“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 paulloomis.com.

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.



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 DestinationBlues.org for all of the details.

Tickets available at EventBrite.com

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 November 17-22, you’ll find us here on Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 2-6 p.m.; Friday 1-4 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for “Cash & Carry” artwork drop-off, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for “Cover of a Comic” artwork pick-up, and then 6-8 p.m. for the “World Famous in Bloomsburg” CD release party! Hours vary week to week; see our calendar for details.

Special this week, Paul Loomis’s CD release party for “World Famous in Bloomsburg”, Saturday the 22nd, 6-8 p.m.!

The current Gallery show, “Cover of a Comic”, features more than fifty artists, ranging in age from grade school to adult, professionals and amateurs; stop in and see the great work!

Pick up your panels to make artwork for the “Cash & Carry” fundraiser, opening on Friday, the 28th of November. More info here.

Now appearing in the storefront windows, artwork by Bloomsburg High School senior Colin Warren, donated to us the evening of the ArtWalk-In; an original pastel of the building by Third Street resident Steve Coladonato; historical items from Bloomsburg Moose Lodge #623; and last but certainly not least, Rusty, our trusty mascot.

Also on display now, the absolutely gorgeous quilt “Tonga Rhapsody” donated by Rita Millard. Pieced by Fabrics Galore employee Barbara Persing while Rita ran the store, and quilted by Rita, the modern 12-month design features 100% batiked cotton, front and back; the 104″ x 90″ quilt has a value of $2800. Rita has donated it to us to raffle off later this year. Tickets now available, $5 each — buy two and get the third free! The drawing will take place on Thursday, the 28th of November, right before the Santa Parade in Downtown Bloomsburg. You can find Rita on the Web at fabricsgaloreonline.com.

The new large sign announcing the Antler’s presence in the brick relief above the cornice went up in mid-April. Let us know how you like it! A relative of this sign now hangs in the showcase just to the right of the Exchange’s front doors, pointing people up the street to the Antler.

Thanks to Stairwell Gallery committee members Chad Andrews, Brock Dent, Jason Godeke, Ron Lambert, and Sue O’Donnell for helping to get the Antler reorganized and cleaned up on Saturday, the 29th of March, and for getting first the “Stairwell to a Factory to the Antler” show and then “TimeSlips” hung, and to Chad, Ron, and Jef McGreevy for hanging the high school show, and to a group of committee members and volunteers who got the printmaking show hung on Friday, 8/22, and now “Cover of a Comic”.

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 TakingEarthsTemperature.org.



“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.

Dates:
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) –



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, whlm.com).
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 ccn-news.com.