Artwork by Barb Pennypacker

Special Workshop this Saturday to be held in conjunction with a Special Art Show to memorialize the farmland on Whitehall Road

Saturday, March 24, 1–3pm

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike St, Lemont, PA

This event is FREE & open to adults and children

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania in partnership with the Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition is offering a free hands-on community art workshop titled: "Art Workshop to memorialize the farmland and watershed off Whitehall Road"

Registration online: 

The art workshop will be instructed by artist and educator Nicole Packard. No art experience necessary. All supplies will be provided. This event is free and open to adults and children. Attendees will be encouraged to offer their art for inclusion alongside the works of local area artists at the State Theatre exhibit running from April 2–30 with a special opening reception, April 6 from 5–7 pm.

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Art Show to memorialize the farmland on Whitehall Road at the State Theatre in April

Opening Reception, Friday, April 6, from 5-7pm

The State Theatre, State College, PA

Show runs through April

The Art Alliance and the Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition are co-sposoring an art exhibition to memorialize the land on Whitehall Road at the end of Blue Course Drive.

Come to the opening on First Friday State College, Friday April 6, from 5-7pm to see the art and continue the conversation about the issues around land use in our area.


The Annual Art Alliance Recycled Show 2018:
Green Is The New Black

Call for Entries! due Tuesday, March 28 at NOON

opening reception Friday, April 6, 5–8pm

show runs April 6–29

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801

The Recycled Art Show is in its twenty-fourth 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.

This is an opportunity for artists to express their concern for the environment and the importance of recycling programs like the one we are fortunate to have in Centre County.

For the first time this show will be in our Gallery Downtown, attracting a larger audience and open for most of the month of April.

We invite you to look in your garage, basement, and attic and find some interesting materials to recycle into an entry for this exciting show!

Our Juror

Dan Baxter is a 3D-Mixed Media artist who creates whimsical robots out of vintage items. His “bots" combine a love of science fiction, finding rusty antiques, and creating things. He lives in State College and is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, an Invited Artist in the 2018 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and has had his work displayed at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown.

Awards generously sponsored by Joe Krentzman & Son

Joe Krentzman & Son is a full service scrap company. We provide container service and scrap solutions to industry and the general public and process scrap in our three central-Pennsylvania locations. We also sell various grades of new and secondary steel structural, tubular and plate / sheet products.

Through our wholly-owned subsidiary company, Krentzman Metals Corporation, we market scrap processed in our yards, and by other scrap compaies within a wide geographic region, ensuring top pricing and guaranteed payment.

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Eligible Work

All works must be made primarily from recycled/repurposed materials and adhere to the theme, “Green Is The New Black.” 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 Tuesday, March 27 by NOON. This deadline will be strictly enforced. The non-refundable entry fee is $25. For youth (18 and under) the entry fee is waived. You may enter up to two pieces of artwork.

Show Dates and Hours

The exhibit will open with a reception from 5-8pm on Friday, April 6, and will run through April 29. The Gallery Downtown will be open Thursdays-Saturdays 12-6pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Sitters are needed during these times and we will contact you by email to sign up.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held Friday, April 6, from 5-8pm. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7pm. The public is invited and attendees are encouraged to dress or accessorize according to the show’s theme.

Dropping Off and and Retrieving Work

Work must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, on Tuesday, April 3 from 4-6pm. All entries must be pre-registered, no on-site entries permitted. All artwork must be picked up on Sunday, April 29, 4-6pm unless you are participating in the extended show (see below).

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 Recycling & Refuse Authority, 253 Transfer Road. Dates are April 30 – May 30. If you do not want your piece considered please indicate this on the entry form.

Click here for a PDF of the Call For Entries

Click here for our Online Payment Website to pay for your entry



Spring 2018 Adult Art Classes start March 19!

Click here to sign up for classes online today!

or contact the Art Alliance office at 814-234-2740 or email us at 

See below for a list of the upcoming Spring Adult Art Classes and their descriptions...


Classes this session include:

Drawing Basics & Slightly Beyond with Ann Marie Taylor-Schmidt

(Mondays, 1-4pm; 8 weeks)

Are you a beginner at drawing or do you want to build on existing skills to give your nature art more sensitivity? Either way, this class will add confidence, new drawing tools and tricks to your toolbox, if you are stuck on stick figures or a confident artist already. Ann teaches a Penn State “Drawing for Nature Journals workshop” every winter. This class builds on that workshop's concepts using techniques like contour drawing, gesture drawing, geometric frameworks and negative space when drawing from nature. You'll practice these (and more) and then integrate them cohesively. You will explore various papers and drawing materials and learn to use a variety.

