Past Exhibits

Marisa Eichman in the Sieg Gallery

Artist Statement:

The Hunt for the Red Doe
This show is a view into a myth. Much like Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", it takes place during the course of one night in a forest. In the forest at night we leave civilization behind and find a place of challenge and transformation. Human nature converses with wild nature. When the dawn comes we leave the forest renewed, better, wiser. This show, a tale of one night in the forest in an alternate timeline, is the story of women helping each other to recover the forgotten ancient women's wisdom and power, and to carry out the healing of the world. This is a myth, one that was, one that already is, and one that may be.

I'm fairly new to painting - after taking a few classes with area artists, I committed myself in the Spring of 2013 to learning to paint. Since then I've mostly been self-taught, studying the works of the old and modern masters, experimenting to reproduce what I like about their techniques. I was especially inspired by the Baroque painters, such as Caravaggio and Rubens, in creating the works for this show.
I graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Psychology and am now a full-time artist. My continuing studies in philosophy, psychology, mythology, comparative religions, anthropology and ancient art and cultures are a big source of inspiration for me. Sincere thanks to my models (and muses) for this show: Tara Caimi, Elisha Halpin, Bromlyn Fitzgerald, Megan Moore, and Harriet Rosenberg.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Sep 30
Oct 30

"Generations of Art"

Generations of Art - A unique exhibition of work by members of the Bellefonte Art Museum’s Artist Registry and the family members that inspired them.

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 6, 12:00 - 4:30 pm

Is artistic talent a family trait??
During the month of November, the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County will explore the creative talents of artists and their relatives, sometimes spanning several generations. Twenty-three of the artists on our registry will be featured alongside the family member who inspired them.

The exhibition will consist of forty-seven pieces of original artwork crossing many mediums including paintings, drawings, quilts, jewelry, pottery, and sculpture. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to get a closer, personal look at some of our artists and see first-hand who and what inspired them to create.

Participating Registry Artists and their family members:

Stacie Bird; Grandmother, Graham Gloster Bird
Sean Bodley; Grandmother, Caroline Greenwald
Nancy Burch Brassington; Grandmother, Nannie Mae Towsey Burch & Cousin, Richard Gibson Wedderspoon
Pat Dolan; Grandfather, Herbert L. Buck
Marty Edmunds; Father, Frank R. Wallace & Grandmother, Bertha Dowler Hale
Jean Forsberg; Father, William Fisher
Susan Nicholas Gephart; Father, Thomas C. Nicholas Jr.
Kaitlyn Gephart; Mother, Susan Nicholas Gephart & Grandfather, Thomas C. Nicholas Jr.
Elody Gyekis; Grandmother, Lois Snavely & Mother, Loanne Snavely
Alice Kelsey; Grandfather, Leslie Lippincott
Anne Kenyon; Father, C. Ernst Morris
Cinda Kostyak; Aunt, Jeanne Martson
Sue Lacy; Uncle, Richard F. Houston
Maxine Levin; Great Grandfather, Lazarus Waldbott
Liz Liadis; Sister, Jean DeGrazia
Mary McGuire; Mother, Catherine Shay McGuire
Jeanne McKinney; Grandfather, Edward S. Black
Benjamin A. Saggese; Mother, La Verne Saggese
Gary Schubert; Mother, Phoebe Cary Ryan Schubert
Bill Seay; Mother, Jacqueline Jo Seay
Tom Seay; Father, Bill Seay & Grandmother, Jacqueline Jo Seay
Wendy Snetsinger; Mother, Janet Rigler
Heidi Urbanski; Grandmother, Jean Vogely Werner & Mother, Patricia Borgel

Windows on the World and Tea Room Galleries - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Nov 4
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