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 features Exchange artists

Bloomsburg Public Library Distribution to Underserved Communities Grant Program

Works from the Moose Exchange
July 15th – August 29th 2014
Reception: 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.

Happy Independence Day!

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these states

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: George Read, Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Don’t miss us on CCN 8 News!

At noon on Tuesday, the 1st of July, a crew from Danville’s CCN News 8 interviewed Exchange director Oren B. Helbok about the current show in the Stairwell Gallery, the High School Art Scholarship Exhibition. You can see that segment on CCN 8′s Web site at

High School Art Exhibition now at the Antler

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.

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.

Congressman Barletta visits Bloomsburg

United States Representative Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District visited Bloomsburg on Friday, the 13th of June, spending more than an hour walking on Main Street and visiting businesses, including Legendary Comics & Tea Room, Towne Camera, Al’s Men’s Shop, and the Antler. Exchange director Oren B. Helbok joined the congressman and his staff as well as three members of Bloomsburg’s Town Council and State Representative David Millard on the tour, showing off and explaining the things in Bloomsburg that make this the vibrant regional hub.

The next time Rep. Barletta visits, we’ll get him INSIDE the Exchange!

Thanks to the congressman’s staff for taking photos along the way –

Billtown Blues rocked!

Bonnie Tallman, Goodtime Charlie, and everyone else at the Billtown Blues Association deserve top marks for their work putting on the 25th annual Billtown Blues Festival on Sunday, the 8th of June.

This year the Festival featured area favorite EG Kight from Georgia performing with invited local artists Sean Farley, Andy Seal, Jeremy Jaffe, and Tim Hooper. In addition, multi-nominated Blues Music Award artist Brandon Santini from Memphis and guitar wizard Kelly Richey and her powerhouse band from Cincinnati performed. Following in the footsteps of his late father and 2006 Billtown Blues Festival performer Magic Slim, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops played (in the photo), and the day ended with a return visit of Alligator Recording artist Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials. These guys blew the roof off the barn!

To encourage local and regional performers to keep the blues alive here at home, the tradition of the band and solo/duo winners of our local Festival Audition Concert performing at the Festival continued with the Nate Myers Band and Sean & Adam. Rounding out the bill, local newcomers to the blues K.G.+3 and 2011 International Blues Challenge finalist, representing the Billtown Blues Association, John “JT Blues” Thompson. The increasingly popular acoustic tent included the return of Steve Mitchell’s “Circle of Drums”, with enthusiastic audience participation.

Billtown Blues Association is a partner in producing the Destination Blues music festival, coming back for a second year on the 6th and 7th of February, 2015.

Piano Palooza wows ‘em in Selinsgrove!

Piano Palooza is a public art project that celebrates both music and visual art. Whimsically-decorated pianos now inhabit downtown Selinsgrove for anyone and everyone to play and enjoy! The “surface intensification” on the pianos ranges from paint to duct tape to a broken-crockery mosaic to sheet metal, each of the artists involved having 100% free rein.

The celebration kicked off on Saturday, June 7th, when local talented pianists came to listen and play; the young lady reflected in the sheet metal piano played “Frozen” on a number of the pianos. Selinsgrove Projects, Inc., hopes to have the pianos outside for at least eight weeks.

Play the pianos at your convenience at any of the locations in downtown Selinsgrove. Two live in the Selinsgrove Commons on the corner of Market and Pine; one outside the Selin’s Grove Brewing Company patio; another on Pine Street outside The Cottage on Pine; and others up and down Market Street.

For further information contact Selinsgrove’s Main Street Manager, Mary Bannon, at 570-541-9117 or by e-mail at

Making good progress on post-fire clean-up

Starting on the 8th of April, crews from Power Component Systems (PCS), based in Harrisburg, have spent their working days inside 203 West Main Street, cleaning out fire-damaged materials from throughout the building. Quite a few dumpsters have already come to the building empty and gone away full. As of early June, the crews have almost completed their work in the basement and on the second floor. In the Bowling Alley, they have removed all of the suspended ceiling, exposing the structural steel and the concrete floor above for the first time in decades. This area did not receive any damage from the fire itself, but it took on plenty of water from the firefighters’ hoses, and later from the leaking roof, and that water doomed the ceiling.

On the second floor, the crews have concentrated their attention on the Ballroom and the surrounding tenant spaces; still sealed off by plastic, the Ballroom remains off limits to photographers for now. Work has also started on the first floor. Like the basement, the first floor took on water, but it did not have significant fire damage except for the two small spaces behind the Grille Room stage and parts of the wood-paneled wall on which the Grille Room clock hung. (The clock face and hands remain in place, reading 12:30, when PPL turned off the power to the building during the fire; the clock motor, on the far side of the wall, melted.) PCS and JMSI Environmental, the clean-up monitoring company, expect to have the entire job done by the end of the third week of June, at which point we can get the architects and engineers in to determine what we will have to do to rebuild.

Meanwhile, the building’s neon sign does not yet again light up, but it still shines in the sun! Along with the new green leaves on the maple trees, it continues to give us hope.

We will have more photos of the building for you as PCS’s crews finish work.

Congratulations, Courtney!

Congratulations to Courtney Claudfelter (in the center of the photo by Press Enterprise photographer M.J. Mahon), 2014 graduate of Central Columbia High School and for all of 2013 and early 2014 the face of the Exchange Alley to thousands of our visitors. Courtney heads to Coastal Carolina University in the fall, and we wish her all the very best!

Billtown Blues Festival this weekend!

Now in its 25th year, the Billtown Blues Festival will feature area favorite EG Kight from Georgia with invited area artists Sean Farley, Andy Seal, Jeremy Jaffe, and Tim Hooper. In addition, multi-nominated Blues Music Award artist Brandon Santini from Memphis and guitar wizard Kelly Richey and her powerhouse band from Cincinnati will perform. Following in the footsteps of his late father and 2006 Billtown Blues Festival performer Magic Slim, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops are scheduled, along with a return visit of Alligator Recording artists Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials (in the photo).

To encourage local and regional performers to keep the blues alive here at home, the tradition of the band and solo/duo winners of our local Festival Audition Concert performing at the festival continues with the Nate Myers Band and Sean & Adam. Rounding out the bill will be local newcomers to the blues K.G.+3 and 2011 International Blues Challenge finalist, representing the BBA, John “JT Blues” Thompson.

Artists will perform on the main stage and in the increasingly popular acoustic tent which will including the return of Steve Mitchell’s “Circle of Drums” at which audience participation is encouraged. Throughout our 25 years, the Billtown Blues Association has maintained its focus on bringing national and international acclaimed blues artists, along with local and regional artists who have demonstrated a devoted interest in performing blues music, to its stages. The Association has diligently produced their events striving to maintain focus on the art form with the added agenda of creating a pleasant, family-friendly entertaining event.

Artspace show features erstwhile Exchange tenants’ work

The show runs until July 6, 2014, and includes new work by Sara Mika in fiber and Larry Ney II in oil, all exploring the curvilinear form of the female nude.

Recent partners in love, life and art, Sara and Larry have experienced much adversity including the loss of their Moose Exchange studio to fire four months ago. Despite losing work, supplies, and heart, the artists have shown resilience by building a fresh creative space where they work together in their new home. Uninhibited creativity is now a reality for both and it has led the two to create this latest body (pun intended) of work. For “Fragments”, Sara’s nude form is the basis of her work, created in fiber, as well as the subject of Larry’s oil paintings.

More at

Photograph of the artists courtesy of Danielle DeLeon