Bloomsburg has a lot to look forward to for art exhibitions at the artist run space known as Artspace. We sat down with Robert Brown, area photographer and member from Artspace to discuss the upcoming exhibitions scheduled for the new year.
Artspace has been around for over twenty years. It is an artist run cooperative powered and funded by a group of local artists. Each year the co-op members are tasked with coming up with unique themes or showings for the gallery schedule. They do a total of 8 exhibitions that change up about every 6 – 8 weeks. Usually it’s a first come, first served basis for members at the start of the year, then any open dates are opened up to regional artists.
For 2019, they are kicking off the year with a valentine themed show that pairs art with chocolate, wine, local vendors, crafters and even harpist Juliet Pena. “Put A Little Love In Your _ _ Art” is on display from Thursday, January 17th until Sunday, February 24th with a reception planned for Saturday, February 9th. When prepping for this exhibition, Robert jokingly said we are pretty much throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. At Artspace they are not afraid to try new ventures in the gallery space as a way to bring more people in to experience the art, especially during the colder months.
Artspace has a unique setup where they can have multiple, overlapping exhibitions going on at any given time. Also happening during “Put A Little Love In Your _ _ Art,” you can experience “Emily’s Light” which features eight new paintings by Bob McCormick, drawing their inspiration from the poetry of Emily Dickinson. After Laurie McCants announced that she would bring her Dickinson-inspired one-woman play – Industrious Angels – to town, Bob wanted to see how he could respond to Dickinson’s unique lexicon with his brushes. “Emily’s Light” is the result. The exhibition runs from Thursday, January 31 – February 3rd and runs in conjunction with “Industrious Angels” at the Alvina Krause Theater (across the street). After each performance, the playwright-actress will hold a reception and talk-back with the audience at the gallery. This joint art/theater collaboration is an event you won’t want to miss.
The first regional arts show for Artspace in 2019 is “Club Soda” which will run from Thursday, February 28th – Saturday, April 14th. This exhibition pairs member clay artists Deb and Dave Stabley alongside their clay artist friends for a soda fired clay exhibition. A reception is planned for March 2nd and participating artists include Todd and Sean Jeffreys, Deb and Dave Stabley, Doug Hopkins, Nick Comstock, Greg Renn, Worth Rawson, Fletcher Kauman and Gerald Kaplan.
The details for the remainder of the year are still being formulated, but a brief synopsis is included below. Artspace is located at 221 Center St., Bloomsburg. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 12 – 8pm and Sunday from 12 – 5pm. We can’t wait to see you out at ArtSpace for some impressive local art!
“Three Queens And A Joker”
Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, May 26
Reception: April 27
Audrey Bordonaro, Molly Kantner Reed, Kristine Miller-Siple and Michael McCord
“Clay Work by Todd & Sean Jeffries”
Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, July 7
Reception: June 1
Father and Son team: Todd and Sean Jeffries
“Creatures Among Us”
Member and Invited Artist Show
Thursday, July 11 – August 18
Reception: July 13
With each member of Artspace sharing their space with an invited guest artist, this show exhibits the work of over 30 local artists!
Thursday, August 22 – September 29
Reception: August 24
Becky Marks and April Wengren
“The Texture of Becoming”
Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, November 16
Reception: October 5
Beth Aten, Bob McCormick and Deb Stabley
“Holiday Artspace Member Show”
Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, January 5
Reception November 30