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 AIR Program hosts closing exhibition Friday, Aug. 2nd from 6-9pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For one night only, both local and national artists come together to present their final works.

Please join us for the culmination of the Pajama Factory’s 8-week Artist-in-Residence program. The artists, who hail from Las Vegas, New York City, State College, Bloomsburg and our very own Williamsport, will be presenting readings and performances in PJF Community Room at the top of every hour while visual and fine artists will be on display in the Factory Works Gallery (@FactoryWorksGallery) located on the 2nd floor, Studio 9-210N.

Chosen to participate in this year’s program through a curated process, each artist was asked to provide one outreach component for the public and state what they hoped to accomplish during their time at the Factory. They have created works in mediums as varied as painting, fiber arts, printmaking, digital and new media, photography, writing and performance. They represent a diverse array of practices emblematic of the spirit the Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence has embodied since it inception in 2009.

This year’s artists are: Rachel Cualedare, Kay Leigh Farley, Rowan Shaffer, Sigfried Aragona, Sarah Foster, Sophie Najjar, and Sheilagh Weymouth. The artists themselves will be in attendance to discuss their work. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you’ll join us, Friday, August 2nd from 6 to 9 pm, for this final closing exhibition. To find statements regarding their work as well as biographical information, please visit the 2019 Final Exhibition page on the air.pajamafactory.net website.

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Celebrate World Art Day with us!

4/15 is World Art Day – how do you want to celebrate?

World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts. The goal of this day, is to appreciate art in general, and to spread world-wide enthusiasm and awareness for the arts. Here are just a few easy and enjoyable ways you can celebrate:

  • Get a group of friends together and visit one our local Museums and Art galleries.
  • Get the kids involved! Teach them about the different forms of art and provide them with a hands-on way to experience the creation of artwork.
  • Purchase a piece of artwork for your home or office.
  • Wherever you go, make a conscious effort to be on the lookout for artwork. You will be amazed at how many works of art are prominently displayed, yet you walk by it everyday without noticing.

Consider Sponsoring an Artist!

World Art Day is also our Day of Giving for the Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence Program!

Another way to celebrate World Art Day would be to sponsor an artist for the Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence Program. We’ve raised $900 for each artist so far – only $542 remains for each of the 6 artist to be fully fund for 2019. Consider giving a gift (of any size!) on 4/15 to honor this important day.

Visit air.pajamafactory.net to make a donation and learn more about the program!

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A View from the Easel

A really nice feature of John McKaig‘s studio space can be found in Hyperallergic, a Brooklyn-based arts online magazine.  John is a prolific artist and long time tenant of the Pajama Factory.

A View From the Easel

A full-time lecturer of drawing at Bloomsburg University, and of drawing and art history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, John received a BFA in printmaking from Miami University in Ohio and a MFA in printmaking from Syracuse University.  He has taught printmaking, painting, figure drawing and anatomy at Syracuse University, drawing and illustration at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, and all levels of painting, printmaking, general and figure drawing, and analog photography at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI. John McKaig has exhibited work throughout the United States and internationally, in group and juried exhibitions as well as in several solo exhibitions. To see his work, visit johnmurraymckaig.com 

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Rita & Steve Bower: Painted Journal II, Opening Reception

Factory Works Gallery invites you to Painted Journal II, an exhibition of work by Rita & Steve Bower which chronicles the creative journey they have traveled over the years.  Join us on Friday, 11/3 from 6-9pm on the 2nd floor of Building 9, Studio 10.

According to Steve, “It is almost painfully difficult to describe art and the art experience. Try to describe the wind, the sun on your face, or the look in a child’s eye and that is what it is like. For each person it is a distinctly different experience or sensation and we as artists try to create things which in the presence of others are transcendent enough to connect.”

Rita added that, “It is my dream to one day make art that will stir someone. Although more comfortable wearing the hat of the ‘art educator,’ when I make art I am often filled with a sense of accomplishment and honesty.”

We hope you will join us in exploring this painted journal that Rita and Steve Bower have and continue to create.  This exhibition will be available to public through November 24th.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4-7pm.

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