Jennifer Esken of Scranton - First Friday June

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For Jennifer Esken of Scranton, photography is a serious hobby. Starting in 2010, she began taking nature walks and taking photos. In 2012 she started showing her work locally. She has participated in 8 "First Friday Scranton" events at different venues, her works were displayed at Wayne Bank in 2014 for an entire year. She won 1st place in the Pennsylvania State Parks and Forest Foundation’s "Take Five" contest in 2012 and most recently placed second in the Pennsylvania Colors of Nature contest, also sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Parks and Forest Foundation, in September 2017. In 2013, she joined her first photography club, NEPA Shutterbugs. Participating in workshops and outings is where she fine tuned her skills. This year (2017) she became a founding member of a much smaller photography club, Focus NEPA. She loves taking creative pictures and sharing them with the world. 

 

Jennifer attended Marywood University where she received a BS Degree in Accounting; she graduated in 1999. She is currently employed by Allied Services Integrated Health System in their Corporate office. 

First Friday Artist Ashley Kujat

Over with wanting to take things too seriously, I started creating to make people laugh and to avoid stuffy, uptight artwork. Working with vintage magazine and book illustration and photos is like stepping into a time machine. The essence of vintage imagery and modern thoughts makes for an amusing combo. Through collage, printmaking, painting, and a well placed pun, I like to experiment and make carefree artwork people could relate to. 

Ashley Kujat (Panther Puke)

First Friday September

Aureate

featuring art by Sam Kuchwara

This show features pieces including oil paintings, mixed media, and landscapes that combine both disciplines. All of the mixed media pieces include found objects which I use not only to give new purpose to what would go to waste, but because each object's colors, texture and shape contribute to the final features of the entire piece.

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Gregory J Pelly - Plein Air Landscapes

 Current works from the     2016-2017 seasons         

  A self taught painter working in oils on location,

a student of the Susquehanna and Delaware school working

daily throughout the year and only trying to speak of this

beauty which surrounds us all, I hope you enjoy the view.

Gregory J Pelly lives in Thompson Pa. 

First Friday March welcomes the talent of Emily Gibbons

"Aquarelles: A Collection of European Watercolors"

This exhibit is a collection of watercolors inspired by travels to Europe. The paintings capture some of the unique architecture of Barcelona, Paris, Salzburg and Venice. 

Emily's talent shines through in her beautiful use of light, color and brushstroke; capturing the everyday movements of people in some of Europe's most beautiful cities.  You can find more about Emily and her art at http://www.artbyemilygibbons.com/home

 

Join us for the Downtown Scranton First Friday Jazz walk

First Friday Walk August 5th: "Imaginary Flora & Fauna"

Acrylic & Ink Paintings by Maria Grzybowski

Art Walk:  5:30 - 8:30 PM

Exhibit continues through the month of August

Live Music provided by the Scranton Jazz Festival

Bill Washer & Paul Rospock

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Keystone College Jazz Institute Student Combo

  9:30pm - 12 am

http://www.firstfridayscranton.com/first-friday-scranton-map/

Maria Grzybowski is a local artist who specializes in acrylic and ink paintings of animals. Her own work is in an Imaginary Realism style. She also paints commissioned Pet Portraits for customers, from photos they send her. See more of her work at www.mariagrzybowskifineart.com or on Facebook at Maria Grzybowski Fine Art.

Matt Rattigan - "Return to Taos"

Our May First Friday artist captures the northern New Mexico landscape, the historic Taos Pueblo, and the current EARTHSHIP movement in his show called "Return to Taos."

These are all photos taken during an internship with Earthship Biotecture in November. Earthships are radically sustainable buildings made out of recycled materials such as tires, beer cans, and bottles.

The money I make from the sale of these prints will go towards my Earthship Academy tuition.   These photos shed light on a beautiful area of the globe, and a group of people who are really trying to better the planet.  

