The Arts Seen Gallery Co-op & Café is a First Friday venue where one can relax, buy art from NEPA artists, and enjoy the comforts of a radiant café with free wifi. The non-profit organization is located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania and celebrated it’s Grand Opening Celebration on Friday June 5th, 2015.
I stopped there on Lackawanna Ave. My eyes were magnetized by the words “Art” and “Gallery” on an a-frame message board on the sidewalk.
“Wait,” I said to my friend, Brian, who was walking a good distance ahead of me. “In here.” I motioned him to follow me in a building in front of the board. To our left was a bright storefront café; to our right, a collection of works from local artists; ahead, a tall stand with shelves displaying art—and a book.
For the rest of the day I thought about how wonderful it would be to have my book, Wake the Wicked, sold in a venue that contributes as much to the Scranton art scene as the Arts Seen Gallery does; I was determined to try to get my book in the store.
A day or two later, Brian and I returned to the Gallery. Taking a single paperback from my vintage 1960s American Tourister bag, I pitched Wake the Wicked to Kim Kulagina, volunteer operations manager of Arts Seen Gallery.
I stood in front of her as she scanned my book, giving it a meticulous overview. My palms became wet with sweat until she gave me good news. She accepted the offer to sell it in-store!
After some mandatory business talk, she went on to inform me about all the wonderful happenings of the Gallery. One of them in particular, will be this coming Friday, July 3, at 6:30 PM where a Beatles tribute band, Revolution, will jam out, followed by an open-mic night.
I’ll be sure to attend this First Friday event. I invite all interested parties to come out to Arts Seen Gallery Co-op & Café to support the arts in Scranton. Click here for “A peak behind the curtain; a preview of some of the amazing events/exhibits coming your way this First Friday Scranton July 3, 2015.”
Shop local, read everywhere. Hope to see you there!
Visit Arts Seen Gallery Co-op & Café at 534 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503, call 570-703-0768, or go online at https://www.facebook.com/artsseengallery.
Learn more about the First Friday Scranton art walks online at http://www.firstfridayscranton.com.