Join us for First Friday Scranton.

New artwork on display each month.

APRIL 5, 2024 | 5PM-9PM

This month’s show is “Symphony in Hues” featuring art work by Christine Smith, Rena Hottinger, Carlo Savo and The Artist SACHIKO.

To learn more about our featured artists, simply click on their image below.

Artists interested in participating in Urban Co-Work’s First Friday may complete and submit our form below.

Christine-Smith

Christine Smith

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My name is Christine Smith. The catalyst behind this style was quitting alcohol and immersing myself in abstract painting. The technique is layering acrylic paint on canvas and using my palm and a brush to blend the colors. To create movement throughout the painting I turn the canvas frequently while working on it. For this show, I played with the layers of colors on top of each other. Some paintings have very gentle watered-down layers and others have many layers of thick paint.

This show is a reminder to play, have fun and not be so serious.

My hope is that the viewer lets their imagination run free.

Rena-Hottinger

Rena Hottinger

BIO.

Rena was born and raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY, and now lives in the Poconos of PA. She utilizes multiple media for free-style self-expression including acrylic & impasto, oil & cold wax, glitter paint with sand and chipped rocks, soft pastel, charcoal, ink, marker & crayon, collage, clay, floral design, and photography. Appreciating Buddhist philosophy, she explains that “creating art” is a virtuous activity and contributes to a meaningful life that benefits all.

Rena contends that everything happens in the moment—including creating and appreciating art. Since 2016, she has been learning from and reproducing works by Old Masters in her own style and interpretation. The latest is “Returned, from The Canada Series, after Joan Mitchell” who is an American Abstract Expressionist painter from the mid-1900’s. In March of 2023, Rena honored female artists including Joan Mitchell and Georgia O'Keeffe in “Women’s History Month” group art exhibit in East Stroudsburg PA. Before choosing a painting to reproduce, she reads and studies about the famous artist. Then during the actual creation of the artwork, Rena sometimes thinks that she can feel the energy and emotions of the artist coming through the creative process of the painting!

She adores the world of the abstract and seems to get lost there. Creating larger scale abstract paintings is something she is drawn to and thoroughly enjoys. When she begins a painting such as this, there may not be any planned idea as to what to paint — mainly she follows the impulse and feeling generated, perhaps related to chosen colors and shapes. Rena states, “It’s always a thrill to discover what an abstract painting is all about, only after it is completed and viewed from each of its four sides.”

Carlo Savo

Carlo Savo

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Art serves as a dialogue between the artist and the viewer, a connection only established when the artist successfully evokes an emotional response. For me, the most direct approach to achieving this involves loosely interpreting moments from my life into relatable scenarios for others. By painting the specifics of my life in a broader context I can pull on the common threads of our collective cultural and human journey. My goal is to highlight these shared elements by intentionally triggering the emotions associated with them—an invitation to nostalgia, prompting a recollection of the people, places, and events that have shaped us. We’ve all undergone a similar process. As we engage with the world, we inevitably assign emotional value to the events that come to define us. If I can convey a piece of my life in a way that conjures the emotions, experiences, and memories of the viewer’s life, then I've achieved my objective. I have initiated a conversation about who we are and the paths we've traversed.

BIO.

Carlo was born and raised In Northeast Pennsylvania a few miles outside of Scranton PA. He began drawing at a young age copying comic book covers and popular cartoon characters of the era. As a teenager, he taught himself painting and traditional figure drawing. Though he received some guidance from various individuals who encouraged him in his artistic pursuits, Carlo has never had a formal art education. At the age of 18, he became an apprentice auctioneer and entered the world of antiques and fine art. During his sixteen years as an auctioneer, he gained firsthand knowledge of the art world and collecting. In 2016 he left his career in antiques to pursue new opportunities and further explore his artistic vision.

The-Artist-SACHIKO

The Artist SACHIKO

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The Artist SACHIKO, an abstract artist from Scranton, PA, creates deeply personal yet universally resonant artworks that explore the essence of existence through texture, color, and emotion. Drawing from their own life journey, their pieces reflect themes of identity, belonging, and resilience, inviting viewers to contemplate their own experiences within the shared human narrative. Each artwork serves as a window into SACHIKO's inner world, encouraging observers to engage with the rich tapestry of emotions and connections that define our humanity, fostering empathy and understanding in the process.

BIO.

Born in Hilo, Hawaii, The Artist SACHIKO developed a passion for painting at a young age. They furthered their education by earning a BFA in Design from Marywood University in Scranton, PA, leading to a successful career in graphic design, creative direction, and digital marketing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Amidst the challenges of the pandemic, SACHIKO found solace in their art, using it to express a range of human emotions. This journey solidified their belief in the universal language of emotions and art, reflected in their portfolio characterized by vibrant colors, intricate textures, and dynamic motion. Their paintings invite viewers to share moments of connection and understanding.

Past First Friday Installations

March First Friday

March 2024 | “Vivid Impressions” | Featuring:

  • The Artist SACHIKO
  • Carlo Savo
  • Sunday Olaniyi
  • Nate Holden
February First Friday

February 2024 | Featuring:

  • Sunday Olaniyi
  • Nate Holden
  • Jesse Clemente
First Friday January 2024

January 2024 | “Tearing down your reality” | Featuring:

  • Jesse Clemente

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Scranton First Friday Artist Registration

Our Scranton location is now involved in a community art show called First Friday. We will showcase local artists in our space the first Friday of each month. If you are an artist interested in participating in this event, please fill out the form below. 

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*First Friday banner features artwork created by Joey Matula.