Art

 Rich Howells

After 30 years, annual Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown canceled for 2017, future unknown

After 30 years, annual Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown canceled for 2017, future unknown

The Board of Directors of the Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown announced on its official website today that, after 30 years, the festival will not continue in 2017. Citing financial difficulties, declining attendance, an increase in competing events and new venues, more focus on downtown development, and lack of volunteers, the nonprofit board […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Wilkes-Barre artist Kevin Dougherty using Kickstarter to fund documentary on cartoonist Drew Friedman

VIDEO: Wilkes-Barre artist Kevin Dougherty using Kickstarter to fund documentary on cartoonist Drew Friedman

Many locals know Kevin Dougherty as the former manager of the beloved Wilkes-Barre music venue Cafe Metro, but he is also a comic artist and animator who has made music videos, wrote and directed “Fuzzball” for Nickelodeon’s animated series “KaBlam!” and created early web cartoon “Juanita & the List.” Now, his latest project may be […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Kingston tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey becomes first female ‘Ink Master’ in live TV finale

Kingston tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey becomes first female ‘Ink Master’ in live TV finale

From a press release: “It’s time that a strong, dedicated woman isn’t afraid to be herself and work hard for this title.” This quote from Shavertown resident and Kingston tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey was used in promotions leading up to the “Ink Master” Season 8 live finale on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and she lived […]

 Rich Howells

Motionless In White announces contest to design artwork for new album ‘Graveyard Shift,’ deadline is Dec. 19

Motionless In White announces contest to design artwork for new album ‘Graveyard Shift,’ deadline is Dec. 19

Scranton metal band Motionless In White has always been big on fan interaction, writing songs about and using lyrics inspired by fans and even hosting personal creative workshops during the 2016 Warped Tour, but their latest announcement takes this to another level, letting anyone design their next album cover in a contest open to the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Leadership Lackawanna will help AfA Gallery rebrand, among other Scranton projects in 2016-17

Leadership Lackawanna will help AfA Gallery rebrand, among other Scranton projects in 2016-17

From a press release: The Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2016-2017 will complete three service projects in Scranton this year. As part of the 10-month curriculum, participants collaborate with local nonprofit organizations to complete various projects. In doing so, it helps enhance participant leadership skills and fosters teamwork. These projects impact the community, address […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

VIDEO: Kingston artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey tattoos over mastectomy scar of breast cancer survivor

Kingston tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey has been quite busy lately as a strong contestant and fan favorite on Season 8 of “Ink Master” on Spike TV as well as the co-owner of The Strange and Unusual oddities parlor, but she recently took time out of her busy schedule to work with Inked Magazine on […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

First Night Scranton ends annual downtown New Year’s Eve tradition after 16 years

First Night Scranton ends annual downtown New Year’s Eve tradition after 16 years

From a press release: The organizers of First Night Scranton have made the difficult decision to bid farewell to the event after 16 years of hosting a family-friendly celebration of art and culture on New Year’s Eve in downtown Scranton. Scranton’s event was one of the longest-running First Night celebrations in the world. The committee […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Comic Con returns for fall edition at the Radisson Hotel on Nov. 20

Scranton Comic Con returns for fall edition at the Radisson Hotel on Nov. 20

The Scranton Comic Book Convention will return to the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel for its fall edition on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., bringing writers, artists, cosplayers, dealers, and some colorful characters to downtown Scranton. Guests will include Darren Auck (veteran illustrator for Marvel Comics, including “Hulk vs. Thing,” “Ren & Stimpy,” “Rocko’s […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces turns into week-long series of events in Scranton Oct. 7-15

Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces turns into week-long series of events in Scranton Oct. 7-15

From a press release: Fall in Lackawanna County is a beautiful time of year. To celebrate the season and the growing number of attractions, events, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and boutique shopping in Scranton and Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is partnering with the annual Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces to […]

 Brendan Howells

DRUNK ILLUSTRATION TUESDAY: Interview with artist Erik Svare of Viva La Mort in Japan – Part 2

DRUNK ILLUSTRATION TUESDAY: Interview with artist Erik Svare of Viva La Mort in Japan – Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of my conversation with Erik Svare of Viva La Mort. In the second half, we talk about our origin stories and how we got to where we are now. We discuss the concepts of hanami, memento mori, and other themes in our art, as well as how to stay motivated while developing […]