CALL FOR ENTRIES: 10th Annual Photo Contest Now Open

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 10th Annual Photo Contest Now Open

Lewisburg, PA – Grab your phone or your camera and hit us with your best shot in the 10th Annual Susquehanna Greenway Photo Contest: Treasured Towns and Landscapes of the Susquehanna.

This free-to-enter photo contest offers individuals of all ages and ability levels the opportunity to go outside, explore, and capture—via photography—the many landscapes, resources, and towns along the Susquehanna Greenway.

Cash Prizes will be awarded to the first through third place winners within each category: River Towns, Landscapes, Susquehanna Adventures, and Wildlife. Winning images will also be printed, framed, and added to a traveling gallery to be exhibited throughout the Susquehanna region within Pennsylvania.

“SGP seeks to inspire and celebrate the connections that are shared between our communities and the Susquehanna River,” says SGP Executive Director Corey Ellison. “Our annual photo contest provides one way of fostering this connection by encouraging people to get out on the Greenway and explore the Susquehanna through a camera lens.”

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021. Eligible participants can visit to learn more and submit photographs in one or all four categories. Entries must be submitted electronically through the SGP portal and in accordance with contest guidelines.

SGP also celebrates the winning photos at an annual wine and gallery reception called Susquehanna Scenes and Sips. This year, both the 8th and 9th annual winners will be recognized during Susquehanna Scenes, Sips, and Scales at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland on Friday, May 7, 6-8 PM. Guests are invited to enjoy a walk through the interactive zoo exhibits, sip wines from three local PA wineries, and view the winning images from the contest’s previous years. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at
The Susquehanna Greenway is a corridor of connected trails, parks, river access points, and communities, linking people to the natural and cultural treasures of the Susquehanna River. The mission of the Partnership is to continue to grow the Greenway, inspiring people to engage with the outdoors and transforming communities into places where people want to live, work, and explore.

What’s New and What’s Next for the Pocono Arts Council?

What’s New and What’s Next for the Pocono Arts Council?

The holiday store returned in 2020 and was a smashing success! We thank local business partner, The Olde Engine Works for providing space. Sixteen PoconoArts member artisans were represented. Future opportunities are in the works

We thank our members, friends, and partner organizations for helping PoconoArts weather the storms of 2020. A full slate of activities and events are planned for 2021 starting during downtown Stroudsburg’s Winterfest on Feb. 13. Summer festival planning is in full swing and our exhibition schedule is ready to help exhibiting artists plan ahead.

Future of the Arts-an important initiative has begun county wide to secure the Future of the Arts in our region. Community stakeholders are meeting regularly to plan and strategize how the arts will continue to enrich our lives in the Pocono region.

2021 Exhibition Schedule
For artists who like to plan ahead! All shows are open to all artists in any medium unless otherwise noted. All shows will have a virtual gallery component on Dates and activities subject to change based upon Covid-19 restrictions. Prospectus will be available approximately one month prior to the exhibition and can be found at

February/March: “Winter Wonderland” 2D exhibition; Pocono Cinema public gallery. (SIGN UP by calling the arts council office, limited to 15)

March/April: – Annual K-12 Student Show; Community Gallery, 701 Main St., Suite 402, Stroudsburg, PA

March/April: Group Exhibition-Open Call at Barrett Friendly Library, Mountainhome, PA

March/April: The Earth Speaks VII, Juried Show; Dunning Gallery, NCC-Monroe,Tannersville, PA

April: THEME: Voices of the Earth in Community Gallery

May-Annual Member’s Exhibition; Community Gallery, 701 Main St., Suite 402, Stroudsburg, PA

May 28-31-East Stroudsburg Artists-An Exhibition in honor of ES Boro’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, Historic Dansbury Depot, East Stroudsburg, PA limited to artists who reside or have resided in East Stroudsburg boro

June: “Kaleidoscope”-patterns and elements in constant change; Community Gallery, 701 Main St., Suite 402, Stroudsburg, PA

July: Fiber Arts-a celebration of fiber and fabric artists in our community; Community Gallery, 701 Main St., Suite 402, Stroudsburg, PA

August: THEME-Alla Prima Experience-Paint is applied wet on wet, and the work is completed all in one sitting. Sketch session will include a dancer and/or musician; completed work will be exhibited in the Community Gallery.

