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Stacie Johnson-Leske a ceramics artist recently relocated to the area with her husband because she was intrigued by the Pennsylvania Wilds.
â€śMy husband and I like to do outdoorsy things for our anniversary every year,â€ť said Johnson-Leske. â€śWe researched the PA Wilds and found that Ridgway had both bicycle trails and kayaking. So we stayed at a bed and breakfast in St. Marys and visited Ridgway.â€ť
Able to create her art anywhere, Johnson-Leske had made the transition to Ridgway.
â€śWe found the town of Ridgway to be so charming,â€ť she said. â€śWe found we would be much happier if we lived in an area like this.â€ť
Now that she is here in the PA Wilds, Johnson-Leske can get a better grasp on a local presence.
â€śI was recently juried into the PA Wilds Artisan Initiative,â€ť Johnson-Leske said. â€śI have the ability to get into things without this distinction, but it is yet another plus. It helps me get a better footing in local galleries.â€ť
Her pottery is currently displayed at galleries throughout the area. Johnson-Leske enjoys being a part of galleries and presenting her work. Currently Johnson-Leskeâ€™s pottery is displayed at the Elk County Council on the Arts in Ridgway, the Flemish House Art Gallery in Johnsonburg, and beginning in December, it will be exhibited at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Arts in DuBois.