Meet Rebecca Schaffer, our May First Friday artist

Rebecca Schaffer is a photographer currently residing in Archbald, Pennsylvania.  Her fascination with the medium was first piqued at the age of twelve when she discovered her grandfather’s Nikon 35mm.  It was her grandmother’s painting, though, that served as her true inspiration, beginning at a young age and continuing on to this day.
Rebecca’s focus continued to expand after high school via her studies at the State University of New York Brockport campus, where she received degrees in visual communications and broadcast production. Upon graduating, Rebecca moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she was able to explore a number of opportunities that touched on each of her avenues of attention.
After years of honing her talents in the city, Rebecca moved once again to Archbald, Pennsylvania, in order to be closer to family and the environs that first sparked her artistic pursuits.  Nearing two decades documenting her surroundings from behind her lens, Rebecca finds joy in capturing moments that can never be recreated.

More info can be found at www.bexcellent.net

First Night 2016

First Night Scranton is the largest New Year's Eve celebration of Arts and Culture in Northeast Pennsylvania.  Performers include George Wesley, Crimson Tears, and here at the café, Spanish and Greek Guitarist Apostolis Kalyvas.  It is supposed to be a balmy 37 degrees this evening, so be sure to come down and enjoy the festivities. 

All of us at Northern Light Espresso Bar thank you for your support and we wish you and your loved ones the very best in 2016.  Cheers!!

http://firstnightscranton.com/docs/FNS2016_Schedule.pdf

 

December First Friday - Naturalistic Photography & Offbeat Assemblage Art-Décor: Judith & Eli Marsh

Eli Marsh earned a B.A. in art at Glassboro State College in 1970, & worked in heavy construction all over the East Coast. He played music from the 80's until recently, all the while working on Assemblage Art Pieces. His work is owned by several collectors in Philadelphia and locally.    

                                       

Judith Marsh started taking baby pictures during high school, and that evolved into doing weddings on weekends, all the while painting houses for 20 yrs. Her photo work evolved into what she's doing now -  nature photos and making "petal paintings" from just about anything from nature that she can carry home.  She dries her finds and uses them in shadow boxes & the petal paintings.

If you are looking for a truly unique, one of a kind Christmas gift, rest assured you will find something from these two talented artists.

Temporal Limitations - October 2015

S. Makowski|Visual Artist

Fascinated by the unanswered questions life presents, Makowski believes subject offers a new insight into the complexity of the world. Through obvious visuals and obscure allusions knowledge is gained. She wishes to continue exploring these aspects of existence through her work.

Makowski, a Northeastern Pennsylvania native, specializes in fine art, fashion, event, portraits, and still life photography. Makowski has a B.A in Philosophy/Studio Art with a Concentration in Photography. While living in New York, she also studied at the International Center of Photography to further develop her skill set. She develops layered, conceptual work preferring simplistic technique to engage the viewer to mentally involve themselves in the visual. Her work encourages others to see past the obvious and utilizes abstract representation through mixed media whenever possible.

Temporal Limitations, explores the relationship between time & consciousness. Inspired by both natural and mechanical measures of time such as sun dials, waves, and shadows. The show is designed to visually reference how time is valued coupled with the un-traceable nature of time that has passed or is lost referencing personal images of the artist’s subconscious & experience.

September First Friday "Naturally: Photos by Zak Zavada"

Zak is a photojournalist based in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Born and raised in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, Zak grew up with a camera always in his hand. An international education in the arts and several early gallery exhibitions of his work quickly led to years of world travel in pursuit of the beautiful. Since first gaining international recognition for his innovative wall-sized enlargements of polaroid images taken in Tokyo, his star has not stopped rising. After returning to Pennsylvania with three books published under his name, nearly a decade of photographing weddings worldwide, and countless memories, his unique style of seeing the light in this world is now available for your weddings, portraits, or special events.  

Rachael Murphy presents Mindscapes for First Friday August

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Immediately evident in Rachael Murphy's work is her utilization of vibrant colors that showcase a sense of enthusiasm and curiosity. 

Rachael graduated from Boston University with a degree in neuroscience and psychology and plans to pursue a career in medicine. Her paintings often feature abstract portraits, dream symbolism, or stylized human anatomy that depict themes related to the mind and brain. Most pieces are created using watercolors and felt-tip pens.

 “Though we are all similar biologically, we each have a very unique story to tell” She says. Rachael’s art captures her understanding of life as a complex and mysterious adventure through which we’re all connected. Her works are playful, yet serious, as they urge the onlooker to carefully consider what they may signify.


Rachael uses a variety of mediums to create her paintings, but primarily watercolors and felt-tip pens.