PITTSTON — Kristen Rinaldi will make her art come alive — literally.
The Pittston resident will hold a live demonstration at the Second Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 in which she will paint a human model to look two-dimensional.
Rinaldi said she was approached by Main Street Manager and Second Friday Art Walk coordinator Rose Randazzo last year about demonstrating her skills.
“I was the apprentice to Michael Pilato on the Inspiration Mural last year,” said Rinaldi. “Rose knows I come from traditional training and draw from life many, many times and to draw onto a life is a challenge. She knows I like quirky projects and she presented me with the project. I was excited to be the one that she thought of to do it.”
Rinaldi graduated from The Art Institute of California-San Francisco in 2004 and moved to Pittston in 2014.
Other forms of her work are on display around town on the Pittston City fire hydrants.
When it comes to painting a three-dimensional object to look two-dimensional, Rinaldi said it’s all about knowing the human body.
“I studied anatomy in college and I continue to study it to this day, so it’s really a daily practice,” she said. “Drawing from life is a challenge, and so is drawing on life.”
Rinaldi will hold her demonstration in front of Gerri Bridal Shoppe.
Randazzo said she heard about body painting several years ago and knew it was something that will enhance the Second Friday Art Walk.
“That’s the best thing about art — it keeps recreating itself,” she said. “There’s so much energy and creativity that new things just keep evolving and I love it.”
On top of the live model painting, there will be a quilt show featuring 60 quilts on display to honor cornea donors throughout the area as part of the Gift of Life’s memorial quilt project.
Gift of Life is the organ donor program for Luzerne County.
Pittston Area High School teacher Lisa Joyce will have a quilt on display for her brother, Joseph “JoJo” Infantino, who donated his corneas after he passed away in 2009.
“The reasoning for me to bring this to the Second Friday Art Walk is I like to bring awareness to organ donating and through the quilts that are called ‘Thread of Love,’ which appear to be artistic because each square represents that person’s uniqueness,” said Joyce. “I thought it would be a neat part to bring to the art walk.”
The regular Second Friday Art Walk happenings will take place throughout the evening as well, with the addition of a barbershop quartet performing up and down Main Street and in open businesses.
The children’s area between the Purple Squirrel Pastry and the Company Clock will feature face painting as well as caricature drawings from Adam Lionheart.
Randazzo noted the growth of the art walk and said that that 20 artists are allowed to take part in the event and that there is always a waiting list.
Those on the list, she said, can now appear at the event under certain circumstances.
“We’ve had so many artists that want to be in art walk over and above those 20 tents that we have,” Randazzo said. “Starting this art walk, and going into next year, we’re going to expand the art walk all the way up to the Gramarcy Restaurant down to Fuji, and we’re going to allow artists to bring their own tent if we run out of tents. As long as the artist is approved and the tent is a 10-by-10 white tent, then they can set up.”
With this being the last Second Friday Art Walk of the year, Randazzo is already planning for next year.
“We’ll definitely be working on the expansion,” she said. “We’ll definitely be bringing more artists in and really concentrating on the kids; we want to do a lot more with the kids.”