News

Please note:

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania has a new web address:

artallianceofcentralpa.org

and a new email address: artalliance05@gmail.com 

Please make a note of it. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Artists Take A Stand 2 Call For EntriesArtists Take A Stand 2 - CALL FOR ENTRIES!

entries are due in the ART ALLIANCE OFFICE by Wednesday, January 23 at NOON

click here for Call for Entry PDF

OR if you would like to try our online Google Entry Form for Artists Take A Stand 2 click this link

show runs Feb 1–24

opening reception Friday, February 1, 5–8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
downtown State College, PA

A Special Poetry, Performace & Music event will be held Sunday, February 17, 3–5pm

We have decided to do a second STAND show, as artists continue to address the many issues coming to the fore in our society today. Exploration, expression and discussion are needed on so many topics: education, justice, climate, the environment, foreign relations, sexism, racism and many more. All points of view are welcome.

Eligible Work

While we welcome all kinds of expression, our space is limited so each artist is welcome to bring one piece with a maximum size of 24"x36" for 2D and less than 50lbs. for 3D. If you have an odd sized piece or installation, please contact us to discuss placement.

Entry Process & Fee

This exhibition is open to all and is not juried. The entry form must be received in the Art Alliance office by 12pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2019. (email filled PDF form to artalliance05@gmail.com or mail to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851, or drop by the office at the back of the Gallery Shop at 824 Pike Street, Lemont PA)

Click here for a PDF of the Call for Entry form.

OR if you would like to try our online Google Entry Form for Artists Take A Stand 2 click this link

Fees are: $20 – STUDENT (college/high school);
Fees are: $30 – MEMBER;
Fees are: $40 – NON-MEMBER

You can pay for the show. . .
by credit card online (click here) or
by check via mail to PO BOX 811, Lemont, PA 16851 or
by credit card by phone 814-234-2740 or
by stopping by the office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA at the back of The Gallery Shop

Poetry, Performance & Music

The exhibition will include a special poetry, performance and music event on Sunday afternoon, February 17th, from 3–5pm. Michele Katz, guitarist and vocalist will perform some classical folk tunes along with poetry readings provided by the State College Poetry Workshop.

Show Dates, Hours, Location

Artists Take A Stand 2 will open at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown on Friday, February 1, and run through Sunday, February 24. Art Alliance Downtown Gallery hours are Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6pm, Sundays, 12–4pm.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, February 1, from 5–8pm. We are asking artists to contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form). Artists Carol Cillo and Steve Getz will comment on individual pieces and facilitate additional conversation among the guests regarding the art. Their talk will begin at 6pm.

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 artwork. Purchased pieces must remain in the gallery until the end of the show, February 24.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artwork must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA, on Sunday, January 27 between 4–6pm. Please attach a completed label to your work.

Artwork must be retrieved on Sunday, February 24 from 4–6pm. The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown has no additional storage space for artwork, please honor the pickup date.

Sitting for the Show

After all entries have been received, you will receive an email with a link for you to sign up for a time slot to sit with the exhibit.

Click here for a PDF of the entry form
-- email to artalliance05@gmail.com or
-- snail mail to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851

OR if you would like to try our online Google Entry Form for Artists Take A Stand 2 click this link

You can pay for the show
-- by credit card online (click here for link) or
-- by check via mail to PO BOX 811, Lemont, PA 16851 or
-- by credit card by phone 814-234-2740 or
-- stop by the office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA at the back of The Gallery Shop

 

Visit our Exhibitions page to find our 2019 schedule of shows we are hosting at both the Art Center  in Lemont and the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown in downtown State College

 

Winter Art Classes 2019 at the Art AllianceKids Art Classes during Inservice Days are now available to sign up online

Dates are:

Monday, January 21

Monday, March 4; Tuesday, March 5; Wed. March 6; Thurs. March 7; Friday, March 8

Friday, March 29

Friday, April 19; Monday, April 22; Tuesday, April 23

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 per day.

Click here to sign up online today!

