 6-8pm, as part of the 3rd Thursday on 3rd Avenue event!

Entry deadline: November 1

Bottle Works Arts on 3rd is a vibrant Arts center with spacious galleries exhibiting national and international art. In our largest gallery, we are exhibiting a miniatures show of works ( no larger than 12 inches) priced to sell during Holiday shopping season! We welcome new artists to exhibit with us. Bottle Works provides opportunities for artists and audiences to promote and celebrate the Arts through exhibits, education, and participation. The BOTTLE WORKS campus, consisting of the two contiguous, complimentary facilities is a unique destination on the local, regional and national scale, located within an historic tourist corridor where artists can exhibit, create, teach and sell, and visitors can explore and learn.


Artists must be at least 18 years of age to enter. All 2-d medium is eligible: drawings, photography, painting, fibers, print-making. All work must be original, not a reproduction, it must be the artist’s original design, not done as part of a class. All work must be the property of the artist. All work must be for sale. The artwork must be no larger than 12” in either direction. All work must be securely mounted/framed, wired ready to hang, no saw tooth pieces will be accepted. Bottle Works reserves the right to deny any work’s inclusion in the show if it is not properly mounted/framed, or if it looks different than the submitted image. Each artist may enter up to ten pieces of artwork.

Submission process:

• Complete entry form at

• Upload images of up to 10 pieces of artwork that you want included in the exhibit. The images must be jpeg format, 300 dpi, 12” in height or actual size of the artwork. Save each image file with this information in the file name: artist's first and last name, entry number, and title of artwork. for example: MarceneGlover.1.Portrait_of_the_King.jpeg or JaneDoe.2.Landscape_in_Red.jpeg

• Pay $35 non-refundable entry fee online to enter up to 10 images.


You will be notified of acceptance into the gallery exhibition via email. *All works will be accepted into the digital show.


Once notified of acceptance into the gallery exhibit, enclose a self-addressed pre-paid mailing label and ship the accepted work by Saturday, November 10, to:

attention: Curator
Bottle Works Arts on 3rd Avenue
411 Third Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15905

Or deliver works in person to Bottle Works by Saturday November 10, during open hours: Monday: 10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday: 10 AM - 4 PM, Wednesday - Friday: 10 AM - 7 PM, Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM, Closed: Sunday


Bottle Works retains a 40% commission of the sale price, while 60% goes to the artist.. Bottle Works staff will process sales of artwork. The art may be taken at the time of purchase, it does not need to remain in the exhibit for the length of the show. That is because this is during holiday shopping season, a great opportunity for artists to sell their work, so please price it to sell.


The work is insured while at Bottle Works. Our buildings are secure. You must include self-addressed pre-paid stamped packaging for return shipping of unsold work, or the work will not be returned. If you prefer to pick up your work come to Bottle Works Art Works building on January 14, 2019 between 11AM and 4PM. If you need to make other arrangements, call 535-2020 to do so by January 12. Any work not picked up and without return shipping will become the property of Bottle Works.


By entering art in this exhibit you agree to allow Bottle Works to use images and your name for promotional and documentation purposes.


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