The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week invites bloggers to share photos from the countryside or small towns. Amy is hosting this week HERE
Today I have art from Boot Jack Mountain in scenic Pennsylvania. The town has less than 5,000 people.
In 1900, the people living in Ridgeway, PA was 3,515; in 1940, 6,253; and in 2010, 4,078.
I am going to start off with this photo – I call it “Boot Jack Mountain Howl”
In June 2018, while helping my mother make the drive up north, we had the chance to stop at The Appalachian Arts Studio.
The studio is in the small town of Ridgeway, Pennsylvania.
The studio is a place for creating and they also offer artist retreats and workshops – Appalachian Arts Stuio website is HERE.
Their motto is “LIFE EXCEEDING THE DREAM.”
Isn’t that nice?
Small Town Chainsaw Art
View from the front
Work in Progress
One of the artists, Joe, showed us around. Joe is “a body work artist who takes his passion and creative abilities from painting and airbrush work to chainsaw artist. Born and raised in the Allegheney Mountains, Joe’s love for the outdoors and nature lends credibility and authenticity to his artwork. His unique interpretation and bold rugged style create a flair of movement in the log. His “finishing techniques” will inspire growth for the artform.” MORE HERE at their website
Many of us know Route 219 well, which starts in West Seneca, New York and runs 535 miles south to Rich Creek, Virginia. There are stories of horrible accidents and times when sections are shutdown because of snow. The worse snowstorm I have ever driven in was on the 219, as a teenager, in Orchard Park, NY. The visibility was so low and I felt invincible after conquering that drive home.
Leaving the studio and exiting Boot Jack Mountain as we take the 219 north. And route 219 is sure pleasant in the summer. But beware in the winter….
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