Celebrate Arts at Bucks with Free Demonstrations, Concerts, More

Open studios, performances, and other attractions take place Sunday May 5, part of a series of events through May 14.

‌Arts at Bucks is in full swing at Bucks County Community College 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.

From 1 to 4 p.m. that day, the Department of the Arts opens its doors for free demonstrations, gallery receptions, open studios, and more. Demonstrations include woodturning, glassblowing, silkscreening, and a bronze foundry pour. In addition, students will be selling their arts and crafts in the Hicks Art Center courtyard. For a complete schedule, visit the Arts at Bucks web page.

‌On Thursday May 2, the 48th Annual Student Exhibition opens in the Hicks Art Center Gallery, running through May 14. A student awards ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday May 5 during the department’s open house. Admission is free. For gallery hours, visit the Gallery's web page.

Meanwhile, “Tree to Form,” the interactive exhibition in Artmobile the college’s traveling outreach museum, is on display adjacent to the Hicks Art Center Gallery. Artmobile is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 2 and 3; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday May 5; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday May 6. Admission is free.

Professor Doug Rosentrater’s Oral Interpretation class performs free for the public at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, May 7 and 9, at 9:30 a.m. in Penn Hall room 253.  The class will present a multi-voice readers’ theater, “A Night to Remember: Accounts from Survivors of the Titanic” on Tuesday, and “A Preponderance of Pooh: What to Do in the 100-Acre Wood” on Thursday.

Students studying film and video production get their chance to shine at 5 p.m. Wednesday May 8, when the juried annual BCCC Film Festival takes place in the Gateway Auditorium. The festival is free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, an improvisational comedy performance directed by Bill McLaughlin takes place in the Gateway Auditorium, featuring nearly two dozen students.  Admission is $7.

Other Arts at Bucks events include the play These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, a drama set in Chicago in the 1920s, at 8 p.m. April 25, 26, and 27 for $10/$7 students; and free concerts by student musicians and vocalists April 17 and 29, and May 1, 2, 6, 8, and 9.

For complete details, visit the Arts at Bucks web page or call the Department of the Arts at 215-968-8425. The college is located at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 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. 

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations