Camera Club

Photographers helping each other to achieve excellence for over eighty years!

Wood Carvers Club

Local woodcarvers getting together to do what they do best: CREATE.

Art League

Studying art for over 130 years.


Greater Johnstown Camera Club


The year was 1938, and a young John D. Hesselbein plied his trade as a street photographer. At the age of 24, John felt there was a need to create a club for like minded people interested in the art of photography in Johnstown. This idea propelled him to hold an organizational meeting of local camera buffs in November of 1938. The new alliance would be known as the Johnstown Camera Club. The stated aim of the organization was "the enjoyment, mastery, and furtherance of photography through cooperation, effort, and good fellowship."

Interest in the new society was good, and on January 22nd, 1940, the club produced its first public exhibition of 100 photographs at the Franklin Street Methodist Church. That first showing was the foundation of the club's traditional "members only" exhibition, which continues unto this day.

Despite all of the radical changes that the world of photography has experienced over the years, the Greater Johnstown Camera Club remains an effervescent force for area photographers in the twenty-first Century. Its members, who hail from both Johnstown and the surrounding areas, come from all walks of life and all professions. Among the current member, one finds physicians, judges, computer professionals, human services professionals, artists, and teachers, as well as students and retired people. The photographic skill levels among its members vary from beginning hobbyist to polished professional, and embrace all stages in between. The one common denominator among this diverse group of people is a love of photography.

​In November of 2018, the Greater Johnstown Camera Club celebrated eighty years of members sharing creative possibilities. It remains a vibrant force in the community's arts scene and maintains a strong advocacy for photographic excellence in both the Johnstown area and Cambria County.

The Greater Johnstown Camera Club meets the first Thursday of every month at the Community Arts Center.

Learn more about the Greater Johnstown Camera Club, and find out how you can join today by visiting their website!


Wood Carvers Club

If you enjoy whittling or carving, this might be the place for you!

The Cambria County Wood Carvers Club meets at the Community Arts Center the first Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM. The meetings are informal and dues are $3 per meeting. Members enjoy carving a variety of things, including caricatures, animals and cottonwood bark, just to name a few. They also make comfort crosses and distribute them to local cancer treatment centers at no cost. The club's goal is to promote whittling and woodcarving in the area, and everyone is invited to attend. They especially encourage beginners and young folks!

Contact the Community Arts Center at (814) 255-6515 or if you are interested in joining.

Johnstown Art League

"Sharing the Art We Love"

In the 19th Century women did not come easily by formal education; however, across the country they organized their own literary societies and all manners of study clubs. “In 1892, abolitionist, suffragist, and keeper-of-her maiden name, Lucy Stone, credited the literary societies of her youth as the basis for her fame and success, saying that’s where she learned to stand and speak.

Years before—as early as 1884 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania—a group of young women had gathered on February 22 in the Chess Room of the Cambria Iron Company Library at the intersection of Washington and Walnut Streets. Some had ties through blood or marriage to the iron works. All were pupils, alumnae, or friends of the English and Classical School, located on Locust Street.

Emma Baker and Clara Alexander, instructors in the School, were named founders of the Johnstown Art League. The other 11 or 14 women became Charter Members of the League founded that evening.

A committee was appointed to draft a Constitution. The purpose of the young organization was to study the polite or liberal arts; the motto, Vive l’ Art; an emblem, a gold pin shaped like a palette with 3 brushes and the color blue. That is why in these days our handbooks and yearbooks have blue covers.

Our League was the first such organization to be founded in the 19th Century in Pennsylvania and is the longest continually-meeting group in the Commonwealth.​ 

All meetings are held at The Community Arts Center of Cambria County at 10:30 a.m.

July 27th: Paper Flowers by Susan Novak

August 24th: Calligraphy and Scriptoriums by Renée Ahlstrom

September 28th: The Poetry of Elizabeth Siddal by Dr. Lisa Dallape Matson

President: The Rev. Annis Rogers

Vice President/Treasurer: Faith Thomas

Secretary: Dr. Lisa Dallape Matson

Executive Committee

Donna DeMarco

Susan Martin

For more information: 


Arts Coalition of the Alleghenies


 The Arts Coalition is a collective group of artists and arts organizations among Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset counties, all looking to jointly promote and protect the Arts community 

Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance


PRAA, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1988 with a mission to develop and promote the arts throughout rural areas of southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts


The mission of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania.


Vision 2025


Vision 2025 is a community-based effort that has created a vision around bettering the Greater Johnstown community and our region. 

Americans for the Arts


 Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. 

Citizens for the Arts


Advocating for public policies and funding all to ensure the vibrant practice and appreciation of arts and culture across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.