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The Moose Exchange’s Art Cart rolls out into the community

Sep 04, 2015 11:09AM ● By Erica Shames

Starting this summer, The Moose Exchange brought a cartful of art supplies to venues in the Bloomsburg area, beginning with the Bloomsburg YMCA and Kiwanis day camps, as well as the Children’s Museum.  Our instructors, among them Williamsport artist Brian Spies, teach projects in many media including painting and drawing, cut-out paper, and sculpture; we can tailor the projects to any age group and any size group.  With younger children, we have facilitated the creation of a veritable army of finger-puppets inspired by cinema’s Minions; older kids have made their own comic books; and at Brookdale Bloomsburg Senior Living residents painted their own versions of Pablo Picasso’s famous sketch of Don Quixote.

The Exchange provides the Art Cart free of charge as a service to the communities that we serve.  Our gratitude goes out to the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation and the Bemis Foundation for start-up funding.  In addition to camps and senior centers, appropriate venues can include daycare centers, after-school programs, and other social-service agencies.  We look forward to hearing from other organizations and venues interested in having the Art Cart make a visit, in Columbia and Montour Counties and beyond.

The Art Cart project could not have happened without those volunteers who have made the Exchange’s arts programming possible since the organization’s founding six years ago: Almost half of the current Bloomsburg University Department of Art & Art History faculty serves on the Stairwell Gallery committee; one professor, Sue O’Donnell, helped form the Exchange’s initial board in 2009, and another professor, Chad Andrews, serves on the Exchange board now, chairing the Stairwell Gallery committee.  The Gallery committee also includes other artists from the Bloomsburg area, involved in organizing, curating, hanging, and promoting exhibitions.

For more about the Moose Exchange and the Stairwell Gallery, including open hours, which vary from week to week, at 24 East Main Street in Bloomsburg, visit us on the Web at and, or call us at 570-317-2596.

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