August 16-20: Children’s Fine Art Camp; date subject to change, location TBA

September: THEME-“Dramatic Light” Painting has a long tradition of playing with light, as both a subject and a tool, to create certain effects and elicit emotion. Community Gallery, 701 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA

October: Figurative Art-an exhibition of work created from life drawing sessions-dates, Sessions TBA

November: East Stroudsburg Borough’s 150th Anniversary Photography Show, Pocono Cinema Gallery, East Stroudsburg, PA

November: Annual Photography Show, Community Gallery, 701 Main St., Suite 402, Stroudsburg, PA.

November/December: Design Challenge-“Pocono Postcards”-depict favorite scenery in and around the Pocono Mountains. All mediums welcome. Only requirement: work must be able to fit through a letterbox.

November/December: Holiday Store-POPUP shop, location TBA

ArtFest still scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, in Bloomsburg

ArtFest still scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, in Bloomsburg

After an incredibly difficult year in 2020, a year in which too many of us did not get to do nearly enough, the boards of directors of The Exchange and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., look forward to a much better year in 2021, and we intend to hold ArtFest on Market Street around and above the fountain on Saturday, the 21st of August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two things may affect the show: Obviously, the trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis will affect whether we hold ArtFest at all; once again this year, we will ask for vendor applications in February, with a deadline in the spring, but we may not definitely confirm the show until much closer to its date, perhaps as late as early August. Please, wear your masks, get your vaccinations when available, and encourage the same among your family and friends and everyone else whom you encounter.

One other factor may affect the particular date: Bloomsburg University has not yet announced its class schedule for the fall semester. This matters because we would like to align ArtFest with the final move-in weekend, when lots of parents come to town with their students; we have seen significant numbers of these out-of-towners at the show in the past few years as customers. Additionally, ArtFest makes Bloomsburg look good (we would go so far as to say that it never looks better), and even those parents who do not attend the show will leave the town with a more positive feeling about the community that their students live in.

We expect Bloom U. to announce its upcoming schedule soon — hopefully within the next two or three weeks. As soon as we get confirmation from them, we will send out information about how to apply to this year’s show. (To those of you who paid for booth spaces last year and left those fees with us, thank you again for your faith in us; we have your booth fees safely held, and we will get in touch with you individually to confirm your plans to participate this year.)

If you have any questions, please get in touch. I missed seeing you last year, and I look forward to seeing you this year.

All the best —

— Oren

Oren B. Helbok
Executive director, The Exchange
[email protected]

Taber Museum Acquires A Severin Roesen Painting

Taber Museum Acquires A Severin Roesen Painting

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society is pleased to announce the acquisition of a Severin Roesen painting. The painting has been loaned by Bobby Maguire in honor of his parents Jim & Shirley Maguire. It is Mr. Maguire’s intention to turn the loan into a permanent gift within the year.

“We are so thrilled to receive this loan from Mr. Maguire. His generosity and kindness is beyond measure- thanks to him all of our visitors will be able to view the beauty of Roesen’s work,” remarked Gary Parks, Museum Director. “Many folks within Lycoming County appreciated his work but it was not until Jacqueline Kennedy outfitted the White House with two Roesens that his talent was more fully appreciated by our country.” A number of major museums throughout the country have Roesen still lifes in their collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the National Museum of Art (Smithsonian Institution), the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Chrysler Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Severin Roesen, known for his monumental depictions of fruit and flower still lifes was active in Williamsport during the heyday of logging and lumbering in the County, nicknaming the City “the lumber capital of the world”. It is said that at one time more millionaires lived in Williamsport than anywhere else on earth. Unfortunately, Roesen never achieved financial success during his lifetime but it is to his credit that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy chose two Roesens to appear in her refurbishment of the White House in the early 1960s. “I was so excited when this offer came,” Parks continued, “How often does an offer such as this come?” He further remarked, “I’ve always thought Roesen was under-represented in the collection, after all, so many of them were painted here! We have a Roesen still life donated by the Lamade family and we are so thrilled to have it in our collection, but now a second one to admire and love.”

