Member Spotlight, Cole Hastings

Cole Hastings takes joy from making furniture

By Alan K. Stout (Times Tribune)

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Cole Hastings is a professional furniture maker and craftsman. He established his namesake company in 2008. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Kutztown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, focusing on crafts with a concentration in furniture design. He also received a master’s degree in studio art at Maine College of Art. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Scranton.

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Member Spotlight, Jess Meoni

West Scranton community organizer lends creative talents to many events

By Patrice Wilding (The Times Tribune)

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Photo by Butch Comegys (Staff Photographer, LifeStyles)

Jess Meoni isn’t spooked by a challenge, because hard work never scared the West Scranton resident.

At 26, Ms. Meoni’s long list of credits in community organizing prove she is skilled as a champion of local arts, culture and talent.

Most recently, she facilitated the punk and metal music and arts festival Hallowfest in Nay Aug Park for a second year and volunteered to make the inaugural NEPA Horror Film Festival at Ale Mary’s a success.