October saw First Friday at some of it’s most innovative, inclusive, and explosive (fireworks presented by Lackawanna College). It drew area visitors downtown with an expressive display of talent from a variety of sources. Lackawanna College celebrated by hosting an exhibit of student work that highlighted paintings and drawings by some of its current class and an opening by Arts On Adams also provided a wide spectrum of area artists.
While some may insist that they can create work as interesting as that which is found in a gallery, their skills were put to the test in a visual display of sidewalk chalk at Courthouse Square and PNC Bank Flag Park hosted by Scranton Tomorrow. Little Picassos and Van Goghs pressed chalk to pavement in colorful displays. Unfortunately these works were even more temporary than planned as a dose of rain dampened some of the festivities temporarily.
Driving people inside led them to discover the work of Genre Photography – A Walk In Our Shoes: by Kaitlin Staples at the Scranton Cultural Center. A recent travel to Italy provided a large dose of the source material for a series of photographs for Ms. Staples. Others ventured into The Bog for Choe Fo Sho: by Jonesy, a series of colorful tattoo and street art inspired works.
…and if you needed to warm up there was always The Northern Lights exhibit Photography Through a Teenage Lens: Emily Smith or The Vintage’s Shape Shifters: featuring mixed media, yarn “bombing” graffiti, ceramics and painting by Kati Kameroski, Baba Yarnga and Diana Perciballi.
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