Train mural reception held in O.C.

Artist Michael Allison, of Altoona, shares his experience of working on the “The Hub of Oildom” mural to those in attendance at a reception at State Street Furniture in Oil City on Saturday morning. Among those in attendance were Kathy Bailey, left, of The Main Street Program, and state Rep. R. Lee James, right. (By Jamie Hunt)
Contributing writer

State and local government officials, representatives from the Oil Region Alliance and the Oil City Main Street Program, along with other visitors gathered Saturday morning at a reception in Oil City to welcome a new mural.

“The Hub of Oildom” mural on the side of State Street Furniture, with a map of the Oil Region and a steam engine, replaced the “I See a Train a Comin’’’ mural, which had begun to deteriorate.

The new mural was commissioned by The Main Street Program committee. Michael Allison, of Altoona, was selected to paint the mural. Allison already has a relationship with The Oil City Main Street Program, as he created the “Chief Cornplanter and the Oilmen” mural at 2 East Front St.

“I absolutely love working with you,” Allison said inside State Street Furniture in recognizing all those involved in Oil City’s mural project.

Allison is highly active in working on murals. He’s currently in the planning stages for a mural in Johnstown that will commemorate the work of Johnstown native Steve Ditko, co-creator of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man.