Future 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: Saturday, May 6, 2 – 3 pm and 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

Kat Olivia in the Jewelry Gallery

Kat Oliva brings her love of color and the beauty of geometric shapes to beaded artwork in wearable and sculptural 3-dimensional pieces. Her work actively explores the symmetry and asymmetry of geometry and moveable art pieces such as beaded kaleidocyles.

She has studied, worked and collaborated with a noted community of bead artists and is part of a worldwide team of innovators working with Kate McKinnon on Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volumes I and II and the forthcoming Volumes III and IV, an open source architectural beadwork project. Her work has been included in these publications as well.

She has been an invited artist to the Holiday Art Show at the Palmer Museum of Art since 2011 and was the featured artist in 2014.

She teaches classes in off-loom beaded art, and is happy to counsel with new artists in the field.

Jewelry Gallery - 2nd Floor

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