Photographs of Kim Gates Flick creating in her studio, which can be found in Northern Centre County.
Artist, educator, outdoor enthusiast. Kim Gates Flick is all three.
The Centre County native practices en plein air artwork, teaches as a Visual Art professor at The Pennsylvania State University, and commonly refers to herself as “a native daughter of the Bald Eagle Mountains.”
Born a stone’s throw from those mountains and still living nearby today, Flick’s connection to the land extends back to her own roots and adventures into the wilderness around her as a child.
That connection is evident in her artwork, too.
“I ran over every inch of the place! Swimming, inner-tubing down the creek, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, sledding, skating, field sketching, foraging, and building forest cabins and tree houses were everyday events that left a trail of everlasting memories,” she recalls. “It truly fostered my creative spirit, love of the land and all things wild.”
Much of Flick’s artwork focuses on the relationship between the subject matter and herself, and she describes her work as a “multi-sensory experience,” depicting the “wildest regions of our state in the wildest state of imagination.”
The mixed-media artist admits she especially enjoys working with soft pastel.
“It is perfect for working in the space between [drawing and painting]; you get the immediacy of drawing with the color complexity of painting.”
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.