2018-06-01 / Shorts

Art for - and by - All

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County wants you to decorate its walls
Maggie Anderson

For 10 years, the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County has been bringing work from all over the world — and from all kinds of artists — to Central Pennsylvania. But this summer, to celebrate a decade of art, the museum wants you to be the artist.

“This year we decided to change the style of our summer project,” says executive director Pat House.

“Everything is interactive. People don’t come to look; people come to do. We’re calling it a ‘drop-in camp for all ages.’”

For the months of June and July, the museum is open noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, hosting four different “co-creating” opportunities. In the Windows Gallery, visitors can paint murals like Diego Rivera or build wood assemblage art in the style of Picasso. Upstairs, an entirely white room will, over the course of two months, transform into a community masterpiece.

“We are painting the entire gallery stark white,” says Lori Fisher, gallery manager. “We’re going to move in furniture to create a little dining area with table and chairs and a chandelier, a sitting area with a rocking chair and a bookcase, but everything that goes into that room will be painted white. Then as visitors enter the gallery, they’ll be given colored sticker dots that they can place on anything that is white.”

But as with every summer project from the museum, outside events bring art to unusual places. On July 1, sidewalks in downtown Bellefonte will become canvases for the “Chalk the Walk” event. For $15, individuals, families and businesses can “rent” a square of sidewalk to decorate however they like.

It’s all part of House’s vision for not only a museum but a community space in Bellefonte — and Centre County.

“The biggest reward is that it is a place for community,” she says of the museum. “It’s based in art but it’s more than coming and seeing a piece of art. It’s really a community center for all ages.” •SCM


Windows Gallery
Paint murals inspired by Diego Rivera and create wood assemblage art in the style of Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg and Louise Nevelson.

Tea Room
In June, celebrate fiber arts with a punch rug station. In July, create mobile art inspired by the work of Alexander Calder.

Community Gallery
Add dots to the infinity room inspired by the work of Yayoi Kusama.

Photography Gallery
Make a wish on the community Wishing Tree and add your family to the museum’s photo wall.

Children’s Centre
Create portraits from Legos with the help of local artists.


Potters Guild of Centre County
June 15 & 16
The Potters Guild of Centre County will host a day of clay at Koll Farm with demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Chalk the Walk
July 1
Squares of sidewalk will be decorated to transform downtown Bellefonte for a day. Cost is $15 per square and includes chalk.

World Rhythm Academy
July 1
Join the World Rhythm Academy of Brooklyn for a musical co-creation experience outdoors at the museum.

EcoArt with Nicole Tucker
July 12 & 14
Artist Nicole Tucker will take groups into natural settings where twigs, leaves and stones will become sculptures. Locations to be announced.

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