First Friday: An Experience for All


Autumn Granza, Community Editor

On September 7, Scranton held its monthly First Friday art walk , which featured pieces created by students and professional artists throughout businesses, restaurants, cafes, and galleries in the downtown Scranton area.

First Friday is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that promotes the talent of local artists. From 6 – 9 p.m., patrons can visit the First Friday gallery stops, which are all within walking distance from each other. The event is completely free and many galleries have refreshments served throughout the night.

Patrons can expect a wide range of artistic styles, from paintings and drawings to photography. In addition to the artwork, bands and other solo artists are featured along the walk, providing entertainment for the crowds. Food and handmade crafts are also displayed.

Marywood University students and alumni often take part in First Friday events. First Friday Executive Director, Jeff Boris, is a Marywood University alum. Professors and students also take part to share their work with the community. September’s First Friday showcased work by Marywood University graduate student, Jenna Casaldi . Casaldi’s art was displayed in the Vintage Theater.

“First Friday is a great learning experience on setting up professionally,” said Casaldi.

Casaldi also encouraged students to take advantage of First Friday as a way to share their work with the local community.

Heidi Vanleuven, a 2005 Marywood grad, also had artwork displayed in the Vintage Theater, including a few drawings and her handmade, vintage jewelry. Heidi opened her own business, and everything from her stand was available for sale and is also available online.

“Venues are more than happy to work with you,” explained Heidi. “First Friday is also a great way to connect with other artists.”

Students and professors who are interested in displaying their work in the October First Friday are encouraged to visit and find out how to get involved.