The Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery will feature the photorealistic watercolor paintings of Judith Bogert throughout the month of May. Ms. Bogert began painting in 1999, studying watercolor under local artist and teacher Ruth Kempner. Drawn to "The way in which the paints develop a life of their own, exploding and recombining on the page," her mastery over this difficult medium is clearly evident in A Second Bloom and Meals Ready to Eat. She is a regular exhibitor in the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and in numerous local galleries.
Cazia Bradley is a local artist with a whimsical imagination that is clearly evident in her work. Her black and white lithographs of fun and freaky creatures--appropriately titled "April Foolies"--are featured in the newly named Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery. Drawing inspiration from prehistoric cave paintings, Vincent Van Gogh, and modern artists like Paul Klee and Jean Debuffet, Bradley's prints challenge us to a game of sorts: what do you see? Be sure to bring the kids and stop by the children's department too where there are Xerox copies of the prints for coloring.
- Artist William Daup's portraits of The Muses will be on display in the Gallery during the month of February. Rendered in oil on canvas, both popular culture icons and historical figures have inspired Mr. Daup to create haunting contrasts of light and shadow. Friends of Mr. Daup have arranged an opening reception for the 2nd of February, from 6-8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.more info
- Winter may be closing in, but bleak forecasts and gray skies will be swept away while viewing the soft, traditional watercolors hanging this month in the library's gallery. Artist Sofia Austin studied under the painter Libe de Zultagui and her work radiates the heat and vibrancy of her birth country, Columbia. Don't miss this oppurtunity to chase away the winter blahs! The exhibit will hang from December 1st to December 30th.more info
- November's exhibit highlights exemplary work by The Nittany Valley Chapter of The Embroiderers Guild of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of and education in the art of needlework. The guild welcomes new members whatever your skill level. Members will also be on hand in the Library between 12-2 P.M. the first three Wednesdays and Saturdays of November during which time they will present their artistry in action. Come and enjoy this traditional, decorative art.more info
October is the perfect month for an exhibit of local artist Clay Anderson's extra-ordinary paintings. Reminiscent of the early 20th century Surrealist Movement in Italy, Mr. Anderson's work encorporates the realistic depiction of mundane objects and figures to create dream-like settings that the viewer will be sure to find inspirational.
The Art Alliance of Central PA presents artwork from its incredibly talented faculty. Stop by our gallery throughout August to enjoy this gorgeous display!more info
A retrospective on the works of M. Robert Des Marais will be featured in the gallery throughout the month of July. An associate professor at Pennsylvania State University, Des Marais was heavily influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and was one of State College's most prolific architects. His design for the facade of the first Schlow Library on College Avenue will be among those prints on display.
The gallery is located on the first floor of the library next to the Community Room and the front entrance. The objective of our exhibits is to enrich the aesthetic environment of the library and the community and to promote works by local artists. Art is interpreted broadly to include paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc.
A gallery committee solicits and reviews applications from artists and oversees gallery operations. The committee meets periodically throughout the year to review applications.