Creative Makers Exhibition to feature Pajama Factory Artists and Tenants

Creative Makers of the PA Wilds: ‘A Citywide Exposition’

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 three venues across the City of Lock Haven in September 2019.

“This is the first time the exhibit has been displayed in this multi-venue format, so we’re calling it the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds: A Citywide Exposition,” said Abbi Peters, Executive Vice President of Creative Industries at the PA Wilds Center.

The exhibit, which 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, will be displayed at:
— Avenue 209 Coffee Shop, 209 Bellefonte Ave., from September 3 – 30.
— Lock Haven University‘s Bentley Gallery, 401 N. Fairview St., from September 3 – October 5.
— The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council, at 2 E. Bald Eagle St. in Lock Haven, from September 13 – October 5.

An opening reception will be held at the Station Gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, September 13 to kick off the exhibit.

When spread across the three venues, the entire show will feature more than 330 images of 82 artisans, creative entrepreneurs and cultural events, demonstrating the breadth of skill and talent in the Pennsylvania Wilds,” Peters added.

The show can be viewed throughout the month, and the goal is to get people moving throughout the community to view the entire show, Peters noted.

“The portion of the show exhibited at the Station Gallery will be part of the Clinton County Arts Council’s biannual Art in the PA Wilds Exhibit, which typically showcases finished works by artisans from across the 13-county region. This year’s exhibit will for the first time integrate images of Pennsylvania Wilds creative makers in the process of crafting their artworks and products – providing an opportunity for people to see the processes behind a finished piece,” explained Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

Artisans featured in the exhibit are juried artisan members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO), one of rural Pennsylvania’s largest networks of creative entrepreneurs, which is 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 five photographers from the region to document creative makers, including: Bill Crowell, Doug Bauman, Karen Heltzel, Katie Weidenboerner-Deppen, and Tracy Smith. So far, the show has been exhibited in five public spaces across the PA Wilds, as well as the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Harrisburg.

Details about the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds Exhibit can be found at www.wildscopa.org/creative-makers.

Photo Credit: Doug Bauman

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Pajama Factory tenants receive honors at Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit

We are very happy to announce that several of our Pajama Factory tenants were featured in the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA this year.  Congratulations are in order for Steve and Rita Bower who were both honored in painting and mixed media respectively.  Daniel Berberich was also honored for painting, while John McKaig received “Best in Show” for his wood cut.  Congrats to all our tenants!  We are so very proud of you!

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Factory Works Gallery Director, Ralph Wilson’s ‘Mind Shadows’

“There are parts of our lives that we only allow a glimpse of to others. These glimpses cast a shadow of our well-being.”

Lovely feature in the Williamsport Sun Gazette on Ralph Wilson’s latest project ‘Mind Shadows’ currently on display at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. Ralph is the Director of Factory Works Gallery​ and the Williamsport Community Darkroom here at the Pajama Factory. There is an artist reception and talk June 2nd, 5-9pm.

Be sure to see this haunting and intriguing exhibit on display though July 22nd. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our very own tenants.

‘Mind Shadows’: a photographic exhibit at Lycoming College Art Gallery

Just as the body creates a shadow in bright sunshine, so can the mind create a shadow of the self. These shadows of the mind are the topic of exploration for photographer Ralph Wilson’s upcoming exhibit at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. “Mind Shadows” runs through July 22.

Wilson is currently the director of the Factory Works Gallery and the Williamsport Community Darkroom at the Pajama Factory, where he teaches black and white film photography and historic processes.

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Save the Date!

Tommy Grieco- solo show opening Friday, Dec. 2,

Stay tuned for more details from Tommy Grieco about his solo show opening Friday, Dec. 2, 6 to 9 PM at the Factory Works Gallery. Second floor, Studio 10.

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David Becker at the Genetti

Just got word that our own David Becker will be the featured artist at the Genetti in November!

If you haven’t seen David’s work, do get down to this show—his work is thoughtful and considered, with a philosophical quality to it, much like David himself. (Congratulations on the show, David—and love the portrait!)

(Shared Facebook Post from the Genetti Hotel)

The Genetti Hotel & Suites Presents “Second Childhood” by David Becker

David Becker is the Bald Eagle Art League (BEAL) artist exhibiting for the month of November at the Genetti 4th Street Grille Gallery located in the Genetti Hotel and Suites. The exhibit of his work opens with a reception on First Friday, November 4th from 5pm-8pm. The exhibit is open to the public during regular 4th Street Grille hours through Tuesday, November 29th.

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Lawrence Charles Miller – Converge Gallery

The use of multiples and the confusion of reality and artifice began to appear in my work as if by osmosis. This occurred around 2009 with a steady stream of graphite drawings. At that time I switched from oil to acrylic paint to hasten to process of releasing images. In summer 2013 I turned all the canvases to my studio wall and began to work on paper. The directness of this method is simpatico with my inclination to transfer imagery onto the surface with intuitive immediacy.

The imagery comes from many influences including my past day-jobs as a scientific, military, and editorial illustrator. Occasionally Pennsylvania Dutch motifs occur because my research into Fraktur (the illuminated writings of the early German speaking community). The multiple landscapes mixed with interiors appear spontaneously as do the subtitles and notations.

via Lawrence Charles Miller – Converge Gallery.

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