Exhibiting Artists Announced for 2014 Eighth Annual Art in the Wilds

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Art in the Wilds

Plans are underway for Art in the Wilds 2014, one of McKean County’s only juried fine art shows. The Eighth Annual show will take place on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in Kane, Pennsylvania’s scenic Evergreen Park.

To be accepted into the show, interested artists must submit samples of their work, which are then scored by a jury of art experts. This process ensures patrons a very high quality of original art in a diverse variety of media including acrylics and oils, to watercolors, drawing/pastels, metal, glass, clay/porcelain, photography, fabric/fiber, wood, leather and jewelry.

The planning committee is pleased to welcome the following artists to the 2014 Fine Arts Show: Dale Anderson, metal; Cheri Lee Anderton Yarnell, clay; Anthony Arkus, metal; Lisa Arkus, mixed media; Pamela Bartl, fiber; Roy Bohn, wood; Roland and Geno Boni, clay; Liana Caggeso, painting; Al Dornisch, painting; Denise Drummond, drawing/watercolor; Mark English, sculpture; Dewey Fladd, photography; Leslie Hallaby-Moore, jewelry; Rocky Holland, photography; Dawn Johnson, jewelry; John Kamerer, photography; Kim Keller, copper; Gregg Kristophel, wood carving; Andrea & Joe Lanich, printmaking; Victoria Lavorini, painting; Diane Levenson, metal; Donna Little, jewelry; Tom Martin, photography; Denise Mosco, jewelry; Deborah Moyer, jewelry; Victoria Neely, jewelry; Brenda Nicklas, glass; Jack Northrop, wood turning; Jack Paluh, oil; Dianna Soisson, pastel; Rob Szakelyhidi, clay; Lanny Tewell, leather; Joseph Wasko, concrete; David Webster, pottery; Curt Weinhold, photography; Dave Zaborowski, wood.

This year an artist award program will be implemented at AIW 2014. Jurors will visit artists’ booths and review bodies of work and booth presentations.

  • Four artists will be selected:
  • Two top awards will include “Best of Show – 2D” and “Best of Show – 3D.”
  • Best of Show awardees will receive $200 each and will be automatically juried into 2015 show although new photos will be required.
  • In second place, two artists will receive “Excellence Award – 2D and “Excellence Award-3D.”
  • Excellence Awardees will receive $100 each.
  • All awardees will be presented with a ribbon to hang in their booth at Art in the Wilds as well as at other shows. They will be promoted with a photo of each artist in his/her booth with ribbon to be shared with local media, the Art in the Wilds website and social media and in a post-show press release.

Also new this year is live music. George Stephen and Denise Drummond, of the popular duo “Coyote Moon” will be performing at the Art in the Wilds show on Sunday, June 29th from 3 to 5 p.m.

George and Denise have been a part of the area music scene for many years. The couple formed the duo in 2011 and their sound is rich, with beautiful harmonies. Appealing to any audience with their varied song list, together they offer up a blend of folk, rock, pop and country, playing favorites from the Beatles, to Neil Young, Adele, and Johnny Cash.

Art in the Wilds’ all-volunteer committee works in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Wilds, the Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau (ANFVB), Pennsylvania Route 6, the Lumber Heritage Region and the Kane Chamber of Commerce.

Funding has been secured through 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.

Major sponsorship contributions have also been secured from the Kane Community Hospital (an Affiliate of UPMC) and Cameron, Elk, McKean Link to Aging and Disability Resources, Collins Pine Division of Kane Hardwood, Kane Rotary Club, Friends of Westline and Zook Motors, Inc.

Individual and corporate sponsors are still needed. Each contribution goes to show expenses, advertising and keeping costs low for the artists. Some people like to sponsor to have their name associated with a fine arts event while some companies/organizations fit it into their advertising budget. Art in the Wilds is a non-profit 501©(3) organization.