The Gallery of Scranton to Host Grand Opening Celebration and Art Show on April 7

Scranton, PA – March 16, 2023 – Get your first look at Scranton’s newest art gallery and see inside the minds of some brilliant regional artists during First Friday Scranton’s first time event on Friday, April 7.

Acclaimed Scranton artist Helen Lavelle invites the community to celebrate the grand opening of The Gallery of Scranton, and the launch of its inaugural exhibit “The Artist’s Soul”, from 5-9 p.m. at 323 North Washington Avenue in Scranton.

In addition to Lavelle’s art, “The Artist’s Soul” show features work from prominent Northeast Pennsylvania artists Robert Bergstrasser, Michele Davis, Paul DeLuca, Timothy Hawkesworth, Earl Lehman, Allison Maslow, Travis Prince and Frank Wengen.

“As a direct result of my recent successful exhibit in New York, I was moved to show off the talent of incredible artists right here at home. These artists provide creative, intellectual and emotional insights into society at large,” states Ms. Lavelle, a nationally recognized leader in the advertising industry. “Their work impacts the masses and challenges the status quo.”

The Gallery is located in the historic Professional Arts Building, (formerly the Medical Arts Building); the street location which Ms. Lavelle believes will enhance the exciting Renaissance happening in Downtown Scranton. “The importance of the arts and creative sector on economic growth and vitality is often overlooked, but cannot be overstated,” continues Ms. Lavelle.

The theme “The Artist’s Soul” challenged the willingness of this diverse group to reveal the real, the raw, the honest art that is coming out of Northeast Pennsylvania. The show which will be personally curated by Ms. Lavelle, breaks the barriers down between Lackawanna, Luzerne and surrounding counties as well. “Great art knows no bounds, we know no boundaries.” This group has exhibited locally and regionally…some nationally and internationally—to critical acclaim. This inaugural show gives the community the opportunity to meet and interact with these artists.

Lavelle said she plans to host more collaborative events at The Gallery in the future. Bringing the arts in every genre together sets the stage for memorable human interactions…all focused on quality of life.

For more information about The Gallery and its grand opening celebration, contact Lavelle at

Helen Lavelle is an artist and an advocate. A communicator and a collaborator. A classically trained, contemporary painter based in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

A nationally-recognized leader in the advertising industry and the founder of Lavelle Strategy Group, she was educated at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She has also personally worked with American realists, Canadian impressionists, and Irish expressionist masters.

Her artwork has been displayed at numerous galleries around the world including M.A.D.S. Art Gallery in Milan, Italy and the Canary Islands, and La MaMa Galleria in New York City.

Inspired by extensive travel throughout France, Italy, the United States, South America, Ireland and Greece, her work is affected deeply by current global need and influenced by political climate.

Her figurative, landscape and abstract work is held in corporate and private collections worldwide.

Lavelle has devoted her life to chasing the light and capturing spirit. Whether it be with oil paint on canvas or with the launch of a multi-media, multi-platform advertising campaign, Helen Lavelle delivers her message with brazen authenticity. And has the awards to show for it