Scranton art scene thriving

The Arts — By on August 13, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Simona Gavern and the STAR (Steamtown Artists’ Renaissance) Gallery are among the numerous downtown galleries and artists working to make Scranton a haven for local art lovers, while encouraging the next generation of artists to stay in the area after college. Gavern discovered the opportunities available in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Why not Rediscover Scranton for yourself to see what the buzz is about?

Gavern relocated to the Scranton area from her native Romania in 1987. She now considers Scranton her home and has made it her responsibility to foster the local art scene. The STAR Gallery has openings for artists and Gavern urged any upcoming or established artist who would like to display their work through the gallery to contact her at (570) 344-3048.
Gavern completed her art therapy degree at Marywood University and said she was pleased to see how many of her classmates chose to live and work in Northeastern Pennsylvania after graduation. “I was amazed at how many of them were staying here. We have a lot of good artists in the area.”

She also praised the city’s First Friday initiative. On the first Friday of each month in Scranton, local art lovers are provided free trolley rides to several downtown galleries all evening long. “It’s a beautiful program,” Gavern said. For more information, visit www.firstfridayscranton.com.

. STAR Gallery is currently housed in its temporary location at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave. Additional galleries in the downtown area include:

* AFA (Artists for Arts) Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave. Phone, 570-969-1040.

· Everhart Museum, Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Phone, 570-346-7186.

* Laura Craig Gallery, 307 Linden St., Scranton. Phone, 570-963-7995.

* MAC Gallery, 123 Wyoming Ave., Scranton.

* Marquis Art & Frame, 515 Center St., Scranton. Phone, 570-344-3313.

· Test Pattern, 334 Adams Ave., Scranton.

· Windsor Studio, 408 Spruce St., Scranton. Phone, 570-342-7415.

* As well as the galleries at area colleges including the Suraci Gallery at Marywood University, the University Art Galley at the University of Scranton, the Linder Gallery at Keystone College and the Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University.

The Scranton Plan, the industrial marketing arm of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and community leaders launched Rediscover Scranton to promote and strengthen greater Scranton’s quality of life and business assets. Through Rediscover Scranton, volunteers are identifying and contacting accomplished people with ties to greater Scranton, informing them about economic, quality of living, and growth opportunities, and encouraging them to relocate their businesses and families to the area. For more information visit www.rediscoverscranton.com.

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