Past Exhibits

Paulette and Tom Berner in the Gallery at Cool Beans

Cool Beans Coffee and Tea, located at 141 W High St, Bellefonte, PA 16823

Even before they married, Paulette and Tom Berner were compiling albums of their trip. At first, the albums were nothing out of the ordinary: snapshots behind clear plastic that adhered to the sticky back of the page. When Tom switched from film to digital, the albums started to evolve.

The biggest change occurred after Paulette bought her own digital camera to record images to paint later. Then the albums took on a new dimension and that’s when Pixels and Bristles® was not only born, but registered.

Following a practice run, the Berners published their first book, Chianti From a Tuscan Villa, based on a trip the Berners took with the Penn State Alumni Association. The book contained Tom’s photographs (pixels) and Paulette’s paintings (bristles). They have subsequently published books on trips to Cuba, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Wales, several Baltic countries and Iceland. Like the book on Chianti, Eye on Cuba was also done as a commercial work.

Paulette’s work covers a range of media. She paints with water color, acrylic, oil, and pastels. Then one day she started to paint on her iPad and it opened up a new medium for her. She has created more than 150 works on her iPad alone, including several for the last three Pixels and Bristles® books.

Although Tom has not ventured beyond using a camera to capture his images, he has changed the way he captures and processes them. He now shoots high dynamic range images most of the time, which allows for greater detail throughout the photograph. He also keeps a polarizing filter on his lens, and that makes the colors snap, especially the blues.

Sometimes Paulette and Tom work on individual projects. Tom has become well known as a barn photographer and has self-published two books titled Pennsylvania Barn Stories and Pennsylvania Quilt Barns. The latter book received a first place in competition sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. He’s working on a photo project about churches in Centre County.

In the meantime, Paulette is making a quilt for each of their seven grandchildren.

Monday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Sep 1
Oct 29

"Saddle Up: Art and Artifacts of the Old West"

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
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
Jul 30
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