Destination Blues tickets now on sale

Attracting people from far and wide, the annual Destination Blues Music Festival takes place at multiple venues in Columbia and Montour Counties, featuring acts ranging from solo acoustic performers to electric bands to a full Gospel choir. Most of the performances take place in family-friendly restaurants and bars with no cover charges; attendees enjoy the best of our area’s food and drink – think brewpubs! – in addition to the music. Venues hosting the two main events include a Masonic temple and a church sanctuary, both of them landmarks of Victorian-era architecture that helps create unforgettable experiences.

In its first year in 2014, Destination Blues had musicians at five venues; by the third year, the number of venues had grown to 19, in Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, with 35 performances by 70 musicians – by far the greatest concentration of music that our two counties have ever seen.

The fourth annual festival will take place on Friday, the 17th of February, 2017, through Sunday the 19th. Visit the Web site for more information on the whole line-up, as well as hotel accommodations and bus transportation. Click here to order tickets.

The line-up will feature the Otis Taylor Band, Lea Gilmore, Joanna Connor, John Nemeth, Swampcandy, Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants, Sweeney Blues revue, and many more.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!



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!



Come visit us at the Exchange

The week of December 5-9, you’ll find us here 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday; 10-5 on Tuesday; 10-6 Wednesday and Friday; and 9-3 Thursday.

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

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter too.

Now in the Gallery, through January 6th: “Cash & Carry”

Thanks to Stairwell Gallery committee members Chad Andrews, Brock Dent, Michelle Hintz, Dave Kube, Otto Kurecian, Ron Lambert, Nick Rusnock, Katie Starliper, and Sara VanDyke for organizing and hanging all of the shows here.

See you at the Exchange!



Blues on the street on November 25th!

On Friday, the 25th of November, in conjunction with the annual tree-lighting and WHLM’s “Parade of Lights”, The Exchange will host music and art in its Gallery at 24 East Main Street as well as outdoors on Miller Avenue. Immediately following the lighting, in front of the New Bloomsburg Diner, The Exchange will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony: Founding board member Drue Magee will cut the ribbon officially opening the space, now completely renovated and serving as The Exchange’s headquarters and home of its Exchange Gallery.

After the parade passes, the popular regional Blues band Nate Myers & The Aces will perform, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Miller Avenue, around the corner from The Exchange, free to all, while Fog & Flame Coffee & Espresso and Rose Marie’s Restaurant will provide food, drink, and seating.

Also immediately following the parade, sales open for The Exchange Gallery’s third annual “Cash & Carry” show: more than 300 pieces of art, all priced at $25, made by people throughout our community, from art professors to grade-school children. These pieces make excellent holiday gifts. On each trip through the line, a buyer can choose ONE of the pieces, then must get back in line to buy another; this keeps the selection exciting for ALL buyers. In addition, The Exchange will hold a silent auction of collectibles including the very last “Moose mug”. As with all of Exchange Gallery receptions, the organization will provide light refreshments.



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.



Coming up August 6th: ArtFest

This year, Bloomsburg’s annual ArtFest has a new organizer, the Exchange, collaborating with long-time producer Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. Dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, the Exchange (then the Moose Exchange) used to host the wintertime ArtWalk-In; as Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. reorients its priorities around a strategic plan for Main Street, the Exchange has stepped in to make ArtFest an even more successful event.

The ninth annual ArtFest will take place on Saturday, the 6th of August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in its traditional location on Center Street between Main and Thirds Streets. With good attendance in all prior years, we look forward to a repeat showing this summer.

As always, ArtFest will showcase regional artists’ original work on this one day, accompanied by live music and activities for the whole family. A summertime art party, ArtFest draws families from well beyond Bloomsburg, and both art and food vendors have done well here year after year.

Stick around after the event, have supper downtown, and enjoy music by Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants at 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s Alvina Krause Theatre, brought to you by the Exchange’s Destination Blues Music Festival!

Please get in touch with Oren B. Helbok at Exchange@ExchangeArts.org or
570-317-2596 if you have any questions about ArtFest.

Looking forward to seeing you in Bloomsburg in August!



“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.



CALLS FOR ENTRIES: ArtFest vendors

For information about submitting work to the next Gallery show, click here.

This year, Bloomsburg’s annual ArtFest has a new producing organization, the Exchange. Dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, the Exchange (then the Moose Exchange) used to host the wintertime ArtWalk-In; as Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. reorients its priorities around a strategic plan for Main Street, the Exchange has stepped in to make ArtFest an even more successful event.

The ninth annual ArtFest will take place on Saturday, the 6th of August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in its traditional location on Center Street between Main and Thirds Streets. With good attendance in all prior years, we look forward to a repeat showing this summer.

As always, ArtFest will showcase regional artists’ original work on this one day, accompanied by live music and activities for the whole family. A summertime art party, ArtFest draws families from well beyond Bloomsburg, and both art and food vendors have done well here year after year.

Each artist pays an $80 booth fee for a 10×10 space. (Two artists, each juried in, may share a single booth for $100.) Food vendors pay $100. The fee covers the cost of ads in local and regional print and radio outlets, and the printing of posters and flyers. We also encourage vendors to promote the event themselves, using a postcard mailing and/or social media.

If you would like to show and sell at ArtFest, please download the application and other information here. Then, e-mail 3-5 jpeg images of your work (each no larger than 1 MB at 72 dpi, no larger than 1920 pixels on the longer side, with the artist’s last name as part of each file name; food vendors do not need to provide images but may for our promotional purposes) to Exchange@ExchangeArts.org and mail a signed copy of the attached application to 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815, no later than Friday, June 3rd, 2016. After receiving an acceptance notification from ArtFest via e-mail or phone (no later than Friday, June 17th, 2016), participating artists MUST submit the booth fee by Friday, July 8, 2016. We will accept no late fees and will reassign any unpaid space(s).

Please get in touch with Oren B. Helbok at Exchange@ExchangeArts.org or 570-317-2596 if you have any questions about ArtFest.

Looking forward to seeing you in Bloomsburg in August!



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.



Grammy Nominee at Destination Blues

On February 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2016, Columbia & Montour Counties in Central Pennsylvania heated up with the third annual Destination Blues music festival. Organized by 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.

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 in the sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church in Downtown Bloomsburg, backed by a LARGE choir of local singers.

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.



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.