Green is the color of new beginnings, Springtime, and Earth Day. We associate it with luck, prosperity, and hope. We also associate it with greed, jealousy, and illness. Additionally, green can mean eco-friendly or energy efficient. The Exchange invited artists to submit work featuring the color and/or the concept of “green” -- all artists of all ages and levels of experience encouraged and all media accepted, 2D and 3D, with only one rule: The art had to fit through the front door.
More than 40 artists from seven central-Pennsylvania counties responded, bringing in almost 90 pieces; media range from painting and photography to pit-fired ceramics and mixed media including mouse skeletons. We'll have photos of all of the work here soon.
The show runs Monday, April 3rd, through Friday, May 5th
Image above by Neil Dignazio
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership photo contest winners
Every year, the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership holds a photo contest -- "Show us your Susquehanna!" -- celebrating the river towns and other treasured scenes along the North Branch, West Branch, and main stem of Pennsylvania's longest river. The 26 images winning images form the 10th and 11th contests depict the many aspects of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania in all seasons, up close and from afar; categories in the 10th contest, which took in work from April to June of 2021, and the 11th contest, which took in work from April to June of 2022, included Landscapes, River Towns, Susquehanna Adventures, and Wildlife.
For information about entering the 12th annual contest, with a deadline of June 30th, click here.
The Gallery exhibition runs March 6th through 31st.
"Six Characters in Search of an Artist"
What if the subject of the art told the artist what to create?
Where's the line between artist and art? Or is there a line?
What's "real" and what's "illusion"?
The Exchange invited artists to create and submit artwork exploring these questions. We received 50 pieces by 27 artists from seven central-Pennsylvania counties.
The exhibit theme is inspired by the play “Six Characters In Search Of An Author” by Luigi Pirandello, appearing in a new adaptation in a co-production by the Bloomsburg University Players and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 221 Center Street in Bloomsburg, opening Thursday, February 23rd, and running through Sunday, March 12. For more information, visit BTE.org.
Image above by the play's director, Bloomsburg University Theater professor (and Exchange board member) David A. Miller.
The Gallery exhibition runs February 6th through March 3rd.
The visual arts make a wonderful medium for capturing the memories of dreams, which we often find elusive and hard to describe. Several art movements have used dreams as a source of inspiration, including Symbolism, Romanticism, Surrealism, and some styles of Contemporary Art. The Exchange asked for artwork on the subject of dreams -- daydreams, aspirational dreams, nightmares, or other visions -- with all media accepted, and as always from ALL artists of all ages and levels of experience. We received 93 pieces by 50 artists from eight central-Pennsylvania counties.
In association with the show, we will host another of our Storytelling events at the Gallery, on Tuesday, January 31st; please get in touch if you would like to tell one!
Image above by Jack Simonds.
The show runs January 9th through February 3rd.