Murals make splash in downtown Scranton

Murals make splash in downtown Scranton

As appeared in The Times Tribune by Jim Lockwood on September 7, 2019.  

SCRANTON — Two new murals downtown make for eye-catching splashes of color.

The artworks — painted recently on a side wall of the Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave., and on a rear wall on Kressler Court on the back of City Market & Cafe at 300 Adams Ave. — are the first two murals of a new project sponsored by First Friday Scranton and produced by Northeast Art Project.

Continuing monthly, weather permitting, NEAP will select artists to create and paint murals throughout downtown Scranton for each First Friday.

Founded by artist Ryan Hnat, NEAP is a Scranton-based business that pairs local artists with businesses to create public works of art in the region.

The First Friday venues for murals will be determined by a committee and from suggestions of residents and business owners.

“So long as there is still a space that can be improved in downtown Scranton, this project will continue,” Hnat and First Friday Executive Director Thom Welby said in a joint announcement.


The mural on the Leonard Theater wall, completed last month by artist Monica Noelle Simon, features a caterpillar/butterfly motif. It was the first mural stemming from the new project.


The second mural — a fantastical, long-armed creature sprawling across part of the rear wall of City Market & Cafe and painted by artist Zach Yahn — was unveiled during Friday’s First Friday festivities.

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