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.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

PERMANENT COLLECTION EXHIBIT
NOVEMBER 15 – DECEMBER 15
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 6:00PM – 8:00 P.M.

In this final exhibit of 2022, Laurel Arts will display pieces from it’s Permanent Collection in the galleries of the Philip Dressler Center for the arts.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT

Somerset County Elementary & Junior High Art Show

JANUARY 10 – JANUARY 26, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY, JANUARY 15TH 2:00PM – 4:00PM

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

214 S. Harrison Ave, Somerset, PA 15501
814.443.2433

Hours
Monday – Thursday : 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday : 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Friday & Sunday Closed