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  • Remembering Mitch Lyons

    Remembering Mitch Lyons

    March 23, 2018

    The Festival lost a member of its extended family earlier in the month with the death of Mitch Lyons, a longtime exhibitor in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition. Mitch was a printmaker from New London, PA, in the southeast corner of the state. He wasn’t a run-of-the-mill printmaker. He developed a unique process where he … Read More

  • Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale Applications Are Now Online

    Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale Applications Are Now Online

    February 26, 2018

    The Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale is one of the signature events of the Arts Festival. Festival directors have come from across the country to State College just to check it out. In this junior version of the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, young artists sell a wide variety of art and crafts, ranging from friendship … Read More

  • An Idea for Our Changing Downtown

    An Idea for Our Changing Downtown

    January 30, 2018

    Change has always been the order of the day in State College, but it seems as if our downtown is changing even faster than usual. The Fraser Center is finally complete and open for business. One mega-sized student-centric building, The Metropolitan, is complete and filled with Penn Staters. Two other large projects are under construction, … Read More

  • The Art of Protest Exhibition

    The Art of Protest Exhibition

    December 15, 2017

    Protests have been part of our nation’s fabric since before the United States was a nation. Quakers in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood protested against slavery in 1688. The Boston Tea Party was a protest against a tax on tea in 1773.  In 1848, women gathered in upstate New York for the Seneca Falls Convention to protest against … Read More

  • My Festival Surprise

    My Festival Surprise

    October 6, 2017

    I’ve been involved with the Arts Festival since the early 1980s. As old as it makes me sound, if it’s happened at the Festival, I’ve probably seen or heard it. Consequently, I don’t surprise easily. It takes a lot for a Sidewalk Sale artist to surprise me. For better or worse, I take our artists’ … Read More

  • Rick’s Top Picks for This Year’s Festival

    Rick’s Top Picks for This Year’s Festival

    July 8, 2017

    A few years ago, I started making a list of my “top picks” to help give the Festival’s board members some ideas of the events they shouldn’t miss (including official functions they were expected to attend). One board member asked if I could do a version without the official functions so she could share the … Read More

  • Festival Shirts: The Inside Story

    Festival Shirts: The Inside Story

    July 3, 2017

    I often say that the most difficult thing about producing the Central Pennsylvania of the Arts is paying for it. We’re a free party! I think we provide more free entertainment than anyone in the Centre Region—we present four full days of free music on three outdoor stages, in addition to smaller acts along the … Read More

  • Festival Posters Tell Stories Too

    Festival Posters Tell Stories Too

    June 9, 2017

    Our annual poster is a Festival tradition. Year in and year out since 1974, we’ve issued a poster to promote the Festival. In a feat that’s unique among art festivals, one designer, Lanny Sommese, has designed all of our posters. It’s a remarkable body of work, and it reflects only a small portion of Lanny’s … Read More

  • Linda and Blake Gall Endowment Challenge

    Linda and Blake Gall Endowment Challenge

    April 21, 2017

    Looking back on the thirty-plus years since she and her young family moved to State College from Manhattan, Linda Gall measures the passage of time alongside her Arts Festival experiences. Her girls were just toddlers when her neighbor Renee Marks invited her to first volunteer with the Festival. The people that she met, from the … Read More

  • Capturing College Avenue

    Capturing College Avenue

    April 5, 2017

    A section of Chuck Fong’s College Avenue photo mural As we planned the 50th Arts Festival last year, I wanted to mark the occasion in a permanent way. Festivals are impermanent, and although they provide audiences with great experiences, they usually don’t leave much behind. Fifty years of festivals demanded … Read More

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