Celebrate Arts at Bucks with Free Demonstrations, Concerts, More

Open studios, performances, and other attractions take place Sunday May 4, part of a series of events April 16 – May 13.

Bucks County Community College presents Arts at Bucks April 16 through May 13, with concerts, exhibitions, films, and a variety of other activities. The events, including an open house Sunday May 4, showcase the nationally accredited programs available at the public, two-year college. A complete list of events is at www.bucks.edu/artsatbucks.


Visual Arts Events

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday May 4, 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. For a complete schedule, visit www.bucks.edu/artsatbucks.

On Thursday May 1, the 49th Annual Student Exhibition (pictured, right, from past exhibition) opens in the Hicks Art Center Gallery, running through May 13. An awards ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday May 4 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, is on display adjacent to the Hicks Art Center Gallery. Visitors can take in the interactive exhibition “A Fine Line: Observation, Discovery & Expression in Drawing” (pictured, below left) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday April 30 and May 1; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday May 4; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday May 5. Admission is free.

Students studying film and video production get their chance to shine at from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday May 7, when the juried annual BCCC Film Festival takes place in the Gateway Auditorium. The festival is free and open to the public.


Musical Events

Other Arts at Bucks events include “Pretty Melodies – for People Who Dig That Sort of Thing,” a CD release concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Gateway Auditorium. The premiere performance of the latest CD from the Jeff Baumeister Quartet features Professor Baumeister and fellow jazz faculty members Len Pierro, Paul Gehman, and Mark Pultorak. Admission is free.

Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician Chuck Brodsky presents a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday May 3 in the Presser Music Room, located in the Music & Multimedia Center.

Student musicians (pictured, below right) and vocalists perform free concerts April 16, 28, and 30, and May 1, 5, 7, and 8. The student concerts take place in the Presser Music Room.


Poetry, Lectures, More

The college’s Wordsmiths Reading Series presents a poetry reading with Evie Shockley at 7:30 p.m. Friday April 25. Author of several collections of poetry, including the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, Shockley is also the author of the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. The free reading takes place in the Orangery.

The seventh annual Tyler Gardens & Landscaping Lecture takes place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday April 26 in the Gateway Auditorium. Derek Fell, renowned horticultural writer and photographer, will share how Monet’s garden in Giverny, France became the masterpiece setting for many Impressionist paintings. Tickets are $15, and $7 for students with current ID.

At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, an improvisational comedy performance directed by Bill McLaughlin takes place in the Gateway Auditorium, featuring nearly two dozen students.  Admission is $7.


For complete details of these events, visit www.bucks.edu/artsatbucks 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. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/arts.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations