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Festival Shirts: The Inside Story

Artist Carrie Jacobson in her magic hat

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 Sidewalk Sale route.… Read the rest


Images 2015 Winners Announced

Prolific Promises, by Maura Koehler Keeney, Images 2015 Best in Show Winner

Prolific Promises, by Maura Koehler Keeney

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts announced the prize winners in Images 2015, the Festival’s annual indoor exhibition of fine art. The award decisions were made by the show’s juror, Scott Diamond, curator for Visual Arts Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

The Best in the Show Award was given to Maura Koehler Keeney of Latrobe, PA for her painting, Prolific Promises.… Read the rest


An Interview with Jennifer Float

2013 Festival T-shirtJennifer Float is the designer of our fabulous Owl t-shirt (available at arts-festival.com) as well as one of our 2013 Sidewalk Sale Artists.

Her adorable t-shirt design has been pretty popular on our online store, which lead me to ask her about her inspiration for the sassy little owl. She gave me some fascinating background about how she began using owls in her artwork.… Read the rest


Images 2013

kassovicImages 2013 is a visual cacophony of mind-boggling mixed media works, stunning sculpture, and breathtaking paintings, drawings, and photography. You can still catch a glimpse in the Robeson Gallery of the HUB/Robeson Center.

The photography in particular stuck out to me. In a day and age where social media rules and everyone and their uncle has an 8-megapixel camera phone in their pocket, photography has become commonplace.… Read the rest


Arts Festival Award Winners Announced

Arts Festival employees, volunteers, artists and supporters gathered under brilliant sunshine (and the bluest of blue skies) for the announcement of the winners of the 2011 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition awards.

Linda Gall, who with husband Blake Gall, sponsors the Arete Best of Show award, presented the award to ceramicist Luis Enrique Gutierrez, from Zebulon, NC.… Read the rest


2010 Arts Festival Award Winners Announced

On a beautiful, sunny and cool morning in downtown State College artists, Festival staff, volunteers, and Board members, and art lovers gathered on Allen Street for the 2010 Arts Festival Awards.

Linda Gall, former Arts Festival Board President, presented the Arete Award for Best of Show to Wayne Werner, Havre de Grace, MD, for his jewelry.… Read the rest


The People You Meet on the Street…

Enjoying a day at Arts Festival

Kristen Anderson (left) and Sherry Dershimer enjoy the Festival.

I had the good fortune of meeting two lovely women who were enjoying the Arts Festival Sidewalk Sale this morning – and found out that one had been coming to the Festival since the beginning and one was a first timer!

What great luck for me!… Read the rest


Festival Banner Winners Announced

jester de los picassoThe Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts announced award winners in its 44th Banner Competition on Tuesday, July 6. First place, second place and an honorable mention were awarded to each of the entry classes: professional, general, and youth. Entries are judged based on originality, craftsmanship, creativity, durability, and overall design.… Read the rest


The Children of Children’s Day…All Grown Up.

"The Festival treats young artists with a great amount of respect," Kirstin says. "(Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale) was always a great experience for me and I believe an enormous stepping stone of encouragement for my future in the arts."

Creating Art…Grain by Grain

Turning 25 tons of sand into art

The creative mind of Brad Goll at work

Festival goers can watch something incredible emerge over several from a 25 ton pile of sand in Sidney Friedman Park.

Sand sculptor Brad Goll has been “carving” sand since 1985, and through the years has grown accomplished at creating realistic and fantastic figures.… Read the rest


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