Wintery…that would be an apt description of First Friday Scranton December 6, 2013. Mother Nature provided quite a backdrop for the last First Friday event for the year. It snowed, sleeted and was a brisk winter evening. Despite the conditions the venues that were open provide a safe haven for the artistically inclined. At the Cultural Center visitors were greeted to the winter wonderland that Jack Puhl lives in all year round. His ornaments were the main attraction there and those who witnessed and purchased them certainly had a tree decked to the halls.
Venturing outside meant braving the elements, but you may have also paused to wonder at the holiday windows that were sponsored by Scranton Tomorrow/ Main Street Scranton as you headed to Courthouse Square. It was here that the inaugural Holiday on the Square welcomed all to an outdoor “mall” with a wide variety of handmade crafts created by local artisans. It was a unique experience that a provided event goers the opportunity to purchase holiday inspired wears and wares.
Over at AFA Gallery the annual Member Show highlighted all of the creative output of its contributors. Weighty sculptures and pastoral scenes adorned the space as well as a litany of drawings and prints. Scranton’s artists were well represented in the showcase and provided a glimpse of what we can expect for the coming year.
Scents were also on tap as the inaugural First Friday opening of NOTES Fragrances was place to make a planned visit. From a variety of crafted fragrance to perhaps creating your own unique blend, you had only to nose your way into the location on Wyoming and Spruce and be embraced by warm, earthy smells or fragrant citrus accents.
And if you needed a little winter warmer you probably stopped into the always popular Northern Light Espresso Bar to see Images and Objects: Photography by Judith Marsh and Assemblage Art by Eli Marsh while consuming a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage. Of course you may have also gravitated to the Vintage for the 4th Annual Moth Project and their cozy atmosphere.
Did you miss December’s showings? Well no worries as there’s 12 more opportunities begninning with January 3rd’s First Friday. See you all in 2014!
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