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, 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 for more information on that show.

Tickets for Destination Blues now available

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 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2015, we’ll do it again! Visit for all of the details.

Tickets available at

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.

Come visit us at the Antler!

The week of January 26-30, you’ll find us here on Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 1 to 6 p.m.; and Friday 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m.

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

Now open: “Ken Conner’s Solo Themeless Show” — ten years of eclectic work. Runs through the 14th of February.

Congratulations to Vicki Oman of Berwick who won the “Tonga Rhapsody” quilt raffle.

Thanks to Stairwell Gallery committee members Chad Andrews, Brock Dent, Jason Godeke, Ron Lambert, Jef McGreevy, Sue O’Donnell, and Nick Rusnock for organizing and hanging all of the shows we have had here.

Thanks to Hummel Rentals for its generosity in giving us this space while we rebuild.

See you at the Antler!

Free movie: “Taking Earth’s Temperature”

On Tuesday, November 11th, the Moose Exchange and Bloomsburg University’s Green Campus Initiative will sponsor a screening of “Taking Earth’s Temperature: Delving into Climate’s Past” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Iron and Main Streets in downtown Bloomsburg. The hour-long presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The motion picture was produced by filmmakers at Northern Arizona University’s IDEA Lab and other scientists. It utilizes footage from both the field and labs in the US and Europe as well as numerous interviews and graphics. It showcases scientific discoveries in climate change research to demonstrate the value and relevance of researching past climates.

We’ll show the film with no admission fee, and we invite everyone: Feel free to bring your family, friends, and neighbors!

Additional information at

“Cash & Carry” Fundraiser seeks entries

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS! The Moose Exchange will hold a holiday fundraiser, “Cash and Carry”:

Stop by the Antler, fill out the entry form, and pick up FREE, pre-cut MDF boards (see the photo), up to three at a time. You can paint, build (using the board as the base for your sculpture, say), print, collage, decorate — whatever moves you. Once you hand in one piece, take another board home with you to work on!

We’ll display everything here as a Stairwell Gallery show over the holidays, with hanging starting on the 22nd of November. Beginning at 6 p.m. on the 28th (Black Friday), anyone wishing to own a piece will make a $25 donation to the Exchange; each buyer will get a number, and in numerical order each buyer will get to choose a piece and take it home, right then and there (thus “Cash & Carry”) — and another work will go on the wall to replace it. Artists will receive $20 of every $25, the Exchange the remaining $5.

We encourage artists to make work throughout the duration of “Cash & Carry”, thus keeping the show always changing and always fresh. Any unsold work will go to the artists in January.

Artists may pick up boards and drop off work at the Antler during any open hours through December 30th, when the show ends.
November 22nd: Hanging begins.
November 28th, 6-8 p.m.: Reception; 6 p.m.: Donations begin.

The Moose Exchange Stairwell Gallery reserves the right not to display work.

The first 288 of the panels we cut for the show got picked up in less than a week by artists from throughout the Susquehanna Valley and well beyond, but we got more made! Pick them up at the Antler during any of our open hours. The first finished entries have already come back: Check out these mixed-media pieces by Michelle Brown (woodburning and watercolor with recycled-walnut frame) and Sara Mika (stitching and fabric on painted panel) –

“CASH & CARRY” show now open

Literally hundreds of pieces of art, made by people of all ages from throughout the central Susquehanna Valley, have come in for this show — eye-popping! You can see photos of many of the pieces on the Stairwell Gallery’s Facebook page.

As works sell, we will put new pieces in their places; make plans to stop in throughout the length of the show (through December).

Thanks to Fog & Flame next door for displaying some of the work as well.

Check our Calendar for open hours, whick vary from week to week –

“World Famous In Bloomsburg” debuts 11/22

On Saturday, the 22nd of November, the Moose Exchange Antler at 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg, will serve as the venue for a CD release party as Paul Loomis, singer/songwriter/ math professor, brings out his third album of original compositions, “World Famous in Bloomsburg”. The 22 songs on this CD, unmistakably and unabashedly folk music, cover topics as diverse as “Pickles in the Jar” and “It Looks Like Christmas Is Coming Again” – many humorous but also some more serious, including “Susquehanna (Here It Comes Again)”, inspired by the 2011 flood. At the release party, from 6 to 8 p.m., Paul will perform songs from the CD – and old favorites by request. CDs for sale cost $10 each; autographs come free.

