Art For All Seasons Spotlights Student Talent During First Friday Opening At Newspaper
The award-winning work of student artists goes on display this Friday, March 1, as part of an annual exhibit celebrating their creativity.
Presented by The Sunday Times and Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit, the annual Art for All Seasons Student Artist of the Month competition encourages local students to craft a piece focusing on a particular season. All of this year’s entries will remain on view in the lobby of the Scranton Times Building through March, and the participants, their families, friends, teachers and the public are all invited to come and applaud their work during Friday’s opening reception. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and coincides with Scranton’s First Friday Art Walk.
Kevin O’Neill, Times-Tribune staff artist and the contest’s coordinator, said each art teacher can submit one student piece per season, so the teachers pick the best works from their classes for the competition. A group of judges then selects “the best of the best” for publication, he added, with one winning piece and background about the artist running on the monthly calendar page in the newspaper’s Life&Times section on the last Sunday of each month.
“As always, there’s a lot of talent out there among the high school students,” O’Neill said. “I’m always impressed by it. It’s always hard to narrow it down to 12 winners.”
This year, 52 students from 12 schools participated, submitting works that included watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings, acrylic paintings, colored-pencil drawings and a mixture of mediums. O’Neill pointed out how participating in the contest can be advantageous for the students’ future.
“It allows them to get their work published and exhibited in a juried show, so if they intend on pursuing art in higher education, that’s a nice portfolio (or) resume line for college applications,” he said.
The newspaper honors student athletes and student scholars at other times in the year, O’Neill noted, and Art for All Seasons lets the newspaper get involved with and celebrate “another segment of the population.” He enjoys meeting the students and the people they bring along to the reception.
“There’s always a lot of pride and excitement,” he said.
O’Neill expressed his thanks to the newspaper’s publishers and managers, the NEIU and the schools for their continued support of the project.
“They’ve been doing it enthusiastically for 12 years now,” he said.
And O’Neill encourages the public to come check out the students’ work.
“It’s a nice night to get out as winter is slowly slipping behind us,” he said. “See some wonderful artwork and get out of the house.”
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First Friday events
“The Ballon-Mination of Phunky Lollipop,” works by Briggie Williams, with live music, Bar Pazzo, 131 N. Washington Ave.
“Beauty Around Us,” works by Audrey Scripp, Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures, 348 Adams Ave.
“Fantastic Imagination: A Remix of Urban Experience,” works by Michele Tyburski, Eden — A Vegan Cafe, 344 Adam Ave.
“Film as Art” — NEPA Film Festival, the Workshop, 334 Adams Ave.
Group show, works by Sam Kuchwara and bedfordtowers; music by Michael Stec; Adezzo, 515 Center St.
“Hypnagogic,” works by Rose Matatics, Peculiar Slurp Shop, 307 Penn Ave.
“The Jake Santos Exhibit,” with music by K.A.N.O.B.I. & Vinz, Analog Culture, 349 N. Washington Ave.
“Joy Zavada Artwork,” Northern Light Espresso Bar and Cafe, 536 Spruce St.
“Meet the Slime Girls,” with slime art and demonstration by Jocelyn Fleming-Moody and Peyton Burns, NOTE Fragrances, 401 Spruce St.
“Mutable Scapes/Deconstructed Realms,” works by Peter Hocking and Jim Zeske, with live music, AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.
NEPA NOW presents Empowering Women: An Art Show, with works by Autumn Granza, Des Sinkevich, Stef Szymanski, Sam Kuchwara and Kristina Laurito, Duffy Accessories, 218 Linden St.
“Paintings in Full Color,” works by David K. Nieman, Marquis Art & Frame, 515 Center St.
“Spring Is in the Air,” works by Tommy Hennigan, Ingrid Koch and Keith Hutchins, ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave.
“The Stillness of the Living Forest” book signing with John Harvey, Library Express, the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave.
“Whimsical Art,” works by Janet Noldy, Scranton Mattress Co., 428 Spruce St.
“Women Empowerment,” works by Holly Yorkonis, with music by Meghan Kylie, the Velvet Elvis, 523 Bogart Court
Works by Bonnie Flaherty, Loyalty Barber Shop, 342 Adams Ave.
Works by Jo Marie Yamin Ali, with live music, the Garden — A Mediterranean Restaurant, 116 N. Washington Ave.
“You Can Meet Me in the Flowers,” works by Allison LaRusso, the Giving Tree Wellness Center, 311 Penn Ave.
If you go
What: Art for All Seasons — Student Artist of the Month exhibit
When: Exhibit on display Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 31; opening reception, March 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Scranton Times Building lobby, 149 Penn Ave.
Details: Admission is free. For more information, call 570-348-9127 or visit thetimes-tribune.com.