Gallery History

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.

Woman browsing art gallery


Somerset County Artists Association Juried Exhibit

June 21 – July 28
Opening reception Friday, June 24th, from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.


The galleries are filled with dozens of multi-media pieces submitted by regional artists, 18 years and older.  This juried exhibit features both traditional 2-D pieces along with sculptural works.

As always, exhibits at the Dressler Center are open to the public and free to enjoy but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.


Esteemed Colleagues EXHIBIT
August 9 – September 8, OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, August 12 TH FROM 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Esteemed Colleagues is Laurel Arts first exhibit featuring the artwork of distinguished local artists who have passed away.  Along with their artwork, we will have memorabilia and personal affects that belonged to the artists on display as well.

If you’re interested in having a show at Laurel Arts, please contact us directly at 814-443-2433. Local western PA artists will be invited to submit work for the  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 Philip Dressler Center for the Arts

Monday-Thursday: 11am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am – 2pm

Closed Friday & Sunday

214 South Harrison Avenue

Somerset, PA 15501