Past Exhibits

Brittanny Handiboe in the Sieg Gallery

Brittanny Handiboe was born and raised just south of Baltimore Maryland. She doodled in her picture books as a child because her dream was to simply add her own pictures to the words. That dream hasn't changed much besides, well, doodling in other picture books... sorry Dr. Seuss.

​As an aspiring children’s book illustrator, Brittanny is constantly working on the best way to remember and share the nostalgic feeling of listening to someone read a good book before bedtime. Her writings, memories, and even the media she uses all work towards creating that feeling. Most of her pictures are either digital paint or watercolor, like in this particular series of images titled, “Findings in the Foliage,” which represents that magical, often mysterious, and of course adventurous, atmosphere of a childhood story.

Brittanny graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a dual major in illustration and painting, was a children's book reviewer from April of 2015 to April 2016, and she is also a fairly active member of the extremely supportive Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Aug 3
Aug 26

Mary McGuire, Chad McKissick and Barb Pennypacker in the Print Gallery

Mary Shary McGuire graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (Boston College) Taught and encouraged by artist Tomie dePaola -Painting in Paris at L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière and Atelier Lhote-Taught art in New York City- past Executive Director of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania –MFA in Writing Poetry from PSU - Taught in the PSU English Department for 12 years-Teaches at the Art Alliance of Central Pa-Artist Member of the Bellefonte Museum of Art- Art Work has won prizes and is in private collections in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Chad McKissick Artist Statement: Since a small child, I have always had a fascination with nature. Whether I was turning rocks in a trout stream looking for insect patterns to match for fishing, watching a distant thunderstorm build and move across the plains, or simply listening to songbirds as I napped under a tree on a warm summer day.

My images could be considered by most as an eclectic mix of subject matter. However, more often than not, they do tend to reflect on my fascination and love of the outdoors. They are not of distant far off exotic places only accessible to those of affluent means. Rather, they showcase the beauty afforded to everyone, of our very own public lands and back yards.

While I have no formal training with regards to photography or art in general, I do gravitate towards and draw inspiration from the works of Ansel Adams.

**Barb Pennypacker Artist Statement: **My love of farms, old barns and the beautiful rolling countryside of central Pennsylvania is the inspiration behind my paintings. I strive for realism in my painting. I work in my studio from photos
I've taken of rural central Pennsylvania.

Barb Pennypacker Biography: Barb Pennypacker was a faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. A traumatic brain injury, from a collision with a coal train, took her analytical ability, which ended her research career. She held the rank of Professor of Agronomy and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School when she retired in 2005.

She soon realized that the old barns she loved were rapidly disappearing. Barb had a strong desire to paint these barns before they were gone forever. She took a private, month-long, drawing class. The studio was an abandoned farm with a crumbling barn.
She spent the next year plein air sketching old barns. Classes at the Art Alliance of Central PA and subsequent painting partners took her from sketching to watercolor to the oils she now uses.

Barb's paintings are featured in the Bellefonte Art Museum book 'Landscapes of Central Pennsylvania', and have been in numerous juried sh ows. She is a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists, the Art Alliance and the Bellefonte Art Museum's Artist Registry. She is curator of the Print Gallery and a member of the Advisory Board at the Bellefonte Art Museum.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Jun 1
Aug 26

Susan Nicholas Gephart in the Cool Beans Gallery

Susan Nicholas Gephart is a 1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and a 1977
Associate in Arts graduate from Montgomery County Community College. In 2007, Susan was inducted into the
MCCC Alumni Hall of Fame, and she was selected as one of 50 Outstanding Alumni in 2014.
Susan is a professional artist and instructor who has been painting award-winning landscapes for forty years. Most
of her works are created on location, or “en plein air.” She has exhibited with The Pastel Society of America and
The Art of the State of Pennsylvania, and has won Best of Show in numerous juried exhibitions, including The
Central Festival of the Arts Images Show. Susan’s landscapes can be found in the permanent collections of The
Penn Stater Conference Center, Lock Haven University, Penn College, The Williamsport Susquehanna Towers
Hospital, and The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and many private collects across the world.
Susan’s deep appreciation of the earth and art began as a young child. The seeds of her artistic inspirations came
from hiking the woodlands and creeks by her family’s farmhouse outside of Philadelphia. Her father shared his love
of art and travel, while her mother encouraged her independence through painting. This—and growing up with 5
brothers who challenged her—fostered a determination and resolve that helped Susan pursue her art through even
the toughest times; she raised three children while building her art career, and later balanced being a professional
artist with being a caretaker for her aging father.
Today, her passion to explore the landscape is expressed through a unique use of color, texture, and atmosphere,
capturing the emotion of a moment with spontaneity and directness. Her larger studio work and commissions are
often inspired from her plein air studies. View Susan work at
Susan spreads her love of creating art in nature to all ages through her teachings. She has been instructing pastels
since the mid 80’s, and organizing the Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreats, now in its 20th year, for all mediums
All Susan’s workshops are supported by top national art suppliers, allowing her students to sample a variety of fine
art supply products. Susan is a Dedicated Workshop Instructor for Gamblin Oils, Multimedia Art Board, and has her
own signature pastels with Jack Richeson, July 2018 she will lead a workshop to Brittany, France for Sennelier.
Susan advertises in PleinAir Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Pastel Journal, Crave Magazine, Susquehanna Life,
Centre Daily Times.
Susan’s pastel, “Hameau Farm Sunset and Clouds,” was published in the July 2016 issue of Plein Air Magazine in
the article, “The Many Moods of Clouds.” In 2017 Susan Nicholas Gephart was a pastel presenter at the Annual
Plein Air Convention and Expo in San Diego and will be returning in 2019 as faculty to San Francisco.
Susan is a member of the Art Alliance of Central PA, the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central PA, Lewisburg
Arts Council, The Clinton County Arts Council, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, and Laguna Plein Air
Association. She is a Signature Member of the Central PA Pastel Society, an Associate Member of the Pastel
Society of America, and the co- founder of the Plein Air Painters of Central PA.
Susan Nicholas Gephart is represented by State College Framing Company & Gallery in State College, PA.; Green
Drake Gallery in Millheim, PA; Faustina’s Gallery in Lewisburg, PA; and at S Nicholas Studios in Bellefonte, PA.

Monday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Jun 29
Aug 25