It’s hip to be at the square! The Lackawanna Courthouse Square that is!
Scranton Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department gave local artists a chance to showcase or sell their works of art at the Lackawanna Courthouse Square with a day-long event. The event was called Arts on the Square, and it ran from 12pm-8pm on Saturday July 27th.
For that one day, the whole square was surrounded with tents with artists under them. There were many kinds of artworks, not just visual such as photos and paintings. There were items that people can wear, eat, and everything.
Local artist Alexis Barcia, who makes glass pendants and necklaces out of raw crystals, had a stand with her items. The raw crystals included pyrite, amethyst and more. She knows the meaning behind the stones such as amethyst meaning busy. When she’s not at a festival, she normally sells her items at Cloe & Company, located in Clarks Summit on State Street.
Cloe & Company also had a stand at Arts on the Square. There, they sold their homemade items such as granolas called Barn Chicks Brand Organics. They also had Mrs. Fritz’s organic jams, which flavors included blueberry and locally-picked strawberries. There was also peaches, pickles called Ep!c Pickles, and hand-blended teas made from Cloe & Company.
Kim Gregory, whose parents Rich and Wendy Seymour, owners of Burdick Creek Gardens from Dimock, PA gave free samples of sauces and bread dippers, such as hot bobcat sauce (a little on the spicy side), Mediterranean, garlic & peppercorn, sundried tomato & rosemary, and garlic sundried tomato & oregano. People got to dunk these sauces with little pieces of bread.
“It’s been an eclectic crowd,” said Kim. “Everybody has been great. The weather is beautiful.”
Verve Vertu Art Studio Deutsch Institute from downtown Wilkes Barre came to Scranton to sell their handmade items made from fiber art. They had journals made of batik, and coasters and wallets made of wool roving felt. They also make paintings, pins, and pillows.
For the first year, it is going very well,” said Chelsea Fufaro, assistant of Verve Vertu. “There are really good vendors, so it’s successful.”
The Pop Up Studio from Scranton gave chalk to children so they can draw on the square’s sidewalk. Children drew pictures and hopscotch near the corner of Washington Avenue and Spruce Street.
Michelle Dudley, owner of Crazy Crayon Party, sold crayons of different colors and different shapes at the event. Her crayon business sells crayons as party favors and stocking stuffers.
Moscow Clayworks from Moscow, PA sold mugs and bowls, which many local potters made themselves. The stand also had handmade earrings and handmade necklaces.
The Baklava Lady, who is from West Scranton, made her homemade Greek pastries, such as baklava, finikia, koulourakia, and kourambiedes, for passers-by. She also made T.D.F. (to die for) brownies.
Arts on the Square also had many performances on a stage for each street. On the N. Washington Ave. Street Stage, Liz Parry Faist and Jenn Hill did wheat pasting and stencil demonstrations; a wordsmith workshop from Jenn Hill and Andrea McGuigan; an improv comedy performance from “Here We Are in Spain”.
On the Adams Ave. Open Air Studio, there was a meet and greet with animals from the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, hand cut paper art demonstration by Jamie B. Hannigian, Theater Discovery with Michaela Moore of Al About Theater Performing Arts School, and body sculpting yoga with Rebecca Sitar of Bex Body Sculpting. And that’s just to name a few.
Arts on the Square was a fun and enjoyable event for people. Hopefully, Scranton will have this event next year. It gives people a chance to learn about art as well as a chance to get together with old friends and new friends.