2015 Chainsaw Carvers Round Up Day 1 (120)

Our Story

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.

Karen Hazlett
Christine Hendrix2

Karen Hazlett

Executive Director

Karen has gone to school or worked most of her life in Clarion County.  She has a bachelor's degree in communication from Clarion University and worked 18 years in healthcare marketing and public relations prior to joining the Sawmill Center's staff in 2017.  "My goal is to make the Sawmill Center for the Arts a premier destination for tourists and for people who live in our area.  I want to partner with local arts groups - whether school students, community theater groups or craftsmen - to promote and further various art forms, from fine arts to performing arts."  A little-known fact about Karen is that she studied architecture for two years and loves working in a historically-preserved building.

Christine Hendryx

Program Director

Having grown up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Christine moved to this area nearly 20 years ago after completing her education in herbalism in Boulder, Colorado. She first discovered and fell in love with Sawmill Center for the Arts and Cook Forest in 1998 while attending the Herb Festival.  She then immersed herself in art classes and workshops here. Christine serves as Programs Director for Sawmill. Her passion for the Arts is apparent when you meet her as her enthusiastic smile lights up the room. She also is the owner of Eagle River Artisan in Tionesta, PA.

Board of Directors

Matthew Kaye - President

Melissa Fulton - Vice President

Clarinda Darr - Secretary

Susan Patton - Treasurer

Chris Denapoli-Michael

Gary Greenberg

Larry Heasley

Betty McKisson

Mary Ann Lavery

Joanne Vaverk

Jon Williams

Kathy Glosser