On the CD Paul sings and plays guitar, banjo, xylophone, and harmonica; his collaborators include two young musicians in his own household, daughter Anna Weber-Loomis (who sings and plays trombone) and son Zeke Weber-Loomis (who sings and plays the violin), as well as many other people familiar to those who follow the Bloomsburg music scene: Jeremy and Audra dePrisco lend their voices and various instruments; Mike Hickey sings and plays guitar and mandolin; John Huckans sings and plays tuba; Randy Moyer sings and plays guitar; Erin Dietrick plays violin; Safa Saracoglu plays percussion; and John Sweeney plays harmonica. A Bloomsburg University faculty member, Paul lives with his family in town in Bloomsburg.

Find out more about Paul’s music at

The Moose Exchange hosts this event as part of its mission to support the arts, encourage creativity, promote education, and enrich downtown Bloomsburg as well as the greater community.

College Student Printmaking Exhibition reception on Friday, 9/26

The Regional College Student Printmaking Exhibition runs through the 2nd of October at the Antler, 24 East Main Street in Bloomsburg, with work by twenty students from Bloomsburg University and Lycoming College. Thanks to B. U. printmaking instructor and Stairwell Gallery committee member Chad Andrews for organizing the show.

We will host an artists’ reception at the Antler on Friday, the 26th of September, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In this show, the works are paired together (one from each school) to explore similarities and relationships that unexpectedly happen as students work in the various printmaking processes. To my knowledge, all of these students are unaware of each other’s work, and yet it becomes eerily clear that ideas, compositions, colors, patterns, and other aspects of the images are remarkably similar. Separated at their creation by 50 miles, and in most cases years, the collected pairs of prints nonetheless create an atmosphere of the Zeitgeist (the “spirit of the age” or “spirit of the time”). The merit of each print is heightened when we can compare and contrast it with a similar, yet not directly influenced, print. Enjoy.

Thanks too to Jeremiah Johnson, who teaches printmaking at Lycoming College, for taking the time to choose examples from the College’s print archive. Without his effort, this show would not exist.

High School show reception on Friday, 8/22

The exhibit will appear at the Antler, the Moose Exchange’s annex at 24 East Main Street, through the closing reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 22nd. Come meet the student-artists! For weekly open hours, see the “Moose Exchange calendar” under “News & Events” above.

You can read a newspaper story about the show on the Daily Item’s Web site here.

Three members of the faculty of the University’s Department of Art and Art History selected the displayed pieces based on a review of the students’ art portfolios. The portfolio review and tuition scholarship program happens thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition.

Three of the student artists received B.U. tuition scholarship award offers during a reception
and awards ceremony on May 14th in the Haas Gallery. The first place student received a $1500
scholarship offer, plus a $50 gift certificate to the B.U. store; second place received a $1000 offer plus the gift certificate; third place received a $500 offer plus the gift certificate. Five students each received a B.U. store $50 gift certificate as honorable mentions.

Students whose works appear in the exhibition include Brandon Conrad, Breanna Fowler, Ava Guffey — Honorable Mention recipient, Kagen Haberstick, McKayla Robbins, Scarlett Tuck and Lakota Wadena, all of Bloomsburg High School; Sarah Foster — Honorable Mention recipient, Central Columbia High School; Gunnar Feldmann, Morgan Gallagher, Abby Meredick — Honorable Mention recipient, Justin Phillips — Second Place Scholarship recipient, and Taylor Roberson, all of Danville High School; Laura Chappell — Honorable Mention recipient, Millville High School; Olivia Greene — Honorable Mention recipient, Southern Columbia High School; Darrian Keller and Logyn Smith, both of Selinsgrove Area High School; Merre Martin — First Place Scholarship recipient, Northwest Area High School; Cassandra Vanatta, Warrior Run High School; and Tailor Weible — Third Place Scholarship recipient, Garnet Valley High School.

Thanks for your support at ArtFest!

Thanks to everyone who came out to make ArtFest such a success on Saturday the 2nd: We sold a passel of quilt-raffle tickets (more than 100 of them), and half a dozen Moose mugs, and we had the chance to talk to many wonderful people, from near and far, about the Exchange.

Thanks to our board members Lisa Leighton, Otto Kurecian, Chris Young, Mary Clapp, and Drue Magee for helping at the booth, and to board member and Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. manager Adrienne Mael for organizing a great show!

