Past Exhibits

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
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May 28
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John & Sami Sharkey in the Photography Gallery


CARRIE FURNACES: RUSTING REMNANTS

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
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May 28
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Kat Oliva 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
thru
May 28
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