October 23 PA Wilds Makers Market: Watch artisan demonstrations and find regionally-made wares from home
If you’re looking for a gift or locally-sourced ware, be sure to tune into PA Wilds Makers Market on October 23. This online shopping experience is designed to help you ‘find your next WILD thing,’ specifically handcrafted products and services in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
It will be a great opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift ahead of the last-minute rush!
Artists in the Wilds Cooperative of PA — a network of rural entrepreneurs from across the Pennsylvania Wilds — will share demonstrations, tours and information on their handcrafted products LIVE between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 23. The event will take place at www.PAWilds.com/Makers-Market.
Throughout the day, visitors will be able to watch the live feed or peruse the participant directory to jump off to the participating artists’ websites and place orders.
Meet the Participating Businesses
Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co.
This nationally award winning micro-roaster + coffee bar is located in Williamsport. Alabaster strives to respect every person involved in the process of getting coffee from the seed to your cup. This means they know their producers and the farms where the coffee is coming from.
Blackberry & Sage Market
All products are not only a form of art, but also serve a purpose for a sustainable lifestyle. Tara’s focus is on reusable, compostable, organic, and eco-friendly products for one’s self as well as for the home.
Conklin Studio Pottery
Hand-sculpted items for garden and home are hand built from mid-high fire stoneware and porcelain clays and range from garden items such as toadstools and astrological symbols to magnets and figurines!
Jessie Vaughn Watercolor
Jessie Vaugn is a self-taught watercolor artist whose primary style is realism. She enjoys painting the wildlife and flora around her log cabin studio in the PA Wilds and also teaches in her gallery/studio at Abundant Blessings, Coudersport. She offers matted or framed prints, originals and notecards.
All of Jule’s jewelry is handcrafted with top quality materials including sterling silver, fine silver, 14kt gold filled and copper on occasion. Jule uses a variety of techniques such as fusing, soldering, and cold connections in her designs. Polymer clay beads are all handmade and vary from batch to batch.
Owl & Moon Creative
An eclectic mix of images, ranging from pastoral scenes at my parents horse farm to flowing waterfalls in the Allegheny National Forest. Allison uses a variety of lenses, filters and other camera gear to capture these moments.
PA Made LLC
Mickayla Poland at PA Made is a painter and graphic designer who focuses on Pennsylvania, Elk County, and outdoor-related designs for t-shirts, stickers, and other merchandise.
Pine Springs Pottery
Stoneware crafted completely by hand one piece at a time. Food safe and strong enough for family life, it can be used in the microwave, oven, refrigerator and dishwasher, making it a perfect choice for adding beauty to your everyday meals and very special occasions.
Amy at Sister’s Sunflowers is an artist of many mediums, but her main product line is stickers. After realizing some of her favorite local places didn’t have any stickers to promote them, she designed some myself. She hopes to create unique stickers for all of the areas she visits.
Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry
A self-taught jewelry artist, Stephanie uses nature for inspiration. She designs and creates artisan jewelry with hand tools using silver, copper and brass in wire or sheet form.
Sue’s Salves crafts plant-based skin care, aromatherapy products and herbal tinctures with organic medicinal plants grown in Sue’s magical herb garden. Combining the wisdom and knowledge of medical herbalism, organic gardening, and aromatherapy, Sue provides effective, pure high-quality herbal salves for simple to chronic skin conditions and highly effective pain relief.
Additional Participating Businesses
- Ellen Paquette Art – Fine art painter and fabric artist specializes in painting animal portraits, primarily endangered species, and creating whimsical soft sculpture creatures inspired by the natural world, mythology and folklore.
- Jabebo – Jabebo earrings celebrate science and nature through the various designs, often sold in bookstores at parks, preserves, gardens, museums, and bird centers. The earrings are handmade with post-consumer paperboard from cereal box cartons. The original packaging is visible on the reverse of the durable earrings.
- Nonni & Papa Joe’s Homestead – Specializing in crafting handmade beauty products, Nonni & Papa Joe’s Homestead makes each soap in small batches with tried and true recipes. Each bar of soap has its own unique look, and some are inspired by the scenes found in the PA Wilds.
- PJ Piccirillo – Author of two novels and numerous short stories published in literary journals, PJ Piccirillo is a two-time winner of the Appalachian Writers Association Award for Short Fiction. He is also a rostered resident literary artist for the PA Council on the Arts.
- Rich Valley Apiary – Ryan, his wife Brandi, and their children are beekeepers in Cameron County. Their bees are in the heart of the Wilds and are raised organically without treatment of chemicals or exposure to pesticides. From the hives we harvest local raw wildflower honey, produce beeswax candles, homemade soaps, lotions, and lip balms.
In addition, the participating artisan directory will stay up after the event and until the end of 2021, providing an opportunity for shoppers to peruse the directory and find locally-made products after the event as well.
For more information and to learn more about all the participating businesses, visit www.WildsCoPA.org/PA-Wilds-Makers-Market.
ABOUT THE WILDS COOPERATIVE OF PA
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is one of rural Pennsylvania’s largest networks of creative entrepreneurs, featuring over 300 businesses located in the Pennsylvania Wilds. The WCO is managed by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., a regional nonprofit organization that seeks to marry conservation and economic development in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Check out the WCO at www.WildsCoPA.org/our-members.