Congratulations to our grant winners!

September 28, 2014 | By administrator

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural round of the Judith Youshock Artist Grants: Sara Cortazar, Jacob Lehman, and Benjamin Adcroft.

The following winners were based upon their artistic merit and exhibition experience. They will be receiving their awards at the First Friday Scranton Invitational being held Friday October 3, 2014 from 6-9PM.  The Invitational features the creative output of several local artists and will feature live music by Doug Smith. We will be receiving grants for the next round beginning October 1, 2014. For more details visit:

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First Friday Scranton Invitational

September 28, 2014 | By administrator

Sola_Gloria-1First Friday Scranton Invitational
October 3 – 4, 2014

The Leonard, previously known as the Moonshine Theater, will play host to First Friday Scranton’s first community invitational. This exhibition will be on display October 3 and October 4. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, October 3rd from 6 to 9PM. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will also be open Saturday, October 4 from 11-3PM.

The invitational will feature two and three dimensional work of 14 talented, local artists including Alexander Lee Seeley, Amy Wyman, Becca Jett, Colleen Phillips, Daniel Laffey, Emily Taylor, Jeremy Ladner, Maria Grzybowski, Marissa Gable, Michael Swanson, Sam Barrese, Sara Cortazar, Sean Costello, and Travis Prince with awards presented for “Best In Show” and two Honorable Mentions. Musical entertainment will be provided by Doug Smith. Awards. The evening will also feature the presentation of the second round of First Friday’s Judith Youshock Artists’ Grants.



Address: The Leonard, 335 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18503

Hosted by First Friday Scranton, P.O. Box 20032, Scranton, PA 18502

Phone: 570-565-9006


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October @ AFA

September 28, 2014 | By administrator



October 2-  November 1



moserNikki Moser has been driving around the roads of Wyoming, Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties for 5 years now, watching and responding to the development of the industrial footprint of the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play. This exhibition of her most recent sculptures includes a Roadside-Honor Stand/Tourist Kiosk and 28 foot long, 2000 pound sculpture in cast iron.

The rolling cart, titled “Do You Buy It?” offers up souvenirs and trinkets of your trip through the Marcellus, also known as the Endless Mountains Tourist Area. “Handshake Deal” a long jagged line of cast iron fractures offers a glimpse of this industry beneath the surface. Moser states, “It is both an illusion of and an allusion to the underground part of this industry and its rhizomic structure in the land and in the community.”

Moser recognizes the polarizing debates around this industry, she responds to those politicized arguments by leaving room for the viewers’ contemplation. By withholding her opinion she is activating the viewer in the space, leaving them to seek meaning, understanding and potentially re-evaluate their response/relationship to the ethical dilemmas we each face.


For further information please contact

Nikki Moser   570-840-2323




youshockEd Parkinson & Judith Youshock
October 2– November 1

AFA’s second floor gallery will feature work by Ed Parkinson and Judith Youshock.

As a fisherman, the rivers and other water ways of Northeastern Pennsylvania are a constant theme in Parkinson’s paintings. Youshock’s batiks give her landscapes and portraits an impressionistic feel.

This exhibition will be on display from October 2nd until November 1st. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, October 3rd from 6 to 9 pm. This event is free and open to the public. This event is free and open to the public. AFA Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.



AFA Gallery

Address: 514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

Phone: 570-969-1040




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Tuesday Night Drawing Group

September 28, 2014 | By administrator

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Philharmonic Sneak Preview at AFA Gallery

September 11, 2014 | By administrator

Philharmonic Friends invite music and art enthusiasts alike to come to an exclusive preview party


musik-ist-in-der-luftSCRANTON September 11, 2014 – On September 17th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, The AFA Gallery, located on Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, will host guests of the Philharmonic Friends and the general public to come and enjoy musical excerpts from upcoming Philharmonic concerts. Guests will have an exclusive opportunity to meet and mingle with world renowned Maestro Lawrence Loh. Additionally, attendees of the will have access to vouchers to purchase discounted tickets for one the next two Philharmonic Masterworks Concert. Light food and drinks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public, donations are welcome.

Philharmonic Friends is a group of young professionals, who, in support of the Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Philharmonic, coordinate events with local businesses to engage the community in unique and exciting music filled evenings.

For more information about AFA Gallery, The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Philharmonic Friends, or this spectacular evening of art, music, and community taking place in September, please contact Chelsea Barrows at

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Mimetic beauty

August 22, 2014 | By administrator

Landscapes Of Northeastern Pennsylvania Throughout the Year

Northern Light Espresso Bar

Opening 6-9PM September 5, 2014


This coming First Friday at Northern Light features the idyllic tranquility of Gregory Pelly. Stop by, caffeinate yourself with your favorite beverage and enjoy the scenery.




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Focusing on Interdependence

August 18, 2014 | By administrator

Interdependence Day 2014
Connect, Collaborate and Create Community

Scranton: The Greater Scranton Interdependence Day Committee announces events as part of Scranton’s First Friday on September 5 9734722160_ceff8eb11d_kin Scranton. They are hosting two events: Interdependence on the Square, Courthouse Square and Interdependence Hexagon Project opening at the Steamtown Mall.

The event at the Lackawanna County Courthouse Square will feature art projects, music, and performances that celebrate the reality of interdependence and the values of collaboration and cooperation within local communities and across all communities nationally and worldwide. The Courthouse square event is co-sponsored by Keystone College.

Drumming with Steve Kurilla, music and juggling by Jamie Orfanella, the Nepali traditional dance group, and art projects will entertain. Information about the Interdependence Day Project and local volunteer opportunities through the Voluntary Action Center will be available.

