Dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, The Exchange again presents Columbia County’s biggest one-day outdoor art event of the year.

The twelfth annual ArtFest will take place on Saturday, the 24th of August, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., returning to its convenient and attractive location on the Square in downtown Bloomsburg, surrounding the fountain and up Market Street. ArtFest showcases more than 40 regional artists’ original work (a 15% increase over last year), accompanied by live music, local food, and activities for the whole family. A summertime art party, ArtFest draws attendees from throughout our region, and it draws artists from across Pennsylvania. Exhibitors who will display and sell include painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, sculptors, glass artists, fabric artists, woodworkers, skincare experts, a bonsai grower, and more.

The Exchange’s Art Cart will provide a hands-on activity for kids of all ages, using simple materials – many of them recycled – to help bring out the beauty inside each person. Other non-profits with fun things to do include the Bloomsburg Public Library and Agora Cyber Charter School, and the Fishing Creek Watershed Association will host its annual container-garden contest. Local and regional musicians who will perform throughout the day include Raven Creek, Nick McGaw, Kerry Kenny, and Stacia Abernatha and Sean Farley. In addition, attendees will find great food from local and regional vendors as well: Mike’s Food Truck, Dubelicious, Heier’s Northeastern Eatin’, and the Real Taste Food Truck.

In 2017, ArtFest moved from its former location on Center Street (Bloomsburg’s unofficial “arts district”, home of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and Artspace Gallery), and the Square proved a much better venue: more open, friendlier, and more visible. By moving its date to the end of the August, too, ArtFest attracts many more attendees, among them Bloomsburg University students and their parents, in town on the last move-in weekend before the semester starts.

Once again this year, ArtFest takes place on the same day as AGAPEpalooza at Town Park, another family-friendly festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At 6 o’clock, the Exchange Gallery, at 24 East Main Street, will host a reception for the one-person show “Reset”, artwork by Chet Davis; at the reception, musician George Chamuris will perform.

The Exchange thanks the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau for their sponsorship of ArtFest; the event also receives support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ArtFest began under the auspices of Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.

For more information about The Exchange and ArtFest, visit ExchangeArts.org or Facebook.com/BloomsburgArtFest or call 570-317-2596.

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