Art in the Wilds Celebrates Creativity and Community in Kane, PA

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In its 12th year, Art in the Wilds, is a juried fine arts show in scenic Evergreen Park in Kane PA. Join 40 artists on June 23-24 for a vibrant and welcoming weekend that promotes our region’s creativity and beautiful art.

Kane, PA becomes a hub for connecting with friends, neighbors and visitors all celebrating the beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds. This year’s Festival will be an exciting experience with new exhibitors and many returning artists; offering visitors a chance to view and purchase, paintings, drawings, photography, metal sculpture, glass, fiber, wood and mixed media sculptures. This event is free and open from 10am to 5pm daily.

Each artists’ work was reviewed by jurors and selected for the quality fine art and fine craft, especially work that highlights the best of our region. The committee and jurors work to provide a balanced show with a variety of media.

2018 artists are:  Jose Farinango, Donna Little, Megan Whitten, Deborah Moyer, Peggy Houser, Denise Mosco and Mary Lou McMullen, Leslie Halaby-Moore, Gerina Faison, Ellen Paquette, Dawn Johnson, Denise Drummond, Jack Paluh, Al Dornish, Chandler Beatty, Lisa Arkus, Curt Weinhold, John Kamerer, Mike Weishan, Rocky Holland, Kevin Schoonover, Lawrence Downey, Jack Northrop, Gregg Kristophel, Richard Horner, Robert Vrbonic, David Zaborowski, Roland and Geno Boni, Lana Heckendorn, Caelin McDaniel, Stacie Johnson Leske, Anthony Arkus, Mark English, Kathleen Schnell, Karen Fitzpatrick, Dan Sullivan, Connie Blair, Pamela Bartl, Debbie Penley, Diane Castle-Babcock and Wendy Mosbacher.

In addition to wonderful art, visitors can enjoy a student art exhibition from local area high schools. The all-volunteer committee is proud to display the 5th annual student art exhibition. Students and teachers from several regional counties submit their artwork to be judged by their art teachers for the exhibition at Art in the Wilds. The results are an exciting blend of creativity, imagination and hard work from regional students.

Art in the Wilds is pleased to announce that the following schools will be participating in 2018: Austin and Oswayo-Valley from Potter County; Kane, Bradford, Port Allegany, and Otto-Eldred from McKean County; Ridgway from Elk County, and Sheffield from Warren County.

Art in the Wilds’ mission is to expand the role of the arts in our rural communities, to promote economic development and to provide a platform for artists to display their work. This event would not be possible without the continued support of partners and sponsors. Those sponsors include the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Kane Community Development Foundation, UMPC Kane, Zook Motors, County National Bank, Highlander Energy and Northwest Bank. In addition, Art in the Wilds works in partnership with the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, PA Route 6 Artisan Trail, The Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau and the Kane Chamber of Commerce.

Come for a relaxing day of shopping or bring the family to enjoy a leisurely stroll under the lush canopy of trees. This year’s festival will also feature live art demos!

Don’t worry, Art in the Wilds committee did not forget the food! Snacks and lunch will be available by several food vendors including Mt. Jewett Rotary (funnel cakes),  North Country Kettle Corn,  The Sweet Shoppe (ice cream) / PDR’s Lunch (steak/ sausage sandwiches, hotdogs, french fries)  Nick’s Kitchen  (crab cake sandwiches) and Andale Taco Truck ( salads and tacos).

The Borough of Kane prohibits smoking, alcohol, and dogs (with the exception of service dogs) in the park. Free parking is available nearby. Handicapped parking is available at the point of the park on Birch Street.

For more information about Art in the Wilds and to see examples of the artists’ works, visit www.artinthewilds.org or Facebook and Instagram.