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Carla Reck is a lighting designer for Friedman Electric in Wilkes-Barre. Reck, 43, attended Seton Catholic High School and graduated from King's College with a degree in English. Carla Lives in Wilkes-Barre with her boyfriend, Alex.

What do you do as a lightning designer? "I help in the creative process for the lighting of commercial and residential locations. We will pick out a single lamp or a whole lighting scheme for projects for businesses and homes. We work with architects as well as other contractors in combining to create a finished product."

What do you like to do away from work when not lighting up various locations with your designs? "I am very much into theater and photography. I perform with the Jason Miller Playwrights' Project in Scranton. One of my proudest moments was when I had a display at the Anthology in Scranton, back in 2009. It was composed of my black and white photos of mannequins, wax figures and ventriloquist dummies and was received well by the public. It was called the Automatonophobia and it was an exciting event for me."

Are you on any committees or a member of any organizations? "I am actually on the board for the Fine Arts Fiesta. I work with others in coordinating events and vendors on year round basis for the event that takes place on the Square in May."

What do you think needs to be improved upon in Northeastern Pennsylvania? "We have such an interesting art scene in this area. I would love to see the public embrace it more. Art improves the quality of living and there are so many activities locally that highlight art whether it be plays or art exhibits. These events are usually inexpensive and kids could even get involved to enhance the experience with art in the area."

Speaking of the arts, what is your favorite type of music or some musical artists that you enjoy? "I'm a throwback to the '80s and I enjoy electronic bands like Depeche Mode and New Order. I like the new band called Cant as well. I like to listen to jazz and classical music to relax also."

There are many countries known for their arts and culture. Have you ever traveled abroad? "I adored Paris. Everything about it is wonderful. The scenery, the art and everything about the culture there entices me. I would really like to see more of Europe in the future."

Where do you like to visit in the states? "My favorite spot to visit every year is the Finger Lakes in New York. I love boating there and visiting the wineries. I also enjoy traveling to Philadelphia."

Who has been a role model in your life or someone you have looked up to? "I have always had a weird energy growing up and my parents have always understood me and inspired me to use that energy. My friends in the art community have also contributed greatly to my enthusiasm and have supported me throughout my endeavors."

Do you have a favorite author? "I love the works of Edgar Allen Poe."

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that you live by? "Buddhism says to learn to let go. I try to live by that more these days."

What is your favorite food? "Anything that we cook at home is my favorite. My boyfriend and I try to eat healthy so I really like salads and veggies from the Farmer's Market as well as codfish and a really good wine."

Where do you like to visit or hang out at in Northeastern Pennsylvania? "We like to walk down to the riverfront from our apartment and just sit beside it for awhile. It is a nice atmosphere."

John Gordon writes about area people for the Meet feature. Reach him at 970-7229.

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