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Art Alliance Provides Exposure for Local Talent at Home and Garden Show

by and on March 16, 2014 8:55 AM

You might not be thinking about it yet, but when you build that new house or begin remodeling, it’ll need to be jazzed up with something.

That’s where the Art Alliance comes into the picture, a new attraction at this year’s Home and Garden Show which is now open at the Bryce Jordan Center.

“We were really pleased to be asked,” says Marie Doll, executive director of the Art Alliance. She encourages consumers attending the show to think seriously about including artwork in their renovation plans.

“We are excited to partner with the Art Alliance of Central PA in creating ‘The HeART of the Home’ at the Home and Garden Show,” says Abbie Jensen, executive officer of the show. “A home owner can learn about brand new homes, kitchens, windows, garage doors, flooring, mortgages — everything needed to create a house. Art helps to make that house into a home.”

The members of the Art Alliance will be displaying their work at the Home and Garden Show for the first time this year. “It makes sense,” Doll says because artwork fits into all aspects of the home -- both the inside and outside.

“We like to partner with local businesses in everything we do,” Jensen says. “Working with the Art Alliance will help to gain exposure for some of the great local talent in our area.”

A variety of artwork will be available including paintings, pottery, glasswork, outdoor ornaments and sculptures. The artwork is suitable for homes and businesses, as well as outdoor gardens.

“Right away, many artists were interested and responded positively,” Doll says.

The following artists will have their work on display at the Home and Garden Show: Ross Adams, Pernille Boving, Nancy Brassington, Jim Cartey, Sima Farage, Kimberly Frey, Linda Goncalves, Brenda Horner, Nancy Keser, Deborah Placky, Amy Romaniec, Jen Shuey, Will Snyder, Donna Symons, Milt Trask and Lynn Verbeck.

If you’re not finding the particular piece you want at the show, Doll says artists will be on hand to talk about showing other work at a later date or commissioning something especially for you.

“We look forward to continuing to develop the ‘HeART of the Home’ program and are excited to see how Home and Garden Show visitors respond to it this year,” Jensen says.

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania is in its 47th year and is located at 824 Pike St. in Lemont. Artists offer classes throughout the year and summer camps for children.

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See all the details in the Central PA Home & Garden Show Guide.


This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Brittany is the staff writer for The Centre County Gazette.
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