Oils: Earth, Water, Sky with Susan Nicholas Gephart

(3 classes, Mon March 26-April 2, 9, 9am-12pm)

This class will be for beginning, intermediate and adventurous oil painters with a 3-week focus on the landscape elements. Each class will start with an inspiring demonstration exploring different applications in oil for the subjects of Earth, Water, and Sky. You will learn how to connect your sketches, studies, and photos, to create a new painting in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Susan is a “Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor”, and will share free samples of Gamblin oils and solvents. Class begins March 26 and only meets 3 consecutive Monday mornings.

Stained Glass with Ken Plattner

(Weds, 6:30-9:30pm; 8 weeks)

All levels welcome. Beginners will make a small project to learn the basics of copper foil and stained glass work. Experienced and returning students can continue with prior pieces or begin a new project. There will be no session on April 25 -- session will be extended one week to end on May 16

Unleash Your Creativity with Isabel Kumerz

(Wed, 1-4pm; 8 weeks)

This class is about learning how to express yourself visually. We will experiment with acrylics, charcoal and other materials to create unique (abstract) paintings that will reflect your own personality. Each creative process will help you to lose your fears of doing wrong, to take risks, and to realize that painting is all about enjoying the process and not about the end results. Some processes: Textures & transparency with acrylics, painting with numbers & letters, painting with music, painting like a robot, creating a new object, etc

Architectural Watercolors with Michele Rivera

(Thur, 9am-12pm; 8 weeks)

Architectural Watercolors investigates basic architectural concepts by focusing on balance, proportion, and composition. Find spatial definition of your ideas. Develop skills to communicate them through watercolors. Open for the novice–experienced artist.

Collagraph Printmaking with Ingrid Booz-Morejohn

(Thurs, 1-4pm; 8 weeks)

Collagraphs are collage-type prints. Your plate matrix is created in a multitude of ways: assembling and adhering flat objects, applying mediums or distressing or peeling away the plate surface which is then sealed and inked either intaglio or relief or both. Collagraphs are highly textured, creating 3-dimensional effects when printed. This course is designed for the absolute beginner, with no printmaking experience as well as experienced artists that would like to explore a new technique. You do NOT need to know how to draw as collagraphs respond well to abstract compositions and can be as simple or as complex as you care to make them. The results are stunning!

You will have access to a table-top printing press when inking both relief and intaglio. No previous art knowledge or level of drawing skills is necessary.

Pen & ink & Watercolor with Mary McGuire

(Fri 10am-12:30; 5 weeks starting March 23)

We will use pen and ink alone and then in combination with watercolor. India ink and a pen with a nib can be used as can any ink pen to begin – for example, Precise pens that can be found in the drugstore. Transparent watercolor will be used and this could be a simple Artista set or tubes of paint. We will also look at work of famous artists and see how they used pen and ink and watercolor as inspiration. If you have a special scene or subject that you would like to draw or paint please bring it.


We also have Spring Art Workshops

"Paint Like A Robot"

April 14, 9am-12pm with Isabel Kumerz

"Go with the Flow"

April 21, 9am-12pm with Isabel Kumerz

"Exploring the Magic of Watercolor with Mick McAndrews"

May 21-24, 10am-4pm (each day)


From Centre County, Through A Lens at the State College Framing Company & Gallery

State College Framing Company & Gallery

160 Rolling Ridge Dr, State College, PA 16801

Opens Friday, March 16, 5:30-8pm

Featuring Gerald Lang & Jennifer Tucker, Chuck Fong, Thomas Berner, Art Heim, Pat Little and Bob Lambert. Join us to view a variety of photographs while sipping local wines from Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery and enjoying tasty Hors d’oeuvres by local caterer, Paul’s Provisions. 10% of the proceeds from opening night sales will go to the Centre County Historical Society.

State College Framing Company and Gallery loves hosting events that highlight local artists and businesses and that benefit local non-profit organizations. We are a local business hosting an event with local artists & local food and wine, that benefits a local nonprofit organization.


