With the good health of the people in our community as by far the most important factor, The Exchange, Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. (DBI), and the Town of Bloomsburg have decided that ArtFest should not take place in 2020.
The boards of the two non-profits and Town Council agree that the COVID-19 pandemic makes an event of ArtFest's size unwise, even outdoors. In addition, making ArtFest a success would mean trying to draw enough attendees that it would bump up against if not exceed the number, 250, that the Governor of Pennsylvania has determined as the limit on gatherings.
ArtFest would have taken place on Saturday, August 22nd, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. surrounding the fountain on the Square and up Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg, with more than thirty art and craft vendors, five food vendors, and live music by local performers all day. We now look forward to the 2021 event, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 21st.
DBI, the non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Bloomsburg's downtown commercial district, founded ArtFest in 2009; The Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, has produced the event since 2016; and the Town of Bloomsburg has provided the venues and support services each year. Both DBI and The Exchange look forward to other events -- both in-person and on-line -- that our fellow citizens can enjoy safely; for more information, please visit DowntownBloomsburg.org and elsewhere here at ExchangeArts.org. For more information about the Town, please visit BloomsburgPA.org.
2019 art and craft vendors:
Bill Kassel Fine Art -- gouache, acrylic, and oil paintings
Larry Ney II Studio -- oil paintings
Deb and Dave Stabley -- cards and mugs
Beadweavers -- jewelry
Laughing Fox Studios -- eclectic mixed media
Hidden Pond Studios -- powder horns, plaques, etc.
Confectionery Imaging -- alcohol-infused cupcakes
Windy Hill Woodturning -- handmade wood items
Fly Me Home -- upcycled goods
Lisa's Gone Shopping -- fabric carryall tote bags
Lightsinger Images -- photography
Fishing Creek Watershed Association -- container garden contest
The Exchange's Art Cart -- art activities
Agora Cyber Charter School -- kids' activities
Bloomsburg Public Library -- kids activities
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership -- photography
Picture the Market -- mixed-media photography
Laurabee Studios -- metal and clay jewelry
L and B Donuts -- handmade
Creations by Becc -- art and photography
Apple Creek Alpacas -- yarn and fiber items
Susan Rhine Repurposing -- benches to beds
The Essential Apothecary -- bath and body care
Gail Fox Fine Art and Jewelry -- paintings and sterling silver
Christine Pocono -- porcelain clay
Louy Designs -- metal and electricity
West Wind Jewelry -- gemstone jewelry
PV Studios -- photography and wood-burning
Cheryl 'B' Good Glassworks
Nottingham Bonsai -- bonsai and carniverous plants
Mockpie Studio -- fiber art and quilt
Jackie Dee's Pottery
Gail Vick Barnhardt: Artist -- mixed media
Premier Studios -- photography
Claire’s Creative Clay -- charms
Mandala Jewelry -- made with antique and vintage buttons
Steve Martz Arts -- paintings, drawing, and prints
LZG Beaded Designs -- beaded jewelry and suncatchers
Sue's Salves -- herbal skincare and aromatherapy
Drawings by Peter Grimord -- drawings and prints
Drawings & hildren's Books by Joan Grimord
Sara Baker Handmade Stoneware -- functional clay
Glen Klein -- photo images on stretched canvas
2019 food vendors:
2019 music schedule:
Raven Creek, bluegrass, 10 a.m. and noon
Nick McGaw, 11 a.m.
Stacia Abernatha and Sean Farley, 1 and 3 p.m.
Kerry Kenny, 2 and 4 p.m.