Call for Entries: Picnic Table Art

Arts & Museum Exhibits

September 2, 2020 to October 10, 2020

Exchange Arts


The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association, The Exchange, and the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau invite artists from throughout our region to beautify eight picnic tables, all of them at covered bridges in Columbia County – two on each of the Twin Bridges, four at the Josiah Hess Bridge.

Just like the project earlier in the year in downtown Bloomsburg, we will provide paying work for artists, whose outlets have decreased drastically (galleries closed, outdoor festivals cancelled), and the project will enhance our treasured covered bridges.

We seek interesting and beautiful paintings on the tables, all of them inspired by the covered bridges and/or the outdoors (and of course 100% family-friendly).  The Covered Bridge Association leadership will choose the successful proposals for this round of artwork; we look forward to having too many and figuring out how we can fund artwork at other bridges in the future.  We will not make financial need the prime factor when choosing participating artists, but we do ask artists to give us some sense of how the current crisis has affected their lives so it can enter into our consideration; we will treat your responses with strict confidentiality.


We ask for fairly detailed plans for the artwork on the tops and seats of the picnic tables – each one approximately eight feet long and three feet wide across the top (sizes vary).  You may submit drawings, altered photos, or in any other medium.  Please submit a letter of interest and your jpgs to [email protected].

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, September 4th

ARTISTS NOTIFIED: No later than Friday, September 11th

DEADLINE FOR COMPLETING TABLE PAINTING: Wednesday, September 30th


GRAND UNVEILING: Saturday, October 10th For information on the location of each bridge, visit ColumbiaPA.org/coveredbridges.

This project takes inspiration from the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, when the federal government hired artists of all kinds; Bloomsburg benefited directly from this program, with the bas-relief carved-wood sculpture in the post office as the WPA’s enduring legacy here.  Across the U.S., COVID-19 has had a dramatic and terrible effect on artists; we have seen it here with the galleries and other businesses closed and/or with drastically reduced sales and employees laid off.  Giving even a few visual artists the opportunity to earn money from their artwork during this crisis tells the community that we remain committed to the arts and that the arts remain central to our lives in a healthy society.










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