"Now in 3D"
We all know more is better! The Exchange Gallery asked artists to leave the second dimension and join us in the third and take part in “Now In 3D” -- an exhibition of any and all three-dimensional works open to any medium and to artists of all ages and levels of experience. More than thirty artists answered the call, from ten Pennsylvania counties -- Adams, Columbia, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Snyder, Union, and Warren; the artists include five Mifflinburg High School students, two Bloomsburg University students, two high-school art teachers, and three college art professors, and twelve of them have work here for the first time. Media include paint, clay, paper (both folded and quilled), fabric, artificial flowers, plaster, wire, wood, faux fur, recycled materials (including an old fork), and more; you will find "Now In 3D" beautiful and thought-provoking and inspiring and just plain fun.
The show runs March 21st through April 29th, 2022
With more than seventy pieces in the show, it will take us a few days to get all of them photographed and uploaded into the carousel here; thank you for your patience.
Show runs Febuary 14th through March 18th, 2022
A thing that we are initially smitten with may go astray, maybe to the point where we want to smite that thing. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Exchange Gallery asked artists to make work based on the things that they love or things that they can’t stand, and perhaps something that they once loved that they now wish to smite.
The show has 32 pieces by nineteen artists from six central-Pennsylvania counties; three of the artists have work here for the first time. Media include painting, drawing, photography, fabric, mixed-media in 2-D and 3-D, and even one teeny tiny piece in iron, made in a blacksmith's forge.
Thank you to Gallery volunteer Bela Ball for hanging the show -- the second in a row that he has done so attractively.
"[Don't] Quit Copying Me!"
Show runs January 10th through February 11th, 2022
Irish playwright, critic, and political activist George Bernard Shaw said “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.” Artists copy each other’s work all of the time -- sometimes literal copies, sometimes interpretations. We asked to see artists' literal copies or interpretations -- their choices -- of other pieces of art, 2D or 3D, in any medium. For example, one could paint an accurate reproduction of "The Starry Night", or one could re-create it in bottlecaps glued to a piece of cardboard. "Nighthawks" in Lego? Already done once (dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1140942/Brick-Art-The-Mona-Lisa-masterpieces-Lego.html), but anyone can try a hand at it! Any piece, famous or obscure, can serve as your starting point.
For an excellent essay about “Inspiration vs. Imitation”, visit might-could.com/essays/inspiration-vs-imitation-how-to- copy-as-an-artist.
The show attracted 56 pieces by 28 artists from seven Pennsylvania counties -- Columbia, Montour, Luzerne, Schuylkill, Northumberland, Union, and Lycoming.
The photo above includes work by two artists who have had work here before: Chris Stametz, whose paintings fill the righthand half of the image, beginning with "Van Gogh Paints Van Gogh" in the center, has shown here for years and counts as one of our most frequent exhibitors, working in many media; her five-year-old granddaughter Rosie made her own version of a Van Gogh painting, the mixed-media collage in the foreground.
In the photo below, Gallery volunteer Bela Ball poses in the Gallery after his afternoon of hanging the show, on the 8th of January.