The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
Creative Makers Exhibit: Brenda Nicklas
Photographs of Brenda Nicklas creating in her studio, which can be found in Elk County.
"Art chose me more than I chose art."
The transition from painting to glass was an easy one for Brenda Nicklas. She says in some ways the art form mimics the way her minds works, embracing her love of precision.
She’s been creating mosaics for 15 years and fusing glass for 13 — taking the tiniest shards of glass and translating them into awe-inspiring visuals illuminated by light.
Of ideas she says, “I’m overwhelmed with them. It kind of happens with happy accidents too.”
Brenda affectionately calls her studio "her shell." Her studio is located on about 34 acres in Sigel, a place many would dub "the middle of nowhere."
While she always thought it should have been called "serendipity mosaics" because people don’t expect to find her where she is, it was actually named after her late dog Moose, who would make a funny noise that sounded like laughter, when the UPS woman would deliver packages.
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.