11th Annual Art in the Wilds to be Held June 24-25

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Crowds at Art in the Wilds enjoy all kinds of art processes such as photography, jewelry, glass, sculpture, painting, fiber, leather, pottery and wood. Photo Courtesy of Tracy Smith, Sixty-Foot Films
Crowds at Art in the Wilds enjoy all kinds of art processes such as photography, jewelry, glass, sculpture, painting, fiber, leather, pottery and wood. Photo Courtesy of
Tracy Smith, Sixty-Foot Films

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Art in the Wilds

Nearly 40 artists will come together on June 24 and 25 in scenic Evergreen Park in Kane, Pennsylvania, for the 11th Annual Art in the Wilds: an outdoor, juried fine arts art show. The show offers art for sale ranging from acrylics and oils, to watercolors, drawing/pastels, metal, glass, clay/porcelain, photography, fabric/fiber, wood, leather, jewelry, and others.

You are invited to come and experience this one of a kind art show, in fact one of the only juried art shows in McKean County! As a juried show, artists must submit an application and photos of work for scoring to a jury of art experts.

Handcrafted one-of-a-kind Ornaments for the body by Donna Little. Photo Courtesy of Tracy Smith, Sixty-Foot Films

What this means for you as an attendee is an encounter with very high quality original art among a diverse variety of media and items that will connect on a personal level with you. What it means for the artists is an outlet for displaying and selling their work where they come in contact with art lovers who will appreciate their pieces, ask questions and perhaps take home a piece of their creation to enjoy for years to come.

Come for a relaxing day just for yourself or bring the whole family to enjoy a leisurely stroll under the old oak, hemlock and black cherry trees in the park. Take a step into a world of color and imagination mingled with the smells of sizzling food from one of our many food vendors.

Enjoy watching live demonstrations at the artists’ booths on both Saturday and Sunday and in the gazebo on Sunday. Listen to the sounds of nature, a contented buzz from other art enthusiasts, and soft music throughout the park. There is something for everyone to enjoy…a memory awaiting! Because this is a family friendly event, it is worth mentioning that due to a borough ordinance, canine family members are not allowed to attend.

Photo Courtesy of Tracy Smith, Sixty-Foot Films

The all-volunteer Art in the Wilds team is proud to be hosting a Student Art Exhibition and Competition within the juried art show again this year. Each year, high schools from McKean County as well as Warren, Forest, Elk, Potter, and Cameron Counties are invited to recommend their top student artists for participation. Students submit their art pieces to their art teacher, who then submits photos of each piece to be juried. Young artists are then selected from those entries. The result is an exciting blend of eclectic, contemporary, and classic pieces made by local, budding artists, many of which are on site during the weekend.

The 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 works.

In its first year, Art in the Wilds attracted over 3,000 people and now numbers well over 6,000. It continues its large drawing in part by offering free admission and parking so that all people can attend the show.

Photo Courtesy of Tracy Smith, Sixty-Foot Films

It is funded by grants from the Kane Community Development Foundation and 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, and by vital local donations and major sponsors such as UPMC Kane, Zook Motors, Inc., Collins Pine Division of Kane Hardwood, Kane Rotary Club, Zippo Manufacturing Company and Northwest Savings Bank.

The Art in the Wilds committee works in collaboration with the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, PA Route 6, the Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau (ANFVB), and the Kane Chamber of Commerce.

Check out our website at: www.artinthewilds.org or follow us on Facebook for more information