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.


Somerset County Artists Association Exhibit
September 13 – October 6, OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, September 16th FROM 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Members of the SCAA will be exhibiting their most recent works in all mediums.


Haunted Exhibit
October 11 – November 3, OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, October 13th FROM 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

This creepy display is a collaborative effort between Laurel Arts and the Haunted Hollow, showcasing the art forms of special effects make-up, fabrication and monster making, prop making, and other skillful techniques used in the world of the Haunt.

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