The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. and Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania are proud to announce that the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds – A Traveling Public Art Show will be featured in the Capitol Building East Wing Gallery from March 8-28, 2019.
A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, March 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend; however, registration is requested.
Closing Reception Agenda
March 27, 2019
1:00 PM Welcome & Introduction
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc.
1:10 PM The Power of Creative Makers
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
1:20 PM The Power of Place
Cindy Adams Dunn
Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
1:30 PM The Power of Travel
Deputy Secretary for Marketing, Tourism, and Film,
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
1:40 PM Closing Remarks
Managing Director, Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc.
Details about The Creative Makers of the PA Wilds Exhibit
The Creative Makers of the PA Wilds -- A Traveling Public Art Show celebrates the artisans and producers of rural Pennsylvania by bringing processes that are often completed behind the scenes, in the rolling hills of the Wilds, to public spaces.
“This show now features nearly 200 images of 49 artisans, including painters, photographers, jewelry and fiber artisans, as well as woodworkers and glass artists. When combined in one space, the exhibit showcases the breadth of skill and talent in the Pennsylvania Wilds, while also demonstrating the processes behind a finished product,” explained Abbi Peters, managing director of the PA Wilds Center.
Artisans featured in the exhibit are juried artisan members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO), a value chain network managed by the PA Wilds Center.
“The Pennsylvania Wilds region covers about 25 percent of the Commonwealth, but only about 4 percent of the population calls it home. A while back, it became a mission of the PA Wilds Center and the WCO to help share the stories of the artisans and makers, as well as how they create their products,” Peters explained. “This is what led to the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds - A Traveling Public Art Show.”
The exhibit features artisans from each of the 13 counties encompassed in the Pennsylvania Wilds region, including: Warren, Forest, Elk, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming, Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Clarion and Northern Centre.
The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) has supported this project for the past two years, helping the PA Wilds Center contract with four photographers from the region to document creative makers. So far, the show has been exhibited in five public spaces across the PA Wilds. The Capitol exhibit will be the first time it has been shown outside of the region.
Details about the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds Exhibit, registration for the closing reception, and how to bring the show to a gallery near you, can be found at www.wildscopa.org/creative-makers.