Past Exhibits

"One Farm: Multiple Perspectives"

Members of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania were looking for a project when they settled on interpreting the Hodge Farm in Penns Valley. Their goal was to capture in paintings or photography multiple perspectives over a one-year period that began in May of 2015. The results are the show "One Farm: Multiple Perspectives."

Although the farm contains 145 acres, most of the artists stayed within an area around the farmhouse, the barn and various utility sheds. The barn is the most historical treasure of the Hodge Farm. Dating from the 1830s, this enormous double bank barn structure was constructed of Pennsylvania yellow pine.
History emanates from Hodge Farm. Hugh and Barbara Hodge insured it always would when they donated an agricultural conservation easement to the Centre County Farmland Trust in May 2003. This easement was significant—it was the first farm permanently preserved by the Trust and it was the first farm preserved in Penn Township.

Several FPA members are plein air painters and spent hours at the farm interpreting through water color, oil, pastel or acyclic. Others photographed and worked from home. So the perspective is not only where they stood, but which medium they chose. Add to that the season and yet another perspective comes into play. The members also interacted with the two Amish families that owned the property during the project. One of the children showed an interest in painting and shadowed one of the artists. Another member of the group gave some of his work products to the family.

The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania formed in late 2005 as a joint enterprise of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Centre County Farmland Trust. The group promotes the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts. Portions of their sales are donated to the Art Alliance and the Farmland Trust. Farmland placed in agricultural conservation easement is permanently conserved for agriculture purposes regardless of ownership. To date, more than a thousand acres has been preserved on 11 farms.

Farmland Preservation Artists have a gallery at The Field restaurant at Toftrees. The artists are: Denise Wagner, Milt Trask, Lena Thynell, Jennifer Shuey, Barb Pennypacker, Valerie Moyer, Jeff Mathison, Karl Leitzell, Cinda Kostyak, Peggy A. Klinger, Anne Kenyon, Susan Nicholas Gephart, Marianne Fyda, Holly Fritchman, Kim Flick, Brienne Brown, R Thomas Berner.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. OR By Appointment
Sep 30
Nov 27

"Cuban Art, A Family Workshop"

Reception: September 4, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County is proud to bring to Pennsylvania an exciting collection of art works created by an important family of artists from Cuba. The show is a collection of original prints and paintings from the studio of a Cuban family of artists who work in various roles in the studio and printshop. The original Maestro of this family has passed away but Carlos Rene Aguilera Tamayo is the main force in this show and guides his family who continue to create, paint and print. The family is dedicated to perpetuating the tradition of graphic art printing in Cuba. In addition to Cuba, the artist Aguilera family have shown works in New York, the Dominican Republic, and throughout Eastern and Western Europe and Latin America.

The art works are stylistically diverse reflecting both the social issues and the beauty of this colorful region of the world. Using a surrealistic style, the paintings are filled with action and excitement. The works are created around strong themes and stunning images, especially the reoccurring bear. Gorgeous shading gives the works depth and dimension.

The exhibition is a collection of works borrowed from the artists and from private art collections and curated into an art show by guest curator, Laurie Beasley. Beasley, who is based in Chicago, has been with us in the past and curated the very popular exhibition we mounted of Haitian Metal art works.

Cuba has long been recognized as a place of extraordinary artistic production and this show will be a first time for many visitors to experience the art of the island. We are especially pleased to announce that Carlos Rene Aguilera Tamayo from Cuba helped hang the show and was with us in early August for several interactive experiences with local artists and members of our community.

Beasley explains the importance of this collection with, "In the 1960's, Maestro Aguilera's original goal was to establish a print workshop for the city of Santiago, Cuba, to keep alive the graphic arts tradition in Cuba." This goal was realized and continues today!

Windows on the World Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. OR By Appointment
Aug 5
Sep 27

Gardening in Central Pennsylvania

4th Annual Summer Project: June and July 2016,"Gardening in Central Pennsylvania"

EXHIBITION, "BUTTERFLY MEMORIES" - In the Windows Gallery the museum will exhibit "Butterfly Memories", an installation of photographic scans of butterflies created by photographers Jennifer Tucker and Gerald Lang. The butterflies scanned are from the collection of local resident Jordan Finkelstein, M.D., a member of the Lepidopterists Society. Jordan has been collecting and studying butterflies since he was a teenager. Most of the specimens are from the United States but others are from England, Mexico, Nigeria, and Brazil. The exhibits will also include photographs explaining the life cycle of the butterfly created by naturalist, Rose Franklin.

EXHIBIT DEDICATED TO DR. ROBERT SNETSINGER - The exhibition is dedicated to the work and memory of Dr. Robert Snetsinger and his distinguished career as an entomologist. Dr. Snetsinger passed away on April 16, 2016. Before his retirement from Penn State, Snetsinger, known as "Butterfly Bob", devoted his efforts exclusively on behalf of butterflies and butterfly gardening, helping people of all ages to appreciate the beauty, mystery and fragility of butterflies and the critical role they play in our lives and eco-system. In 1996 he undertook the development of a 3 acre public garden as a living, learning laboratory in State College. Later, the Tudek Foundation officially named the area “The Snetsinger Butterfly Garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park.

June 5 - 1st Sunday exhibition openings reception, "Butterfly Memories", art work by Jennifer Tucker and Gerry Lang, and Rose Franklin, and, new art works and jewelry in all the galleries. Sunday 12 - 4:30 and Children's art activity from 1 - 4 p.m.

June 12- join us for a Summer Project event, "gardening products for the mind and body"!
"My Fair Lady Flower Market" with Eliza Doolittle and local flower growers celebrating their harvest. Some flowers will be available for purchase. Tait Farm will be at the museum with their delicious products to sample. Products available for purchase as a fundraiser for the museum, Sunday, 1 - 4 pm.

July 3- 1st Sunday exhibition openings reception, paint the flowers red, white and blue on this holiday weekend by attending the museum's July opening with artists on site demonstrating their techniques in painting. Artists participating include Roxy Naydan, Nancy Brassington, Lena Thynell and Jeff Mathison. Sunday, 12 - 4:30. Children's art activity and a delicious Independence Day reception,1 - 4:30

MEMBERS ONLY EVENTS: Summer Project Member Only Events

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Jun 3
Jul 31