Now in the Gallery: Cash & Carry

The Exchange Gallery called all regional artists to enter the third annual “Cash & Carry” exhibition. We gave away 400 hardboard panels, they made the artwork. All interpretations and all media accepted. As always, we opened this exhibition to all artists regardless of level of experience and abilities, and of the 350 pieces that went up at the beginning of the show, almost half came from middle- and high school students, with many more by younger children. As always, other artists represented include Bloomsburg University professors and other professionals, as well as amateurs of all levels of experience.

We’ll have our Cash & Carry Reception on Friday, November 25th, 5:30-8 p.m. (before, during, and after Bloomsburg’s “Parade of Lights”). EVERY PIECE $25. The artist receives $20, the Gallery $5. Nothing better than art for the holidays!

Just because the show has opened, that does not mean that you have lost your chance to make work for it: Whether you use a wooden panel, or a small frame, or a piece of cereal-box pasteboard, as long as your piece measures close to 7″ by 9″ we will accept it. Anything that comes in during the show will go up as other work sells,
starting at the reception on the 25th of November.

This holiday fundraiser runs through January 6th.

We look forward to seeing YOUR art, and to providing you with art to take home!



Now in the Gallery: Art the Vote

The Exchange Gallery called all regional artists to enter an exhibition that revolves around the concept of ‘community engagement’, with all interpretations and all media including installation proposals accepted. As always, we opened the exhibition to all artists regardless of level of experience and abilities.

‘Art the Vote’ asked artists to make their voices heard through their artwork, to seize the chance to make a statement about the issues important to them. What local, regional, national, or global issues do they care about?

The show runs October 6th through November 11th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, October 8th, 6-8 p.m. (simultaneous with Artspace’s reception for Becky Marks’s and Bob McCormick’s show, “Reflections in Glass and Water”)



Call for entries: Cash & Carry

Update, Friday, 11/4: WE HAVE RUN OUT OF PANELS TO GIVE AWAY FOR THE “CASH & CARRY” SHOW! But that does not mean that you have lost your chance to make work for it: Whether you use a wooden panel, or a small frame, or a piece of cereal-box pasteboard, as long as your piece measures close to 7″ by 9″ we will accept it. Work due here next Saturday, the 12th –

The Exchange Gallery calls all regional artists to enter the third annual “Cash & Carry” exhibition. We give you the panels, you make the artwork. All interpretations and all media including installation proposals accepted. As always, we open this exhibition to all artists regardless of level of experience and abilities.

The time has come for CASH & CARRY, everyone! We’ve got the panels, about 6-3/4″ x 9″; come to The Exchange and pick up up to three, make your art on them, and bring them back (at which point you can pick up three more if you would like); we’ll put every single one of them on display, for sale: Artists last year included Bloomsburg University art professors, grade-school kids, and everyone in between — 300+ pieces by 100+ artists!

We’ll have our Cash & Carry Reception on Friday, November 25th, 5:30-8 p.m. (before, during, and after Bloomsburg’s “Parade of Lights”). EVERY PIECE $25. The artist receives $20, the Gallery $5. Nothing better than art for the holidays!

Work due here between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, the 12th of November; work that comes in later will go up as other work sells after the 25th.

The Holiday Show fundraiser runs November 17th through January 6th.

We look forward to seeing YOUR art, and to providing you with art to take home!



Now in the Gallery: “Nest 2″

Nest 2
Version 2.0 of our very first community-based show
July 14th through August 19th, 2016
Artwork received on/by Saturday, July 9th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reception: Saturday, July 16th, 6-8 p.m.

All interpretations and all media including installation proposals accepted. This exhibition is open to all artists regardless of levels of experience and abilities.

“Nest 2” is an affirmation of “Nest”, the highly successful first themed open call that the Moose Exchange (now the Exchange) held in its Stairwell Gallery in 2013: Two-dozen artists participated in “Nest”, and more than thirty artists have participated in “Nest 2″. Because of the high volume of entries and broad range of artists, “Nest” shifted the ideology of the gallery and its committee members: The gallery mission became regionally focused and welcoming to all artists regardless of training or experience. Our exhibitions are eclectic and celebrate the joy of art.

Now we invite you to enjoy “Nest 2” in our new nest, the Exchange, at 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg.



