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Artists Invited to Enter Items for Nature Art Showcase, Feb. 8 - 9 in Franklin, PA

Artists are invited to enter their diverse art works in the February 8 - 9, Fourth Annual Nature Art Showcase and Sale coordinated by the Council on Greenways and Trails in collaboration with the Penn Soil Resource Conservation & Development Council. The Showcase will be held inside the Barrow-Civic Theatre lobby during Franklin On Ice.

Desired items are 2-D and 3-D original art pieces depicting outdoor natural scenes and recreational activities conducted within Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties. There is no entry fee involved, and there are no limits on the residency of the artists who participate. Each artist may enter one or two items, and each artist sets the retail selling price for those pieces which are for sale on site.

In order to be included in the printed Exhibition Booklet which all attendees will receive, artists need to register by January 17. Registration instructions and forms are available on line at, or by calling Mrs. Marilyn Black at the office of the Oil Region Alliance, (814) 677-3152, Extension 105, Completed registration forms are to go to the Penn Soil RC&D office, (814) 726-1441; or Email

This relaxing free exhibit will open on Friday, February 8 at 5 p.m. with a public reception recognizing participating artists, which continues until 7 p.m. that evening. Saturday, February 9 hours for the Nature Art Showcase and Sale are 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. The showcase includes paintings, drawings, sculptures in wood and metal, fabric arts, photography, jewelry, pottery, coasters, woodburned items, woodcarving, watercolor, and mixed media pieces. The attending public will vote for a “People’s Choice” award.

In addition to showcase entries for 2019, offered for sale will be items commissioned by the Council on Greenways and Trails from artists who participated in previous Nature Art Showcase events. For instance, available will be art pieces featuring the work of John Carbone, Karlene Johnson, Vicki Kidder-Clark, Susan McGuire, Lydia Steeves, Janine Stiffler, and Lora Zill.

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.

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