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Now open: “The Blues Show”

We have hung work in many media — 2-D or 3-D — that fits the Blues/blue theme: paintings of Blues musicians performing, photographs in many shades of the color blue, a cigar-box guitar, a handwoven rug, quilts, and more. If it says “Blues” or “blue” to you, it works for us.


The reception took place on Friday, February 19th, 5-9 p.m., during the opening evening of the Festival, as seventeen venues in the two counties hosted Blues musicians and FREE buses transport music lovers among them. Venues with music on Main Street in Bloomsburg included Steph’s Subs, Balzano’s, the Capitol, Rose Marie’s, Fog & Flame, Filet 18, and West End Ale Haus, as well as Nick Rusnock playing here at the Exchange. On Saturday the 20th, we opened from 10 to 3, as musicians perform at Fog & Flame and Balzano’s up Main Street from the Gallery.


In conjunction with the third annual Destination Blues Music Festival, taking place in Columbia and Montour Counties February 19th-21st, 2016, the Stairwell Gallery hosts “The Blues Show” now through April 1st.

“Cash & Carry” closes this week



For the second year, our holiday fundraiser show has attracted a huge range of work by artists from Columbia and Montour Counties and beyond — everyone from Bloomsburg University art professors to grade-school kids.


Every piece has a $25 price tag, with 80% going to the artist, 20% to the Gallery. (Some artists have chosen to donate 100% of their sales to the Gallery, and we thank them heartily!)


The show runs at the Stairwell Gallery through the 24th of December; for open hours, visit our Web calendar or our Facebook page.

Last week of “Nature Calls”

NATURE CALLS: Celebrating the art of Plein Air and art inspired by nature


The expression “en plein air” means “in the open air” in French; beginning in the 19th Century, artists began using the term to differentiate their approach from earlier, academic, studio-based painting. Now the term can apply when making any art outdoors, including photography and sculpture, using natural light. We encourage artists of all ages and levels of experience to bring their art — paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, collages — made outdoors or inspired by the outdoors.


“Nature Calls” runs through this Friday, February 12. For work priced to sell, the artist receives 80%, the Gallery 20% of the sale price; artists must take care of all sales taxes.


Looking forward to seeing you here!

“Cover of a Cover/Cover of a Comic” closes this Thursday

For the fifth year, the Stairwell Gallery in Bloomsburg presents an open-call show where we invite artists of all ages and levels of experience to display their interpretations of LP album covers and/or comic art — comic books, graphic novels, the Sunday funnies.
“Cover of a Cover/Cover of a Comic” runs from the 5th of October through this Thursday, the 19th of November.


Work in past “Cover” shows has ranged among many media, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. Artists have come from the entire central Susquehanna Valley, from Wilkes-Barre to Williamsport and everywhere in between, ranging from art professors and other professional artists to amateur artists including college, secondary, and elementary school students.

All “Cover” entries should have inspiration from an existing album, or its music, or an existing comic-related item – but we leave it to the artists to determine the extent to which they re-imagine the originals: They can do direct copies or their own designs completely, in any medium. The Stairwell Gallery displays the new work side-by-side with the originals where available.


The Stairwell Gallery takes a modest 20% commission, using
the funds raised to keep presenting art to the community.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Holiday Fundraiser Show



The time has come for CASH & CARRY, everyone! We’ve got the panels, about 6″ x 8″; come in to the Antler and pick up up to three, make your art on them, and bring them back; we’ll put every single one of them on display, for sale: Artists last year included Bloomsburg University art professors, grade-school kids, and everyone in between — 300+ pieces by 100+ artists!


We’ll install the work starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the 21st of November; work that comes in later will go up as other work sells.

Our Fundraiser Holiday Show runs November 21 – December 24, with a Silent Auction Reception on Saturday, November 21, 6-7 p.m. (one hour event); minimum bid $30. At 7 p.m., every piece costs $25, cash & carry! The artist receives 80%, the Gallery 20% of the sale price.


We’ll have our Cash & Carry Reception on Saturday, November 28, 6-8 p.m. (at the same time as the Artspaceholiday show reception). EVERY PIECE $25. The artist receives $20, the Gallery $5.


Looking forward to seeing YOUR art!

“Stairwell Gallery Crew Collects” show now open

Now through the 25th of September, visit the Stairwell Gallery’s latest show — artwork from the personal collections of the Gallery committee members, Chad Andrews, Brock Dent, Jason Godeke, Oren Helbok, Dave Kube, Ron Lambert, Jef McGreevy, and Nick Rusnock.  Work runs the gamut of styles and media 2-D and 3-D, by artists near and far.  For Gallery hours, click here.


Last week for High School Scholarship Exhibition

The High School Scholarship Awards show is the best of a juried submission process, featuring students from schools from the local area. The Bloomsburg University Department of Art & Art History presented three scholarships to students judged worthy of the awards.  The presentations took at the reception for the show at the Haas Gallery of Art on the B.U. campus in May, and this photo shows the winners; from left to right: Rachel Snyder, Honorable Mention, Danville High School; Olivia Greene, Honorable Mention, Southern Columbia; Ahlena Davies, Honorable Mention, Danville; Linda Yang, Second 

Prize ($1,000 tuition scholarship), Danville; Hadley Wiktor, First Prize ($1,500 tuition scholarship), Danville; Vincent Kuhar, Third Prize ($500 tuition scholarship), Bloomsburg; and Evie Allport, Honorable Mention, Bloomsburg.  Other students with work in the show include Lexus Mordan, Millville; Savannah Scherer, Southern Columbia; Kayley Dillon, Bloomsburg; Julia Shipe, Danville; Breanna Fowler, Bloomsburg; and Briana Wakefield, Millville.

The show runs at the Antler through this Friday, the 28th of August; we’ll have the Antler open 10-6 each day this week.


The next show, “The Stairwell Gallery Crew Collects”,  opens this Saturday, the 29th, 6-8 p.m. (at the same time as the reception for Artspace’s “Bazaar” show) and runs through the 25th of September.

The Blues Show
Cash & Carry
Nature Calls
Cover of a Comic
Holiday Fundraiser
Stairwell Gallery Crew
High School Exhibit logo
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