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
thru
May 28
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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
thru
May 28
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"Mood in Motion" by Char Casbourne in the Community Gallery


Bellefonte Artist Char Casbourne was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, earning her BFA in 2D Medium with a focus of Fine Art History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her love of Art started when she began drawing at age six. She studied abroad in Tours, France in addition to her studies at Parsons New School of Design in New York City. While in France, she travelled to many cathedrals and studied the stain glass imagery which translates into her artwork to this very day. While in New York, she explored many mediums of art and found the love for painting. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, she supported community projects, installing abstract murals to beautify urban areas. Her main focus is Acrylic paint on canvas with subjects that include landscapes, portraits, and abstract imagery. Additionally, she has a personal business that involves teaching both large and intimate groups the basics to advance painting techniques. Char’s current focus is abstract art, taking every day scenery or objects and finding the mood, motion, or atmosphere that the object or scene conveys.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Jun 30
thru
Jul 30
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