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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WBRE/WYOU TV features Pajama Factory in ‘Beyond Baseball’ segment about Williamsport

The Pajama Factory started out in the 1880s, as a rubber company. Later on, hundreds worked here making Keds sneakers.  In the 1930s, the Weldons Pajama Company moved in. The eight-building complex would grow to become the largest pajama factory in the world. 

A set is on display inside Todd Foresman’s Coffee shop on the ground floor, where he takes pride in his work.  “When you are cooking for people that you care about, you make a better meal.  It’s the same with the coffee.  I really love what I do.  I really do believe I have the best coffee in the state,” said Todd Foresman, Owner, Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop

Todd’s landlord is property owner Mark Winkelman, an architect from New York.  He’s renovating the Pajama Factory and turned part of the building into his home away from home.  “We’ve owned it for twelve years.  It’s been a continuous renovation effort.  And we will continue for many more years.  I like the slow growth, the organic growth aspect of that,” said Mark Winkelman, Owner of the Pajama Factory.

To see more from the segment, visit https://www.pahomepage.com/sports/little-league-world-series/williamsport-beyond-baseball-the-pajama-factory/

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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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9th Annual Holiday Market is back and offering more than ever before!

Our 9th annual Holiday Market is happening Saturday, December 8 from 11am-4pm! Shop local this season with 70+ vendors throughout our 3 market venues, PLUS open studios, live music, food, chances to win factory-made prizes, artist exhibitions, and more!  Follow us @PajamaFactory to learn all that we will have happening this year!

For a list of all of our 2018 Holiday Market Vendors, visit the link below:

www.pajamafactory.net/holidaymarket

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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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