Call of the office at 814-234-2740 to register over the phone or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street at the back of the Gallery Shop to register in person

 

Inservice Days Kids' Art Classes at the Art AllianceWinter 2019 Classes & Workshops now online!

There is a second round of 4-week classes that start Monday, Feb 4 -- check them out and sign up online today!

Check them out and sign up today

Also, if you would like a digital copy of our Winter Classes schedule to view on your computer or print out, click here for a PDF file.

Find out more about our instructors here

Classes added

The second round of Winter Classes begin the week of Feb 4:

Mondays

Drawing for Everyone, 1–4pm with Jennifer Kane (4 week, starts Feb 4)

Tuesdays

Acrylics Come to Life, 1–4pm with Jennifer Kane (4 weeks, starts Feb 5)

Gelli Plate Monoprinting, 6–9pm with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (4 week, starts Feb 5)

Wednesdays

Collagraph Printmaking -- 2 Plate Method, 1–4pm with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (4 week, starts Feb 6)

Thursdays

More with Pastels, 1–4pm with Alice Kelsey (4 weeks, starts Feb 7)

Workshops -- please note some are one day, others 2 day, see details below

Gelli Plate Workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (3 hours), Tues, Jan 22, 6-9pm

Drypoint Workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (3 hours), Tues, Jan 29, 6-9pm

Pastels Workshop with Susan Nicholas Gephart (2 days), Feb 1 & 2, 10-3

Loosening Up with 12 Compositions Workshop with Isabel Kumerz (3 hours), Sat, Feb 9, 9-12

Basic Relief Printmaking Linocut Workshop with Ingrid Booz Morejohn (2 days), Feb 15 & 16, 10-3

Twining A Discus: Basket Making Workshop with Jackie Thomas (1 day), Sat, Feb 23, 10-3

Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown continues thru Jan 27Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, extended through Jan 27!

now thru Sunday, January 27

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

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

We will be open Monday, December 31, from 12–3pm for First Night State College!

Gallery hours for January will be Fri & Sat, 12–6pm; Sun 12–4pm

We would like to thank everyone who came to the gallery for their gift shopping this holiday season!

Thank you so much for supporting your local arts community and for shopping downtown. It really makes a difference for all of us here in the State College area.

As a result of the popularity of the Gift Gallery, we will be extending this format thru January until Sunday, January 27. Hours will be limited to Fridays & Saturdays, 12–6pm and Sundays from 12–4pm.

Some of our artists have brought in new items and some will be offering discounts on older items. We will still have beautiful 3D and 2D artwork—ceramics, jewelry, knit items, handmade books, bowls, plates, unique art prints, drawings, mugs and more! These are one-of-a-kind art and craft pieces that are bound to make someone in your life a little bit happier.

Stop in today and find out what our PA artist have in the Gift Gallery for you in January.

 

Upcoming Workshops

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Gelli Plate Monoprinting

Tuesday, January 22, 6-9pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Gelli plate monoprinting is known as 'monoprinting without a press'. It is a fun, explorative, versatile and simple printmaking technique that doesn’t require a printing press – results are immediate, colorful and vibrant! We will explore subtractive and additive monoprinting using stencils, masks, found objects, mark making tools and acrylic paints. No previous printmaking experience is necessary. All materials included.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop

Tuesday, January 29, 6-9 pm

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn all the techniques of traditional drypoint engraving but use instead a cheap and easily accessible material – simple recycled milk and juice Tetrapak containers. With these you can feel free to experiment and make ‘mistakes’ without feeling you have wasted expensive materials like a copper or zinc plate. The idiosyncrasies of the material (folds, creases etc.) only lend character to the final prints. You will also learn some aspects of relief printing as well as collagraph printing where layers are peeled away and inked. Each student will print a limited series of relief and intaglio inked prints.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Discovering Pastels

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, 10am–3pm each day

Instructor: Susan Nicholas Gephart

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Join nationally recognized painter, Susan Nicholas Gephart in a two-day pastel workshop to discover the fun and immediate gratification of this color rich medium. The morning sessions will included a hands- on experiments designed for you to experience how a variety of soft and hard pastels react on different color and texture surfaces. The instructor will provide an inspiring demonstration each day that will open your eyes to connect all the possibilities. You will learn how to take your sketches and photos to create your new pastel paintings in a relaxing atmosphere.