“Postcards” and Madelin Beattie

The Exchange Gallery in Bloomsburg made an international call for artists to connect with one another through the exchange of personal postcards.  Inspired by the Griffin and Sabine books, this exhibition welcomes artists of all ages, abilities, and experiences to share their individual personalities and to connect to other creative souls.  We accepted all media, with the only limitation that every entered piece must go through the mail at the international U.S. postcard rate ($1.20).  This means that each piece must fit within the Postal Service’s guidelines: 3-1/2” minimum and 4-1/4” maximum for height, 5-1/2” minimum and 6” maximum for length, 0.007” minimum and 0.016” maximum for thickness.

The reception will take place on Saturday, the 4th of June, 6-8 p.m., at the same time as Artspace’s reception for their North Mountain Art League show.

At the conclusion of the show, after the reception, we will mail all of the postcards out: Each artist will receive another artist’s work.  By asking for an artist’s ages on the application, we intend to connect artists with other artists within the same approximate age group.

ALSO IN THE GALLERY: Madelin Beattie

With a studio in Williamport’s Pajama Factory, Madelin Beattie describes herself this way: “I am a Printmaker and Sculptor living and working in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  I recently obtained my BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  I am a lover of coffee, dogs, and a nice pair of slacks.”

Madelin’s one-person show in the back half of the Exchange Gallery will run through the reception simultaneous with the Postcard Show’s, on Saturday the 4th of June, 6-8 p.m.



PORTRAITS OF OUR COMMUNITY

April 4-29, 2016

Every community is built by the people in it, everyone playing their part to develop the character of a place. In some cases a community will have celebrities projecting out to a national stage; in other cases a community is held up by citizens playing a small part to make the lives of those around them better.

For “Portraits of Our Community”, the Exchange Gallery asks that you immortalize someone in your community in your own way. It could be someone you admire, it could be someone in your family, it could be someone you just think is interesting. The Gallery Committee would like to encourage you to think outside the box as to what constitutes a portrait: You could do a painting, a drawing, or a photograph; you could also assemble a collection of objects, a video, an interview, the remake of something from the person’s history. We would like to see what you can come up with as your idea of a portrait.

The show runs from the 4th of April until the 29th of that month; we will accept work here on Saturday, the 2nd of April, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Download the exhibition entry form here, fill it out, and bring it with your entry. The reception will take place on Saturday the 23rd, 6-8 p.m. (simultaneous with Artspace Gallery’s reception for “The Stableys”).

Photographer: SARAH LEEN/National Geographic Creative
Photo: the Foster family of Stow, Ohio, with polymer-based possessions



Now open: “The Blues Show”

In conjunction with the third annual Destination Blues Music Festival, taking place in Columbia and Montour Counties February 19th-21st, 2016, the Stairwell Gallery hosts “The Blues Show” now through April 1st.

We have hung work in many mediua — 2-D or 3-D — that fits the Blues/blue theme: paintings of Blues musicians performing, photographs in many shades of the color blue, a cigar-box guitar, a handwoven rug, quilts, and more. If it says “Blues” or “blue” to you, it works for us.

The reception took place on Friday, February 19th, 5-9 p.m., during the opening evening of the Festival, as seventeen venues in the two counties hosted Blues musicians and FREE buses transport music lovers among them. Venues with music on Main Street in Bloomsburg included Steph’s Subs, Balzano’s, the Capitol, Rose Marie’s, Fog & Flame, Filet 18, and West End Ale Haus, as well as Nick Rusnock playing here at the Exchange. On Saturday the 20th, we opened from 10 to 3, as musicians perform at Fog & Flame and Balzano’s up Main Street from the Gallery.



“Cash & Carry” closes this week

ALMOST 300 PIECES BY MORE THAN 75 ARTISTS

For the second year, our holiday fundraiser show has attracted a huge range of work by artists from Columbia and Montour Counties and beyond — everyone from Bloomsburg University art professors to grade-school kids.

Every piece has a $25 price tag, with 80% going to the artist, 20% to the Gallery. (Some artists have chosen to donate 100% of their sales to the Gallery, and we thank them heartily!)

The show runs at the Stairwell Gallery through the 24th of December; for open hours, visit our Web calendar or our Facebook page.



