Celebrate Arts at Bucks with Demonstrations, Concerts, and More
Open studios, demonstrations, and more take place Sunday, May 5, at Newtown, part of a series of events through May 14
Bucks County Community College presents Arts at Bucks now through May 14, with concerts, exhibitions, films, and a variety of other activities. The events, including an open house Sunday, May 5 showcase the nationally accredited programs available at the public, two-year college. A complete list of events is at www.bucks.edu/culture/artsatbucks.
Visual Arts Events
From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, the Department of the Arts opens its doors for free demonstrations, gallery receptions, open studios, and more. Demonstrations include woodturning, glassblowing, printmaking, and a bronze foundry pour. In addition, students will be selling their arts and crafts in the Hicks Art Center courtyard. Admission is free. For a complete schedule, visit www.bucks.edu/culture/artsatbucks.
On Friday, May 3, the 54th Annual Student Exhibition opens in the Hicks Art Center Gallery, running through Tuesday, May 14. A scholarship and awards ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 during the department’s open house. Admission is free. For gallery hours, visit www.bucks.edu/gallery.
Meanwhile, Artmobile, the college’s traveling outreach museum, will be open adjacent to the Hicks Art Center. Visitors can take in the interactive exhibition “Planting Seeds: The Art & Science of Pollination” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3. “Planting Seeds” features 14 artists and scientists from the local area and across the nation who work to increase awareness of pollinators in our environment, the threats to their habitat loss, and the consequences of diminished populations. Admission is free. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/artmobile.
Students studying film and video production get their chance to shine from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, when the annual juried Bucks Filmfest takes place in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center. The festival showcases a selection of works in narrative, documentary, experimental and animation, created by Arts Department students of cinema/video, photography, and multimedia. The Bucks Filmfest is free and open to the public.
Other Arts at Bucks events include the Bucks Blues Explosion featuring Duke Robillard and the Little Red Rooster Blues Band at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12 in the Zlock Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 for a preconcert VIP reception or $15 for adults, and free for Bucks students with current ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucks.edu/tickets.
Student musicians and vocalists perform free concerts most Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings during Arts at Bucks. The student concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Presser Music Room, located in the Music and Multimedia Center adjacent to the Hicks Art Center. The series culminates with a big-band style BCCC Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in the Zlock Performing Arts Center. Admission to all student concerts is free.
Lectures, Poetry, Plays
The Wordsmiths Reading Series presents “No River Twice” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 in the Orangery building. Experience multi-vocal, improvisational poetry in which the audience and a group of poets interact to determine the direction and tone of the reading. Admission is free.
The 12th annual Tyler Formal Gardens and Landscape Lecture Takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Zlock Performing Arts Center. It features Ethan Kauffman, the director of the Stoneleigh Garden, a natural garden and former estate of the Haas family in Villanova, Pa. Tickets are $15.
The college’s student-run Drama Club presents “Next to Normal” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the Zlock Performing Arts Center. The play explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Tickets are $15 and $10 for current Bucks students with ID.
For complete details of these events, visit www.bucks.edu/culture/artsatbucks or call the Arts Department at 215-968-8425. The college is located at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking.
The annual Arts at Bucks festival showcases the talent and academic excellence available at the public, two-year school. Bucks is one of the few community colleges in the nation that is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. That means its courses and facilities meet the high standards of the finest music and art schools in the nation, and credits earned at Bucks transfer to most four-year institutions. It is also an All-Steinway School.