"Where the 'Wild Things' Are in the PA Wilds" is being featured at Allegheny Artistry in Youngsville with an opening reception Friday, April 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
In the pursuit of preserving our state's heritage and promoting tourism, the state of Pennsylvania has designated 12 "Heritage Regions" across the state, and three of them are located in Warren County. They are the PA Wilds, Lumber Heritage, and the Route 6 Alliance. All three groups foster the inclusion of the arts as part of economic revitalization in the region. This wildlife Art Show is a celebration of what those overlapping regions have to offer the residents and tourists, according to Joanne Oviatt, acting president of Allegheny Artistry/ Local Artist's Co-Op.
This regional art show titled "Where the 'Wild Things' are in the PA Wilds," will be held at Allegheny Artistry, 106 E. Main St., Youngsville.The centerpiece of the show will feature the dramatic compositions of Jason Morrison, licensed taxidermist. Jason lives and works in the Sugar Grove area. His work has been seen locally during the winter sports show at the Warren Mall. He has some new pieces for this show. The accompanying photos illustrate not only his fine application of an old craft, but his artistic and engineering ability as well.
Taxidermy original of Jason Morrison
Surrounding Morrison's impressive re-creations, will be the photos, paintings, drawings, and sculptures of many Warren County artists. Both familiar names and newcomers are on the list of participating artists: Tim Byler, Barb Brown, Mary Donahue, Debbie Edling, Wilma Fleming, Kelly Hunt, Karen Heltzel, Jenna Kibby, Lynne Myers, Wendy Neckers, Donna Nelson, Keith Oviatt, Judy Schrader, Audrey Taylor, Herb West, David Winner, Paul Yourchisin, J. Oviatt and others registered but not yet received.
The show will continue until May 10 with gallery hours Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time frame, drawing classes will be offered using the posed animals as subjects. Call 563-4286 for information.