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!



Come visit us at the Exchange

Happy New Year to all! The week of February 8-13, you’ll find us here 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday; 9-1 and 3-6 Tuesday; 9-12:30 Wednesday; 9-2 Thursday; noon-6 Friday; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday for artists to drop off work for “The Blues Show”.

Hours vary week to week; see our calendar for details.

Now in the Gallery: “Nature Calls

Thanks to Stairwell Gallery committee members Chad Andrews, Brock Dent, April Gilliland, Jason Godeke (stepped down, 10/15), Michelle Hintz, Dave Kube, Otto Kurecian, Ron Lambert, Jef McGreevy (stepped down, 10/15), Sue O’Donnell (stepped down, 6/14), Nick Rusnock, and Katie Starliper for organizing and hanging all of the shows here.

Art classes for everyone, at the Antler! Brock Dent, once a Moose Exchange tenant and now part of the Stairwell Gallery committee, will lead classes in drawing and painting on Thursdays: ages 5-8yrs – 5 p.m.; ages 9-12 – 6 p.m.; ages 13+ – 7 p.m.; adults – 8 p.m.

Sessions are 50 minutes, $25 per session ($10 discount for each additional sibling)

Please contact Brock to sign up: by e-mail at brockdent@gmail.com, by phone at 570-854-6219

See you at the Exchange!



Grammy Nominee coming to Destination Blues

On February 7th & 8th, 2014, Columbia & Montour Counties in Central Pennsylvania heated up with the first annual Destination Blues music festival. Organized by two non-profit organizations – Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. (DBI) and the Moose Exchange – in partnership with the Briggs Farm Blues Festival and the Billtown Blues Association, Destination Blues featured international, national, and regional blues performers at multiple venues, as well as bus transportation among the venues and participating hotels.

On February 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2016, we’ll do it again! Visit DestinationBlues.org for all of the details.

Tickets available on-line here, and at these outlets:
The Antler, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg (cash, check, and credit card)
Endless Records, 7 East Main Street, Bloomsburg (cash & check)
The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, 121 Papermill Road, Lightstreet (cash & check)
A Perfect Blend, 135 West Front Street, Berwick (cash & check)
The Danville Business Alliance, Mill Street, Danville (cash & check)

Friday, music at more than a dozen venues with bus transportation among all of them AND participating hotels
Saturday, breakfast, lunch and evening blues, with the main event at Bloomsburg’s Caldwell Consistory: eight bands on two stages

And Gospel Blues on Sunday: ALEXIS P. SUTER AND THE MINISTERS OF SOUND will perform in the sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church in Downtown Bloomsburg, backed by a LARGE choir of local singers. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind event!

Produced by Richard Briggs of the Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Destination Blues receives significant support from Montour and Columbia Counties’ Tourism Funds as administered by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. The Exchange and DBI thank Montour Commissioners Trevor Finn, Jack Gerst, and Jerry Ward and Columbia Commissioners David Kovach, Rich Ridgway, and Chris Young for their vision and enthusiasm.



“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.



“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.


Plein Air event on October 3rd

On Saturday, the 3rd of October, the Exchange will host a plein air art event at the Montour Preserve surrounding Lake Chillisquaque north of Danville: a day to embrace nature and record its magnificence. Bring your art supplies — paints, camera, sketchpad, colored pencils, watercolors, etc., plus bug spray/sun block, lunch and some snacks, a blanket or a chair, and of course plenty of water. We’ll have artists on hand to offer suggestions and answer questions; we encourage artists of all ages and abilities to come out and make art in the great outdoors; no charge, but a $5 suggested donation to the Exchange will help us to put on events like this in the future.

You’ll find us at the Goose Cove picnic area, up the hill from the visitors center on Preserve Road; click here for a map of the Preserve and here for a Google Map of the area.

In January and February, the Stairwell Gallery will host an exhibit celebrating plein air artwork, “Nature Calls”, with all work created in the open air eligible, whether or not made on the 3rd of October –



ArtFest and Miss Melanie on the first of August

 

ArtFest is a free annual outdoor arts festival sponsored by Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., that showcases exceptional area artists exhibiting on Center Street between Main and Third Streets.  On August 1st, hundreds came celebrate the dog days of summer — on a gorgeous day! –with live music, food from local restaurants, creative activities for kids and adults, and fantastic art, all in an intimate outdoor setting at the center of Bloomsburg!

The Exchange’s Art Cart came out as well, and kids enjoyed making their own Minions!   Attendees enjoyed food by S.A.C Lunches, Bakers Guild Cafe, Nannycakes, and Granny’s Caramel Corn, and music by the Bloomsburg Early Music Ensemble, Ray Haden, Steve Gilliland, Totem Pole, John Sweeney and friends, and Darling Run

A good crowd came over to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to hear Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats play two sets in the sanctuary, starting at 7 p.m.  This Blues group, based in State College, played at Destination Blues this year, performing at Balzano’s on Friday night and the Caldwell Consistory on Saturday, and they sounded GREAT in church!  For more information about the show’s sponsor, the Destination Blues Music Festival, please click here.