Fee: $170 (call office to inquire about 1 day option - 814-234-2740)

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Loosening Up with 12 Compositions

Saturday, February 9, 9am–12pm

Instructor: Isabel Kumerz

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

A strong graphic composition can help create a bold and definite artistic statement. Knowing the different Design Compositions is helpful when you get offtrack and need to refocus your color, your composition and your original intention. We will practice 12 design compositions working very loose and fast with a large or long brush, dipped into black acrylic. Afterwards we will choose 4 compositions and work on a series of small paintings in color. These composition designs work for all painting styles - abstract to realism.

Fee: $45

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Basic Relief Printmaking Linocut Workshop

Friday & Saturday, February 15 & 16, 10am-4pm each day

Instructor: Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Learn the basics of relief printmaking with one of the simplest and oldest forms of printmaking. You will learn how to design, carve, ink and print linocuts in black and white and color. We will explore color mixing, multiple color blocks and print registration. $10 materials fee.

Fee: $170

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Hang It: Twining A Discus Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 10am-3pm

Instructor: Jackie Thomas

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851

Twining is a simple basket making technique. Starting from a predrilled base, use clothesline and fabric trims for the core and yarn to stitch together a circular wall piece. This is an easy, no-fail project that creates a special treasure.

Fee: $85

To sign up online visit our Online Registration Website
Or call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop. 

 

Pop Up Art Classes!

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 as all necessary supplies.

At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!

$20 fee per person unless otherwise indicated.

Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or stop by the office at 824 Pike Street, Lemont, PA, at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class.

iPhone/Smart Phone iPad photography Pop-Up Art Class Jan 18Smartphone/iPad Photography Pop-Up Art Class

Friday, January 18, 7–9pm

Instructor: Bob Baumbach

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

We are using our smart phones to photograph more and more. In this class we will look at how the smartphone cameras work, aspects of taking photos, editing them on the phone and storing them. Bring your phone and explore how to make great images with it.

Snacks and drinks are included.

Fee: $20

Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740  or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class

 

Soapsotone Pop-Up Art Class Feb 18Soapstone Carving Pop-Up Art Class

Monday, February 18, 6:30–9pm

Instructor: Chris Bittner

Art Alliance Art Center

818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA

Students will be introduced to soapstone as an easy-to-carve artistic material. We will learn about soapstone's origins, uses and properties, proper use of tools and safety practices. During the class, each student will use rasps and sandpaper to carve and polish one or two small pieces that may be pendants or small sculptures. Students will keep their pieces and take home a new artistic skill.

Snacks and drinks are included as well as all necessary supplies.

At the end of the two hours you will have a finished piece of art to take home!

Fee: $30

Call the Art Alliance at 814-234-2740  or stop in the office at 824 Pike Street Lemont at the back of the Gallery Shop, to sign up before the class

 

Member News — find more Member News on our Art News page

 

speaking of supporting the arts...

Rent Angels for the Gallery Downtown -- Thank you!Join the growing host of Rent Angels!

As part of a sustainted effort to keep the downtown gallery open and operational as an art gallery, the Art Alliance has initiated a "Rent Angels" program through which members of the public can sponsor the gallery for a month.

Click here for a link to the letter for more information about the program and how you can join this growing cohort of community-minded, art-loving individuals in helping to keep fine art an integral part of downtown State College.

Also feel free to contact our office to speak with Marie Doll at 814-234-2740 or email us at artalliance05@gmail.com with questions, etc.

