Geishauser gets grant for art show

Altoona artist Cory Geishauser was awarded an arts grant from the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance for his unique proposal titled “My Favorite Place in Blair County Traveling Art Show.”

Geishauser’s idea was for fifth- and sixth-graders in the area diocese schools to draw or paint their favorite place in Blair County and write a descriptive narrative to go along with it.

“Their favorite places can be as grand as Holiday Lights on the Lake or just sitting on the front porch swing husking corn with Grandma,” Geishauser said.

Geishauser chose the diocese schools that were going to be affected in one way, shape or form with the new merging and closings of the Catholic schools, as kind of a “last hurrah.”

St. John’s in Lakemont, St. Rose of Lima in Altoona, St. Patrick’s in Newry, Hollidaysburg Catholic and Altoona Central Catholic School were all invited to take part in this art exhibit, which started out as an art contest in their respected schools.

Teachers, art teachers, principals and Geishauser narrowed the chosen artwork down to three from each school. “All of the artwork was very interesting and the narratives were really well written,” Geishauser said.

Then, as an intergenerational program, the artwork was matted and framed and displayed on easels and circulated throughout select Blair County nursing centers, personal care homes and assisted living communities.

Participating students include:

n Drew Abraham from St. John’s with his pen-and-ink “Home With My Dogs.”

n Bella Adams from ACCS with her colored pencil “Mishler Theatre.”

n Olivia Batrus from St. Rose with her acrylic paints on canvas “Allegheny Ballet Company.”

n Madison Bunk from St. John’s with her pen-and-ink “St. John’s School, Lakemont.”

n Zachary Ebersole from St. Patrick’s with his crayon-and-pen “Roaring Spring Dam.”

n Bridget Frew from St. Patrick’s with her colored pencil “St. Patrick School, Newry.”

n Angelina Melgar from St. Rose with her colored pencil and pastels on cold press board “The Fischer Family Farm.”

n Abbie Moser from St. Patrick’s with her pencil-and-colored pencil “Barnes & Noble.”

n Danielle Mueller from St. John’s with her pen-and-ink “Altoona Campus.”

n Bree Murphy from HCS with her pencil, colored pencil and crayon “Hollidaysburg Catholic School.”

n Lisa Simanski from ACCS with her colored pencil “The Altoona Curve.”

n Benjamin Sosnowski from HCS with his pen and colored pencil “Tiger Stadium.”

n Madeline Waibel from HCS with her pencil, colored pencil and crayon “PNG Ballpark.”

“This art show has been an absolute grand slam,” Geishauser said. He said he received a lot of positive feedback from the various activities directors from the senior retirement residences around the county.

The art show’s tour opened at Garvey Manor in April, then moved to Homewood in Martinsburg, back to Duncansville at Elmcroft, took a hike out to Epworth Manor in Tyrone, and is currently at Maybrook Hills, formerly Valley View Nursing Home in Altoona.

Geishauser said he’ll be lecturing a special presentation at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, where he is employed in the Therapeutic Activities Department and then the final stop will be at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library throughout most of September. The display will be open to the general public for viewing.

All are invited to meet the young artists as they talk about their favorite places in Blair County for an evening of show and tell and reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Community Room at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, 1 Furnace Road, Hollidaysburgn.

Geishauser said that public speaking was another part of this art program that he also wanted to incorporate with the stu-dents.