Past Exhibits

Dotty Ford and Mary Vollero in the Gallery at Cool Beans

The museum has gallery space in the popular coffee shop Cool Beans Coffee and Tea located at 141 West High Street in downtown Bellefonte.

Dotty Ford Artist Statement: After retiring as an art teacher from the State College Area School District in 2005, I began to pursue various art media as the artist, rather than the teacher. My interests are mainly in watercolor, collage, assemblage, drawing and needle felting. In addition to art making, I also enjoy learning about and sharing the works of fine artists as a docent at the Palmer Museum of Art. For the last three years, I have acted as curator for the Bellefonte Art Museum’s Holiday Show and Sale.

This exhibit of my recent watercolor paintings deals mainly with realistic still life subject matter. I work very deliberately, and I consciously use traditional washes and layering techniques. I also like to experiment with a variety of techniques like using salt, adding details with micro pens, etc. Still life artists whom I admire include Claudio Bravo, Henri Matisse and Paul Cezanne.

Mary Vollero Artist Statement: While I am in the process of painting, memories and stories begin to surface. It is during this time, while I am working, that I discover why I was compelled to paint the image, and what is most important for me to share with others. In this way the paintings provide an opportunity for me to communicate with others, not only about the cats, but also about some of the joys and struggles in our seen and unseen worlds.

Monday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Mar 3
Apr 30
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Carol Ann Simon Cillo in the Community Gallery

Artist’s Statement for:

The exhibit continues an examination begun in the previous “Contemplating Broken” collection, which found similarities between the broken human condition and the fragile nature of clay during the creation of ceramic pieces.

The thought process continues to delve into how we relate to one another. It continues the clay dialogue on how we came to be “formed” into the individual we have become, how others effect that formation and how we strive to constantly rebuild ourselves. It expresses how we perceive the self and the various kinds of real and imagined damages we struggle with. Ultimately, it seeks the solution for healing and a kind of reconstruction of self by the formation of clay through artistic expression.

Mini-Bio: Carol Ann (Simon) Cillo grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area, studied at Carnegie Mellon University as a teen and graduated from Edinboro University of PA with her B.S. in Art Education.

A Williamsport resident for many years, she began "on the boards" as a graphic designer ,then became Art Director at C.A. Reed Inc. of Williamsport, a national party goods company.She and her partner,Steve Getz,then founded and are partner/owners of If-the Idea Factory,a design studio in Lock Haven,PA which has worked with companies around the country designing everything from product surface design,catalogs & brochures to museum and trade­ show exhibits.

She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Penn College of Technology teaching Color Theory,and was elected to a three­ year term on the Board of Directors for the Color Marketing Group (CMG - an international organization for color trends) as well as directing workshops at their international conferences as Co-Chairman for Colors Current Dire­ ctions, Design and Color Expressions for presentations with up to 750 attendees per conference.

She currently serves on the Board of the Station Gallery in Lock Haven,PA.,where she serves as Vice President and helps to secure artists'works to organize shows at the gallery.Carol is a juried Pennsylvania Artisan for the PA Wilds.

Her work is available at galleries in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven, Eagle's Mere and Emporium, PA. Her work also hangs permanently at the Susquehanna Regional Medical Center and Lock Haven University. She has won numerous awards for her artwork in various shows in Pennsylvania, including acceptance into the juried 2013 Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum of PA in Harrisburg,PA.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

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

Word and Image: the Poetry of Robert Lima

Opening: Sunday, April 2nd, 12:00-4:30 p.m. Dr. Robert Lima will be reading from CELESTIALS at 3:00 p.m. As always, Free & open to the public.

The exhibition will include 20 - 25 poems and a variety of images, some painting and some photography, that will illuminate the subject of the poem. The poetry is by Robert Lima and the accompanying art works are by many different artists and by Lima using several mediums.

Dr. Robert Lima is a poetry professor at the Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania. Lima composes poetry and illustrates his words with his photographs and sometimes the work of other artists. Lima has published nine books of poetry, he had been published in many journals and on-line periodicals and has been awarded numerous prizes. At the museum, Dr. Lima will share his created works in words as well as images. Some of his poetry will be accompanied by photography by other artists and colleagues.

Lima began writing poetry as an undergraduate at Villanova University and spent some time in Greenwich Village as a poet. He is a Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Comparative Literature and Fellow Emeritus, Institute for the Arts and Humanities Studies, Penn State University. Lima has been recognized for his contributions to language and poetry and was named Knight Commander in the Order of Queen Isabel of Spain by his Majesty Juan Carlos. He is Academician of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and a corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy.

Windows on the World Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 31
Apr 29