The Interdependence Hexagon Project Exhibition VIII: will open at the Mall at Steamtown, 2nd Floor from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Hexagon Project is an international visual arts project whose purpose is to allow students and citizens, from around the world and here in Northeastern PA, to express ideas about their connectedness, rights and responsibilities as both local and global citizens. Hexagons, metaphors for interdependence, create a fascinating “bee hive” or interlinking collage, of visual ideas in diverse media such as iron, wood, ceramic, paint, cardboard and bread which must be experienced to fully appreciate. Hexagons from Abington Heights, Dunmore, Mt. View and Riverside High Schools will be exhibited as well as from community events such as Fire and Iron, Riverfest, Library Express, Artists for Art and Arts on the Square.

9731494641_5b2f7f3b6e_kThe space will be alive with art, hexagon-making, food and music supplied by the Mark Woodyatt Global Fusion Experience. The Exhibition is available until September 26. Hours will be display on the Facebook Group: Or check the website

“This is the first of many years that we hope to celebrate the concept of local and global interdependence at Courthouse Square during September. The event will feature art projects, music, and performances that celebrate the reality of interdependence and the values of collaboration and cooperation within local communities and across all communities nationally and worldwide,” said Susan Constantine, chairperson Courthouse Project event.

The Interdependence Day Project, which was conceived and launched locally by Sondra Myers in 2003, recognizes that all people must exhibit respect for others – throughout the world and the United States, in Scranton, and in our neighborhoods. The Interdependence Day Project recognizes that survival depends on the interconnectedness and interdependence of human beings and the global environment.

After September 11, 2001 the founders of the Interdependence Day Project designated September 12 as a day of reaching out to neighbors and the world community to show that working together for real security, economic and social justice, and preservation of the earth is essential. Interdependence is inescapable. Constantine said, “Our purpose at Courthouse Square on September 5 this year is to celebrate and honor interdependence.”

A panel discussion on September 10 at the Scranton Cultural Center featuring a dialogue about “The Journey from Indifference to Interdependence.” For more information contact

For other Interdependence Day events and projects, visit the web site www.interdependenceday and on facebook

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Rolfe Ross to show at Artworks Gallery & Studio

August 18, 2014 | By administrator


Artworks Gallery & Studio

September 5 through October 23, 2014

Opening reception on First Friday, September 5 from 6-9 PM

NW 24th Street, Miami, FL


Northeast Fair, Pittston Twp., PARolfe Ross is a largely self-taught photographer, having photographed most seriously for the last forty years.  His primary interests are social documentary and street photography - “I have found photography to be a very satisfying way to discover and document the never ending encounters with all the varieties of humanity one finds on the street.”

ROLFE ROSS IN COLOR showcases his most recent digital color street NW 2nd Ave.,Miami, FLphotography.  “I have learned that some photographs are meant to be seen in black and white and some images are meant to be seen as the color images they were when shot.”

Ross has studied with mentors: Mary Ellen Mark, Alex Webb, Antonin Kratochvil, Eugene Richards, Larry Fink, Constantine Manos and Elizabeth Opalenik.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 11-5 PM
Saturday 11-3 PM

ArtWorks Gallery & Studio
503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton




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Landscape Workshops at Artworks

July 20, 2014 | By administrator

ArtWorks New Summer Workshops


Landscape Inspirations: 4 Ways to Get Started Art Night with Renée Emanuel

Thursday, July 24 5-7 PM $10 donation

Please join Renée Emanuel for a talk and demonstration on painting the landscape. Basic approaches will be covered that can help us to understand and simplify the complexity of the visual world. She’ll be working in her sketchbook and in acrylics. Try something new this summer and begin to paint the landscape that inspires you!


Landscape Inspirations: 4 Ways to Get Started TODAY with Bill Teitsworth & Renée Emanuel

Thursday, July 31 5-8 PM $40

Bring your photos, your sketches, your ideas and your enthusiasm and work on the landscape that inspires you. Renée & Bill will demonstrate and break down the painting process into manageable lessons. You’re welcome to concentrate on drawing or to paint in either acrylics or watercolor. This is a great opportunity for you to improve your skills and experience and to enjoy an indoor painting day.


Art Start: Drawing for Beginners with Renée Emanuel

Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 4-6 PM $100

Have you always wanted to draw but were afraid to try? This series is for those who have always wanted to learn to draw, but have stopped short in the face of the inner voice that tells us we can’t do it! Here we’ll see that drawing is not a special talent or a skill of the hand, but rather is all about “learning to see” in a new way. The focus will focus on the process and not the final results. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn in this 4 week class. Join us for some summer fun!

Please call 570-207-1815 for registration or more information.

All classes are located at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio 503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton.


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August @ AFA Gallery

July 20, 2014 | By administrator

514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 18503



Joni Maya Oye-Benintende and Robin Dintiman 

AFA’s first floor gallery will feature work from two different artists, Joni Maya Oye-Benintende and Robin Dintiman. Oye-Benintende’s ceramic work “centers around the conscious, unconscious, and cultural forces which shape thought and spirituality.” A theme that is consistent throughout each of her series is solitude. Dintiman’s body of work includes both two and three-dimensional pieces. Her photogravure prints and sculptures reflect nature and its “intense physicality.”

This exhibition will be on display from July 31 until August 30. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, August 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. AFA Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.


The Genesis Myths – Win Forman 

AFA’s second floor gallery will host a posthumous exhibition of Win Forman. This exhibition will feature his series titled The Genesis Myths. Forman’s ceramic plates depict different cultures’ ideas of the creation of mankind. Each plate was thrown on a potter’s wheel, bisque fired and then glazed with an original illustration. The exhibition will feature a sample of the body of work. He created 188 plates in total.

This exhibition will be on display from July 31 until August 30. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, August 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. AFA Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.

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