Spotlights

Sunday Spotlight: Deanna Shaver

Sunday Spotlight: Deanna Shaver

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Deanna Shaver, owner of Sweet Replica! Born in NEPA, Deanna is a local artist who’s passion for sculpting started at a very young age. Throughout adulthood, she worked in the wedding industry as a florist and coordinator. Later, she would combine her love for art and wedding, opening up her own small business — Sweet Replica.  She now works as a full-time sculptor, recreating peoples wedding cakes into custom…

Sunday Spotlight: Kristin Sepela

Sunday Spotlight: Kristin Sepela

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Kristin Sepela, owner of The Not So Basic Batch! Kristin is the baker behind the yellow mixer covered in dough, icing, and her favorite, sprinkles! She always loved baking, but never really knew how much until the magic was released from her heart one snowy night in December, when she took out her great grandmother’s old rolling pin, some hand-me-down cookie cutters, and rolled out a magical sheet of…

Sunday Spotlight: The Faerie Cauldron

Sunday Spotlight: The Faerie Cauldron

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have The Faerie Cauldron! The Faerie Cauldron was created by Rita Menapace, wife and mother of two little future potioneers. Rita creates handcrafted decorative potions for fans of witchy decor, horror, folklore, fantasy, TTRPGS and the general gaming community.  The handcrafted potions are created for many fandoms and many occasions. Rita creates Halloween-themed potions, to fun gaming potions and continues to grow her list based on her own favorite communities…

Sunday Spotlight: Steamed Accessories

Sunday Spotlight: Steamed Accessories

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Steamed Accessories! Steamed Accessories is brewed from three sisters who have a love for all things comfy and cozy. They wanted to create a shop that every cozy enthusiast could enjoy just as much as their mom does.  Native to NEPA, Amanda, Ashley and Afton spend a lot of time together doing everything from weekly family lunches, vacations, shopping trips, or grabbing a cup of coffee — which made…

Sunday Spotlight: Jenica Lodde

Sunday Spotlight: Jenica Lodde

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Jenica Lodde! Jenica is a major depressive disorder having, suspected ADHD, frenetic creative wannabe farmer. Her poetry has been published in io, SWWIM, The Scop, Gravel, and more. She has a collection of poetry available, “Emotional States” (2020), and an upcoming book, “Go My Own Way” — a collection of poems based on her childhood as the daughter of a Manson/Kerouac hybrid father. She is currently working on a…

Sunday Spotlight: Lori Prashker-Thomas & Michael W. Thomas

Sunday Spotlight: Lori Prashker-Thomas & Michael W. Thomas

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Lori Prashker-Thomas and Michael W. Thomas!   Michael has been creating black and white and color photographs for over 40 years. He served his country in Vietnam as a proud member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and upon his return, realized how vital capturing life is. This led him to returning to his favorite hobby — photography.  For Lori, creativity fuels her soul. When she met Michael, she picked…

Sunday Spotlight: Shelby Luxenberger

Sunday Spotlight: Shelby Luxenberger

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Shelby Luxenberger!   Shelby is a stay-at-home mom and self-taught resin artist, owner of Dear Universe Resin. She resides in Turbotville, PA with her husband, daughter, and 2 cats and enjoys traveling, hiking, and good day of self care.  Ever since she was young, Shelby loved creating. When the pandemic hit in 2020 and she found herself at home, she became interested in adopting a new hobby. While scrolling…

Sunday Spotlight: Brooke Wandall

Sunday Spotlight: Brooke Wandall

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Brooke Wandall!   Brooke is an avid book collector and painter living in NEPA with her two daughters. She attended Marywood University and enjoys selling her art on Etsy.  For Brooke, drawing was an activity she never grew out of. Her mother is a notable local folk artist and Brooke always felt inspired by her and her work.  Brooke usually paints abstract terrariums with flowers, but she also enjoys…

Sunday Spotlight: Eugene Lucas

Sunday Spotlight: Eugene Lucas

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Eugene Lucas (he/him)!   Eugene, also known as Gino, is an artist living in North Scranton who has a passion for creating. When he was younger, you could catch him at hardcore shows or skating around town. Now, he enjoys spending time with his family, strumming his guitar, taking photographs and painting.  With the passing of his mother, Eugene felt the need to stop being quiet. He wanted to…

Sunday Spotlight: Dallas Obst

Sunday Spotlight: Dallas Obst

Every Sunday, we turn the spotlight on some great creatives. This week, we have Dallas Obst (he/him)!   Dallas is a self-taught photographer based in Wilkes-Barre. His work consists of street photography and portraiture. Having spent over ten years capturing moments from an array of artistic projects, events, and locations, his collection of imagery illustrates an attention to contrast, space, framing, and the portrayal of an authentic human experience in a variety of settings, from bustling cities to rural life. You can learn…

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