Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces June Programs/Camps

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces June Programs/Camps

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, is pleased to announce its programs for June.
The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 am-4 pm. For more information about these and additional programs, visit


Art with Anne I
June 3-7th

Register online:

Join Anne Cosper, Bloomsburg resident, Art Cart Facilitator, and life-long artist who really likes the creative process for this week-long summer camp! The only thing better than making things? Making things with other people! Make sure you put your creative caps on! Anne will be teaching two sessions of Art with Anne; each will be a little bit different. Ages 6+

Maker Camp I
June 3-7th; 10-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-14

Register Online:

At Maker Camp, campers will dive into the fundamentals of manufacturing and engineering design processes, gaining hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies. From 3D printing and laser cutters to plastic formers, soldering, woodworking, hand tools, and other machinery, our campers will have the opportunity to unleash their imaginations and bring their ideas to life. Ages 6-14.

Ag Camp at Rohrbach’s
June 10-14th

Register Online:

For kids who have completed K-8th grade. Each day on the farm will be filled with hands on learning and education! In partnership with the PA Mobile Ag Lab and the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, each day will be filled with guest speakers and hands on fun to help children learn about Agriculture careers and practices. The camp is broken up into small groups by grade level for the relevant and impactful learning.

Tiny Taste Buds: A PreK Cooking Camp
June 10-14th
Session A: 9-10:00 a.m.
Session B: 11-12:00 p.m.

Register Online:

Welcome to our Preschool Cooking and Storytime Summer Camp—an enchanting adventure designed for young minds ages 2-5 to explore the magic of stories and the joy of cooking! Our camp combines the wonder of storytelling with hands-on cooking activities, fostering creativity, imagination, and a love for learning in your little ones.

3D Printing & Laser Cutting:
Toy and Game Design
June 24-28th; 6-8:00 p.m.

Register Online:

Walk through the engineering design process to create your own toy. Students will brainstorm ideas for toys, create a 3D design of their project in a CAD program, learn how to troubleshoot their design for production and print out a final version of their creation to take home. Ages 9+

Enchanting Adventures with Princess
Belle: A Royal Preschool Camp
June 17th-21st
Session A: 9-10:00 a.m.
Session B: 11-12:00 p.m.

Register Online:

Our enchanting camp is designed to transport your little ones into the fairy-tale world of Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Immerse your child in a whimsical realm of creativity, friendship, and discovery, where every moment is filled with joy and wonder. Ages 2-5

Creative Arts Camp I
June 24-28th; 10-1:00 p.m.

Register Online:

In this exciting art camp, 6-12 year olds will have the opportunity to develop their creativity and artistic skills by working with a variety of media and approaches, sometimes way outside of the box! This creative camp will unleash your child’s imagination and give them the freedom to express themselves both independently and collaboratively all while fostering new friendships. Projects change every summer, allowing kids to come back each year and try something new! Presented by Mock Pie Studio artist and Artspace member Sara Mika.

First Friday: June 7th

10 AM – 7 PM
The museum will be open until 7 PM.

PreK: Wild Roots
June 4th and 18th

10 – 11 AM
Pre-K children come to explore the wild in this nature-based program. We will learn about animals, insects, birds, trees, and the world around us. We will read together, make a craft, and combine music and movement as we explore and play in nature! Included with admission.

$2 Tuesday
June 18th
10 AM – 4 PM
On the third Tuesday of the month, there’s $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects from 10 AM – 2 PM.

Kitties with Kiddies
June 1st
9:30-10:15 AM
Register online:
We are excited to host this special story time with kittens from the Animal Resource Center. A themed craft is included. Space is limited. Parents and children need to register. Proceeds benefit the Animal Resource Center.

Saturday, June 1st
Degenstein Community Library
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Degenstein Rescue Fair
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesday, June 4th
Milton Public Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 8th
Knoxville Public Library
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Monday, June 17th
Girls on the Run
1:00 – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, June 18th
Shamokin Coal-Twp Library
6-7 PM

Wednesday, June 19th
Girls on the Run
1:00 – 2:30 PM

Monday, June 24th
Elkland Community Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 25th
Mt Carmel Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Priestly-Forsyth Memorial Library
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 26th
Selinsgrove REC
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Green Free Library
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Thursday, June 27th
Blossburg Memorial Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Montgomery House Library
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 29th
Galeton Library
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents Annapurna, by Sharr White, Starring Elizabeth Dowd and Rand Whipple.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents Annapurna, by Sharr White, Starring Elizabeth Dowd and Rand Whipple.

Bloomsburg, PA – May 1, 2024 – Experience the emotional power of Sharr White’s Annapurna brought to life by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. This deeply moving yet delightfully clever play, directed by Resident Acting Company member Aaron White, features a stage reunion of real-life married couple Elizabeth Dowd and Rand Whipple.

After two decades apart, Emma (Dowd) seeks out Ulysses (Whipple) in a desolate trailer park for one final confrontation. Their encounter unfolds into a raw and gripping exploration of enduring love, punctuated by the complexities of life and loss. Annapurna strips theatre down to its core—two people, one room, and a dialogue that will leave you breathless.

