Arts on Fire 2015



BRENT PENNINGTON The Keystone College iron pouring class fires metal and pours it in molds during Arts on Fire, held at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton, PA, on the afternoon of 06 June 2015.

BRENT PENNINGTON The Keystone College iron pouring class fires metal and pours it in molds during Arts on Fire, held at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton, PA, on the afternoon of 06 June 2015.

Another of my favorite weekends of the summer has come and gone, that trademark of June where the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces are once more shimmering in the heat of molten metal.  It’s Arts on Fire, a celebration of Scranton’s heritage and vibrant local arts culture.

The highlight of the event is always the live iron pouring demonstrations, which go for several hours each afternoon (and the night before during an incredible night-pour), courtesy of the Keystone College ironworks team.

BRENT PENNINGTON The Keystone College iron pouring class fires metal and pours it in molds during Arts on Fire, held at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton, PA, on the afternoon of 06 June 2015.

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24 Hours of Art 2014



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This past August I was privileged to join The Vintage to document their annual “24 Hours of Art” event, which brings together a large number of community artists to celebrate and share their craft non-stop from noon on Saturday through to noon on Sunday.  This year the arts community was well-represented by a wide range of visual artists, musicians, poets, performers, and actors.

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Arts on Fire 2014



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Although a couple of months have passed, I wanted to finally share some photos from this past summer’s “Arts on Fire” festival, held by Lackawanna County at the historic Iron Furnaces. This year, the festival opened on Friday evening with a dinner-and-drinks party that culminated in a nighttime iron-pour by the Keystone College ironworks students.

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The Moth Project



BRENT PENNINGTON "The Moths Project" opening at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 07 December 2012.

I am very excited to share some images from the opening of The Moth Project at The Vintage this past Friday night!

The Moth Project is an annual event benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation, and runs under the motto “Keep hope alive.” On their website, The Vintage describes it as: “The Moth Project is a visual exhibit which combines the unique talents of various artists to create a synergetic installation. “The Moth” is our symbol of hope, ever chasing after the “light” of truth. Featuring the work of Brian Craig, John Bert, Katie Trott, Theresa O’Connor, Constance Denchy, Heidi Van Leuven, and Brent Pennington.”

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The Vinage’s Grand Opening



The young, hip, and artistic congregate in The Vintage Theater, Entertainment Venue, & Cafe on Spruce Street in downtown Scranton.  Friday, 14 September 2012, marked The Vintage's grand opening at their new location.

Just a few captures from the grand opening of The Vintage in downtown Scranton. Previously known as the Vintage Theater, it’s a local performance space, entertainment venue, and cafe and simply one of the coolest places in the downtown. Owners Conor and Theresea have put a lot of hard work into setting up their new space and it shows – it’s a beautiful venue on the ground floor of the old Hotel Jermyn. It’s got real character and a real comfortable, relaxed feel.

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Scranton’s Arts on Fire Festival



Iron pouring demonstration at the Arts on Fire Festival, held at the Scranton Iron Furnaces on the afternoon of 02 June 2012.

Saturday was Scranton’s 4th annual Arts on Fire Festival, held at the Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown.  It was my first visit to the festival – and actually to the furnaces themselves as well.  And it was awesome!  But of course the highlight was the iron pouring demonstration, which was something I’d never seen before.  It’s really kind of uncanny to see iron scraps go into a furnace and come out as a glowing liquid.  It’s just a simple phase shift, but at the same time it’s so far beyond the realm of anything most of us have done that it’s hard to comprehend.

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