On Friday, October 5th, I’ll be having my first art show as part of Scranton’s First Friday. I’m thrilled – this is a completely new experience for me, and is possible thanks to a kind offer from my friend Rob Ely, the owner of Stinky’s Chili, aka Late Nite Food, in downtown Scranton. He and I have something in common: we’re both trying to build a following & bring in new customers. So I’ll be filling his eatery with artwork and he’ll be giving out some free samples. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and you’re all invited to stop by.
As is so often the case, the pieces fell into place at the right time, coinciding with some yet-tentative plans I’d started making myself. A plan, for example, to find a way to become more involved in this community I’ve taken as my adopted home. A plan to try and partner with some local businesses in a mutually beneficial way. A plan to start printing more of my images and getting them out there, as opposed to letting them gather dust on a hard-disk somewhere.
So yeah, here’s a chance to start moving forward in all those directions at once. So I’m psyched. But also a little intimidated. I’ve got room for about 6-8 prints, which means I have to take everything I do here at The Roving Photographer and distill it down to its absolute essence. A half-dozen or so images that not only sum up my greater view of the world (or at least this little corner of it), but also show a balance between the shots I love and the shots everyone else loves. (Which aren’t always the same.)
And then there’s the logistics to tackle. Editing, printing, framing, & hanging. To that end, thank goodness it’s only a handful of images! But I’m not complaining. Just thinking out loud. It’s going to be an adventure and I am very, very excited.
So mark your calendars. Stop by and take a gander, tell me what you think, or just boo at me from the sidewalk. Or buy some chili, and some art. It’s going to be fun.
And a shameless plug for Rob and his place: it’s some of the best chili and sandwiches I’ve ever had. Easily the best chili I’ve found in 5 years of living here. The hours are late, but the grub is well worth staying out for. Add to which, it’s much higher quality than you’ll get most places. More real ingredients and much less artificial crap. Rob takes pride in this.
He also takes obvious pride in treating his customers right. You go into his place, you’re a guest – you’ll feel welcome. He makes the extra effort to fix your food the way you like it. And after all that, the prices are still right. I really can’t say enough good things about his place, so give it a try yourself.