Renowned for his witty dialog and insightful character development, Sharr White crafts a narrative that resonates deeply with audiences of all backgrounds. Annapurna is a testament to his ability to navigate the intricacies of the human experience with nuance and authenticity.

This production will honor the illustrious 45 year career of Elizabeth Dowd in her final mainstage performance as full-time company member. Dowd will be joined onstage by her husband and BTE founding member, Rand Whipple, adding a layer of authentic intimacy to this already powerful production.

Reviews for Annapurna:
“Sharr White’s ANNAPURNA is a comic and gripping duet…The closer [the characters] get to understanding what drove them apart, the more engrossed we become in watching them draw together.” —San Francisco Chronicle.

“What if you had experienced the defining moment of your life—but couldn’t remember it? Sharr White’s remarkable two-person play ANNAPURNA…deals with just that dilemma, as well as other imponderables such as the vagaries of love and the philosophical clarity of impending death.” —Los Angeles Times.

Annapurna invites theatergoers to embark on a poetic journey filled with raw honesty, profound insight, and moments of unexpected beauty.

Annapurna will run from May 23rd- June 9th, 2024 at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Tickets are now available for purchase online at or
by calling the Box Office at 570-784-8181.



By: Carrie Heath, May 3, 2024

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to announce a new Main Gallery exhibit for May “Surreal Spaces” paintings by Anna Lee Hafer. This is Anna Lee’s first exhibit at the Gmeiner, and we are thrilled to introduce her to a new audience. This exhibit open with a free reception for the public on Saturday, May 11th from 2-4PM and will remain on display until Sunday, June 2nd

Anna Lee Hafer is originally from Williamsport, but currently works from a studio in Wayne, PA. She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Fine Art. She relocated to the Philadelphia area to pursue a graduate degree at Temple University and career in studio art. Anna Lee has exhibited at the Finger Lakes Art Series, the Macfadden Gallery, NY, at Lycoming Arts in Williamsport, PA, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, the Davison Art Gallery, NY, Still Point Arts Quarterly Mixing Mediums Show, the Rush Law Group in PA, and Roberts Wesleyan College, NY. Anna Lee has also received a Standard of Excellence Award from the New York State Art Teachers’ Association.

Her work is heavily influenced by such famous surrealist painters as René Magritte, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso, all of whom strove to build their own realities through small glimpses into a particularly confusing, but utterly unique worldview that dictates its own specific set of instructions. With references to the laws and physics of Alice’s Wonderland, the artist challenges the audience’s inherent understanding of perspective, reality, and universal order.

In her work, Hafer pours and layers paint to create dimension and texture, mixing different styles and colors onto each other until they produce a 3D effect. Through marker and pencil that create shadow, she further enhances these forms and separates them from the background. Heavier layers and thicker brushstrokes in the foreground of her work push the painting toward the viewer, whereas the thinner layers and small brushstrokes in the background, elongate the space and push away from the viewer. By juxtaposing interior and exterior elements, Hafer makes the audience question whether they are looking at something inside or outside. 

On the last day of the exhibit, June 2nd at 4PM, Anna Lee and her mother, the poet Marjorie Maddox, will give a presentation on Marjorie’s collection of ekphrastic poetry “In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind.” This book is based on the experiences of the mother-daughter duo on a rainy-day excursion to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, where, as never before, they realized how their passions for art and poetry intersect. Anna Lee’s artwork is featured in the book, which will be available for purchase at the Gmeiner throughout the exhibit.

The Gmeiner is open from 12-6PM Tuesdays through Sundays and is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro behind the Green Free Library. Admission to the gallery is free.

Call for Entries!  Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center 2024 Regional Photography Exhibit  “Captured Moments”

Call for Entries! Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center 2024 Regional Photography Exhibit “Captured Moments”

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center announces our 2024 Regional Photography Exhibit to be held June 14 through July 7, 2024. Any photographer located within 150 miles of our location is invited to apply!

The deadline for entry submissions is May 31, 2024.

The Gmeiner is a large, free public art gallery located in beautiful downtown Wellsboro at 134 Main Street. We are committed to showcasing local emerging and established artists.

Entries begin: Monday, May 7, 2024
Deadline for entries: Friday, May 31 at midnight
Notification of acceptance: Friday, June 7
Delivery of accepted work: Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12 from 12-6 PM.
Exhibit dates: Friday, June 14 through Sunday, July 7.
Reception date: Friday, June 14 from 6-8 PM
Pick up dates for unsold works: Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9 from 12-6 PM


  • Artists living within a 150-mile radius of 134 Main Street, Wellsboro
  • Age 18+
  • Must be original work (no AI) completed within the last five years
  • Artists may submit up to 3 works
  • Artwork cannot have been displayed previously at the Gmeiner
  • Work cannot exceed 48” in any direction
  • Work submitted must be available to be on display for the entire length of the exhibit
  • No substitutions allowed
  • Accepted work must be professionally finished and installation ready – either framed or gallery wrapped – with secure wiringThe Gmeiner reserves the right to refuse any work that is not properly prepared, is not
    of acceptable quality, differs significantly from the images submitted, or is not original.
    Fees will NOT be refunded for work that is not accepted.


