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 Artist Association

Enjoy the variety and creativity on display from the members of the Somerset County Artists Association. This is an eclectic exhibit of a variety of forms, mediums, and perspectives and showcases the level of talent that we have right here in Somerset County!
As always, exhibits at the Dressler Center are open to the public and free to enjoy.

October 4 – October 28

Reception – Friday, October 8th, 6-8 pm.


Laurel Highlands Photography Club Photo Contest

This exhibit will feature entries from all age groups and abilities who have an interest in photography. There will be eight (8) different categories of photography.

November 2 – December 16

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