The painting will join the Taber Museum’s other still life, a permanent gift of the children of George R. and Margaret Hays Lamade. Both feature the luscious fruits so emblematic of Roesen’s work. “In the still life loaned by Mr. Maguire, the grapes glisten with drops of dew, the slice of watermelon is brimming with juice, and the champagne flute has bubbles rising to the top! His signature “S. Roesen” is cleverly disguised as a grape tendril at the central bottom of the still life. This will be such an asset to our collection.” Parks notes, “You know, for a County Historical Society, we are incredibly blessed to have generous folks such as the Maguire and Lamade families, who are willing to share their treasures.”

Both paintings are featured in the Fine and Decorative Arts Gallery of the Museum. A second loan from Mr. Maguire is a Federal-style looking glass. It will be displayed within the Greek Revival Parlor of the Museum.

The Taber is open for touring Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4:00pm and Saturdays, 11:00am until 4:00pm. For more information about the Taber Museum, please call 570.326.3326 or visit our website Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to keep up to date with our programs and events.

Call for children’s artwork

Call for children’s artwork

Action Together NEPA is bringing cheer to nursing home residents across NEPA, and we need help! We are looking for children’s artwork to print on postcards and send to nursing home residents. We will be accepting drawings from children ages 13 and under. Four categories of competition will take place (Ages 4 & under, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, and Ages 11-13) and we will print postcards with the artwork and include the first name and age of the child!

Starting in February we will post the drawing on our Facebook page and the drawing in each category with the most likes will win! The winner from each category will get 10 copies of their printed postcard AND a package of art supplies!


Contest open to children ages 13 and under; void where prohibited.

One (1) entry per person per contest, please.

Entries must be received electronically by 1/31/2021 or by mail by 2/1/2021

Entries can be scanned and emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “Coloring Contest” or you can mail your entry to:

Action Together NEPA
Coloring Contest
P.O. Box 521
Mountain Top, PA 18707

Be sure to include the child’s name and age, plus a parent or guardian’s street address, phone number, and e-mail address so that winners may be notified.

Neil Anderson  Traveling the Plane @ MAB

Neil Anderson Traveling the Plane @ MAB

Neil Anderson

Traveling the Plane

January 21st – April 24th, 2021

MAB is pleased to announce Travelling the Plane, an exhibition of new paintings by Neil Anderson. Each of the works on view reveal Anderson’s process-driven approach to a deeply intuitive and personal response to nature. Through a masterful orchestration of line, color, and space, Anderson creates an overall visual harmony in paintings that reference natural forces, environmental networks, and organic systems. These works are constantly in motion, leading the viewer’s eye in and around the picture plane. Broad, fast lines and shapes are contrasted with slow, intimate moments of unexpected color juxtapositions. Anderson’s colorful, tessellated forms derived from looking at nature–are these leaves? Vines? Branches? Clouds? Shadows?– also have a distinct musicality, with deep bass set against taut, crisp high notes.

The works in this exhibition are from Anderson’s ongoing series Earth Songs, first begun in 2013. According to Anderson, “each painting in the series is a unique song that celebrates the earth, the ground under our feet. Each of these paintings begins without a preconceived idea of the direction it will take…Ultimately, the meaning of the painting arises from the unexpected occurrences of formal arrangement that happen in the process of working toward a conclusion where all the parts become interdependent.”