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SITEexchange map with SITES -- Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Each dot on the map shows the approximate location of a SITE depicted for this project.

Some dots represent multiple artists' SITEs -- the same location chosen by more than one artist or multiple locations very close to each other.

A public art project by Cindi Hron and The Exchange, SITEexchange engaged artists in the central Susquehanna Valley to observe and record, through artistic means, the sites (places) important to them within the region: public places, private places, well-known ones, secret ones -- any places at all worth documenting in paintings, drawings, photographs, or any other artistic medium.

As always, we encouraged artists of all ages and levels of experience to submit their work, and each participant could determine how to interpret the idea of "site".  More than thirty artists responded to the call -- many more, actually, since a group of 5th-grade students collaborated on one of the paintings entered -- and you can see all of their 49 pieces below.  Perhaps best of all, SITEexchange presents the art in a fun and novel way, by distributing multiple copies of each submitted piece at 4.25 by 5.5 inches, folded and encapsulated, via 26 novelty vending machines --  gumball machines -- in venues from Berwick to Laurelton in October and November, 2022.  Every piece sells for 50 cents.  See below for the complete list of venues.


All of the original artwork will hang at the Exchange Gallery between October 10th and November 18th, 2022.

Artist Cindi Hron (cindihron.myportfolio.com) has worked in many media over the course of her career; this idea for this show originated with "SITE Omaha" in that Nebraska city in 1996.

Financial support for SITEexchange came from the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.;

we thank them for their enthusiasm for this project.

Gumball machines came courtesy of NEPA Vending; thanks, Joe!

As always, thanks to Chris Baumer at Bloomsburg University Duplicating for his excellent work printing the artwork copies and the SITE map.

SCROLL DOWN TO HERE SEE EACH OF THE PIECES IN SITEexchange, along with the artist's name and the location -- the SITE.  Some of the artists added thoughts about why they chose their sites -- and one even sent us a poem!

WHAT PLACES MATTER TO YOU?  Drop us a line and send us an image and tell us the story of your special place, and we will compile them into an on-line addendum to SITEexchange. You can reach us at Exchange@ExchangeArts.org

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SITEexchange art in the Exchange Gallery

It took six volunteers a day and a half to encapsulate all 2,000 copies of the 49 artworks.

The Exchange looks at SITEexchange as similar to our Storytelling events: opportunities to build a shared sense of this this region's identity.  If we share our art with each other and tell our stories to each other, sharing what we find important about where we live, we can start to build the sort of "brand" that other regions have.

 

Whether or not it leads to greater visitation (and greater infusions of outside cash, a great way to help support our fellow citizens), an identity for our region that its residents share will only do us good, because it can help us make long-term decisions about what does and does not work here.  We see SITEexchange and our storytelling series as two small tributaries of the larger river that we can follow to a better future.

 

VENDING MACHINE LOCATIONS

Thanks to each and every one for hosting SITEexchange; we could not have done this without them.

BERWICK

 

   Berwick Theater

BLOOMSBURG

  Artspace Gallery

  Bloomsburg Children's Museum

  Bloomsburg Area YMCA

  Bloomsburg Hospital

  Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble

  Bloomsburg Town Hall

  Bloomsburg University -- Haas Gallery

  Bloomsburg University -- Arts/Admin Bldg.

  Brewskis

  Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau

  Phillips Emporium

  The Exchange

CATAWISSA

  Rohrbach's Farm Market

DANVILLE

  Art Grind

  Montour Preserve

  Pine Barn Inn

MILTON

  Art Academy of Milton

SITEexchange gumball machines -- Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

SUNBURY

  Degenstein Community Library

  Sunbury Arts Council

LEWISBURG

  Campus Theater

  Lewisburg Children's Museum

  Samek Downtown Gallery

  Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau

  The Public Library of Union County

MIFFLINBURG

  Herr Memorial Library

LAURELTON

  West End Library

 

The SITES

Ann Wolfe, "Rainy Day at Vista Lodge" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Stillwater, Columbia County

Ann Wolfe
Rainy Day at Vista Lodge

Colored pencil, $50

Annie Barnhardt, "Pennsylvania Barn #3" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Rural Danville

Annie Barnhardt
Pennsylvania Barn #3

Painting, $350

Barbara Klauger, "Graffiti Highway" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Centralia

Barbara Klauger
Graffiti Highway

Acrylic, $25

Brock Dent, "Susquehanna River" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Espy, Columbia County

Brock Dent
Susquehanna River

Xerox transfer, gouache, and ink

Carol Busada, "Shikellamy State Park Marina" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Shikellamy State Park, Sunbury

Carol Busada
Shikellamy State Park Marina

Photo, $350

"In 2015, the Pa. State Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary and asked photographers to submit work documenting architecture contemporary with the Museum itself.  This piece was chosen for display at the Museum.  Thank you to John Clifford, manager of Shikellamy State Park, for providing me with the marina’s history."

