Creative Makers Project

PA WILDS CREATIVE MAKERS

The road 
less traveled makes all difference

Now in its third 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.

Project Stats

at a glance what we’ve done

PHOTOGRAPHERS

MILES TRAVELED

CREATIVE MAKERS CAPTURED

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

Exhibit Dates

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

Do you manage a venue that would be
a good fit for hosting this exhibit?
We’d love to hear from you!
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Venues interested in hosting the exhibit may also contact LaKeshia Knarr, PA Wilds Center Outreach Specialist, to learn more about how to be added to the touring schedule.

Host the Exhibit

Participating Artists 

2016-2017 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
Katie Weidenboerner Deppen
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

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2017-2018 PROJECT

Airhead Grafix
Art in the Wilds
Bill Crowell
Danette Wightman
Debbie Penley
Elkwood Arts
Endless Mountain Music Festival
Equinox Ltd.

Heron
Icyy Ink Screen Printing
Jabebo, LLC
Jessie Vaughn
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

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2018-2019 PROJECT

Allegheny Outfitters
Allison Schanbacher
Amber Neefe Fowler
Bernadette Chiaramonte
Carolyn Schiffhouer
Cliff Stump
Cooney’s Mountain Mustard
Curt Weinhold
Darryl Kotz
Dean Fry
Diane DeLarme
Donna Edmonds
Doug Bauman
Enola McClincey
Erin Solveson
Helene Nawrocki

Jeff Crawford
Josh Helke

Judy Schrader
Karen Heltzel
Kristen Osborne Carroll
Mark English
Milkweed Monarchy
Mountain Graphics
Mudslide Pottery
Nuthatch Studio 
PA Wilderness Skills
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Pine Creek Outfitters
PJ Piccirillo
Scott Gnan
Stacie Johnson-Leske
Steve Bower
Terry Palmer
The Pajama Factory
Tracy Smith
Woodsmen Show

We’ve been around

Some of our fabulous exhibit sites and dates. 

Winkler Gallery of Fine Art

DuBois, PA 

Show ran: 11/03/17 – 11/30/17
opening reception: 11/03/17

Elk County Council on the Arts

Ridgway, PA

Show ran: 03/06/18 – 03/30/18
reception: 03/09/18

Factory Works Gallery at The Pajama Factory

Williamsport, PA

Show ran: 04/6/18 – 04/27/18
opening reception: 04/07/18
closing reception: 04/26/18
(as part of the PA Wilds Annual Dinner and Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference)

PA Lumber Museum

Ulysses, PA

Show ran: 05/25/18 – 07/09/18
closing reception: 06/30/18 

Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center

Wellsboro, PA 

Show ran: 12/01/18 – 2/24/19

East Wing Gallery
Capitol Building 

Harrisburg, PA 

Show ran:  3/8/19 – 3/28/19
closing reception: 3/27/19

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.

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