Thanks too to Stairwell Gallery committee member Jef McGreevy for the excellent chalk art.

Visit the Exchange at ArtFest this Saturday

Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. sponsors ArtFest on Center Street between Main and Third, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday the 2nd of August.

Tickets for the quilt raffle cost $5 each; buy two and get the third free. Buy twenty and get ten free! We’ll do the drawing at the Antler on Friday, the 28th of November, right before the Santa parade.

Artists appearing at the show will include Alan Spevak: photography; Sara Baker, clay; Josh Wagner, jewelry from vintage watch faces; Danielle DeLeon, ink jet, C41, and gelatin silver prints; Lynn Kibble, scratchboard; Luann Gilliland, beaded jewelry; Bill Wise, hand-blown glass; Robert Brown, photography; Bob McCormick, watercolor; Helene Elko, jewelry & vintage buttons; Christine Pocono, clay — stoneware and porcelain; Lyn Carey, handmade jewelry & pottery; Cortney Kreiser, handmade beaded jewelry; Cheryl Bower, glass; Abigail Kurecian, clay; Oren B. Helbok, photography; Jewelry by Kathleen; Larry Ney II, painting, and Sara Mika, fabric; Charles Ziegler, wood carving; Glen Klein, photography and digital artwork; Beth Moser, jewelry; Erik Pedersen, silkscreen/mixed media; Barri Riley, photography; Emily Green, watercolor and acrylic paintings; Cloud the Flute Maker, clay instruments; and Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital Art Expo.

Also appearing, Kayla Kline McCready, Healing Through Touch Therapy; and Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling.

For kids of all ages, chalk art sponsored by Highbrow Tattoo!

Food vendors will include Wanderlust Cafe, Columbia County Bread and Granola, Nanny Cakes, and Sakuntala.

Join us at Bloomsburg’s biggest outdoor art event of the year!

Bloomsburg Public Library show reception this week

Bloomsburg Public Library Distribution to Underserved Communities Grant Program

Works from the Moose Exchange
July 15th – August 29th 2014
Reception, at the Library, August 7th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The artwork on display represents a small number of the regional artists who have a connection with the Bloomsburg Moose Exchange. While the Moose Exchange is currently under repair after the devastating fire in January, the idea of what the Moose Exchange stands for remains a catalyst that unites area artists. The diversity of the works on display represents the diverse and unique culture of our area’s art scene.

The Moose Exchange would like to thank the Bloomsburg Public Library and the Distribution to Underserved Communities Program that made this show possible. The Distribution to Underserved
Communities Program is a national grant program that provides rural communities with contemporary art books and catalogues as well as exhibitions. National programs like the DUC help provide a greater cultural awareness to our communities.

Artists with work in the show include Chad Andrews, Annie Barnhardt, Brock Dent, Jason Godeke, Oren B. Helbok, Cindy McBeth-Collins, Sara Mika, Larry Ney II, Sue O’Donnell, and Michelle Yost.

Thanks to Press Enterprise photographer Bill Hughes for more great coverage of the Exchange’s activities!

All Exchange all the time on local media!

With the clean-up mostly done, we could allow reporters and photographers into the building at long last, and we got some excellent coverage.

First, WNEP-TV reporter Niki Krize and her cameraman walked through the Exchange on Wednesday, the 9th of July, to see how things look after three months of clean-up. See the story here. Then CCN News 8′s Britt Swartzlander and her videographer toured the Exchange on Thursday the 10th, and you can see her story here. The Press Enterprise’s Peter Kendron (reporter) and Bill Hughes (photographer) took the tour on Tuesday the 8th, and their story appeared on the front page on Sunday the 13th; you can read it all here. Meanwhile, WHLM Radio’s Mark Williams’s interview with Exchange director Oren B. Helbok hit the radio airwaves that week too (and a small text story appears on their Web site).

We thank all of these outlets for their eagerness to share our news with you throughout the rebuilding process.

And did you see us on CCN News 8 this week?

Britt Swartzlander toured the Exchange on Thursday the 10th, and you can see her story here. Meanwhile, WHLM’s Mark Williams’s interview hit the radio airwaves this week too (and a small text story appears on their Web site,
We love all of the attention!

Did you see us on WNEP-TV this week?

Reporter Niki Krize and the cameraman walked through the Exchange on Wednesday, the 9th of July, to see how things look after three months of clean-up. See the story here.