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



January 11 – January 27
Visit the galleries to see art through the eyes of the students. All Somerset County elementary schools and homeschoolers were invited to participate.
As always, exhibits at the Dressler Center are open to the public and free to enjoy but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.


Be sure to check back as we continue to add to our 2022 exhibit calendar!

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 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 Philip Dressler Center for the Arts

Monday-Thursday: 11am – 6pm

Saturday: Noon – 4pm

Closed Friday & Sunday

214 South Harrison Avenue

Somerset, PA 15501