Current 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
May 28

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
May 28
book tile

Virginia Belser and Leslie Dyer in the Tea Room Gallery

Leslie Dyer: Leslie credits Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools for her initial exposure to the arts and to art history. While living in the D.C. metro area, she enjoyed visiting the National Gallery, The Freer Gallery, The Hirshorn Gallery and other museums. Leslie studied archaeology and physical anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. For much of her career, Leslie worked as an archaeologist and documented prehistoric and historic sites and structures in rural New Mexico, California and Pennsylvania. As an archaeologist with the United States Forest Service, Leslie frequently drew maps and photographed and sketched a great variety of prehistoric and historic features and artifacts. Leslie also occasionally painted and sketched with other artists when she lived in Eureka and Arcata, California.

Her archaeology career led her to the east side of the Sierras and finally to northwest Pennsylvania where she worked as an archaeologist for the Allegheny National Forest. A career opportunity brought Leslie to State College where she initially inventoried historic structures across Pennsylvania and then subsequently worked for a local land surveyor. In both positions, Leslie routinely conducted historic investigations of a great variety of deeds and records. Leslie’s work became more technical and she routinely used standard land surveying equipment, global positioning systems equipment, Autocad software and GIS mapping systems. Leslie continued to collect art and visit galleries and she slowly returned to the idea of creating her own non-technical drawings and paintings.

Leslie primarily paints from life, but also paints from photographs, from memory or from her imagination. Her more recent works include plein air views of Bellefonte and floral still lifes of various blooming flowers. In particular, Leslie enjoys painting amaryllises, cone flowers, and Gerber daisies.

Leslie lives in Bellefonte with her husband, Jon Eaton. Jon frames Leslie’s paintings and he builds a great variety of useful items for Leslie’s painting studio. When she’s not painting, Leslie works part time for an environmental remediation company and plays the double bass in the Nittany Valley Symphony.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
May 5
May 28