Gallery team planning more programming

From staff reports

The Transit Arts Gallery and Gifts shop on Seneca Street in Oil City has launched its transformation as a member-based organization with gusto as a new website was created and more programming is planned.

Lena Wheeler and Evelyn Wheeler, a mother-daughter team, are gallery coordinators.

— The organization’s website was unveiled this week. It is Membership information is available at the site.

In addition, artists can obtain information by e-mailing the organization at

— The gallery will hold an “Everybody’s Birthday” event Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21-23. The hours are noon to 6 p.m. at the gallery, located in the National Transit Building at 206 Seneca St.

Billed as a weekend party, the event will offer cake, ice cream and a full gallery of art. Those attending the party are asked to wear facial masks and social distance.

— The gallery has a sign-up sheet to win a $50 gift certificate. Visitors will sign up for the prize at the gallery through the month of August.

— The art exhibit will be changed up in September for the gallery’s “Fall into Art” promotion. New work will be displayed.

— Two classes tailored to artists have been scheduled by the Oil City Arts Council. Both will be available at the gallery and on-line.

The first class will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and will focus on “Marketing Foundations for Artists and Business Professionals.” It will be offered by Christine Manning who has taught marketing and customer services classes for Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center. She has a master’s in business administration degree.

In the second class, Rachel Wheeler will discuss “Facebook Basics – How to Start and Grow Your Art Business on Social Media.”

Wheeler, a professional artist and entrepreneur, earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art at Saint Vincent College. The class is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

Individuals may choose in-person classes (limited to eight to 10 people because of COVID restrictions) at the gallery or view online live classes. The classes are open to the public at a cost of $25 each.

Registration information is available by emailing