Upcoming Shows

The Art Alliance
Members Show 2017
call for entries is here!

entries were due

Tuesday, May 9th

show runs

May 19–28

opening reception

Friday, May 19, 7–9pm

show hours

Sundays and Wednesday Thursday and Friday, noon-5pm; Saturdays 10am-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, http://artalliancepa.org.

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.


Art Alliance show schedule for 2017

A reception is held for each exhibit on the opening Friday evening from 7-9pm

All are welcome!

note: our Studio Tour that traditionally has been in the fall has been moved to Spring 2017, May 6&7 (see below)

Looking Ahead, Shows in 2017

Members' Show, May 19-28
Juried Show, September 8-17

How to sign up for shows

Fill out the form for the appropriate show, which will posted as a PDF online and also mailed to our members approximately one month before the show is scheduled to open.

You can send us the form via email at info@artalliancepa.org or snail mail it to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

If you would like to pay online, go to our online registration system, click on the drop down menu and choose your desired show, which will be available the same time as the PDF file,  approximately 1 month in advance.

Current Shows

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!


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 info@artalliancepa.org

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
April 2–30

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
Blair County Arts Foundation Stacie Bird
through the end of April 2017
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Dottie Ford & Mary Vollero
thru April 30
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Isabel Kumerz May 5, 5:30–7:30pm
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 info@artalliancepa.org

Past Shows:

It's that time of year again!

The Art Alliance of Central PA's

Potters Guild Annual

Mothers Day Show & Sale!

show ran

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


Spring Colors Studio Tour 2017!!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 was 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.

This year we had more than 27 participating artists in 17 locations 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.

Kids Love Art!

opening reception

Friday, April 28, from 6-8pm

show ran

April 28-30


Friday, April 28, 6-8pm
Saturday, April 29, 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 30, 12-5pm

Kids Love Art is an exhibition of art from elementary schools from around Centre County!  Come on out and meet the artists at the reception and come over the weekend to take a closer, more leisurely look at the art.

Thank yous to Dee Stout and Debbie Lintal for organizing and Linda Hendrickson, Jan Becker, Janet Scalon for their invaluable help!


The 2017 Recycled Show, "Flights of Fancy"

opening reception

Friday, April 21, from 7–9pm

show ran

April 21–23 

our juror

Carol Baney

The Annual Exhibition

The Recycled Art Show is in its twenty-third year of inspiring environmental and artistic goals for Central Pennsylvania artists.

Photos from the show, thanks to Gary Schubert!

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.

Performance & Music

The exhibition will include a special poetry, performance and music event on Sunday afternoon.

The Art Alliance Figurative Show 2017

March 10–19 show dates

Juror, Dana Carlisle Kletchka

Formerly the “Go Figure” show, this show has a 2-decade history showcasing the figurative works of Central Pennsylvania artists. Entry to the show is not juried. All work must have the human figure as the dominant theme; clothed figures, nudes, and portraits are all invited.

About the Juror

Dana Carlisle Kletchka is the Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Art Education program; co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA), a joint project of the School of Visual Arts and the Palmer Museum of Art; and a co-editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, an online community of practice. Dana is interested in critical art museum education pedagogies; professional development for PreK–12 teachers in art museum contexts; the use of social media and and digital technologies on interpretation and engagement in the art museum; and the professional positionality of art museum educators within the profound paradigmatic shift of art museums over the last 40 years. In 2015, she was awarded the National Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year for the Museum Education Division.

Photography Show

December 9–15, 2016

Juror: James Farrah

About the Juror

James Farrah moved to this area a little over a year ago from Arizona. He was the head of the MESA Arts League Critique group and the Phoenix Art Group where he lead art critiques. His expertise is in many mediums, but focuses on watercolor. Although his work covers a wide range of subjects, Farrah’s current focus is using children’s toys and artist’s manikins for subject material. In addition to being colorful and fun, they are wonderful tools for storytelling. He hopes the paintings evoke a sense of innocence and nostalgia. Farrah graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BFA in painting, photography, and graphic design. Jim is a signature member of the AWS, NWS, NAPA, AWA and WFS. He also taught college level art in Arizona.

Abstraction Show 2016Abstraction Show

The exhibit was Friday, November 11-20

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." — Pablo Picasso (Spanish Artist & Painter 1881-1973)


Juror Rudy Shepherd

Over the past seven years I have been making work that explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting and sculpture. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. I am exploring the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series of paintings and drawings of both the criminals and the victims, making no visual distinctions between the two. By presenting the people first and the stories second a space is created for humanity to be reinstilled into the lives of people who have been reduced to mere headlines by the popular press.

Going along with these portraits is a series of sculptures called the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. These sculptures are meant to be a counterpoint to what can seem like a vast, unsolvable problem. They pose a solution, while at the same time questioning the viewer’s belief in the power of art, and the power of belief. These have taken the form of a large outdoor public sculpture at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2006, human scale works in 2008, and small-scale ceramic sculptures called Healing Devices.

Most recently I have begun a new series of paintings called the Holy Mountain series, inspired by the final scene of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film The Holy Mountain. These are images of places in the world that are considered ‘sacred’. This is a new direction in my work growing out of the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber project and the Healing Devices, it is an exploration into the idea of finding spiritual solutions to our very human problems.

-- Rudy Shepherd

read more about Rudy and his work at rudyshepherd.com

Photos from the show by show chair, Bob Placky

Juried Show, September 2-11

Figurative Exhibition, March 11-20

Members Show, May 20 - 29

Kids Love Art, April 15-17

Recycled Show "Around the World," April 8-10

Juror: Roger Shipley

1st Place - $225 — Christine Hill “The Around the World Time Machine”
2nd Place - $125 — Darlene Saylor “99.9% All Around the World"
3rd Place - $100 — Gloria Plosky Scaltz “CCD 2016”
Popular Vote - $100 and Honorable Mention - $25 AA gift cert — Mary Shoemaker & Nick Schmidt “Recycling Around the World”
Honorable Mention - $25 AA gift cert — Ruth Knowles “Little Cabinet of the Universe”
Honorable Mention - $25 AA gift cert — Michael Schmidt “See the World”

See this show featured in the Summer 2016 Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority newsletter with color photos on the front page!

Summer Classes are up online!! Sign up today!

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

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

Thank you so much for participating in Centre Gives!

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

online registration link

Summer Art Camps 2017!! browse now -- register online Feb 18 after 8am

Inservice Art Days are now available: sign up today!

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

email us or call 814-234-2740 to find out more

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