"Bugs & Botanicals"
Show runs June 21st through July 30th, 2021
The natural world offers a great deal of intrigue and inspiration. The Exchange Gallery sought artwork that depicts plant and/or insect life, real or imagined. Whether tiny clovers or massive sequoia trees, beautiful butterflies or creepy crawlies, we want to see what plants or insects inspire artists in our region.
The show has work by fifty (50) artists from seven Pennsylvania counties and also a former Pennsylvanian now living in Delaware, and twenty (20) of them have work at The Exchange for the very first time -- very exciting to see so many new artists' work here!
We look forward to announcing a reception for the show to take place in late July.
"Images In A Deliberate Sequence"
Show runs May 3rd through June 18th, 2021
Comics are a staple in visual storytelling, but what do “comics” encompass, and how can we identify that? Over the past couple decades, the term “comics” has been reimagined several times to reflect the temperaments, styles, and themes that come in and out of fashion. The Exchange Gallery sought artists of all ages and levels of experience to define what comics mean to them and to produce their own interpretations of a visual narrative. Silver age, noir, manga, alternative – all styles and genres welcome in this celebration of comics.
The show has work by sixteen artists from six Pennsylvania counties and also a Pennsylvania transplant now living in Arizona; three currently attend Bloomsburg University, and at least four others graduated from Bloom U., recently and not so recently.
You can purchase pieces directly through the ArtOfPA Web site's e-commerce page devoted to this show; if you would like your piece(s) shipped to you, contact us before you buy so we can figure the shipping cost -- 570-317-2596, Exchange@ExchangArts.org. You can of course also purchase pieces in person at the Gallery; click here for our hours, which vary from week to week. (Whether you purchase in person or through the Web site, all pieces will remain on the wall here until the end of the show, June 18th.)
For the virtual tour of the show by video, click here.
For the first time with any of our shows, we feel it appropriate to alert viewers: Some people may find some of the work here not to their tastes, and some of it might provoke strong negative feelings. We respect your feelings and ask you to respect our artists' right to free expression; the Exchange Gallery provides a venue for all of this work without condoning or condemning any particular ideas or points of view.
Susquehanna Greenway Traveling Photo Gallery
Show runs March 31st through April 30th, 2021
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership has sponsored a photo contest every year since 2012, attracting work by people throughout the 500-mile corridor along the North Branch, West Branch, and main stem of the Susquehanna River -- Pennsylvania's longest and one of the oldest in the world. The Susquehanna Greenway corridor includes the river itself as well as the parks, trails, and communities that line the river’s banks. Categories in the 2019 contest included Treasured Landscapes, Treasured River Towns, Susquehanna Adventures, and Bridges; in the 2020 contest (for which Exchange executive director Oren B. Helbok served as one of the jurors), categories included Treasured Landscapes, Treasured River Towns, Susquehanna Adventures, and Wildlife.
In addition to seeing the 2019 and 2020 winners at The Exchange, you can look at each one of them on the Web at susquehannagreenway.org/8th-annual-winners and susquehannagreenway.org/9th-annual-winners.
For this show, we will not have an e-commerce page; if you would like to get in touch with any of the photographers to purchase a piece, please do so through the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, 570-478-0178 or .
For information about how to enter the 10th annual contest, visit susquehannagreenway.org/photocontest.
Show runs February 22nd through March 26th, 2021
This moment in American culture seems to be dominated by oppositional ideas. People are certain that their ideas are correct, while in complete contradiction to others in their community. The Exchange Gallery invited artists to make work about opposition: Each artist could make two pieces, or she could team up with someone to between them make two pieces, and the pair would demonstrate some kind of opposition. The contrast could be conceptual, political, or formal; it couldbe as simple as complementary colors or as complicated as political disagreements. For the most part, one side of the gallery displays one piece, and on the opposite wall we hung the oppositional piece. The viewer can stand between the two ideas, picking a side – or not. The show includes 2-D and 3-D pieces, and as always we encouraged work by artists of ALL ages and levels of experience; "In Opposition" includes work by Bloomsburg University art professors, students, and graduates, and it also includes work by two four-year-olds and a five-year-old -- the four-year-olds now in their third shows here, the five-year-old in his first.
Sales have ended, but you can still visit the "In Opposition" e-commerce page, with complete information about each piece; click here.
For the virtual tour by video, click here.
"What I Did In Quarantine"
Show runs January 9th through February 19th, 2021
The Exchange Gallery invited artists to submit work that they have made since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in early 2020. We invited all media, 2-D and 3-D, including videos; as always, we encouraged work by artists of ALL ages and levels of experience. The work may or may not have COVID itself as a theme, but in any event if the artist could tell us the story of how the crisis informed the work, all the better. More than 50 artists from seven Pennsylvania counties (and the Bronx) responded to the call, with more than 100 pieces; they work in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital arts (including video), fibers, and 2-D and 3-D mixed media. Some of the artists have shown here for years; some have never shown here before -- and at least a couple have never shown their work in any gallery anywhere before. Some have made art for decades (for one of them, upwards of eight decades); two have not entered kindergarten yet.
Sales have ended, but you can still visit the "Quarantine" e-commerce page, with complete information about each piece; click here.
Our gratitude goes out to ALL of these artists for sharing their work with us; without them, we would have an empty room here -- but with them, because of them, we have the miracle of human creativity to share with YOU.