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Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania to open State College gallery

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, located in Lemont, is opening a second gallery in downtown State College.
The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, located in Lemont, is opening a second gallery in downtown State College. adrey@centredaily.com

In about two months, the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania will have a home in downtown State College.

The Lemont nonprofit has acquired the space of the Fraser St. Gallery, located at 123 S. Fraser St. across from the Fraser Centre. A grand opening is set for Oct. 7.

“We’re particularly excited because Target and H&M will be opening just across the street,” said Marie Doll, executive director of the Art Alliance. “We’ve looked from time to time. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while but just didn’t have the opportunity.”

The Fraser St. Gallery opened in 2012. Director Maggie Wolszczan is holding a reception for a final exhibition from 6:30 to 9 p.m on Friday. The reception, which will be held at the 600-square-foot, street-level gallery, will feature live music by Eric Ian Farmer and Molly Countermine.

Doll said the Art Alliance is searching for a gallery director to oversee the new space. The nonprofit is in the planning process for shows and inviting artists to apply.

The gallery will host a different show each month, Doll said, and will feature local artists. A website and logo is being designed.

“There are a lot of talented local artists, and we think it’s important to get their artwork out to be seen,” Doll said.

Philipsburg art studio to move locations

Two Painting Broads, a Philipsburg art studio, plans to move to a larger space at 1 N. Front St. A ribbon cutting and open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 8.

Co-owners Corie Hartsock and Jody Gunter opened the studio last July at 126 N. Second St. in Philipsburg. Hartsock accounted the move to growth in the market. Extra space, she said, was needed for the classes and parties the studio hosts.

“We’ve always had a dream of having a bigger space,” Hartsock said. “We just didn’t think it was something we’d do so quickly.”

The studio is moving from a 500-square-foot location to a 3,000-square-foot space on Front Street.

The company began as a mobile studio in April 2015, hosting private parties on the road. Hartsock and Gunter, who met because their sons were both in Boy Scouts, sat down with their husbands, mapped out a business plan and three months later opened up their first studio.

Hartsock estimated the pair do about five mobile parties a month and are booking into November.

“Philipsburg likes to paint,” Hartsock said. “... It wasn’t always the plan to have a brick-and-mortar studio, but it just sort of fell in our lap and we ran with it. We’ve been really blessed ever since the beginning.”

Bellefonte thrift store opens online version

FaithCentre, a Bellefonte vintage clothing shop, recently announced the opening of an online store.

Called Centre Treasures, the store offers apparel, antiques and household goods. Transactions are processed through PayPal, an online payment service. Shipping and tracking is handled through USPS Ground.

Sales from FaithCentre’s brick-and-mortar store at 110 W. High St. benefit several of the organization’s outreach programs, including the food bank, pet food pantry, wellness programs and emergency financial aid services.

For both the store and its online cousin, inventory comes from donations.

TMMData adds Enterprise Holdings, CarRentals.com as clients

TMMData, a Philipsburg software provider, recently added Enterprise Holdings and CarRentals.com to its client roster. The company also announced Chris Gale as its chief revenue officer and Orestes Chinea as senior director of customer success.

The moves signal TMMData’s growing presence in transportation. Enterprise Holdings, which owns several car rental subsidiaries, will benefit from TMMData’s secure data integration platform and facilitating workflow, according to a release. The software will help CarRentals.com, a brand of travel website Expedia, to track marketing campaigns and collating data.

“We are pleased to announce Enterprise Holdings and CarRentals.com as new users, and look forward to helping them make their data as actionable as possible while also creating process efficiencies,” Bob Selfridge, TMMData’s CEO and founder, said in a statement. “Both the travel and transportation industries deal in incredible amounts of customer and logistical data, and we’re excited that these sectors are increasingly choosing TMMData as a technology partner who can address their data integration and analysis needs.”

TMMData’s clients include Royal Caribbean, Penn State, FedEx and Comcast, among others.

Gale will head the company’s sales and business development initiatives. He previously served as senior vice president of global professional services for Ensighten, a digital marketing company.

Chinea will work with clients during the onboarding process and manage TMMData’s support services. Like Gale, he comes from Ensighten, where he consulted with clients such as Coke, The New York Times, Hearts, T-Mobile, Dell, HP and Microsoft.

The hirings were first announced in July.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy

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