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Entries Welcomed for 2023 Nature Art Showcase

The Seventh Annual Nature Art Showcase and Sale will be held on February 3 - 4 inside the lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in downtown Franklin, PA, featuring original art work depicting landscapes, natural resources, and outdoor recreation found in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Each participating artist may enter one or two items of any size in this free public event, conducted during the “Franklin On Ice” Festival. The format of this exhibit results in a wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional items being included, such as watercolor and oil paintings, photography, sculptures, textile pieces, ceramics, custom wood decorative items, metal fabrications, wearable art, jewelry, wood carvings, drawings, multi-media works, glass mosaics, pressed plant material designs, and more.

Artist registration packets may be picked up in person at these locations: French Creek Framing and Fine Art on Market Street in Meadville; The Gallery at New Bethlehem Town Center on Arch Street in New Bethlehem; Titusville Council on the Arts on West Spring Street in Titusville; Victorian City Art & Frame on Liberty Street in Franklin; and the office of Penn Soil Resource Conservation & Development Council on Conewango Avenue in Warren, PA. Registration instructions and forms may also be downloaded from the Council on Greenways and Trails’ website

Attendees at the Nature Art Showcase receive a complimentary printed program which lists the artwork and artists, including each artist’s remarks about the particular items on display. In order to be included in this printed program, artists must register no later than January 18. While entries to this event will be accepted past that date, the detailed entry description won’t be able to be published in this keepsake program. Artist eligibility is not limited by geographical residence. There is not a registration fee involved; instead, a commission is retained by the event coordinators from each piece of artwork sold during this two-day event.

The non-profit Council on Greenways and Trails has operated this annual event since its initial year of 2016 (except for 2021 due to the pandemic), often in conjunction with the non-profit Penn Soil RC&D Council. Additional sponsors include Ernst Conservation Seeds, Barrow-Civic Theatre, Franklin Fine Arts Council, and Moonrise Porcelain & Stoneware. Typically, over fifty artists enter original artwork portraying four seasons of recreational activities, close-ups of plants and wildlife, and scenic views.

For more information, please dial Sherry Moore or Wes Ramsey at the Penn Soil RC&D Council, (814) 726-1141. Visit the website for more details.

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