Public Art Project hosts May Flowers event

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To capitalize on the lovely weather and vibrant colors of spring, #scrantonlove Public Art Project will host another First Friday Scranton event on May 6, entitled May Flowers.   The project celebrates the rebirth of Lackawanna County’s rich landscape of flowers and greenery.

May Flowers will feature several flower-themed activities and installations.  Duffy’s Accessories, 218 Linden Street, will be featuring an exhibit by artist Caleb Eyler and beaded flowers by local Girls Scouts.  Duffy’s will also be working to “flower bomb” the section west of Wyoming Avenue with yarn bombed flowers, artistic flowers and real flowers donated by the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug.  The Linden Street arch on Courthouse Square will have a flower installation designed by artist Kelly Moore and Scranton High School senior art students, National Honor Society members and class officers with flowers donated by Ambiance, Dillon Floral Corporation and community members.

From 5 to 8 p.m., the public is invited to help create a wheat paste mural on the side of The Leonard Theatre Building, 335 Adams Avenue, led by ScrantonMade.   Wheat Paste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. It has been used for thousands of years for book binding, découpage, collage, papier-mâché, and adhering paper posters and notices to walls.  Wheat Paste artists around the globe are now using it to create semi-permanent murals on buildings. The paste is an adhesive that is weather resistant, but it can also be removed with a pressure washer.

Information about making flowers for the mural will be posted on the Scrantonlove May flowers Facebook event page.

Guests will also have the opportunity to create a piece that night if they are unable to create one before.  The Workshop, located at 334 Adams Avenue, will be hosting a printmaking session the night of First Friday, led by print maker and graphic artist Christine Medley, where guests will have an opportunity to create a print for the mural.    

 

Locals showcase April Showers art project

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Lackawanna County Commissioners and organizers of the April Showers art project displayed their colorful umbrella designs that were part of First Friday on April 1.  The decorative artworks were used for an umbrella dance on the Linden Street side of the Courthouse.

Shown from left are: Justin Roach, Social Media Technology Specialist for Wayne Bank; Maureen Duffy of Duffy’s Accessories; Eli Tomlinson, Vice President of Information Technology for Wayne Bank; Matt Swartz, Community Office Manager for Wayne Bank; Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department; Cristin Powers, Director of ScrantonMade; Janine Baux, Ballet Theatre of Scranton; Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Samantha Nardelli, Shantytown Design; and Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.