Alex Frew has made a name for himself as a tattoo artist in our region, now working at Absinthe Tattoo in Sunbury. We first met Alex in 2015, when he walked into the Gallery and offered to show us some drawings -- and he pretty well covered the floor with dozens and dozens of them. He has entered work in a few of our exhibitions and now has a solo show that you will not want to miss.
The show runs from February 12th through March March 15th; we will have a rare Saturday reception on March 9th, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Alex says "After completing a 7-year prison sentence I was determined to hit the ground running upon making parole. I was determined to make any connections I could in the world of art. On my third day out I saw Oren in the new Exchange Gallery while walking in between tattoo parlors and asked if he wanted to see my art. He insisted that he did, so I began to lay out everything I had on the floor. I’ve met other curators for a bunch of local galleries. None were as receptive to me as Oren had been. I always try to keep an eye out for any submissions that I can make to any shows he runs. I’ve never met a stronger advocate for the arts and local community. That’s why I decided 5 years ago that I wanted to have a gallery showing when I turned 40. It was clear to me that it had to be with Oren and The Exchange."
We asked artists: What does “sanctuary” mean to you? How can you depict it in artwork? As always, we accepted all media from all artists of every age and level of experience with one criterion: The work must fit through our front door. "Sanctuary" has 52 pieces by 29 artists from six central-Pennsylvania counties; they range in age from elementary school students to 80something, and they work in many media -- painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, video, and various mixed media. Their inspirations and ideas span as broad a range as their ages and backgrounds.
The show runs January 8th through February 9th, 2024, with a reception on First Friday, February 2nd -- Groundhog Day.
We present “Sanctuary” in association with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's show “Sanctuary City”, in which Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok delivers a powerful tale of two young DREAMers fighting for their place in the only home they've ever known. With poignant and timely storytelling, Majok’s play explores the profound sacrifices and unwavering friendship between these characters, highlighting the stakes they face when risking everything for each other.
The play comes to us as a collaboration with Bloomsburg University’s Conversations for the Common Good, an interdisciplinary, university- and community-wide movement linking students, staff, faculty, and administrators with community partners and the general public towards a single goal: to invest time, talent, and resources to promote dialogue that unites and bridges seemingly vast divides within our community.
"Sanctuary City" ran from January 18th through February 4th; for more information, click here.