Chris Mathias, "Valerie reading, Newlin" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Numidia, Columbia County

Chris Mathias
Valerie Reading, Newlin

Egg tempera and oil, NFS

Cindi Hron, "Eel Weir Between Danville and Riverside" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Susquehanna River, Danville

Cindi Hron
Eel Weir between Danville and Riverside

Digital collage, NFS

Diane Derr, "Rupert Covered Bridge" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Fishing Creek, Columbia County

Diane Derr
Rupert Covered Bridge

Oil

Franklin McGady, "English Hill Barn" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Columbia County

Franklin McGady
English Hill Barn

Photo

Helen Lynn, "River" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Susquehanna River

Helen Lynn
River

Photo

"Time to think and relax."

John Decker, "Elias Center" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Mifflinburg

John Decker
Elias Center for the Performing Arts

Photo

"My wife’s great-great-grandfather was the pastor at Elias Church from 1840 to 1857 in this structure, opened in 1806 -- Rev. Ephraim Kieffer, pastor of the Joint Lutheran and Reformed congregation."

Anne Cosper, "Sunnies and Water Plants" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Susquehanna Riverlands, Berwick

Anne Cosper
Sunnies and Water Plants

Watercolor, $20

"It has been several years since I first attempted to capture the sunnies on paper -- they are a delight to watch -- zipping around their fish 'metropolis'.  Look closely at the artwork and see if you can find three fish."

Barbara Klauger, "Nature Takeover" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Centralia

Barbara Klauger
Nature Takeover

Acrylic, $25

Bridgette N. Thompson, "Susquehanna River" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Susquehanna River

Bridgette N. Thompson
Take a Float

Collage, NFS

"The collage is based off a photo I took while floating down the Susquehanna River, created using many small bits of paper ripped from magazines and some gloss medium."  It comes with a poem:

Take a Float

It weaves and strings our communities together
An ebb and flow place for us to treasure
Take a float, or pick a spot
Stress escapes with time for thought
A place for you, a place for me
Play and splash and be carefree
A collage made from a moment in time
A pause at the river awaits you anytime

Chet Davis, "Irish Valley Tunnel" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Irish Valley, Northumberland County

Chet Davis
Irish Valley Tunnel

Graphite on paper, $50

Christine Stametz, "Therapy on 2 Wheels" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Weiser State Forest, Northumberland County

Christine Stametz
Therapy on 2 Wheels

Acrylic

CL McBeth-Collins, "Kocher Park, Orangeville, PA" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Kocher Park, Lightstreet

CL McBeth-Collins
Magic Around the Corner

Watercolor and pen, $50

Franklin McGady, "Bloomsburg Town Park" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Franklin McGady
Town Park, Bloomsburg

Photo

Helen Lynn, "Monument" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Helen Lynn
Monument

Photo

"When I see it, I am home."

Helen Lynn, "Sliding Board" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Espy, Columbia County

Helen Lynn
Sliding Board

Photo

"Everything seems so big."

Kayla Wilkerson, "Roaring Creek Watershed" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Weiser State Forest, Northumberland County

Kayla Wilkerson
Roaring Creek Watershed
Photo

Kristina Martyniuk, "Seasons of Sycamore #1" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg
Kristina Martyniuk, "Seasons of Sycamore #2" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg
Kristina Martyniuk, "Seasons of Sycamore #3 -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Kristina Martyniuk
Seasons of Sycamore #1, #2, and #3

Photos

"The sycamore is a tree that I never saw before.  I fell in love with its colour from the first minute that I saw it across the river.."

Laurie Sweney-Witmer, "Turtle Fountain" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Danville

Laurie Sweney-Witmer
Wishing for Miracles – Turtle Fountain

Watercolor, NFS

"This location has special meaning to my family, as my daughter was diagnosed with a rare cancer at 15 months old.  She is now eleven, and her battle continues.  We have been going to Geisinger’s Foss Clinic and Janet Weis Children's Hospital for nearly a decade.  The place and the people there have become like a second home and family to us.  The 'turtle fountain' located in the lobby was a respite for us from all of the treatments and procedures.  We never missed an opportunity to throw in coins, wishing for miracles for our family and all the others served by the hospital.  We feel very blessed to have a hospital like Geisinger here in our backyard."

