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A coral -themed ceramics piece created by senior Emily Taylor.
A coral -themed ceramics piece created by senior Emily Taylor.
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Senior art students of Keystone College will feature some of their work April 5 at the 2013 Senior Art Exhibition during Scranton’s First Friday. The public is invited to attend this event, which will feature multiple art mediums paintings, ceramics, bronze castings, graphic prints, mixed media and photography.

A reception will be held at a double opening April 5 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at both the ArtWorks Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, and the Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. The art will be placed in the galleries April 4 and will continue to be displayed until April 27. Gallery hours outside of the exhibition night April 5 for both locations are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

This senior exhibition is part of the student’s professional practices course, which is designed to help the emerging artists learn to start their careers by helping them perform tasks such as coordinating with venues, creating press releases and building professional relationships in their field. Keystone College instructor Nikki Moser, 47, of Factoryville, said of the class, “They spend the semester really refining the skills they need to become working artists.”

Moser also commented on the artwork and the anticipated exhibition, “The caliber of the work and the way they work so hard to install it will really inspire people to be engaged in the art.”

This year’s theme, “Moving Forward,” was chosen by the students and represents them as emerging artists leaving college and heading into the professional world.

Keystone senior Emily Taylor of Moosic is one of 22 who will have some of their artwork displayed at the local galleries. Taylor discussed what the title of this exhibition means to her, “I feel like the work represents everything we’ve been doing for four years, and it just shows how much we’ve learned and accomplished.”

Fellow student Leanne Schneider, a Keystone senior from Moscow, will feature her photography at the exhibition. Schneider shared her excitement about having her artwork featured, “I’m just really excited because it’s my first art exhibition.” She added, “I love the idea of galleries, so just to be displayed in one feels so good.”

Schneider also shared what the event’s theme means to her as a student, “I think it just represents another stepping stone. Going through college was a big part of our lives, and now we’re all moving not only forward, but in all different directions.”

In addition to student artwork, refreshments will be be provided by The Chef’s Table Restaurant of Keystone College during the opening reception.

More information can be found by calling the ArtWorks Gallery at 570.207.1815 or the AFA Gallery at 570.969.1040.

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