Jefferson County, PA – A Brookville artist has been named the PA Wilds Artisan of the Year.

The Rev. Kyle Yates first got into photography in 2002, when he got a camera to take photos of a church youth trip to Colorado. He came back with photos of sunrises and landscapes, and he knew he had found a new lifelong passion.

Yates is featured in the Winkler Art Gallery in DuBois. You can see just some of his many dramatic pieces there, including photographs of bridges, churches, neon lights, waterfalls, and conceptual imagery.

A video of Yates accepting the award:

Very proud of Kyle Yates Photography for being awarded The PA Wilds Artisan of the Year Award this year!The Watercolor Art of Perry Winkler won the award last year, meaning two years in a row Winkler Gallery artists have won this regional awards a true testament to the quality of work our artists represent in the region.Listen below for Kyle’s speech:

Posted by Winkler Gallery & Art Education Center on Friday, April 27, 2018

The PA Wilds celebrates people who are pairing the natural beauty and creativity of our area with economic growth, bringing in tourists, new businesses, and homeowners.

Yates was chosen as the Artisan of the Year because of his focus on Pennsylvania’s beautiful scenery.

In addition to being a photographer, Yates is a senior pastor at the Scotland Avenue Church of God in Punxsutawney. He says that, although he loves his art, he always tries to put ministry at the forefront. Yates points any talent he has back to God.

You can find more information about Yates Photography at his Facebook page.

Hear audio from Kyle Yates accepting the award.

Perry Winkler, artist and owner of the Winkler Art Gallery in DuBois, was the recipient of the 2017 PA Wilds Artisan of the Year.

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