April's First Friday Celebration Will Be a Virtual Art Gallery
In response to COVID-19, First Friday Scranton will hold a digital exhibition instead of their traditional monthly art walk.
Despite stay-at-home orders, First Friday Scranton has still found a way to connect local artists with the community. On April 3, they’ll launch a virtual art gallery on the First Friday website. The gallery will display work from over 20 local artists.
“This is the first time we have missed a scheduled First Friday Scranton since we formalized the event back around 2003,” said Jack Reager, First Friday Board President. “We didn’t exactly have a contingency for anything past rain and snow, so we had to react a bit to come up with something that we hope fills a bit of a void for the artists and our downtown visitors.”
Organizers hope that the website will become a “living exhibition.” They’ll release additional content, such as artist profiles, throughout the month.
The gallery will also serve as a community resource, especially for parents trying to incorporate the arts into at-home learning.
The virtual gallery will remain on display throughout the month of April. It will provide an opportunity for people to support local artists, even while practicing social distancing.
“One of the things that has been great about working with First Friday Scranton over the years is seeing people engage with the arts for the first time, and in many cases make their first art purchase,” said Reager. “It can seem a little intimidating for some in a gallery environment or venue to pick and purchase a piece. Hopefully in the comfort of a virtual exhibition, they will feel a little more comfortable reaching out and bringing a piece of art into their home.”
Anyone can browse through the virtual gallery starting on April 3. Keep checking back for new content and updates.
If you’re a local artist looking to get involved, you can fill out a registration form.