Art In The Wilds readies 15th annual show | News

Robert G. Mull

Kane’s 15th annual Art in the Wilds art show is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27.

Because last year’s show had to be held virtually, all the artists who were juried into the 2020 show have been accepted into this year’s show, according to Director Merry Ryding, and all but four of the 2020 artists will be participating this year. Artists were chosen for the quality of their work, and with consideration to balancing the variety of media.

The artists are thrilled to be back doing a live show and they especially missed the interaction with the browsers and buyers in their booths. Artwork is more easily appreciated in person as opposed to viewing virtually online.

Our committee has been planning throughout the year, mindful of the ever-changing CDC guidelines, for the 2021 show. As anyone can imagine, things may look a little different from previous years. The artist tents as well as the dining tents will be spaced further apart to avoid overcrowding. Wash stations will be set up for convenience and safety. Art in the Wilds will adhere to what the Center for Disease Control suggests for outdoor gatherings. We are in a constant state of flux, as we have all experienced, so we want to do our utmost to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. Art in the Wilds thanks you for your help in meeting these goals!

Sadly, due to the effect of the pandemic on the school year, our annual Student Art Show is canceled, though we do look forward to seeing all of their wonderful work in 2022!

Art in the Wilds pleased to welcome the following artists to the 2021 Fine Art and Fine Crafts Show:

— Ceramics/Pottery: Lana Heckendorn, Stacy Johnson-Leske, Caelin McDaniel, Jeanne Russel

— Fiber arts: Pamela Bartl, Debbie Penley, Evian Zukas-Oguz.

— Glass: Amy Hahn, Kalpana Lehman, Kathleen Schnell, Dan Sullivan

— Jewelry: Megan Gillis, Peggy Houser, Christina Krautz, Laurie Leonard, Donna Little, Deborah Moyer, Heather Thompson.

— Mixed Media: Lisa Arkus, Michelle Hoff, Dawn Johnson, Kim Keller

— Painting: Chandler Beatty, Al Dornisch, Denise Drummond, Jack Paluh, Ellen Paquette.

— Photography: Larry Downey, Rocky Holland, Curt Weinhold.

— Sculpture: Anthony Arkus, Mark English, Earl Martz

— Wood: Gregg Kristophel, Jack Northrop, Robert Vrboncic

Art in the Wilds is a family friendly event and a great way to enjoy a day at Evergreen Park. Each year the two-day show draws thousands of people from throughout western New York and Pennsylvania.

“This wonderful art show would not be possible without the support of our generous community-minded sponsors,” said Julie Cleland, President of Art in the Wilds.

Those supporters include grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Kane Community Development Foundation, the Cleland Endowment, and the Northwest Charitable Foundation. Major sponsorships include Zook Motors, and Ed and Julie Malmstrom..

In addition, Art in the Wilds works in cooperation with the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, PA Route 6, The Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau, the Kane Chamber of Commerce. This program was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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