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


Laurel Arts 11th Triennial Show

May 11th – June 10th
This exhibit features works that display craftsmanship, creativity, and skills conveying the beauty of everyday objects in nature.


Jenny Wilson & Peggy Black

August 9 – September 2

Reception – Friday, August 13th, 6-8 pm.


Reflections of the Human Spirit – America’s County Responds to the Tragic Events of 9/11

September 6 – September 30

9/11 Memorial Exhibit Event – Saturday, September 11th, 4-8 pm.



October 4 – October 28

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


Laurel Highlands Photography Club Photo Contest

November 1 – December 16

Reception – Friday, November 5th, 6-8 pm.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently offering limited hours. Please keep checking our website or follow us on Facebook for updates/changes to our operating hours.

The Philip Dressler Center for the Arts

Monday-Thursday 12pm – 6pm

Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday

214 South Harrison Avenue

Somerset, PA 15501