Past Exhibits

Barb Pennypacker and Denise Wagner in the Tea Room Gallery

Denise Wagner: Denise paints and photographs the disappearing beauty of the natural world around her.

She has been a fine artist and photographer for over thirty years. She worked as a digital scientific illustrator and photographer for Penn State University.

Because she strongly believes in contributing to organizations that are caretakers of our environment and the animals that are part of it, she has donated a series of paintings and photographs to The Shaver's Creek Environmental Center; Centre County's Pennsylvania Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for their annual Fur Ball; Centre Wildlife Care for their annual “Wild About Animals' event;” and Art in the Marsh for Millbrook Marsh.

She has exhibited paintings and photographs in the following galleries:
Art Alliance of Central Pa; Foxdale Village Art Gallery; The State College Framing Company & Gallery; The Bellefonte Art Museum; The Centre County Historical Society; Hershey Medical Centre; Gray's Woods Geissinger; Schlow Library; The Field Restaurant at Toftrees; and the Hub-Robeson Center at the Penn State Campus.

She is also a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists, painting vanishing pastoral, woodland, and farmland scenes.

Her favorite medias are acrylics and pastels. She use acrylics to paint raptors, wetland birds, songbirds, landscapes, and animals. She prefers pastels for landscapes because of the rich colors and quickness of the medium.

Tea Room Gallery - 1st Floor

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

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

John & Sami Sharkey in the Photography Gallery


ARTISTS’ STATEMENT: We went to the Furnaces to capture the underlying beauty of the derelict buildings and machinery. We believe that it is important to document sites like this one before they completely disappear or are put off limits.

We both like putting our own artistic interpretations on places and enjoy looking in the nooks and crannies and at different angles, hoping to find what others might have missed.

Here we offer two views of the Carrie Furnaces. Were we really at the same place?

Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 31
May 28