Last week of “Nature Calls”

NATURE CALLS: Celebrating the art of Plein Air and art inspired by nature

The expression “en plein air” means “in the open air” in French; beginning in the 19th Century, artists began using the term to differentiate their approach from earlier, academic, studio-based painting. Now the term can apply when making any art outdoors, including photography and sculpture, using natural light. We encourage artists of all ages and levels of experience to bring their art — paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, collages — made outdoors or inspired by the outdoors.

“Nature Calls” runs through this Friday, February 12. For work priced to sell, the artist receives 80%, the Gallery 20% of the sale price; artists must take care of all sales taxes.

Looking forward to seeing you here!



“Cover of a Cover/Cover of a Comic” closes this Thursday

For the fifth year, the Stairwell Gallery in Bloomsburg presents an open-call show where we invite artists of all ages and levels of experience to display their interpretations of LP album covers and/or comic art — comic books, graphic novels, the Sunday funnies.
“Cover of a Cover/Cover of a Comic” runs from the 5th of October through this Thursday, the 19th of November.
Work in past “Cover” shows has ranged among many media, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. Artists have come from the entire central Susquehanna Valley, from Wilkes-Barre to Williamsport and everywhere in between, ranging from art professors and other professional artists to amateur artists including college, secondary, and elementary school students.
All “Cover” entries should have inspiration from an existing album, or its music, or an existing comic-related item – but we leave it to the artists to determine the extent to which they re-imagine the originals: They can do direct copies or their own designs completely, in any medium. The Stairwell Gallery displays the new work side-by-side with the originals where available.

The Stairwell Gallery takes a modest 20% commission, using
the funds raised to keep presenting art to the community.



CALL FOR ENTRIES: Holiday Fundraiser show

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER SHOW

The time has come for CASH & CARRY, everyone! We’ve got the panels, about 6″ x 8″; come in to the Antler and pick up up to three, make your art on them, and bring them back; we’ll put every single one of them on display, for sale: Artists last year included Bloomsburg University art professors, grade-school kids, and everyone in between — 300+ pieces by 100+ artists!

We’ll install the work starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the 21st of November; work that comes in later will go up as other work sells.

Our Fundraiser Holiday Show runs November 21 – December 24, with a Silent Auction Reception on Saturday, November 21, 6-7 p.m. (one hour event); minimum bid $30. At 7 p.m., every piece costs $25, cash & carry! The artist receives 80%, the Gallery 20% of the sale price.

We’ll have our Cash & Carry Reception on Saturday, November 28, 6-8 p.m. (at the same time as the Artspace holiday show reception). EVERY PIECE $25. The artist receives $20, the Gallery $5.

Looking forward to seeing YOUR art!



“Stairwell Gallery Crew Collects” show now open


Now through the 25th of September, visit the Stairwell Gallery’s latest show — artwork from the personal collections of the Gallery committee members, Chad Andrews, Brock Dent, Jason Godeke, Oren Helbok, Dave Kube, Ron Lambert, Jef McGreevy, and Nick Rusnock.  Work runs the gamut of styles and media 2-D and 3-D, by artists near and far.  For Gallery hours, click here.



Last week for High School Scholarship Exhibition

The High School Scholarship Awards show is the best of a juried submission process, featuring students from schools from the local area.  The Bloomsburg University Department of Art & Art History presented three scholarships to students judged worthy of the awards.  The presentations took at the reception for the show at the Haas Gallery of Art on the B.U. campus in May, and this photo shows the winners; from left to right: Rachel Snyder, Honorable Mention, Danville High School; Olivia Greene, Honorable Mention, Southern Columbia; Ahlena Davies, Honorable Mention, Danville; Linda Yang, Second Prize ($1,000 tuition scholarship), Danville; Hadley Wiktor, First Prize ($1,500 tuition scholarship), Danville; Vincent Kuhar, Third Prize ($500 tuition scholarship), Bloomsburg; and Evie Allport, Honorable Mention, Bloomsburg.  Other students with work in the show include Lexus Mordan, Millville; Savannah Scherer, Southern Columbia; Kayley Dillon, Bloomsburg; Julia Shipe, Danville; Breanna Fowler, Bloomsburg; and Briana Wakefield, Millville.
The show runs at the Antler through this Friday, the 28th of August; we’ll have the Antler open 10-6 each day this week.
The next show, “The Stairwell Gallery Crew Collects”,  opens this Saturday, the 29th, 6-8 p.m. (at the same time as the reception for Artspace’s “Bazaar” show) and runs through the 25th of September.