A huge

Thank You

to our current Rent Angels:

Tom and Paulette Berner

Heidi Nicholas & Bruce Fleisher

Ed and Charlene Friedman

Elizabeth Kirchner

John and Cinda Kostyak

Robert and Ann Pangborn

Thomazine Shanahan

Dolores Taricani

Don and Peggy Zimmerman

McQuaide Blasko, Thomas Miller

Rapid Transit, Terry Loesch

The Tavern Restaurant, Pat Daugherty

 

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 Ingrid Booz Morejohn, prints December
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Anne Buchanan, drawings December
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Barbara Metzner, abstract acrylic December
The Corner Room Cinda Kostyak, oil paintings December
Juniper Village at Brookline Irmgard Lee, fabric art/quilts December
Liberty Craft House Cathy Zangrilli, acrylic paintings December
Portfolio, A Salon Harriet Rosenberg, photography/cut paper December
The State Theatre Brenda Horner, watercolors
December
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. Deb Zucco, photography December
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Name, Medium Dates

Members who would like to be considered for an outreach exhibition should contact Marie at the office: 814-234-2740 or email artalliance05@gmail.com

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, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801 Holiday Gift Gallery unique gifts for the holidays by local artists and artisans Grand Opening Reception, Friday, November 2, 5–8pm! runs through December 24
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
name — "work"
date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Pottery Gallery, NEW!
Lynn Anne Verbeck — I create biomorphic forms designed with both configuration and function in mind. Nature is a deep well of inspiration in my work. I am fascinated with how nature divides and segments plants, petals, leaves and even underwater creatures around a main axis....
Nov 2–25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, medium
date
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Nancy Brassington
Nov 30–Feb 24
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Sieg Gallery
name
date
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library name show date
The Bottleworks, Johnstown, PA name"show" date
Café Lemont name, medium
date

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Linda Hale Nov 2 – Dec 28
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
name, medium
date
Expect More Store, Kish Bank, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
name, "show", medium date
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn Ave, State College, PA
name medium date
State College Framing Company & Gallery name, show date
Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA show artist date

If you are an artist member and would like to have a listing here please contact the office with the details at artalliance05@gmail.com

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 artalliance05@gmail.com. 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.

 

Artists Take A Stand 2 -- stand and be counted! the art show with an attitude -- CALL FOR ENTRIES! due Jan 23

Two Mothers / Two Daughters Vi McLane & Marsh Haack Bert Newman & Karen A. Deutsch -- Foxdale Village Gallery -- Opening Reception Sunday, January 13, 3:30–5pm

Winter Art Classes are available NOW! Check them out on our online registration website!

The AAGD Gift Gallery has been extended thru Jan 27! Some artists are offering discounts on existing items -- some artists have brought in new inventory. Stop in for great arts & crafts home decorating items! Hours will be Fridays & Saturdays, 12–6pm; Sundays, 12–4pm

Winter Inservice Days Art Classes available for sign up online

Artist members shows around town -- see Member Shows section!

Be sure to visit our Calls for Entry section for art shows calls for entry and other art opportunites

Online Registration

Gift certificates are available!

Rent the art center!

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

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We now have multiple ways to give to the Art Alliance!

Shop Online with Amazon Smile

You can donate to the Art Alliance while shopping online! Click on this link to go to the smile.amazon website. The site should have chosen Art Alliance of Central Penna (see below the search bar). When you shop using Amazon Smile, Amazon's Foundation will donate a percentage of your purchases to the Art Alliance at no cost to you! Click here to start now!

Donate to the Art Alliance Centre Foundation Fund to help us get a new facility!

You can also donate to the Art Alliance through our Centre Foundation fund! Established through a bequest by Joan Lampman, whose unwavering dedication to the arts and service to the Art Alliance for 25 years contributed greatly to the organization, this fund will serve to help the Art Alliance find a larger home where the arts can be brought to even more Central Pennsylvania residents.

Give to the Art Alliance using the Donate button on our registration page!

Go to the right hand side of the page, under the Login and Registration windows see the icon below and click on it!

Or give to the Art Alliance directly with your credit card through PayPal or with your PayPal account:

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