We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 51st Festival of the Arts July 13-16. Children and Youth Day will be July 12.

Festival Banner (the Arts Festival Blog)

  • 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

    Linda and Blake Gall have pledged $50,000 to our endowment to challenge others to make planned gifts to support the Festival.

  • 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

  • Announcing Images 2017

    Announcing Images 2017

    February 28, 2017

    Although the Festival is still months away, there is no time like the present to think about entering Images 2017, our juried gallery exhibition. Images 2017 will hang in in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and Downsbrough Room of the Schlow Centre Region Library during the month of July. The library is in the heart … Read More

  • Follow the Clues to the Fugitive

    Follow the Clues to the Fugitive

    November 10, 2016

    A couple of weeks ago, I had a call from our sales rep from 3WZ radio, Cathy Brown, asking me if I would be the station’s fugitive in a contest the station was holding. I wasn’t to be a real fugitive, on the run from the law. Instead, she explained that the station would give … Read More

  • Annual Meeting Brings New Directors

    Annual Meeting Brings New Directors

    October 20, 2016

    The Festival’s annual meeting takes place in October and it’s an occasion for both joy and sadness. There’s joy as we note our accomplishments for the year and welcome new board members. There’s sadness too, as we say goodbye to those board members whose terms are ending. The festival had a successful anniversary year. According … Read More

  • Festival “Show and Tell” at the CCHS

    Festival “Show and Tell” at the CCHS

    September 15, 2016

    This weekend our friends at the Centre County Historical Society are hosting a program in conjunction with its summer long exhibition, Arts Festival at Fifty: Stories of the Early Days. The program takes place at 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 18 at the society’s Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 East College Avenue. It’ s called Arts Festival: … Read More

  • 2016 Brian Ebright Memorial Award Winner

    2016 Brian Ebright Memorial Award Winner

    August 10, 2016

    Now that the dust has settled on the Festival, I have time to recognize the great work and long service of fine work of Anne Layng. Anne is the winner of our 2016 Brian Ebright Memorial Award. Fulton Bank sponsors the award. The Festival staff named our only volunteer award for our first intern, Brian … Read More

  • Dear 2017 Festival Intern

    Dear 2017 Festival Intern

    July 23, 2016

    We were delighted to have Penn State student Lauren Hallowell–our third excellent intern named Lauren– as our Festival Intern for the summer of 2016. The intern’s final assignment is traditionally a wrap-up of the summer or a note to the next intern. I thought that hers was particularly good and worth sharing. Rick Bryant, Executive … Read More

  • Images 2016 Award Winners Announced

    Images 2016 Award Winners Announced

    July 6, 2016

    It’s time to tip our proverbial hat to the award winners in our fine art exhibition, Images 2016. The show’s juror, G. Daniel Massad, a pastel artist and the artist-in-residence at Lebanon Valley College, made prize decisions a few days ago during a visit to the galleries. A photograph by Tina Hay of State College, … Read More

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