Stairwell Gallery now showing “Photography”, “Watching” next

Now up, “PHOTOGRAPHY: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS”

The Stairwell Gallery called all artists to enter original works of art for an exhibition that revolves loosely around the photographic process. All photography including traditional and alternative darkroom processes, digital and digitally altered photographs, photo silkscreen and paintings derived from photographs, and even installation proposals considered. This exhibition is open to all artists regardless of levels of experience and abilities — more than three dozen have participated, from the “usual suspects” to first-time exhibitors.

Monday, February 17, show opened

Saturday, February 28, 6-8 p.m., reception, simultaneous with the reception at Artspace Gallery, 221 Center Street for “Vista Gradients”

Friday, April 3, show ends.

Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., pick-up of work.

All artists are expected to pick up their work in a timely manner. No work will leave the exhibition until the end of the exhibition at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd, 2015. A gallery representative will be available to assist artwork pickup on Saturday, April 4th, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. If you are unable to collect your work by that time, please call Brock Dent at 570-854-6219 to make alternate arrangements. We will hold the work for up to one month from the end of the exhibition. After that month we will consider the work abandoned.

And then, “What Are You Watching?”

What are YOU watching? Turn it into art! The next open-call show here at the Antler, “What Are You Watching?”, invites artists of all ages and skill levels to bring in work inspired by film, video, TV, YouTube, etc., etc.: We are looking for original works of art based on your favorite films, television shows, commercials, or music videos.

We are also looking of experimental video works to be projected from 11 a.m. -11 p.m. on April 11, with a special screening at 6 p.m. on April 11. Videos should be under five minutes as QuickTime or Mpeg 4, sent as a link via DropBox, YouTube, or Vimeo to rlambert@bloomu.edu

Dates and times of importance:
Artwork received by Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Installation: Saturday, April 4, 1 p.m.
Show Opens: Monday, April 6

Reception:
Saturday, April 11, 6 – 8 p.m.

Show ends: Friday, May 15
Pick-up: Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please be sure to have your work in the gallery by 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. You may drop the work off earlier in the week by contacting Oren Helbok at 570-394-6805 to make arrangements. All work must be ready to hang and in the case of an installation, the artist must be available to install Saturday, Saturday April 4 beginning at 1 p.m., or have made other arrangements with the hanging crew.



Stairwell Gallery Update 1/15

For its first exhibition in 2015, the Moose Exchange’s Stairwell Gallery hosts work by Danville native and Bloomsburg resident Ken Conner in the “Solo Themeless Show” – an eclectic mix of work from the last ten years. The show runs through the 14th of February.

Born in Danville in 1951, Ken attended the York Academy of Arts in York, Pennsylvania, and worked as a freelance illustrator and in commercial advertising. In 1978, Ken founded the “Spring Thaw” Art Show & Sale in his hometown. This non-competitive community exhibition became a popular annual event that continues to this day. Now retired and living in Bloomsburg with his wife, Sabrina, Ken enjoys working with found objects as well as graphite and acrylic.

Next up, “PHOTOGRAPHY: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS”

The Stairwell Gallery calls all artists to enter original works of art for an exhibition that revolves loosely around the photographic process. All photography including traditional and alternative darkroom processes, digital and digitally altered photographs, photo silkscreen and paintings derived from photographs, and even installation proposals will be considered. This exhibition is open to all artists regardless of levels of experience and abilities.

For an entry form, click here.

Dates and times of importance:

Saturday, February 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Artwork arrives at the Antler, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg

Monday, February 16, 11 a.m. Show opens

Saturday, February 28, 6-8 p.m. Reception

Friday, April 3, 5 p.m. Show ends.

Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pick-up of work.

Please have your work in the gallery by 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 14th. You may drop your work off earlier in the week by contacting Oren Helbok at 570-317-2596 to make arrangements. All work must be ready to hang and in the case of an installation, the artist must be available to install on Saturday, Feb. 14th, beginning at 1 p.m., or must have made other arrangements with the hanging crew. All artists are expected to pick up their work in a timely manner. No work will leave the exhibition until the end of the exhibition at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd, 2015. A gallery representative will be available to assist artwork pickup on Saturday, April 4th, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. If you are unable to collect your work by that time, please call Brock Dent at 570-854-6219 to make alternate arrangements. We will hold the work for up to one month from the end of the exhibition. After that month we will consider the work abandoned.