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Transit Fine Arts Gallery

The Transit Fine Arts Gallery, sometimes called “Oil City’s Best-kept Secret,” is located on the ground-floor of the historic National Transit Building at 206 Seneca Street at the corner of Seneca and Center Streets in downtown Oil City. This local treasure houses and sells artwork from approximately 75+ local and regional artists working in a wide variety of media. Work ranges from paintings in watercolor, oils, pastels and on porcelain, plus photography, fiber art, pottery, linoleum block printing, jewelry in many creative forms and materials, woodturning, handmade soap, unique pillows, stained glass and much more! Gallery hours are 10:00-4:00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with extended hours during special events and in the weeks before Christmas. Call 814-676-1509.

New to the Gallery since 2013 is a unique two-sided glass-walled exhibit area named “The Butch Quinn Collection.” This display space honors Norman “Butch” Quinn, an Oil City native folk artist who gained national recognition with his outsider artwork. Visitors may view this unusual and wonderful art from the Transit Building hallway. Admission is free.

The Gallery opened its doors in 1996 and has been open continually since then except for a brief period in early 2013 when an extensive program of renovation and remodeling took place. Those who haven’t visited recently will be surprised at the new boutique atmosphere and electrical improvements. Operated completely by a team of helpful volunteers, the Gallery welcomes all visitors, artists, and friends of the arts. We invite you to stop in often and to bring your out-of-town guests, especially those who might have lived in the area and are back to visit. Among our artwork is a nice selection of Oil City memorabilia such as pictures, postcards, collages, books on the area -- even CD’s from local musicians! The telephone number for the Gallery is 814-676-1509 during Gallery hours.