A Garden of Thought, by Carol Ann Simon-Cillo



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And the Lightning Bugs Still Live in Baba's Garden

And the Lightning Bugs Still Live in Baba’s Garden

“As I have continued work in clay and painting with acrylics, I have found that more layers of mixed media are becoming a necessary component of completing my work. I have added graphite, metal leaf and fabric to the mix, and still have no fear of found objects if they serve any purpose to complete a concept.

My process of mixing media goes along with an intense flow of perpetual thoughts and meanderings… all of which are growing like the proverbial weeds in a garden of ordered visual beauty.



The ceramic and mixed media pieces still pursue an exploration of history, legend and life experiences but now more firmly based in recollections of family, intertwining personal connections and the discovery of my “self” which has apparently been planted with some vigorous roots.

Still entranced by organic shapes, I find myself using heavier paint and abstraction.  My female mind always relates to those organic shapes which often reveal as female forms, or twining and lyrical lines or calligraphy.

Stories, images and philosophies of the past now feed and give life to the growth of the future.”

-Carol Ann Simon-Cillo


casc smfishmug copyrightCarol Ann (Simon) Cillo grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area, studied at Carnegie Mellon University as a teen and graduated from Edinboro University of PA with her B.S. in Art Education. A Williamsport resident for many years, she began “on the boards” as a graphic designer, then became Art Director at C.A. Reed Inc. of Williamsport, a national party goods company. She and her partner, Steve Getz, then founded and are partner/owners of If-the Idea Factory, a design studio in Lock Haven, PA which has worked with companies around the country designing everything from product surface design, catalogs & brochures to museum and trade show exhibits.

She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Penn College of Technology teaching Color Theory, and was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Color Marketing Group (CMG – an international organization for color trends) as well as directing workshops at their international conferences as Co-Chairman for Colors Current Directions, Design and Color Expressions for presentations with up to 750 attendees per conference.

She currently serves on the Board of the Station Gallery in Lock Haven, PA., where she serves as President and helps to secure artists’ works to organize shows at the gallery. Carol is a juried Pennsylvania Artisan for the PA Wilds.

Her work is available at galleries in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven, and Emporium, PA. Her pieces also hang permanently at the UPMC Susquehanna Regional Medical Center and Lock Haven University. She has won numerous awards for her artwork in various shows in Pennsylvania, including acceptance into the juried 2013 Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum of PA in Harrisburg, PA.