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The Painted Word: For this year’s Gallery Walk, Hollywood comes to Harrisburg

Artwork by Ted Walke, Gallery@Second

Carrie Wissler-Thomas, CEO of the Art Association of Harrisburg, is rolling out the red carpet. The 34th annual Gallery Walk, held this year on Sept. 11, is a tribute to “The Silver Screen.”

Imagine the streets of Harrisburg like the legendary Sunset and Vine, alongside Hollywood Boulevard. Harrisburg’s art corridors create cinematic verité’ in 19 varied venues throughout the city, tent-poled by the AAH’s homage to stars of yesteryear.

There is something for everyone’s taste with “theaters” both inside and out. Much like at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, cavernous grand lobbies will greet visitors at venues like the Pennsylvania State Museum, leading to “Art of the State” in its 55th edition, and the Susquehanna Art Museum, which showcases “Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings.”

For history buffs, choices abound. Old City Hall apartments will house works by regional high schools as part of the “Artistic Expressions” group. Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) in Strawberry Square unveils its student fall show, “Connection,” which includes an awards ceremony. Think the “Oscars” for young artists.

The McCormick Riverfront Library has undergone a dramatic transformation, as has the now-connected Haldeman-Haly House. Both buildings are works of art themselves. Beyond the stacked library shelves, local artists, including Amy Powell, Todd Seltzer, E. Patrick Brown and Christina Juarez, will display their works.

Historic Harrisburg Resource Center will exhibit “Harrisburg’s Hidden African-American Heritage,” which explores the neighborhoods of the old 8th Ward. The fascinating foray is told through verbal recollections, vintage photos and more. Included are the Underground Railroad and the Bethel Trail.

Historic homes also will have their doors open. The Historical Society of Dauphin County will greet visitors at John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, as will the Civic Club of Harrisburg at its Overlook Mansion, nestled within Riverfront Park. Come and meet new President Contrena Baltimore, who is overseeing the Overlook.

Religious houses are “G” rated for all ages and beliefs, with open doors for tours, exhibits and more at four participants: Riverfront Gallery at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Zion Lutheran Church, Salem United Church of Christ and St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. While at the latter, look for the photography of Joel Anderson, who specializes in classic film and darkroom techniques.

Five independent galleries will participate, offering unique art adventures from downtown to Midtown.

First up, Gallery@Second, owned and operated by Ted and Linda Walke, will provide a glimpse of contemporary lowbrow and pop surrealist artwork by local artists.

Arriving at 3rd and Verbeke, you’ll be able to visit numerous galleries, all within a stone’s throw.

The Millworks will unveil its new show featuring artists Rebecca Adey, Tara Chickey, Elaine Elledge, Paul Gallo and Julie Iaria. Vivi on Verbeke is a throwback to the best of the late ‘60s-peace, love and pottery, in addition to the stellar photography of Vivian Sterste’s partner, Jackson (Jeb) Boyd. The couple adds ambiance and hospitality every time you enter their gallery-like home.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore/Robinson’s Gallery provides the bridge between education and art. There, local photographer Eric Mizak will be featured, along with prints from the collection of Robinson’s Fine Prints.

Last year, Nyeusi Gallery opened its doors for the first time on Gallery Walk Sunday, bringing African and African American art to the foreground in Harrisburg. Featuring both Pennsylvania artists and an international roster, owners Dr. Dale Dangleben and Michelle Green have made Nyeusi Gallery a destination for many types of artistic endeavors.

Prominently positioned for great viewing is the ever-expanding “drive-in theater” experience, the Sprocket Mural Works tour of building-sized art. “Mural Mile” tours will depart from the state Capitol steps at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m., with a suggested donation of $15.

That wraps up the preview for Gallery Walk’s edition of the Silver Screen. Who knows, maybe someday in the future Harrisburg will have its own Walk of Fame. Envision timeless tributes set in stone on 3rd and Verbeke, 2nd and Locust, Front Street and the list goes on. Perhaps it’s written in the stars.

The 34th annual Gallery Walk takes place on Sunday, Sept. 11, noon to 5 p.m., at numerous locations in Harrisburg. For more information, visit


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