Downtown filled with art and soul


First Posted: 9/6/2013

This time his art will be significantly smaller.

Dwight Kirkland, the man behind Pittston’s fantastic Heritage Mural and the whimsical Ultomato tomato mural, will be in town with his artist wife, Kay, as part of Pittson’s final Second Friday Art Walk of the season on Sept. 13.

Kirkland, of Black Leaf Studio in Mifflintown, created the tomato mural on the upper side of the Tropical Dreams building and it was unveiled at the recent Tomato Festival.

His Heritage Mural, which he created with his partner, Michael Colley, covers the entire side of the Pittston Dental building and it depicts three stages of Pittston heritage: coal mining, the garment industry and railroads.

Black Leaf Studio specializes in award-winning murals, original fine art and illustrations, and is featured in galleries, distinguished homes and in all types of corporate advertising and marketing in the United States and abroad.

The Kirklands will present 50 pieces of art, he a group of photo realism pieces and she a number of pencil sketches.

The Art Walk will also feature 14 other local artists displaying and selling their creations, said Rose Randazzo, Pittston’s Main Street Manager.

“This event keeps getting bigger and better,” she said.

Lots of entertainment is planned as well.

Town Center, formerly known as the Lower Tomato Lot, will host Merchants of Groove, a house-rockin’ blues party band. Seven different musicians, hosted by Music Scene on North Main Street, will perform in the Pocket Park. And Pittston’s Eddie Appnel and Third Degree will perform at the clock at Landmark Bank.

A guest artist at Art on Main art gallery will be former Pittston Area School teacher Diane Cosgrove, whose photography will be on display.

Tattoo Artist Nick Malasto, who recently opened NEPA Tattoo Club and art gallery on Main Street, will also be creating tattoo art and have two visual artists on hand as well.

As usual, the Boden outlet will be open and having a special sale and Callahan’s on Main, the soon-to-be-open café, will offer a sneak preview of the shop. Restaurants will be open late and offering specials.

The Second Friday Art Walk is free and open to the public.

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