Lori Auten, "Got My Ducks in a Row" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg Fair Midway

Lori Auten
Got My Ducks In A Row
Photo, $50

Mahes Sharma, "The Fountain, Bloomsburg" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Mahes Sharma
The Fountain
Colored pencil

Mary Lapos, "Sunnybrook Park" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Montour County

Mary Lapos
Sunnybrook Park
Drawing

Mary Powlus, "Berwick Sunset" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Columbia County

Mary Powlus
Berwick Sunset
Pastel

Melissa Matthews, "Paradise Road, outside of Danville" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Montour County

Melissa Matthews
Paradise Abandoned
Watercolor, $105

Oren B Helbok, "Fountain and Consistory" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Oren B. Helbok
The Fountain and The Consistory in snow
Photo

Robin Beck -- "Bloomsburg Town Park" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Robin Beck
Bloomsburg Town Park
Photo, $20

"Sitting in my car by the river -- luncheon on my lap, book against the steering wheel -- pondering life’s big questions."

Sara Mika, "Wonderland" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg Boat Launch

Sara Mika
Wonderland
Watercolor, $125

"A site/sight that make my heart happy."

Seth Wilkerson, "Hidden Pond" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Columbia County

Seth Wilkerson
Hidden Pond
Photo

Shaina Davis, "Campfire Pit" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Somewhere in the woods, Montour County

Shaina Davis
Campfire Pit
Graphite on paper, $30

"The campfire pit is a place I look forward to: socialize, unwind, and eat tasty food (i.e. s’mores).  I enjoy the process it takes to gather wood and stoke the fire.  I have many fond memories of camping trips and BBQs with family and friends."

Susan Boudman, "Blue Bells" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Union County

Susan Boudman
Blue Bells
Painting, $75

"From the Lewisburg plein air painting event."

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Lewisburg Area Recreation Park

Vince Hron
Common Ground
Painting, NFS

Lee Barnhardt, "Dawn Over Danville" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Montour County

Lee Barnhardt
Dawn Over Danville

Photo

5th grade students, "Liberty Valley Elementary School" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Montour County

5th grade students
Liberty Valley Elementary School
Acrylic, NFS

In 2021, Danville Area School District art teacher Theresa Madison worked with her students to depict the building that they share; the painting measures 36 inches high by 48 inches wide and, when not in an Exchange Gallery show, hangs in the school.

Lydia Hannibal, "Backyard Bliss" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Lydia Hannibal
Backyard Bliss
Acrylic

"During the summer, my backyard is my getaway from a vacation.  It it a relaxing, calm, cool place to have a drink, listen to running water from our pond, and take a dip in the pool."

Mahes Sharma, "Pink and Blue, Flowers in Town Park" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg

Mahes Sharma
Pink and Blue -- Flowers In Town Park
Marker

Mary Powlus, "A Tree Grows In Benton" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Columbia County

Mary Powlus
A Tree Grows In Benton
Pastel

"I based this image on a photo I took of a friend’s property in Benton.  It was my first time working with pastels, a great learning experience.  Thanks for the opportunity!"

Mike Silver, "Kocher Park" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Lightstreet, Columbia County

Mike Silver
Kocher Park
Acrylic

Oren B Helbok, "Susquehanna Riverlands -- The Hand of Man on the Landscape, the Hand of Man on the Sky" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Susquehanna Riverlands

Oren B. Helbok
The Hand of Man on the Landscape,
  the Hand of Man on the Sky

Photo

"On an outing during the first autumn of COVID, my family and I walked the full clockwise circuit around the Riverlands. Coming into the cornfield at the southeast corner of the property, the clouds rising from the nuke plant over the hill caught my eye, and it occurred to me that they wrote on the cloudless sky clear evidence of humanity's impact on our planet, just as the furrowed and stubbled cornfield etched that impact into the ground that we walked on."

Roxanne Zuber, "McWilliams Reservoir" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Weiser State Forest, Northumberland County

Roxanne Zuber
McWilliams Reservoir
Photo on watercolor paper with encaustic medium

Seth Wilkerson, "Danville Overlook" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Danville

Seth Wilkerson
Danville Overlook
Photo

Seth Wilkerson, "Thomas Beaver Library" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Danville

Seth Wilkerson
Thomas Beaver Free Library
Photo

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Mount Pleasant Township, Columbia County

Susan Boudman
Winter's Thaw
Painting, $75

"A place I pass every day and stopped to capture the snow melt.  One of my first paintings!"

Theresa Madison, "Sam Wagner Covered Bridge" -- SITEexchange, Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg

Potts Grove

Theresa Madison
Sam Wagner Covered Bridge
Painting, $126

"This beloved bridge is located near my backyard.  Even as a child, I have felt it was my special place."  Also known as the Gottlieb Brown Covered Bridge, it spans Chillisquaque Creek and links Montour and Northumberland Counties.

WHAT PLACES MATTER TO YOU?

Drop us a line and send us an image and tell us the story of your special place, and we will compile them into an on-line addendum to SITEexchange.  You can reach us at Exchange@ExchangeArts.org



 

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