Holy Cross Students to Host First Friday Art Exhibit and Auction

Holy Cross Art Auction Press Photo 2017

Holy Cross High School in Dunmore will hold its second annual First Friday Student Exhibit & Silent Art Auction on Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Diocese of Scranton Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave., in conjunction with the “First Friday Scranton” activities. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Holy Cross High School Tuition Assistance Program.

Artwork in a variety of mediums, including photography, painting, watercolor, ceramics, and graphic design, will be on display or up for auction throughout the evening. Constantino’s Catering will provide light fare, and tickets will be sold for raffle baskets.

For information, contact John Anthony Farkas Jr. at 570-702-5523.

Shown first row, from left, are Holy Cross student artists Jack Torquati, Elizabeth Talbot, Laurelai Vanston and Justin Walker.

Back row: Ben Tolerico, Holy Cross principal; John Anthony Farkas Jr., manager of Development & Alumni Relations for Catholic Schools, and Kristina Toolan, Holy Cross art faculty.

Public Art Project hosts May Flowers event


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.