Current Exhibits

Mary McGuire, Chad McKissick and Barb Pennypacker in the Print Gallery

Mary Shary McGuire graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (Boston College) Taught and encouraged by artist Tomie dePaola -Painting in Paris at L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière and Atelier Lhote-Taught art in New York City- past Executive Director of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania –MFA in Writing Poetry from PSU - Taught in the PSU English Department for 12 years-Teaches at the Art Alliance of Central Pa-Artist Member of the Bellefonte Museum of Art- Art Work has won prizes and is in private collections in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Chad McKissick Artist Statement: Since a small child, I have always had a fascination with nature. Whether I was turning rocks in a trout stream looking for insect patterns to match for fishing, watching a distant thunderstorm build and move across the plains, or simply listening to songbirds as I napped under a tree on a warm summer day.

My images could be considered by most as an eclectic mix of subject matter. However, more often than not, they do tend to reflect on my fascination and love of the outdoors. They are not of distant far off exotic places only accessible to those of affluent means. Rather, they showcase the beauty afforded to everyone, of our very own public lands and back yards.

While I have no formal training with regards to photography or art in general, I do gravitate towards and draw inspiration from the works of Ansel Adams.

**Barb Pennypacker Artist Statement: **My love of farms, old barns and the beautiful rolling countryside of central Pennsylvania is the inspiration behind my paintings. I strive for realism in my painting. I work in my studio from photos
I've taken of rural central Pennsylvania.

Barb Pennypacker Biography: Barb Pennypacker was a faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. A traumatic brain injury, from a collision with a coal train, took her analytical ability, which ended her research career. She held the rank of Professor of Agronomy and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School when she retired in 2005.

She soon realized that the old barns she loved were rapidly disappearing. Barb had a strong desire to paint these barns before they were gone forever. She took a private, month-long, drawing class. The studio was an abandoned farm with a crumbling barn.
She spent the next year plein air sketching old barns. Classes at the Art Alliance of Central PA and subsequent painting partners took her from sketching to watercolor to the oils she now uses.

Barb's paintings are featured in the Bellefonte Art Museum book 'Landscapes of Central Pennsylvania', and have been in numerous juried sh ows. She is a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists, the Art Alliance and the Bellefonte Art Museum's Artist Registry. She is curator of the Print Gallery and a member of the Advisory Board at the Bellefonte Art Museum.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Jun 1
Aug 26

Karen Drosnes in the Cool Beans Gallery

Artist Statement: I have always been a maker, getting much pleasure using my hands to create both useful and decorative objects. In 2003 I took a class at Creative Oasis in State College to learn how to fuse glass. I was hooked on glass! There are many different ways to create items out of glass and I have experimented with most of them. I was about to take a class in flameworking at Touchstone Center for Crafts when their glass studio collapsed so I took a class on foraging stone for mosaics with an artist who studied in Italy and knew the ancient techniques. It was a good fit for my work as I can combine the traditional methods of working with glass along with the methods for making mosaics. After teaching art for 29 years both in Pittsburgh and then in Bellefonte, I decided to retire from teaching and direct my attention to making art, traveling and enjoying fine wine (not necessarily in that order). I live just down the road in the Unionville area with my musical husband, Bill, our dog, two cats and 157 fish.

Cool Beans Coffee and Tea is located at 141 W. High Street in downtown Bellefonte

Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays
May 4
Jun 25

Anne Buchanan in the Cool Beans Gallery

Cool Beans Coffee and Tea is located at 141 W. High Street in downtown Bellefonte

Monday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays
May 4
Jun 25