The Galleries at the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts
The charming Early American home of Laurel Arts – the Philip Dressler Center – was built in 1832 by Sheriff Joseph Imhoff. It is rumored to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. Some 110 years after the Civil War, a group of Somerset area artists and community leaders began to grow an idea which would eventually create the first non-profit, fully-staffed rural arts center in Pennsylvania.
Dorothy B. Dressler, owner of the Imhoff home, offered the property as the new art center in memory of her husband Philip d’huc Dressler.
Today, the galleries at the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts showcase eight exhibits annually, and a Christmas Craft Shoppe, open during the holiday season.
Laurel Arts has an impressive permanent art collection which is rotated and exhibited in two upstairs galleries.
In November 2009, The Guild of American Papercutters established its National Museum in partnership with Laurel Arts at the home of the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Dressler Center and is the first American museum devoted to the art form of papercutting.
The Gallery Shoppe features original art from 20 Guild of American Papercutters, 20 local artists and several Handmade Along the Highway participants.
Visitors can select from a variety of mediums and techniques, including jewelry designed with fibers, clay, cast metal or lamp-worked beads; silk and felted fiber items; framed paintings, photography and papercuttings. Handmade cards and prints from original art are also among the items available for purchase.
The Gallery Shoppe @ Philip Dressler Center for the Arts Staff Members
to view a PDF of our current Exhibition Calendar
Become A Gallery Shoppe Exhibitor
If you're interested in having a show at Laurel Arts, please download and complete the Exhibitor Proposal Form, then return it to Laurel Arts.
Local western PA artists will be invited to submit work for the second jury process in order to have their work available for sale through The Gallery Shoppe @ Dressler. Artists may participate with original pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, sculpture, and 2-D framed art.
The Gallery Shoppe @ Dressler is open during Laurel Arts business hours and is facilitated by volunteers and Laurel Arts Staff members. Linda Harrill Peck is the shoppe
manager. For more information, contact Laurel Arts at 443-2433.
Members of the Guild of American Papercutters have their own jury process. The second round for GAP members is planned for early April and will approve new GAP members to market their papercuttings at The Gallery Shoppe @ Dressler. Participating GAP artists will be selected after submitting examples of their work to a professional juror. The first artists admitted to the shoppe in 2011 are still eligible to send work and need not reapply, but they should send fresh work regularly. Because the shoppe area is small, all works are limited to 20 inches in any direction. The artist will receive 60% of the purchase price with the remaining 40 commission being divided equally between GAP and Laurel Arts. If an artist’s papercutting examples are accepted, any variety of original, framed and wired papercuttings can then be sent to the shoppe. (No saw tooth hangers, please.) Printed cards of original papercuttings are acceptable. The images sent to the juror should represent the kind of work done by the artist. The images need not represent specific pieces to be sent for the shoppe. A suggested number of up to 5 pieces can come from each artist. The recommended price range is $35 to $350.
Guidelines for the GAP Jury Process are: Papercutters must be members of GAP and all works must be original work by the artist; electronic images of 3 to 5 gallery-ready papercuttings should be emailed or burned to a CD and mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org,
344 Palomino Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Include close up details of one example submitted.
Do not include frames in the images.
Work must be received between April 1 and April 10, 2013. Include your personal contact information with your images and dimensions. Artists whose work is accepted for the Gallery Shoppe will be notified by the shoppe committee.
P.O. Box 414 • Somerset, PA • 15501