Art in Evergreen Park
Famously touted as the “Black Cherry Capital of the World,” Kane, Pennsylvania is also home to one of the most eclectic fine arts shows in the area, Art in the Wilds. Taking place this year on June 28-29 in scenic Evergreen Park, the show is celebrating its eighth year of creative splendor, welcoming over 5,000 guests.
Art in the Wilds isn’t your traditional run-of-the-mill craft festival. This juried fine art show features art for sale ranging from acrylics and oils, to watercolors, drawing/pastels, metal, glass, clay/porcelain, photography, print making/graphics, mixed media, fabric/fiber, wood, leather and jewelry. The event runs from 10:00am-5:00pm daily; admission is free.
A few new show superfluities include artist awards and musical duo Coyote Moon performing live on Sunday from 3:00-5:00pm in the gazebo. Additionally, a Bucktail Regiment Encampment will be taking place at the lower end of Evergreen Park throughout the show to commemorate Pennsylvania’s most famous Civil War unit.
“We started Art in the Wilds with about 23 artists and we are now nearing 40,” exclaimed Marilyn Blackmore, Director. “This year’s group of artists is a nice mix of different media including several new artists and some of the old favorites.”
Marilyn provides a “sneak peak” of what you might find at the show… Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, a returning potter from Franklin, PA, always has something new. This year she has been working on "Spirit Pots," which are symbolic of her reverence for the natural world. Her concern for endangered ocean mammals emerges in her whale pieces; her quiet enjoyment of Pennsylvania woods and waterways is evident in her work with plant impressions, amphibians and reptiles as well as in her overall design and textural decorations.
Dewy Fladd, who hails from Rushville, NY, is a digital photographer who has created a series of photographs called "Americana.” Taking inspiration from photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston (F64 club), he strives for the detail and quality in each image, often shooting with the lens closed down all the way, yet always looking for the "decisive moment" in each picture that tells the story.
Diane Levenson, from Conestoga, PA, is a new artist who includes everything from whimsical sculptures to beautiful benches, planters and repurposed metal items that she transforms into one-of-a-kind creations.
The production of Art in the Wilds revolves around a committee of 15 members that work strictly on a volunteer basis. “Some friends sitting on a porch together thought there should be an art event that would benefit artists and bring local and area economic development in the form of visitors to Kane. The idea that the event would be called Art in the Wilds developed and we began over a year of researching other shows and artists,” said Marilyn. Embarking on almost a decade of success, the show continues to grow.
The testimonials from the show only speak for themselves. “Volunteers were outstanding. It’s not often that artisans are treated so well by show organizers. Can’t wait for next year! One of the best shows I do,” said Deborah Moyer, Jewelry (2012-‘13 Show). “Nicest group of people in any show I do and I do a lot,” according to Jeff Ondash, Letter Photographer (2012 Show).
The Art in the Wilds committee looks forward to welcoming you into their quaint little town, located right in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest. Art in the Wilds at Evergreen Park is located on South Fraley and Birch Streets in Kane, PA. For more information on Art in the Wilds, including information on lodging and a full list of artists at this year’s show, visit their highly informational website at www.artinthewilds.org, call Marilyn at 814-837-7167 or email email@example.com.