Pittston City’s Second Friday Art Walk makes its return on Friday, May 13
PITTSTON — Fridays are going to get artsy.
The Second Friday Art Walk returns to Main Street for its fourth year May 13 and from 5 to 9 p.m. features familiar activities and a few new things.
Lori Nocito and Joleen Lazecki, both involved in the city’s Tomato Festival, are doing pubilcity for the art walk this year.
Nocito and Lazecki were approached by art walk organizers, Randazzo and Art on Main owner Maria Livrone, about using Tomato Festival resources to help promote the event to areas beyond Greater Pittston.
“I would say that since Joleen and I are always attending the art walk and we’re so close with the organizers of it, I think it was sort of an easy transition,” Nocito said. “We’re used to publicizing the Tomato Festival, so this is just another event in the city of Pittston, and I think we’re all passionate about the city, so we’re speaking from the heart when we talk about this.”
Nocito and Lazecki said one new addition about the art walk is a designated section for children by the clock on Broad and Main streets.
In the kids’ area there will be face painting by Happy Faces, a balloon artist, crafts under the YMCA tent and an interactive 8-foot mural for children to paint with Jan Lokuta.
Entertainment throughout the evening includes Chelsea Smarr on the harp at the Purple Squirrel Pastry, Ed Apnel and Friends on the sidewalk in front of the Tomato Festival lot, James Orfanella on didgeridoo in front of Paint N’ Pinot, Leno Terzi and Music Scene Musicians in pocket park, Aarika Whittle in front of the Majestic Restaurant, and Eclectic Circus Street Performers.
Musicians will busk up and down Main Street and there will be a party bike for people to ride and enjoy a beverage.
The tentative list for artists include jewelry artist Cindy Spitzman; painter Janie Kishbaugh; acrylic and oil artist Piera Marotto; photographers Pat Transue, Stephanie Engel and Tony Traglia; woodturner Sonny Jones; fiber artist Marfisa Argento; origamist Peter Uritz; and abstract artist Lou Ross.
Other artists include Elaine Engel, Erin Jordan, Mariana Russo, Vianney Aranda, and Marie Brennan.
Nocito suggests attendees keep an eye out for “yarn bombing.” One never knows when Peggy Burke and members of the knitting club from St. John the Evangelist church will strike.
“You’ll see yarn art pop up in different places throughout the event,” said Nocito. “You never know where it’s going to appear, and that’s sort of a fun thing being done across the country.”
Those attending the art walk can pick up maps at Art on Main for artists’ and musicians’ locations. They can view the works of more than 50 Pennsylvania artists inside the shop.
“We’re more confident and this year was an easy preparation,” Main Street Manager Rose Randazzo said. “We’re more experienced now and we have a huge following of artists. We used to have to call and solicit artists to come to the event, but now they call and ask us to be part of it.”
Randazzo said thanks to the help of Nocito and Lazecki, she and Livrone can spend more time organizing the event and worrying less about spreading the word.
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The Second Friday Art Walk can now be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Pittston-City-Second-Friday-Art-Walk-834750989985658/