"My Life with Mary Margaret" a photography show by Paul Ruby

opening reception Friday, March 2nd, 5-8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA

show runs March 2–25

Join us Friday, March 2nd, for the opening reception of an exhibition of photographs by artist Paul Ruby titled "My Life with Mary Margaret," at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. The artist will be present to answer questions.

The show continues thru March 25.


Art Alliance Summer Camps are here!

Can you believe it? It is already time for Summer Camp sign up!

We have posted our camps on our online registration system -- choose Youth Summer Camps 2018 -- where you can sign up starting at 8am on Feb 17!

Or call the office and sign up over the phone, 814-234-2740.

We also have a PDF of the summer camps you can look at and print out for yourself.

AND you can find us and many other summer camp opportunities at the Summer Youth Fair this Saturday, February 17 from 10am–2pm at Mount Nittany Middle School!

See the classes and descriptions in a web format on our Classes page.


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!

stacie bird volunteer spotlightChris Bittner

I volunteer for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania because I love art, artists and helping to bring culture and beauty to the community. Having a group of like-minded people doing what I do in so many different media inspires and pushes me to push myself. The Art Alliance is a vital part of Happy Valley and I awn honored and happy to play a part.

Chris Bittner is a sculptor, art lover and Art Alliance Board member. He lives in Lemont, PA with his lovely wife, Jennifer.


inservice 2017Inservice Art Class Days
are now available for Winter/Spring!

Dates of Inservice Art Class Days

March 30, April 2, 3

Programs run from 9am - 3pm

Our Inservice Days Art Classes are a fun, creative way for your kids to spend those winter break days while you need to be at work.

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!

Use this link and select "Youth Winter/Spring 2018" from drop-down Session menu then click on Search button.

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.

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 unless otherwise specified

Contact the Art Alliance at or call the office at 814-234-2740 to sign up before the class.

Easter Parent & Child Pop-Up Art Class

Sunday, March 25

1-2pm or 2-3pm

with instructor Nicole Packard

$15 for 2 people (parent & child)

The Art Alliance 50th Anniversary Juried Show

February 27 - April 27

Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center

B. Stephen Carpenter II, juror

Professor of Art Education and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Reception Thursday, April 26, 5:30 – 7pm

at the Robeson Gallery in the HUB Robeson Center

The members of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania are excited to present their 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition in the HUB Robeson Gallery at Penn State. The show highlights the inspiring work of artists in the Central Region and beyond.

About the Juror

B. Stephen Carpenter, II is Professor of Art Education and African American Studies; Co-Director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA); and, Chief Executive Artist for Reservoir Studio at Penn State. He is also a Founding Faculty member of the Summer residency MAT/MA in Art & Design Education at Vermont College of Fine Arts. For the 2017-2018 academic, Steve is Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, and Artist and Learner in Residence, Easterly Parkway Elementary School. Steve is interested in curriculum theory, professional development through art for preK-12 educators, public pedagogy and participatory art practices, critical art education studios, and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs. Steve has authored and co-authored book chapters and journal articles on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory.

The Art Alliance 50th Anniversary Juried Show is being sponsored by:

The State College Framing Company & Gallery

For more information and to see a list of accepted works visit our Exhibitions page (click here).


Special workshop

Exploring the Magic of Watercolor with Mick McAndrews Workshop

Date : May 21-24, 2018

Time : 10am-4pm on Mon Tue Wed Th

Level : Intermediate/Advanced

Fee: $525 for non-members; $485 for members

During this watercolor workshop we will paint a variety of subjects with a focus on working with plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the medium. We will avoid the pitfalls of noodling with fussy details and instead focus on the key elements in all painterly two dimensional works of art: interesting shapes, value contrast and variety of edges. We will discuss the importance of good drawing skills, basic color theory, perspective, and the elements and principles of design. With this knowledge we will explore and experience the “magic” of watercolor.

Instructor Mick McAndrews is an award-winning watercolorist, a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society as well as a member of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies. His award winning paintings strive to capture the mood and atmosphere of a subject, combining the magic of watercolor with reverence for the principles of design to create works of sophisticated simplicity.

You can find out more about Mick McAndrews at his website:

Space is limited! So sign up today!

To sign up online, click this link to go to our online registration system and choose "Mick McAndrews Guest Workshop May 21-24."

You can also call our office to sign up -- 814-234-2740.


Member News

Find more Member News on our Art News page.

