Capture the spirit of the historic “American West” with paintings, photography and artifacts. This is the story of the western expansion primarily during the second half of the 19th century. It's the history of the pioneers moving across the Native American lands, opening new frontiers and causing devastating changes to native life. It is also the stories cowboys: of true grit versus the romantic myth of the American Cowboy. The exhibition is a chance to step back in history, feeling life on the range and the explorations of the frontier.
Landscape paintings and photographs document the beauty of the native lands including dramatic scenes of majestic mountains and stark deserts. Artifacts serve to give a glimpse of trail life with saddles, blankets, and spurs. There are even some scenes from classic western movies like The Magnificent Seven and Tombstone.
Let the visuals be your story teller. The historic west became the home to many people with a variety of customs, beliefs and ways of living. Even though exploring new lands and setting trails for future travelers is a thing of the past, the westward expansion has given way to a timeless legacy of adventure, exploration and true grit.
Programming to accompany the exhibition includes music, storytelling, poetry:
Richard Sleigh will play guitar and sing on August 6th and Rowen Casey from Nashville will play the Fiddle on September 10th.
Windows Gallery - 1st Floor
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 4 thru Sep 24
Summer Project 2017 - Good Libations
Summer is a great time to quench your thirst! The days are longer, hotter and more active. This is the perfect time to find a shady spot and enjoy something cold to drink.
Central Pennsylvania has become home to a growing selection of craft breweries, distilleries and wineries with each showcasing their variety of flavors and styles. That is why we have chosen “Libations” to be the theme for our 5th annual summer museum project during the months of June and July, 2017. Plans include community events, workshops, libation tours, art shows and educational programs.
In the Windows Gallery, the museum will exhibit “Good Libations”, a visual art exhibit of photographs by local photographers from our Artist Registry. Photographers will be on location prior to the exhibition taking photographs of people, places and things related to the process of creating local libations. Several images from each establishment will then be on display in the Windows Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County during the months of June and July. These images along with artifacts, equipment, ingredients and other objects on loan from local establishments will highlight the process of brewing or distilling. Our intent is to provide viewers with a better knowledge of the process and introduce them to a sample of what is created right here in Happy Valley!
A very popular part of the museum’s summer project are the many events planned throughout the community which expand on the subject. This year is no exception: members will be invited to tour several of our local breweries, distilleries and wineries, learn tips and techniques to brewing your own beer at home, sip and paint at a local winery, spend an evening with a sommelier and find out what food pairs well with some of your favorite wines, experience a night in Bavaria with German beer and food, along with many more events and tours!
In years past, the museum’s summer projects have included: Waterways of Central Pennsylvania, Food Glorious Food, International Happy Valley, and Gardens of Central Pennsylvania.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Jun 2 thru Jul 30
Thomas Seay's "Fragmentation of Thought" in the Community Gallery
Biography: Lives in Danville, PA
Thomas is originally from the Spring Mills, PA area and attended Edinboro University of PA, where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Art Education and Graphic Design. Upon graduation in 2005, he moved to the Charlotte, North Carolina area where he taught art in the public school system for seven years. During this time, he initiated and coordinated a complex student mural project depicting the beauty of the state of North Carolina by illustrating the expanse between the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern border to the Smokey Mountains on the western in ceramic tiles. Thomas continued to expand his skill and body of work through painting courses and exhibits in Charlotte, NC while working as an educator.
Thomas completed his MFA in general studios with a concentration in painting and sculpture at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina in May 2016. During his graduate program, Mr. Seay spent two years working as the graphic designer for the Department of Fine Arts, creating websites, social media updates, posters, and videos promoting the department and its events. During the final year of his program he managed the metal shop, assisting students with projects and ensuring organization and safety in the work environment. Throughout his graduate program, Thomas served as an artist assistant to well known Charlotte, NC sculptor Shaun Cassidy. This work involved grinding, polishing, transporting, and installing pieces of art. He also created digital images of original drawings by Cassidy that were sent for large-scale laser cutting on steel and glass etching pieces for the new Light Rail in Charlotte, NC. Seay was a teaching assistant for drawing I and painting I courses in the fall and spring semesters of the 2015-2016 school year at Winthrop University. Thomas has joined the Danville Arts Council in Danville, PA, where he presently resides.
In the fall of 2016, Thomas received a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners of the Arts to help fund his mural project. The project consists of murals on three alleyways in downtown Danville to help brighten or beautify the town, create tourism, and promote Danville as a destination for artists to live and create their work.
Thomas also completed an artist residency at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, PA this summer.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment