The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

September 18, 2013

New center to be "hub of the arts for Danville"

DANVILLE — Before it has officially opened, Pi-Art Squared Art Training Center has become a popular community gathering spot.

The center, located at the rear of 14 East Mahoning Street, just off Mill Street, won’t hold its grand opening until Dec. 14, but until then the space is available for art lessons and for local groups to use to meet and hold events.

The first two weekends of September, Pi-Art Squared played host to the Danville Arts Council’s inaugural exhibit, “Beginnings.”

“The feedback’s been good, everybody likes the space,” said Holly Hollada, founder of Pi-Art Squared. “We had tons of support from the community and from the arts council,” she said of the event.

Hollada is currently using the center to teach students age 15 and up. She teaches multiple mediums, including water colors and oils. If a student wants to branch out to another form of expression that she can cover, she will do so at no extra charge.

However, wants the Pi-Art Squared’s use to expand beyond her. The purpose of the center is to be “the hub of the arts for Danville,” she said.

Any group that wants to use the center before or after its grand opening simply needs to contact Hollada at piartsquared@gmail.com and pay a minimal cost to cover electricity expenses.

“We’ve had interest form every area, from the people painting the mural downtown to little kids … excited about showing their art, to the state hospital to the professional artists in town,” she said.

Suzanne Walzer, of Mill Street’s The Music Box, hopes to use the space for student music recitals and the Danville State Hospital wants to hold plays there, with one scheduled for Dec. 13.

The center can also be used as an art gallery, like it was with the arts commission show. The center will collect no commission on any pieces sold, Hollada said.

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