“The Melting Pot”

“The Melting Pot”

This Deadline Expired: Saturday, July 8, 2017

For the first time at the Exchange Gallery in Bloomsburg, Pa., this show will have a juror, and also for the first time The Exchange will offer prizes – $200, $100, and $50 for the top three pieces, as well as a “People’s Choice” award as chosen by the attendees at the reception. Richard Rinehart, director of the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, will serve as our juror.

As with all of its open-call shows, The Exchange encourages participation by artists of all ages and levels of experience, accepting all media, two- and three-dimensional, including video pieces and sculptural installations, with the interpretation of the theme entirely up to each artist. The only restriction: The Work must fit through our front door.

Artists will pay a $10 entry fee for up to three pieces; artists wishing to enter more pieces may do so, paying an additional entry fee for each three pieces. The Exchange Gallery guarantees that at least one piece from every entry will get displayed. The Exchange will accept artwork at the Gallery, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg, during the two weeks beginning the 26th of June; on Saturday, the 8th of July, the Gallery will open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accept the last work, and the Gallery committee will hang the show that afternoon.

Artists, please price your work for sale: The Gallery takes a 20% commission on all sales and returns 80% to the artists, and the Gallery has responsibility for collecting and remitting sales tax. “Not For Sale” work accepted as well.

The show will run from Monday, the 10th of July, through Friday, the 18th of August, with the artists’ reception on Saturday, the 15th of July, from 6 to 8 p.m. (simultaneous with the Artspace Gallery’s reception for their show “Bridges”, around the corner on Center Street).

Questions? Please call 570-317-2596 or e-mail Exchange@ExchangeArts.org.

My art is a hybrid of the figurative and the abstract.The satire and cartoon imagery of my youthful artwork began to evolve as I grew more familiar with German Expressionism, American Social Realism and Abstract Expressionism. The sketches of people drawn from life that I do almost daily provide constant fodder for my humorous paintings, drawings and prints. My work is a synthesis of humor and fine art. I am quite serious about being silly. My goal is to create art that is sown from the depths of comic outrageousness, satirical observation and mild misanthropy. If Matisse had the “sun in his belly," I have a banana peel permanently attached to my shoe!
Ellen Lana Abraham
Ellen Lana Abraham

My art is a hybrid of the figurative and the abstract.The satire and cartoon imagery of my youthful artwork began to evolve…

My art is a hybrid of the figurative and the abstract.The satire and cartoon imagery of my youthful artwork began to evolve as I grew more familiar with German Expressionism, American Social Realism and…

My art is a hybrid of the figurative and the abstract.The satire and cartoon imagery of my youthful artwork began to evolve as I grew more familiar with German Expressionism, American Social Realism and Abstract Expressionism.…

Thomas Murray
Thomas Murray
Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of wood, oil, wax, paint & photographs.
Anthony DeMelas
Anthony DeMelas

Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of…

Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of wood, oil, wax, paint & photographs.…

Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of wood, oil, wax, paint & photographs.…

Marilyn MacGregor
Marilyn MacGregor
I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and city streets. In work ranging from large scale sculptural installations, and living compilations, to miniature assemblage and mixed media works on paper, nature is my rubric and my compass. This is the way I make connections between human interests and the environment that surrounds us. 

Simultaneously, nature is my metaphor and material. Grafting together a variety of flat and dimensional elements is not uncommon in my practice.
In different ways, I'll incorporate earth, vines, flowers, roots, seeds, pigment, and wax into sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, more akin to assemblage. Nature and plants frequently act as metaphors for our human experience as they are passively or overtly layered or stitched amidst found imagery, maps, photographs, and words.
Susan Benarcik
Susan Benarcik

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and…

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