Nature Art Showcase has diverse items

Photo submitted to Times Observer “American Kestrel” painting on wood, by Randy Wimer.

Wildlife, landscapes, outdoor recreational activities, wildflowers, and many other 2-D and 3-D images from the great outdoors are among the original artwork featured in the Fourth Annual Nature Art Showcase and Sale to be held on Feb. 8 and 9 in downtown Franklin.

Participating artists each enter one or two items, which typically range from paintings, photography, pottery, sculptures, and metal fabrications to wood carvings, jewelry, fabric arts, wearable art, and more. An example of one of the multi-media pieces already registered for this year is an acrylic painting on wood by Randy Wimer of Hermitage; it shows an American Kestrel grasping its prey.

Artists are encouraged to register their entries for free by January 17 in order to have descriptions included in the printed exhibit booklet which is provided to attendees at the Nature Art Showcase and Sale. Registration kits are available at

In addition, registration kits may be obtained in person at these locations: Victorian City Art & Frame on Liberty Street in Franklin; Oil Region Alliance office, 217 Elm Street, Oil City; and the office of Penn Soil RC&D Council, 4000 Conewango Avenue in Warren.

The public is invited to attend this free indoor Nature Art Showcase and Sale, conducted in the lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in downtown Franklin during the “Franklin On Ice” Festival. A free public reception kicks off the art exhibit on Friday evening, February 8 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.; the exhibit continues on Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Most of the displayed items are also available for purchase on site. For more information, please dial Sherry Moore or Wes Ramsey at the Penn Soil RC&D Council, (814) 726-1441.

Sponsors for this annual event include the following: Barrow-Civic Theatre; Campbell’s Pottery Store; Clarion Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Council on Greenways and Trails; Ernst Conservation Seeds; Franklin On Ice; Oil Region Alliance; Oil Region Coalition of Artists; Penn Soil Resource Conservation & Development Council; Titusville Council on the Arts; Venango Area Chamber of Commerce – Be Here; and Victorian City Art & Frame.

This free public event is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA grant to Penn Soil RC&D is awarded via Erie Arts & Culture.