The Sawmill Theater offers live stage productions every weekend during the summer months.  Local community theater groups perform a variety of plays and musicals, ranging from comedies to mysteries.

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Festivals & Special Events

The Sawmill Center is home to a number of festivals and special events, from the Chainsaw Carvers' Roundup to the Herb & Fiber Festival.  These events celebrate traditional art forms in a festive setting, complete with food vendors and live entertainment.

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The Sawmill Center has two classrooms, designated for instruction in the arts.  Classes range from one day to week-long courses.  Some art forms we offer are oil painting, basket weaving, wood carving, watercolor, quilting, and much more.

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Craft Market

Our Craft Market boasts one of the largest collections of  homemade goods.  It is a perfect place to shop for gifts and souvenirs.  Dozens of crafters provide collections from jewelry to pottery, photography to woodwork.

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About Us

The Sawmill Center is named for the historic building that we call home. In the 1970's Verna Leith had a vision to turn the mill into a facility for local artisans and craftspeople to display and sell their handcrafted masterpieces and also where people could learn and practice traditional arts. A few years later a theater in the round was constructed as a venue for community theater groups to perform.

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The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency administrating an annual state appropriation for grants to the arts.

The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts also receives funding support from the Northwest Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau and the Clarion County Commissioners through the Clarion County Hotel Tax Project.