The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
Creative Makers Exhibit: Amanda Lewis
Photographs of Amanda Lewis creating in her studio, which can be found in Clarion County.
Tucked on a bucolic back road that winds past peaceful farms and green fields is Lewis Art Gallery. In this space, which was historically an automotive garage, turned art gallery, Amanda Lewis works tirelessly at a crowded workbench, delicately molding tiny pieces of cold porcelain.
With few cold porcelain artists working in the United States, Lewis turns to women working in Thailand, India, and Russia for inspiration and guidance on techniques to further her art. She teases of the research, “I feel like a spy. I find these posts and then I have to translate them.”
She is nonchalant about the intensity of her precision and patient dedication to making cold porcelain look like the sincere sisters of their live, wild counterparts. Lewis jokes that she is most often asked “is that real” when she takes her work to the public.
In the last year, she has transitioned the focus of her work to native flowers of the PA Wilds, for which there is no cheat sheet other than nature itself. To do those studies she often takes to the woods with her husband and young daughter to explore and find inspiration.
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.