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Uncle Eli’s to Unveil New Mural

by and on September 28, 2020 5:00 AM

After 50 years in business, Uncle Eli’s Artist Marketplace and Gift Emporium will be celebrating with the unveiling of a new mural outside of its 129 E. Beaver Ave. location.

The long-awaited outdoor mural will replace the severely weathered mural that was painted by a team of local artists 10 years ago, said owner Douglas Albert.

“The public is invited to see the new mural unveiled by Mayor (Ronald) Filippelli on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.,” said Albert, “or honk or wave to us as you drive by.”

The 4-foot-by-8-foot mural was created digitally by Bruce Evans, a renowned artist who lives in the Philadelphia suburb of Meadowbrook. Evans received a BFA from Penn State in 1973 and collaborated with Albert on the theme of the mural.

“Since 1975, Uncle Eli’s has proudly displayed artwork on their exterior facade, usually with the ‘Mona Lisa’ as a key element anchoring the theme. This year’s mural will be a departure from this and speaks to both the 50-year legacy and future of the store in a colorful and whimsical manner,” said Albert.

Albert has called Happy Valley home since he came to the area to attend Penn State in 1968. And while he never did graduate from Penn State, his 50-year-old store and his soon to be 40-year-old Douglas Albert Galley, at 107 McAllister Alley, have become fixtures in this college town, as has Albert himself.

And now, as the town is facing one of its most difficult times ever, Albert is unveiling this new optimistic mural that showcases what Uncle Eli’s is all about.

“It means to me that this business still has life and is looking toward the future. It is an optimistic image. It depicts the spirit of Uncle Eli’s and the thing that Uncle Eli’s stands for — that we try to think outside the box. That we stay ahead of the curve, so to speak. And that is the same attitude I have in my gallery,” said Albert.


This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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