Destination Blues rocked the region and expands to August

BIG NEWS FROM DESTINATION BLUES! Regional favorite Miss Melanie & The Valley Rats will perform in Bloomsburg on Saturday, the 1st of August, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Iron Streets. (You saw them at this year’s Destination Blues Festival, at Balzano’s on Friday night and at The Caldwell Consistory on Saturday; their version of “Amazing Grace” brought tears to many an eye!)

This August 1st, come to ArtFest on Center Street (which has plenty of music as well), sponsored by Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., have some supper downtown, and stick around for some great blues in the gorgeous sanctuary of one of our landmark churches.

More information will appear here and at DestinationBlues.org as the date approaches — but mark your calendars now!

Our gratitude goes out to the Montour and Columbia County Commissioners, all six of them, who once again will sponsor Destination Blues in 2016. We couldn’t do it (yet) without you, gentlemen! In Columbia County, David Kovach, Chris Young, and Rich Ridgway; in Montour County, Trevor Finn, Jerry Ward, and Jack Gerst.

(We have always had other sponsors for the Festival, and over time we will increase those sponsors — in number and in the amount of their support — while decreasing the amount the Festival receives from the counties’ tourism funds. The Festival will stand on its own two feet — but it learned to crawl and walk with the Commissioners’ helping hands!)

DESTINATION BLUES 2015

Thanks to the hundreds of attendees, the work of dozens of volunteers, and the support of many local businesses and the Commissioners of Columbia and Montour Counties, the second annual Destination Blues Music Festival helped chase away the winter blues on February 6th through 8th, in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, and places in between.

“Miner Blues” opened the Festival at the Turkey Hill Brewing Company on Friday afternoon; fifteen more bands played that evening at eleven other venues. John Sweeney and Tom and Jina Rosencrans played an acoustic set at Fog & Flame in Bloomsburg on Saturday morning, and Swampcandy played at the Capitol Restaurant across the street that afternoon.

First Columbia Bank Young Artist Jesse Loewy led things off on Saturday evening at the Consistory, and later that evening he had a 100% spontaneous opportunity to play with Slam Allen — THE magic moment of the night! Eight bands played on the Consistory’s two stages, finishing up with Teeny Tucker in the Auditorium.

On Sunday afternoon, Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound performed a Gospel Blues set at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg, backed by a local choir. The audience came prepared to be moved, and they were!

For complete coverage of the Festival, visit DestinationBlues.org and Facebook. We have already started thinking about next year’s Festival: We’ll do it again, and then some, on February 19th through 21st, 2016.

Save the dates!



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.



ArtWalk-In on Wednesday the 11th

Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. and the Exchange will host its 6th annual Art Walk-in this Wednesday at the Caldwell Consistory, 4-8 p.m. This event is FREE to the public and will feature the work of 25 local artists!

Live music will be provided by Lorraine & Joe Feola, The Bloomsburg Early Music Ensemble, Paul Loomis & Friends, and Negodniki.

Spaghetti Dinner ($6 adults, $4 kids) benefits Michele Kessler, long-time BTE supporter and now cancer fighter.

We’ll have computers set up so you can make your on-line donation through “Raise the Region” to any of the 259 area non-profits taking part in this year’s event!

The ArtWalk-In comes to you through the work and support of these sponsors:

The Exchange
The Children’s Museum
Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau
Susquehanna River River Arts



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.



Ken Conner’s “Solo Themeless Show” now open

For its first exhibition in 2015, the Moose Exchange’s Stairwell Gallery hosts work by Danville native and Bloomsburg resident Ken Connor in the “Solo Themeless Show” – an eclectic mix of work from the last ten years. The show opens on Monday, the 5th of January, and runs through the 14th of February, with a reception on Saturday, the 17th of January, 6-8 p.m.

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.

Currently located at 24 East Main Street in Bloomsburg, the Stairwell Gallery hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year, many of them featuring work by artists of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the Central Susquehanna region. For later this winter and into the spring, the Gallery’s organizing committee has three open-call shows planned, on the themes of photography, film & video, and “What Are You Reading?” Look for more information about them in the coming weeks.

For more about the Stairwell Gallery and the Moose Exchange, including open hours, which vary from week to week, see our calendar page here, visit Facebook.com/StairwellGalleryBloomsburg, or call 570-317-2596.

The reception for the “Themeless” show will happen simultaneously with a reception at the Artspace Gallery, 221 Center Street, Bloomsburg, for a show by members of the North Mountain Art League. Visit ArtspaceBloomsburg.com for more information on that show.