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Fourteenth Annual Art in the Wilds show goes virtual

Wonder Of Wilds

Submitted Photos Pictured are some of the works from the Art in the Wilds show.

This is a year for adaptation. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Art in the Wilds show goes on. This year, its virtual! The online art show — artinthewilds.org — runs through Sept. 7.

Between the pandemic and social upheaval, there have been signs since February that this year would not be the same for anyone, including an art show nestled in the wilds of the Allegheny National Forest.

Art in the Wilds, which is now on its 14th consecutive year, saw the rapid cancelation of summer events as a challenge to rise to. In the name of solidarity and safety, the show has sought to carry on by creating a secure place to showcase this year’s juried artists: online at artinthewilds.org!

By creating a launch page hub connecting visitors to artists websites or emails, Art in the Wilds has the opportunity this year to run longer than the usual weekend long celebration. The Virtual Art Show is showcasing 31 participating artists. Image samples of art works for sale are just a few clicks away!

From artinthewilds.org a big link to the 2020 Virtual Show takes visitors to the hub page. Alternately, going to artinthewilds.org/2020-virtual-show opens to the hub page directly. From there, prospective buyers can click on images of our artists’ booths to see their artist page with samples of their artwork. Hover over the images for details and pricing on each piece.

Submitted Photos Pictured are some of the works from the Art in the Wilds show.

The artists have their own ways of making sales online. Some sell through their own sites or through sites like Etsy.com. Others prefer to negotiate with buyers through email or phone call. Instructions on how to contact each participating artist is provided on their individual artist pages on the Art in the Wilds website.

There are familiar faces, new faces, fine arts, and unique pieces. A diverse selection including acrylics, oils, watercolors, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, wood, leather, metal, and other mixed media are featured in this year’s show.

It is the Art in the Wilds committee’s hope that by creating this safe space to browse and offering several months of opportunities to support the arts in this beautiful corner of the world the 2020 Virtual Show will be a success – and pave the way for the return of the live art show June 26 and 27, 2021.

This unique and innovative way to promote the arts has been developed by: Executive Director and Vice President Marilyn Blackmore, Assistant Director Merry Ryding, President Julie Cleland, Secretary Suzy Meyer-Page, Treasurer Audrey McLaughlin, John Bloomquist, Jackie Buonanducci, Christie Gardner, Jim Greville, Trudy Pomeroy, Janine Smith, and Maddie Stanisch.

An extra special thanks to Merry Ryding for creating the 2020 Virtual Show’s page!

This year’s 2020 Virtual Show artists include:

Anthony Arkus, a metal sculptor, of Galeton, Pa.;

Lisa Arkus, a mixed media painter, of Galeton, Pa.;

Pamela Bartl, fiber artist, of Chambersburg, Pa.;

Al Dornisch, wildlife painter, of Ridgway, Pa.;

Larry Downey, photographer, of Waterford, Pa.;

Denise Drummond, painter, of Bradford, Pa.;

Mark English, metal sculptor, of Westfield, Pa.;

Megan Gillis, jeweler, of Pittsburgh;

Amy Hahn, stained glass artist, of Cambridge Springs, Pa.;

Lana Heckendorn, ceramic potter, of Carlisle, Pa.;

Michelle Hoff, mixed media glassworker, of South Dayton, N.Y.;

Rocky Holland, photographer, of Kane, Pa.;

Peggy Houser, bead jeweler, of Kane, Pa.;

Dawn Johnson, mixed media artist, of Monroeville, Pa.;

Stacie Johnson-Leske, ceramic potter, of Ridgway, Pa.;

Kim Keller, mixed media artist, of Franklin, Pa.;

Christina Krautz, jeweler, of Greensburg, Pa.;

Gregg Kristophel, Treenware woodworker, of Harmony, Pa.;

Laurie Leonard, jeweler, of Jeannette, Pa.;

Donna Little, jeweler, of Greenville, Pa.;

Caelin McDaniel, potter, of Erie, Pa.;

Jack Northrop, woodturner, of Kane, Pa.;

Jack Paluh, painter, of Waterford, Pa.;

Ellen Paquette, mixed media painter, of Warren;

Debbie Penley, fiber artist, of Sugar Grove, Pa.;

Larry Schneider, painter, of Carnegie, Pa.;

Kathleen Schnell, fused glass artist, of Wellsboro, Pa.;

Dan Sullivan, glass jeweler, of Moon Township, Pa.;

Robert Vrboncic, woodworker, of Marienville, Pa.;

Curt Weinhold, photographer, of Coudersport, Pa.;

and Evian Zukas-Ogus, fiber artist, of Greenville, Pa.

All these artists and more can be found at artinthewilds.org in the 2020 Virtual Show launch page.

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