Past Exhibits

Class of 2017 Art Show - The Future of Art in Centre County

Centre County High School Seniors

featuring artwork from:
Bald Eagle Area High School
Bellefonte Area High School
Penns Valley Area High School
Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School
State College Area High School

Windows Gallery - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
May 5
May 28

Alice Kelsey in the Community Gallery

“Through the Surface- New Works by Alice Kelsey”

About the Exhibit:
The works in this show all arose from a single place, yet are created with diverse materials. I’ve sketched and painted at this central Pennsylvania pond for more than a decade, magnetized with a sense of belonging and much to discover. In annual pilgrimages here as spring takes off, I find an ‘aliveness’ in so many aspects- astonishing color, graceful lines, rhythms of large patterns and small details- that it’s hard to know where to begin, or take any one piece of it to place on paper or canvas. There’s something beyond physical beauty which I experience here which urges me with deep stirrings to create. Perhaps this charge arises in paradoxes: of feeling like I’m coming home by being transiently entirely lost; of being incapable yet compelled to give vision to my experiences with pigment and gesture; of feeling small yet part of all that is there.
During the past year, I’ve been eagerly exploring and harnessing the expressive powers of different art materials to create a series of works based on my experiences at the pond. Inklings of “I wonder if…” have blossomed in to “oh….look what that did!” in the works which emerged. Yearning to get at the spirit of this place, I created works in a variety of techniques (painting, drawing, and printmaking) and media (oil, pastel, gouache, monotype inks, silverpoint, acrylic, pen, and graphite). I also drew and painted upon several different grounds and supports (linen, canvas, wood panel, and several kinds of paper), and with assorted painting mediums. I’ve been so excited to interact with different working traits of artist’s materials- texture, opacity, gloss, and more – to unleash color and strokes from tubes and sticks and bottles, and build surfaces which resonate with aspects of this place. Creating with a rich array of materials to express what I see on and beyond the pond’s surface has transformed my art-making itself; making this series of works has indeed been a journey “Through the Surface”.
It is immensely gratifying to me to bring this series of works together in a solo exhibition at the Bellefonte Art Museum. I hope that the chorus of varied media and materials offers viewers a visual harmony of sense of place- both the tangible and ‘something more’.

“Meet the Artist/ Gallery Talk”: Alice will discuss expressive traits of different media and materials, with examples of array of each in the exhibit: Sunday, May 21, 2 - 3 pm, open to the public

Book Signing: Sunday, May 14, 2 – 3 pm

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
May 5
May 28
book tile

John & Sami Sharkey in the Photography Gallery


ARTISTS’ STATEMENT: We went to the Furnaces to capture the underlying beauty of the derelict buildings and machinery. We believe that it is important to document sites like this one before they completely disappear or are put off limits.

We both like putting our own artistic interpretations on places and enjoy looking in the nooks and crannies and at different angles, hoping to find what others might have missed.

Here we offer two views of the Carrie Furnaces. Were we really at the same place?

Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 31
May 28