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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Ta Brant, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail, in SDAJ today to pick-up a custom order off MY bench

20 branded items to be handed out among 'artisan trail' stakeholders throughout the Holiday season

Recent forged bracelets with artisan closures HERE to see a past material and tool list
Very simple in design, using 4 different hammers, tube riveting techniques and 10 gauge wire for the hooked closure.  Brushed satin finish on all.  Bracelets including other components and artisan beads are available too coming soon to Cameron County Artisan Center in Emporium and at ECCOTA in Ridgway for the Holidays. 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.


Christmas 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday

 I am pretty sure this was my 6th grade birthday party in February 1978.  Loved that record player, Twister and Earth Shoes.  A few good friends, a butterfly birthday cake from Gram and my little brother eventually joined us as you can see :) :)  The Monkees, K-tel compilations and The Partridge Family were right at the top of what was played I am sure.
A few months before hot rollers arrived under the Christmas tree, lol. 

Earlier this afternoon Jackie and I went for lunch in Ridgway, Pa.,  While there visited some antique stores galleries and shoppes- fun-times!  South Street Botanicals, Two Scoops, Clarion River Trading Company and ECCOTA were all decked out for the Holidays. Ridgway has a happening Main Street!

taken today in ECCOTA : - )

Sunday, October 26, 2014

News from the PA Wilds- Who is on the Trail NOW, PCA Best of the Best and SDAJ New Designs

Artisan Trail additions 

 A few weeks back the 'Wilds' committee met to jury new artisans on the trail and then a separate committee met to decide on new Trail Sites.  As you can see we had a great session and a big CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!!  

PA Wilds Artisan Trail
 These artisans and trail sites will see all the hard work the committee has done over the last 8 years put in action with new features and benefits. 

Tionesta Village new trail site
Types of Trail Sites

“Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds” Retailers:
Lodges, B&Bs, gift shops, coffee houses, galleries, visitor centers, outfitters and other retailers in the Pennsylvania Wilds that want to sell unique local products. To qualify, the retailer must agree to carry and sell products by at least three(3) PA Wilds juried artisans and is encouraged to display interpretive 
signage about the Artisan Trail as made available. Participants have one year to identify juried artisans to partner with and secure products that fit their inventory.

 Cost: $105/year. Chain stores not eligible.

Craft Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries and Hard Cider Mills
To qualify, establishments must be located in the Pennsylvania Wilds and produce their beverages in a craft manner that aligns with the Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds brand. Elements of our brand include: tradition, authenticity, natural, environmentally sensitive, attention to detail, values, quality, craftsmanship, and Made in the PA Wilds, Pennsylvania or America. For breweries, the national standard of “6 million barrels or less” will be used to designate between craft and industrial breweries. 
All establishments must have a space open to the public (of legal age) with regular hours to be included on the trail. Sites are encouraged to sell at least three(3) Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds authentic artisan products that fit their locations and display interpretive signage about the Artisan Trail as available. 

Cost: $105/year if you carry Proudly Made in the PA Wilds products; $150/year if you don’t. State-run wine and spirits stores and industrial producers are not eligible.

Experience the Arts Partners:
Local theaters (playhouses and modern film theaters situated inside historic movie houses), museums, dance, pottery, carving studios and other establishments providing opportunities for the traveling 
public to experience art in the region are encouraged to join the PA Wilds Artisan Trail under this 
category. Experience the Arts Partners are encouraged to sell at least three(3) Proudly Made in the 
Pennsylvania Wilds authentic artisan products that fit their locations (if space allows), and display 
interpretive signage about the Artisan Trail as available. 

Cost: $105/year if you carry Proudly Made in the PA Wilds products; $150/year if you don’t.

Public Art:
The PA Wilds Artisan Trail welcomes nominations for public art to be included on the story map. We define public art as any media planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. To be considered for inclusion on the Artisan Trail story map, the artwork must be permanent (a rotating artwork in a permanent location is acceptable). It must also be publicly accessible and created by an artist; or original artwork selected using a process that includes the public; or publicly accessible artwork that considers the social and physical context of the site. Examples include murals, monuments, memorials, statues and architectural landmarks. To submit a public art nomination, go to 

Cost: None.

* above information taken from the new PA Wilds Guidelines

a 'capture' of the new PA Wilds Trail story map to be released end of next week
 One such step is the Story Map application being launched end of next week.  This app is a fabulous addition to all that being on the Artisan Trail offers. 

A good friend and fellow PA Wild's artisan, Robin Davenport, now is also a Trail Site with here family business Wild Wings Art Studio and Homestead.  

