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Creative Makers Background

Fifteen years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program.

What this program has revealed is that the Pennsylvania Wilds has many talented artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs, but many visitors, residents and event artists are not aware of this due to the region's rural geography (the PA Wilds covers 25% of PA, but accounts for only 4% of the population). It can be difficult to appreciate the creative spirit and skill of the region's artists and craftspeople when so many of them practice their craft in a room at their house on a back country road, out of sight.

Telling the story of the region's creative makers is essential to developing the region's identity and sense of place and to helping the public appreciate and be inspired by the creativity around them.

Creative Makers Exhibit

Now in its second year, and showcasing more than 200 images and 48 makers, the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds - A Traveling Public Art Show raises awareness about the region's creative community by bringing their stories to public spaces. This exhibit, which features regional artisans and producers making their crafts in their creative spaces, highlights members of the Wilds Cooperative Pennsylvania (WCO), a program that is a direct product of the last 15 years of PA Wilds work. Today, there are about 300 regional artists, craftspeople and creative entrepreneurs participating in the WCO, which is administered and promoted by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship.

This exhibit is free and open to the general public. 


Exhibit Dates

UPCOMING

5/25/18-7/9/18:  Pennsylvania Lumber Museum5660 US Route 6 West, Ulysses.  Reception 6/30 from 3-5 pm. 

WHERE WE'VE BEEN

4/6/18- 4/27/18: nFactory Works Gallery at The Pajama Factory, Williamsport, opening  reception 4/7 during Green-O-Ree,  closing reception 4/26 (as part of the PA Wilds Annual Dinner and Creative Entrepreneur's Conference)

3/06/18-3/30/18:
 Elk  County Council on the Arts,  Ridgway, reception 3/9.

11/3/17-11/30/17: Winkler Gallery of Fine Art, DuBois,
opening reception, 11/3

This exhibit will continue to travel throughout Pennsylvania, please check back often for updates to the touring schedule.


Venues interested in hosting the show can contact LaKeshia Knarr, our Outreach Specialist to learn more about how to be added to the touring schedule. 

Participating Wilds Cooperative Makers


1617 Project

A Touch of Nature
Alabaster Coffee
Alpaca Creations
Amanda Lewis
Brenda Nicklas
Carol Cillo
Chris DeStefano
CF Lawrenson
Ellen Paquette
Highland Chocolates
Hughes Pottery
Jack Northrop
Kim Gates Flick
Laughing Owl Press
Lynn Kibbe
Paul Staniszewski
Perry Winkler
Rich Horner
Shandra Wilson
Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry
Steve Getz
The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique

1718 Project

Airhead Grafix
Bill Crowell
Danette Wightman
Debbie Penley
Elkwood Arts
Equinox Ltd.
Heron
Icyy Ink Screen Printing
Jabebo, LLC
Joanne Oviatt
John Pearson
Julie Mader
Karen Heltzel
Kathleen Schnell
Kyle Yates
Linda Moore
Lois Crozier
Michele Bango
Mickayla Poland
Miller's Purely Maple
Peggy Houser
Pine Springs Pottery
Rich Valley Apiary
Rocky Holland
Sharon DiMichele
Sue's Salves
Tom Svec Furniture Design
Tracy Smith
Xtreme Wear




This exhibition was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Billing inquiries? Member Support? Contact our Admin  Partner:
Elk County Council on the Arts
237 Main  St.  Ridgway.  PA 15853  | 814-772-7051 | wildscopa@pawildscenter.org
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship,
a regional 
non-profit. Learn more at pawildscenter.org

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