By JAMIE HUNT
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.
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.