In 2022, Bloomsburg’s annual ArtFest turns fourteen years old (one year late, after time off for COVID in 2020), and we want you to come to the party!
The fourteenth ArtFest will take place on Saturday, the 20th of August, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in its lovely location on the Square in downtown Bloomsburg (going up Market Street from Main Street).
We moved the event there in 2017 and wished we had done so years ago: This location has much better visibility and feels open, friendly, and welcoming; we had about 3000 attendees in 2019 and again in 2021.
As always, ArtFest will showcase regional artists’ original work, accompanied by local food, live music, and activities for people of all ages. It happens on the last move-in weekend for Bloomsburg University, when we welcome students and the students’ parents and everyone else to our town. A summertime art party, ArtFest draws families from Bloomsburg and well beyond, and both art and food vendors do well here year after year.
Each artist pays an $80 booth fee for a 10x10 space. (Two artists, each juried in, may share a single booth for $100.) Food vendors likewise pay $80, for a standard parking space. 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 you to promote the event yourself, using a postcard mailing and/or social media. ArtFest is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
If you would like to show and sell at ArtFest, please e-mail 3-5 jpeg images of your work to Exchange@ExchangeArts.org and mail a signed copy of the application to The Exchange at 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815, no later than Friday, May 27th, 2022. After receiving an acceptance notification from ArtFest via e-mail or phone (no later than Friday, June 10th, 2022), participating artists MUST submit the booth fee in the form of a check payable to “The Exchange” no later than Friday, July 1st, 2022. We will accept no late fees and will reassign any unpaid space(s).
Photo specs: jpeg/jpg, each no larger than 1 MB at 200 dpi, no larger than 1920 pixels on the longer side, with the artist’s last name as part of each file name (i.e. “Smith_ceramics1.jpg”); food vendors do not need to provide images but we encourage them to for our promotional purposes. If you need tips, Google “resizing photos”.
Please get in touch with me at Exchange@ExchangeArts.org or 570-317-2596 if you have any questions about ArtFest. Looking forward to seeing you here in Bloomsburg in August!
Oren B. Helbok
Exchange executive director