Wrapping-up First Friday Scranton December 2012

A Winter Eden by Robert Frost

A winter garden in an alder swamp,
Where conies now come out to sun and romp,
As near a paradise as it can be
And not melt snow or start a dormant tree.

It lifts existence on a plane of snow
One level higher than the earth below,
One level nearer heaven overhead,
And last year’s berries shining scarlet red.

It lifts a gaunt luxuriating beast
Where he can stretch and hold his highest feat
On some wild apple tree’s young tender bark,
What well may prove the year’s high girdle mark.

So near to paradise all pairing ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.

A feather-hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o’clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life’s while to wake and sport.

A perfect end to a fabulous year of First Fridays came to a rousing close on December 4, 2012. The downtown was seasonably outfitted with storefronts dressed in seas of cotton and blinking lights in a myriad of colors that befit the warmth found in each of the participating venues. The Xmas Games – An Interactive Holiday Experience: The PopUp Studio/ Illumination Art’s Youth Group @ Connell Lofts certainly brightened the mood and enhanced the holiday spirit. Inside were plentiful offerings for expressions from creating your own tasty holiday treat to tessellating a personalized snowflake.

A more passive experience was witnessed at Artworks and AFA Gallery. Solstice, a celebration: PDDC, Verve Vertu, and Artworks displayed the artwork of classes held at the studio while AFA presented their Member’s Show. Taking in both afforded an interesting comparison to varying artistic means of expression from a more Art Brute form to those with an introspective perspective.

In a time of gift giving many of the events were also about giving back.  The Memorial for the HMS Bounty @ CareNet of Scranton was a solemn reminder of our humanity and the gifts we treasure in one another. Kenn Anderson organized the display of various photographs as a memorial to those who spent time on the Bounty and gave their lives to its presence on the sea.

At The Vintage Theater, The Moth Project was a visual exhibit that combined the talents of several artists. Their work combined in a synergistic display, reinforcing symbols of hope ever chasing after the “light” of hope. Comparatively at New Visions Studio and Lavish Body and Home the hope was patrons would think of others when they walked into the venue. Lavish hosted local artist Jack Puhl’s holiday ornaments that represented local landmarks. What better way to be Scranton proud. At New Visions their holiday sale boasted a multitude of artistic inspired gifts that would eventually find themselves nestled underneath a Christmas tree or in the hands of a deserving recipient.

All in all another end and another new beginning as we look forward to First Friday Scranton in 2013 starting with January 4th’s celebration of the arts in downtown Scranton!

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