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Brian Miller, local poet, publishes 2nd book

Recently, Brian Miller, a poet from Altoona Pennsylvania, published his 2nd book, The Cosmic Tour with Finishing Line Press. I got a chance to look at the poems and was pleasantly surprised at the modern day contexts ranging from the perils of online dating to connections with spirituality and ...

UPMC Blair Medical Sixth Annual Art in Common art show

The annual exhibition at UPMC Blair Medical Associates Exhibition is underway! Include this in your local arts rendezvous. This makes a great place to take a date and get some subs next door. The show will run Nov 1 - Dec 28. I'm attaching an online album of some of the work displayed as well. ...

Fall is here!

It's that time of year to pull out sweaters, scarves and gloves! Boots and leggings at last. It seemed with the weather changing to longer, humid summers we'd never reach autumn. I've noticed the leaves starting to change, even if it's taking longer. All of this means, we need to really take ...

The art of Dee Hartman

Dee Hartman is a local artist and recently stepped down as a substitute art teacher in Hollidaysburg school district. Her degree is in elementary education. She creates wonderful works inspired by nature and the humor she finds in life. From working in digital art to oil pastel to caricatures, ...

The art of Susan Novak

Susan Novak is a local artist and does incredible work as an art therapist and as a professional artist. She is a rostered artist with the PA Council on the Arts as well as one of the few Board Certified Art Therapist and Certified Trauma Therapists in this region. You can view her work at her ...

Let’s Collaborate on a unique gift for the holidays!

The holidays are coming up! If you need a unique present, I create digital collages for $40. You get an 8" by 10" print made from your selected image and matted/signed. Depending on what you'd like, I can make a humorous, provocative piece focused on your interests like video games, books, ...

The art of Sande Harder up at UPMC Blair Medical gallery

Today's artist is Sande Harder! She'll be hanging her work at Blair Medical at the end of Aug. She can be contacted via Facebook. Additionally, she'll have a one woman show at Park Hills from November till Dececember She has a FB album where you can view her work! Sande harder is a local ...

Summer art thoughts

Hope you had a Happy 4th of July! It sure has a been a wet beginning to summer but it seems as though things are starting to dry out a little and feel more summery. Now, if it could stay in the 70's and 80's, I'll be happy as I bet most of you will be too. I thought I'd share some of my art. ...

Local authors

Recently, I was lucky to participate at a local authors festival hosted by Arts Altoona. They had many authors and activities. I meandered around and got to talk to several writers. I'll be sharing their books in several posts. The first is Denise Kaminsky from State College. She wrote the ...

Visiting the Clay Cup cafe

I finally got to visit the the Clay Cup today. It was a nice break since we drove down from State College for the upcoming reveal for the Kress building, Studio Art Center architectural plans. The Clay Cup is a few doors down and has some cool architectural elements above the entry way. ...

Proposals for the Studio Art Center of Arts Altoona

I was lucky to be a part of the viewing audience for the proposals for the Kress building aquired by the Arts Altoona group. I was able to go around and ask each design team a few questions about their ideas and what where some ideas they tried to incorporate for their concepts. I was very ...

Signs of spring

I'm thinking about flowers and many of the other wonderful things associated with spring like melted paths and green. I had to share a photo I took from a few years ago of tulips. You might see a yellow dandelion in there as well. I just found out that the roots of dandelions may have ...

Rip Van Winkle Play Performed at St. Luke’s!

From Lisa Escott Long: This is not your typical church play, rather, a full-scale production with lights, costumes, makeup, sound effects... based on Washington Irving’s classic tale of Rip Van Winkle. Delicious desserts provided during intermission. About the play: Dutch-American villager ...

Art at the Loretto SAMA by artists of the 21st Century!

If you are traveling around and looking for some local art to view, check out SAMA! The show runs till April 7th. You can take a virutal tour of the the art show here. Additionally, here is a video on the show.

February Videos

It's snowy and drippy out. Even so, hope you get some fresh air and move around a little. There has been a lot of sad news lately and sometimes it's best to work out what has happened by trying to protect one another. It's a complicated issue and one where I stand firmly with the victims and ...

Happenings around Altoona

So, recently, I particiated at the open mic event at the Greenbean Coffee House. I painted for about an hour and half while getting to listen to some wonderful local talent. It is a great atmosphere, lively and full of support. I enjoyed getting to hear a variety of music, getting to sip good ...