  •  To submit entries, send an email to: [email protected]
  • The following information is required for each submitted piece:
    o Title
    o Date completed
    o Dimensions
    o Price (or NFS)
    o A JPEG file of the photograph
  • A short description (less than 200 words) of the work is optional
  • Each submitted work must have a digital photo that shows the whole piece
  • Up to 3 original works may be submitted per artist

Images should accurately represent the work. Poor quality images are more likely to be

Image Files:

  • Files must be under 3 MB each
  • Only files saved in JPEG format will be accepted
  • Suggested minimum file size – 72 dpi, 1,000 x 1,000 pixels (no less than 480 pixels)
  • Image files MUST be named in the following format:
    o Last Name
    o Entry #
    o Title of work
  • Use underscores between parts of file name, not commas or spaces
  • Examples:  Heath_1_Dragon.jpg or Powell_2_ElliotNessFest.jpg

Image files submitted for the jurying process may also be used for publicity purposes prior to and during the exhibit. The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center may photograph, digitally distribute or reproduce the entries for educational, cataloguing, and publicity purposes.


  • $15 per entry, up to 3 entries (non-refundable)
  • Fees may be paid by bringing or mailing cash or a check made out to: The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Fees may also be paid for using a credit card or mobile app in person at the Gmeiner or by calling 570-724-1917 during our normal business hours.
  • Entries are not considered complete until the fee is received

The Gmeiner does NOT insure exhibits. Art is displayed at the artist’s risk. Artists are encouraged to speak with their insurance company about a rider if coverage is desired.
Please keep this in mind when deciding whether to submit your work for the exhibit.


  • The independent juror will select the works of art to be included in the exhibit, as well as choose the award winners, based on their merits.
  • Not all works submitted to the jurying process will be selected.
  • Fees will not be refunded for works that are not selected.

Artists will be notified if their works have been selected by Friday, June 7.

Delivery of Artwork:

  • Artists are responsible for delivery and pickup of their artwork.
  • Artwork accepted into the exhibit must be hand-delivered to the gallery on Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12 from 12-6 PM.
  • The artist may have another person deliver their work for them.
  • We do not accept artwork by mail, nor do we have storage room for packing materials.
  • Pickup of any unsold artwork will be on Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9 from 12-6 PM


  • Artwork does not have to be available for sale to be included in the exhibit. Please mark such pieces as “NFS.”
  • Keep in mind the cost of materials (including framing), your time, and the Gmeiner’s commission when pricing your work.
  • The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center will handle all sales of artwork in the exhibit, including collecting PA sales tax (6%).
  • It is the responsibility of the artist to pay any tax owed.
  • The Gmeiner charges a 20% commission on all art work sold during an exhibit.
  • Artists whose work sells during the exhibit will receive a check within 3 weeks of the end date of the exhibit.
  • Although we encourage guests who purchase art work to leave it up until the end of the exhibit, because we are a tourist location, that is not always possible.
  • The Gmeiner does not ship purchased artwork.

Any questions, please contact Carrie Heath, the director of the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917 or [email protected]



By: Carrie Heath, May 3, 2024

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is very pleased to announce a new Main Gallery exhibit for May featuring husband and wife artists Anthony and Lisa Arkus. Anthony is a contemporary blacksmith and Lisa paints in a quirky primitive style. Locals and visitors may have seen the Arkus’ work at the Laurel Festival or other regional festivals. This exhibit open with a free reception for the public on Saturday, May 11th from 2-4PM. Light refreshments will be served. This exhibit will only be on display until Sunday, May 26th

Lisa and Anthony Arkus live in the mountains of Potter County, PA with their 2 cats. Lisa was introduced to art at a very early age with an abundance of art supplies and the freedom to create, which has been a large influence on the self-taught artist she has become.  When Lisa began selling her art full time 25 years ago, painting was her main medium. She has since begun adding vintage and handmade papers, along with other mediums. Each piece Lisa creatse is a story in its own right, a testament to innocence, the magic of childhood, and the world of make-believe.   In her spare time Lisa tends to her amazing flower gardens, which are a source of inspiration for her artwork.

Anthony began as an apprentice in Vermont in the 1970s, where he was trained in traditional blacksmithing. Anthony then began his own shop, creating original designs. Anthony is a full-time blacksmith. creating both functional and sculptural pieces. His original designs are inspired by nature and expressed in metal by hand forging using both ancient and modern tools and techniques, creating a harmony of design and function. He uses raw materials such as steel, copper, and brass, in bar stock, sheets, and plates which are shaped and formed with a coal and propane forge.

The Gmeiner is open from 12-6PM Tuesdays through Sundays and is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro behind the Green Free Library. Admission to the gallery is free.