The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
Creative Makers Exhibit: Carol Cillo
Photographs of Carol Cillo creating in her studio, which can be found in Clinton County.
“We’re very alike, but we’re very different,” Steve Getz said of himself and Carol Cillo. “I think that’s a big part of our success. We’re very supportive but very honest.”
In their country studio, located in an old farm house that has been in Getz’s family for generations, is “The Idea Factory.” The duo shares the space together, while working in completely different styles and art forms.
It wasn’t always like this. They both chose Clinton County, moving here from more stressful design based jobs centered in Williamsport.
Steve and Carol are not only artists, they’re fierce advocates of cultural development in their community. Both belong to the Clinton County Arts Council and are active in the downtown Station Gallery in Lock Haven.
To Carol, everything is a self-portrait, and most paintings are in some way biographical. She works with acrylic paint and ceramics to produce multimedia works of art that tell stories about things she feels and experiences deeply.
“I never know what I’m going to try to accomplish with paint until it happens,” Carol said. “For us, art’s not a hobby. It’s part of your spirit.”
Steve works in what would seem like dueling mediums — taking on both traditional oil painting and then transitioning to a massive Mac computer screen, taking to Photoshop and using a tablet and pen to paint digitally.
“There’s no better inspiration than the Pennsylvania woods,” Steve said. “I like to make art of things that people see as pretty ordinary."
And what they do for and with one another is done out of mutual respect and love. For example, he started to experiment with different kinds of oils in his painting because Carol was sensitive to oil painting. They ask each other’s opinions often as their studio cat Rainier meanders back and forth.
These images were captured by Katie Weidenboerner Deppen as part of the 2017 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
The PA Wilds is home to an impressive and diverse community of skilled artisans, craftspeople, and producers working across a variety of media. The PA Wilds Conservation Shop is proud to source and curate our shop using products made the many talented makers of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
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PA Wilds Conservation Shops are owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. To learn more about our nonprofit mission please visit pawildscenter.org.