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Where Environment and Creativity Meet

Airs Monday, April 18th at 7pm on WVIA TV

The environment can be a source of inspiration for artists and the arts can also help us look at our physical world with new appreciation and understanding.  Keystone Edition Arts will talk with artists who invite and challenge us to see and think differently when it comes to the world around us.

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Tannis Kowalchuk
Founder and Artistic Director, Farm Arts Collective

Theatre artist, flower farmer, and co-owner of Willow Wisp Organic Farm. Tannis has directed and performed in over 30 original theatre productions in the US and Canada. Current projects include the annual Dream on the Farm (director), Stone Soup Cooking Class (writer/performer), Shakespeare on the Farm (director/performer), and a new solo performance DeCompositions. 

Prior to starting Farm Arts Collective, she was a founding co-artistic director of NACL Theatre with whom she created The Weather Project and Courage. Awards: Women and the Arts and Media Collaboration Award 2019.

Patricia Johanson
Environmental artist and designer 

For the past forty years Patricia Johanson’s multidisciplinary designs have combined art, ecology, landscaping, and functional infrastructure.  During the 1960’s Johanson worked for Joseph Cornell and Georgia O’Keeffe, exhibited "Minimal" paintings and sculpture, and designed a series of 150 gardens for HOUSE & GARDEN magazine.  During the early 1970's she created large-scale sculpture interwoven with forests, and site designs for Mitchell/Giurgola buildings at Yale University, Columbus, Indiana, and Con Edison’s Indian Point Nuclear Generating Facility in Peekskill, New York.

Other major projects include Fair Park Lagoon in Dallas (1981-86), a municipal flood basin, and “Endangered Garden”, San Francisco (1987), a transport-storage sewer that restored endangered species habitat and is part of the Bay Circuit Trail.  Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, California uses sequential wetlands to process sewage into recycled water, while providing three miles of trails through wildlife habitat.  “The Draw at Sugar House”, Salt Lake City, incorporates a public park, trails, and wildlife crossing into a registered dam, whose floodwalls and spillway recall the Mormon journey through Echo Canyon.  

Her latest projects include a storm water purification garden along Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, and a reclaimed coal-mining site in Scranton, Pennsylvania that provides watershed restoration, storm water treatment and outdoor classrooms for Marywood University.

Johanson’s project drawings and models are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York, Storm King Art Center, Dallas Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. and Dumbarton Oaks Contemporary Landscape Design Collection.

Awards include two Guggenheim Fellowships, NEA Fellowship, Townsend Harris Medal from City College of New York, Gold Medal from the Accademia Italia delle Arti, and Utah Governor’s Grand Achievement Award for Planning and Design. 


Margaret Atwood


Wilkes University - “A Conversation with Margaret Atwood”:

Marywood University’s Sustainability: Environmental Art Project:

Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment - 9th Annual Sustainability Symposium:

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Witness first-hand the creativity of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania as WVIA Radio Program Manager and afternoon classical music host, Erika Funke interviews area artists, musicians, performers, authors, and more each month. Erika’s award-winning program, “ArtsScene” introduces you to the creative minds of your community. Now, she’ll get in-depth about what motivates those artists, as they share their passions, techniques, and inspirations with our viewers at home and on-the-go.

About the Host

Erika Funke

Morning host of Classical Music, Art Scene, Early Birds, and other WVIA programs, Erika Funke is a Senior Producer and Classical Music Host at WVIA Radio. “ArtScene”, her award-winning daily arts program, features interviews with creative individuals from the region, the United States and abroad. She has produced many programs about the history of northeastern Pennsylvania and its residents.

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