~Read more about becoming a PA Wilds Artisan and also the new guidelines HERE


Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and ECCOTA

     After a two year hiatus from being on the Elk County Council on the Arts board I came in with a bang at last Tuesday's meeting for at this month's meeting 3 special guests attended Phillip Horn executive director of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Jim West PCA council member and accomplished artist and also Matt Serio program director for PPA for the PCA.  After some introductions 2 wonderful presentations on the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts or PPA were given from our side with Abbi Peters executive director of ECCOTA and then Matt Serio from the PCA side of things.

Staff of PCA HERE
Council         HERE

     "Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a partnership between local organizations and the PCA.  Now operating in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, PPA re-grants funds to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities.  Since its creation in 1996, PPA has demonstrated enormous success in achieving the PCA's mission and goals. "

PPA project stream defined HERE

Julie Mader, also a PA Wilds Artisan, was the recipient of The 2013 Best of the Best PPA projects award which was part of the presentation for the evening as well as further explanation of the PPA projects stream.


New Designs available @ ECCOTA

PA Wilds pendants, stamped geekery, mixed media bracelets, stone, clay and glass wrapped oxidized necklaces and hoop earrings just to list some of the SDAJ pieces being carried at this wonderful gallery.    

Warm and cool tones were used along with great texture from artisan beads, recycled glass, wire wrapping and gorgeous Picasso finished Czech beads.   A Picasso finish is added to beads after they are fire polished creating almost a raku finish.   Love them!

SDAJ also available @ Laughing Owl Press in Kane, Pa.  HERE

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Getting ready for a show on Thursday to-dos :)

We're gearing up for the 2013 Feed the Arts Soup Benefit-- The best tasting way to support the arts!

Thursday April 18, 2013
4-7 pm
Sacred Heart Parish Activity Center, St. Marys

Tickets are $10/person in advance and at the door
And include unlimited tastes of the areas finest homemade soups, desserts and breads.

Tickets are on sale now! They are available for purchase in Ridgway at:
the ECCOTA Gallery and Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce
and in St. Marys at:
The Village Peddler and St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.

This artisan has been working on PA Wilds brand copper pendants for tomorrow as well as some other wearer friendly pieces for that active person.  These pieces will be numbered, tumbled and oxidized bringing out the artisan created bark texture and patina.  Stringing for this series will be waxed cotton cording for immediate gratification.

the glow from the morning sun...praise God we have sun this morning.. :) happy dance

Stuffing the flight bag with boxes, bags and tissue paper along with the vintage overnight bag where the money box, calculator, cards and everything else I might need at a small show.  Below a storage container houses table clothes, ott-light and other display items.  Keeping it simple this year at the benefit.

Friday, February 24, 2012

show yesterday

IMG_2812 by Stephanie Distler
IMG_2812, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
I displayed at a local show yesterday in Ridgway, Pa. during the Chainsaw Rendezvous and Elk County Council on the Arts Feed the ARTS soup benefit.
The soup was delish as well as the people running the event.
To further support the ARTS in PA please visit Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania on facebook to assist in keeping the arts alive in PA.
New quote pendants are available and will be up on ETSY soon along with stone and metal wrapped bracelets!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gala Attending for a Superb Evening

Did you know that your Gala ticket includes.... open bar from 7-8, $10 in betting chips, unlimited Casino Punch, a Gala glass that's yours to keep, live music by J Mac +1 AND you'll be supporting the arts in Elk County.
So did you purchase your ticket yet?    

 They're still available in the ECCOTA Gallery or at the door Saturday Night, 11/12.

Can't make it you say? Then considering making a donation-  make a secure donation via PayPal

LINK to the FB event page.
Eccota Gala in Johnsonburg 2010
last year in Johnsonburg, 2010 with a friendly game of horseracing

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I have bagged MY web

I am an artist on and also committee member for an Artisan Trail called Art on the EDGE.  We also host meet-ups to benefit all involved with the arts in our County and include some art friends in the surrounding counties.  This past session was called 'Show Stoppers and Marketing Basics'  This session focused on tackling art show and festival applications including a database of local shows, what jurors look for from an applicant, as well as setting up a vendor booth that will wow potential buyers.

Topics  also included the basics of marketing artwork successfully using web-based social media, website builders, and other marketing strategies. In addition, Ta Brant from the PA Wilds Artisan Initiative will present a talk on the initiative and how it can benefit regional artists.

Social media is the topic I discussed showing my list of networking sites.  In the Bag the Web site I have only listed the more substantial in my list of many sites I have used throughout the last 10 years.   It was great giving this talk for it made me  really look at my ever growing mass of social sites and break it down to the best or most geared towards my needs to grow as an art business.

The guest speakers included:
Bobbi Mennetti Shaffer on show basics
Marilyn Blackmore director of Art in the Wilds  what shows are looking for
ME Stephanie Distler 'social media'
Ta Brant Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Initiative
Abbi Peters on setting up a drag and drop website


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