Demonstrations Scheduled – 12th Annual Art in the Wilds

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – June 19, 2018 – The Twelfth Annual Art in the Wilds outdoor, juried fine arts show will take place on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 between the hours of 10AM and 5PM in scenic Evergreen Park in Kane.

A total of 40 artists showcase and sell their work in the following categories: acrylics, oils, watercolors, drawings, mixed media, pottery, photography, fiber, wood, leather, jewelry, glass and metal.

Geno Boni works on a bowl at the 2017 Art in the Wilds show

Geno Boni works on a bowl at the 2017 Art in the Wilds show

Over the weekend, several artists can be found demonstrating at their booths during the show including: Stacie Johnson-Leske throwing pots; Leslie Halaby-Moore creating chain maille jewelry; Peggy Houser beading jewelry; Pamela Bartl spinning raw wool into yarn; Gregg Kristophel carving wooden spoons; and Ellen Paquette painting mythical animals.

On Sunday, plan to be at the gazebo:

At 11 am Debbie Penley of Sugar Grove PA says, she will turn a handful of wool into a peaceful sleeping fawn. Debbie is a juried artist with the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania and is a fiber artist who creates whimsical animal portraitures and soft sculptures. Come to see how she makes them!

At 1 pm Michael Weishan of Cattaraugus, NY will demonstrate how to get proper exposures for photographs.  He specializes in on-location landscape portraits and spends endless hours outdoors sorting out the patterns of nature and observing the interplay of wildlife. He will share his expertise with you.  Feel free to ask questions.

At 2 pm Diane Castle-Babcock of Boonville, NY will tell you about the art of printmaking. She combines her love of the outdoors by creating impressionistic landscapes.  She begins each print with a drawing and transfers it to linoleum. Using a variety of v-shaped gouges, she carves out and inks each layer (color) and then hand presses them onto Japanese rice paper for very fine compositions.  She’ll show you how it’s done.

At 3 pm Connie Blair is a fiber artist from West Newton, PA who spent over 30 years teaching art.  She creates one-of-a-kind fabric creations including hats, scarves and other accessories and will demonstrate the process of felting using the resist method. Layers of wool are wetted with warm water and soap and are agitated by rubbing and rolling. Come to see how she turns this into a hat. It’s fascinating!

Ask the demonstrators questions and involve them in discussions as you get the close-up opportunity to learn how they work. All of them sell their creative pieces at the show and you will have a better appreciation of the work that goes into each one.

Also, on Sunday at the food tent area: watch and listen to a young local high school student who really knows how to make a violin sing!

Under the direction of Janine Smith, Art in the Wilds will be featuring the student art exhibition and competition.  High school students in districts from McKean, and five contiguous counties including Cameron, Elk, Forest, Potter and Warren have been invited to participate.  Students submitted art pieces to their art teachers and those accepted pieces will be displayed at Art in the Wilds. Eight schools will be represented this year.

Art in the Wilds is made possible by many local sponsors including: UPMC Kane, Zook Motors, Northwest, CNB Bank and Highlander Energy Products, Inc.  It has been supported by the Kane Community Development Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Partners include PA Wilds Artisan Trail, PA Route 6 Artisan Trail, Allegheny National Forest Visitor’s Bureau, Kane Area Development Center and ArtWorks.