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By Jill Brubaker Reigh
Hollidaysburg Correspondent 

Treasures Abound in Hollidaysburg for Area Art Lovers


Jill Brubaker Reigh

Mackencie Detwiler and mom, Kelly, of Altoona are enjoying the art walk. They were studying the 16 featured sites on the community mural.

The second annual Hollidaysburg Art Walk, sponsored by the Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council (HAAC), featured eight treasures within a short walking distance of the historic Diamond district.

The Art Walk included 321 Art Gallery, the Mimosa Courtyard Inn B&B, Maker Studio, Railroad City Brewing Co., Brenner Insurance, Community Mural, Pat and Pam Baechle's Gardens and the Blair County Courthouse.

At 321 Art Gallery, featured artist Evgeny "Zheka" Krayushkin described his carvings, paintings and sculptures as his way of telling a story. Zheka likes to draw people into the story he is creating with the artwork.

Dan and Toni Kroko, owners of the Mimosa Courtyard Inn, host an eclectic collection of art by a variety of artists. Inspired by The DaVinci Code, sitting room walls feature the Last Supper collection.

Sarah Baumbach, entrepreneurial artist and owner of Maker Studio, created a macramé wall hanging for a "Macraweave" that was available for visitors to add to by weaving their choice of yarn into the artwork. Once complete, Baumbach will donate the piece to a local organization. Baumbach opened Maker Studio in early 2018 to fulfill her entrepreneurial dream of combining her passions for educating and creating.

The oldest building on Allegheny Street was built by Daniel K. Reamy in 1838 in the Federal style of architecture. Today the storefront, "Railroad City Brewing Company," houses the newest brewery in town.

Brenner Insurance's storefront features one-of-a-kind commercial art. Richard Brenner, father of current business owner Bill Brenner, designed the red metal Traveler's Insurance logo umbrella in the 1970s.

Jill Brubaker Reigh

Members of the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective ham it up for the press after performing their rendition of "The Gummi Bear Theme Song."

In 2002, mural artist Deb Bunnell, assisted by Kathy Mueller-Gassler, designed and painted an HAAC community mural on a Union Street cinderblock building. In 2018, Bunnell and a host of volunteers refurbished the painting that features highlights from across Blair County.

Art can grow, as proven by Pat and Pam Baechle's Gardens, stop number seven on the tour. Their North Garden features symmetry and asymmetry while the South Garden offers whimsical elements and a saintly twist.

The Blair County Courthouse exterior renovations are worthy of artistic pause and the final stop on the tour.

Providing musical, artistic entertainment along the route were some members of the Altoona Brass Collective on the Diamond and the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective on Keller Engineers' front porch. People gathered on the courthouse steps across the street from Keller Engineers to enjoy the ukulele music.


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