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Wild Inspiration: An interview with PA Made owner Mickayla Poland

 Mickayla Poland is the owner and artist of PA Made LLC. PA Made designs outdoor, Pennsylvania, and PA Wilds inspired stickers, t-shirts, and more. Learn more about how Mickayla Poland developed her business and how her home continues to inspire her work to this day.

November 15, 2021

Capturing the spirit of the PA Wilds: Interview with author PJ Piccirillo

 PJ Piccirillo delves into his history with the written word, as well as how the PA Wilds region has inspired his works. PJ’s fiction and articles have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers, and syndicates. He is a literary artist-in-residence for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. An advocate of the region’s under-recognized writing, he has worked to build a name for its writers and a brand for its books by founding the Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia (WCoNA)™ (WCoNA.com) and the Northern Appalachia Review, for which he is the current editor-in-chief.

October 25, 2021

Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry: Turning hammered metal into wearable art

Stephanie Distler, of Johnsonburg, started her artistic journey when she was seven years old. Her love of art transformed and grew as she did before settling to focus on jewelry making.

October 11, 2021

The upcycling culture behind Jabebo Studio

It can be difficult to fit artistic details into earrings only about an inch long, but the Jabebo artists are able to make this magic happen every day. With hundreds of designs, one could examine these earrings for hours and find a new detail that was previously missed. However, that is not the only amazing thing about Jabebo earrings. All of the earrings are made from cereal boxes donated by the local community.

October 3, 2021

DIY Crescent Moon Wreath Inspired by ECCOTA

Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA), located in Elk Country Landscape, recently held a class where participants could create their own Crescent Moon Wreath! Learn how to make your own Crescent Moon wreath in this DIY article courtesy of ECCOTA.

September 27, 2021

Landscapes of the Pennsylvania Wilds

The Pennsylvania Wilds is a tourism region in Pennsylvania, one of several in the state. It covers twelve and a half counties in the north-central and northwestern part of the state. Within this area, the land is subdivided into six other regions, called landscapes. Lou Bernard provides a guideline to the various landscapes of the PA Wilds.

September 20, 2021

A class on fused glass in the Pine Creek Valley

Kathleen Schnell is a juried artisan member of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO), and offers classes in her craft of fused glass.

September 12, 2021

Rich Valley Apiary: Turning Organic Honey into Self-Care

Rich Valley Apiary can best be described as a family affair. Ryan Magaro and his wife Brandi are beekeepers in Cameron County, PA, and owners of Rich Valley Apiary. Together they not only raise bees; they harvest the bees’ sweet honey into various byproducts.

September 5, 2021

Virtual PA Wilds Makers Market Slated for October 23; Vendor Applications Due by September 24

PA Wilds enthusiasts can easily find products, services and experiences proudly made in the Pennsylvania Wilds during the 2nd annual PA Wilds Makers Market on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taking place at www.pawilds.com/makers-market, the virtual event features a video stream where artisans and crafters from the Pennsylvania Wilds give live demonstrations, tours of their studios and shops, and interviews about their small businesses.

August 31, 2021

‘Up Stream’ project brings bold colors — and message — to Elk Country

Elk County Conservation District approached two artists to create murals on storm drains in Elk County that would help the organization raise awareness of the damaging effects that dumping waste has on streams and rivers. Artists Mickayla Poland, owner of PA Made LLC. and Liz Dippold, owner of Country Chic Studio, talk about the expereince. 

August 28, 2021