A new show, “Nature: Kelsey, Kenyon, and Belser” will be at Foxdale Village, March 18

"Nature: Kelsey, Kenyon & Belser"

at Foxdale Village Gallery

Community Building, 2nd floor gallery

500 E. Marylyn Ave, State College, PA

opening reception Sunday, March 18, 3:30-5pm

gallery hours: Mon.- Fri. 8 am – 5 pm; Sat. & Sun. noon – 4 pm

show runs through April 30

This exhibition of works by three local artists highlights the interplay of inner and outer Nature. Our paintings feature landscape and natural objects, as well as our unique ‘voices’. Different aspects and places inspire the start of a painting, and the artist’s ‘handwriting’- a particular way of handling materials in transcribing what she sees and feels- is prominent in its finish. A variety of art media, as well as sizes (scale) and shapes (format) of paper and canvas have been harnessed, and are part of the look and feel of different works. We are excited to share our connection with Nature in bringing our artwork together. Hope you can see the show!


Pat Cortese has a solo show at the Bellefonte Art Museum in March

Pat Cortese has a solo show at Bellefonte Art Museum in the Community Gallery.

Exhibit runs March 2 through March 25.

Hour are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 12-4:30pm or by appointment.


Nicole Packard has her work up at BB&T Bank on E. College Ave by the mall for March & April!

Anni Matsick has her work included in the exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories

Marvel at more than 50 eclectic new works of art by members of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI) as part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s new exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories, open now in the fifth floor Barensfeld Gallery through April 2018.


Artist Virginia Belser's paintings are up at Café Lemont thru March


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 Nicole Packard, abstract Feb & Mar
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Jan Riggio, watercolor, acrylic Feb & Mar
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Nicole Packard, abstract Feb & Mar
Juniper Village at Brookline Brenda Horner, watercolor Feb & Mar
Liberty Craft House Kirsten Grigor, ink Jan & Feb
The State Theatre

SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Debbie Lintal, watercolor Feb & Mar
Portfolio, A Salon Barbara Metzner, abstract Feb & Mar
The Corner Room Lori Hicks, photography Dec & Jan
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Adrienne Waterston, silkscreens Dec & Jan
Zola's Kitchen/Wine Bar Adrienne Waterston, silkscreen Mar & Apr

Members who would like to be considered for an outreach exhibition should contact Marie at the office: 814-234-2740 or email

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 Alliance Gallery Downtown "My Life with Mary Margaret" a photography show by Paul Ruby March 2–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Pasquale Cortese, drawings
March 2–25 2018
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, title
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Jewelry Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Team Room Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Windows Gallery
"Painting What We Feel", abstract works by Jean Forsburg, Melinda Harr Curley, Susan Graham Sept 29–Nov 26
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
Francine Jones
Nov 3-26
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Art of the Protest, group show featuring artwork that addresses a political or social problem and focuses on the idea of change thru the end of March 2018
Café Lemont Laura Maney,
traditional lithography
February 2018

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Cinda Kostyak and Jennifer Shuey, Nov 3 - Dec 23
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
Christine Smith, cut-paper art & jewelry
through Dec
Expect More Store, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
Harriet Rosenberg
March 2018
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn St, State College, PA
"Nature: Kelsey, Kenyon & Belser" this show highlights the interplay of inner and outer Nature opening reception, Sunday March 18, 3:30-5pm --
show runs through April 30
Heinz History Center Anni Matsick, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators 20th Anniversary Exhibit: Art of Facts/Discovering Pittsburgh Stories
thru March 28
State College Framing Company & Gallery From Centre County, Through A Lens, a photography show with work by Gerald Lang & Jennifer Tucker, Chuck Fong, Thomas Berner, Art Heim, Pat Little and Bob Lambert through March & April

If you are an artist member and would like to have a listing here please contact the office with the details at

Recycle Show, Green Is The New Black, Call For Entries! due March 28 at NOON

Paul Ruby's photography show, "My Life with Mary Margaret" open at the AAGD Mar 2–25

A few of our artist members have shows up around town -- click on our Member Shows section of the Exhibition page to find out where!

Spring Art Classes are now available online!

Kids Inservice Days Art Classes are now available! Sign up online! Mar 30, Apr 2, 3

Special, one-time, 4-day watercolor workshop with Mick McAndrews! May 21-24 -- click for more info

50th Anniversary Juried Show Feb 27–Apr 27 -- closing reception, Thur Apr 26

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