The Galleries at the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts
History of the Gallery
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.
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.
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